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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-169
Corporate Name: M. R. Talley
Local Name:
Owner Name: Monroe R. Talley
Location: On the International & Great Northern at Grand Lake, seven miles south of Conroe
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1903
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: About 1903 to 1907
Town: Grand Lake
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1009 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 15000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 15,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Santa Fe and International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: M. R. Talley's sawmill at Conroe, the entry listing for Grand Lake, appeared in the January 1905 Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association. On April 25, 1905, M. R. Talley agreed to sell entire cut of his sawmill and planing mill to J. C. Hill Lumber Company of Houston. Hill would advance $5 per K-ft to Talley to retain right to sell in less than carload-lots to local trade. Prices ranged from $9 to $13.50. Contract would be in force for one year from April 25, 1905. Talley was producing 15,000 feet daily in 1906. The mill was still listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907.
Research Date: JKG 10-20-93, MCJ 03-20-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson