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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-54
Corporate Name: H. C. Knowles Lumber Company
Local Name: Knothole
Owner Name: H. C. Knowles Lumber Company. Henderson-Knowles Lumber Company, with H. C. Knowles and E. C. Henderson.
Location: In the Pyland Community, near Avinger
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1947
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1947 to at least 1957
Town: Pyland Community, near Avinger
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 546 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: H. C. Knowles operated a lumber facility near Avinger. In 1947, he sold his planer at Avinger to M. L. “Bud” Felker, Jr., dismantled the remaining portion of the sawmill and moved it to the Pyland community, where he added a new planing mill to his plant. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 lists Homer C. Knowles as a sawmiller at Avinger. His operation, listed at Avinger, appeared in Nelson T. Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas in 1957. The company is not listed in the Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1960.
Research Date: MCJ 04-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson