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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-84
Corporate Name: Fred J. Peters, Sr. and Fred J. Peters, Jr.
Local Name:
Owner Name: Fred J. Peters, Sr.
Location: Five miles north of Conroe
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 32 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1937
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929,1930-1939
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1937
Town: North of Conroe
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Primarily pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Small gasoline engine
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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Fred J. Peters, Sr., immigrated to Montgomery County in 1877 from Germany and farmed a 320-acre tract north of Conroe. He became interested in tree management, removing damaged and poor trees in order to increase a good stand. In 1906, he began operating his own sawmill, cutting lumber from trees only grown on his own land. His son, F. J. Peters, Jr., continued the practice until an ice storm damaged his tree crop.
Research Date: MCJ 03-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson