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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-119
Corporate Name: Whitworth Brothers
Local Name:
Owner Name: Casey-Pruitt-Whitworth, including Henry J. and Jesse Whitworth
Location: Pruitt's Lake [Barne's Lake?], four miles northeast of Avinger
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 29 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1900 to 1928
Town: Avinger
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 519 in 1934;1,600 in 1928; 519 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shortleaf yellow pine, gum, and oak.
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: 20,000 feet daily in 1928 on the sawmill and 40,000 feet on the planing mill
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill and planing mill with edgers and trimmers
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Missouri, Kansas, & Texas
Historicial Development: The Whitworth Brothers established a successful lumber milling operation in Avinger that would last for more than twenty years. Fred McKenzie noted the Casey-Pruitt-Whitworth lumber mill at Pruitt's Lake in Cass County. The mill burned at “Barne's Lake,” according to McKenzie; this may have been a misprint for Pruitt's Lake.They established a mill town, which they supported with a commissary. They began with the old A. M. Rhyne planer at the southwest end of town and moved it four miles north of town. Will Powell served as the planer foreman. This planing mill was later passed on to E. C. Henderson (see Henderson). By the later 1920s, the mills could manufacture 60,000 feet of lumber and finished products daily. Whitworth Brothers were not listed in the Lumbermen's Credit Rating Book of October 1934.
Research Date: MCJ 04-04-96
Prepared By: M Johnson