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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-266
Corporate Name: Wheatley Brothers
Local Name:
Owner Name: S. (possibly Solomon) and Taylor Wheatley. See Solomon Wheatley.
Location: Two miles southwest of Conroe.
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1902
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1902 to 1907
Town: Conroe
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1009 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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: Santa Fe and International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: S. Wheatley is probably the Solomon Wheatley listed in the 1900 Census as a sawmill owner in the 1900 Census, living at Residence 594, Precinct 7. He may tie in with the Wheatley Brothers mill in Conroe (1905).The Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1905 and Montgomery County recordbooks for bills of sales in 1902 records his activities from 1902 to 1905. On February 27, 1902, Wheatley Brothers (S. and Taylor Wheatley) owned a sawmill on the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe and contracted with the Rosebud Lumber Company to sell all their lumber to Rosebud, to operate saw and planing mills as regularly as possible, to protect all lumber waiting to be loaded into car, and not to make crossties out of No 1 timber good for sawing No 1 grade lumber. On November 1, 1906, S. Wheatley sold to William Wheatley his 2/3 interest for $750 in the sawmill an planing mill, edger, engine, and boiler. The operation was still listed as Wheatley Brothers in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907.
Research Date: JKG 10-20-93, MCJ 03-21-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson