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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-284
Corporate Name: P. T. Butler and Sons
Local Name:
Owner Name: P. T. Butler and Sons. Butler Box Co.
Location: Rusk
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1956
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1956 to 1957
Town: Rusk
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 6,598 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine boxes for tomatoes
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Lumber, boxes and crates
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill and box factory
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Cherokee County records reveal that T. W. and Cole Butler sold the Butler Box Factory to P. T. Butler in 1956. The Butler Box Co. at Rusk appeared Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas in 1957. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 noted that the company had become Butler & Sons and was using a planing mill to produce wooden boxes and crates.
Research Date: MCJ 01-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson