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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-254
Corporate Name: Vendor Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Vendor Lumber Company: J. Fred Miller and Edward Smith
Location: Willis
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1966
End Year: 1968
Decades: 1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1966 to 1968
Town: Willis
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: All electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 50000: 1967
Capacity Comments: 50,000 board feet daily in 1967
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Scragg sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: This small operation employed less than twenty-five workers yet had a daily cutting-capacity of 50,000 board feet. A letter from E. G. Prud'homme in 1968 that Vendor Lumber Company had successfully petitioned for variance from the Texas Air Control Board; it was having troubles with emissions from outdoor burning of waste.
Research Date: MCJ 03-21-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson