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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-70
Corporate Name: Banita Manufacturing Co.
Local Name: Nacogdoches
Owner Name: Banita Manufacturing Co. (Bonita), Ireson Brothers, proprietors
Location: On Bremond Street, west of Pilar Street in Nacogdoches
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 17 years
Start Year: 1890
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1890 to 1906
Town: Nacogdoches
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: 1827 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Sash and door frames, woodwork, interior finished lumber, cabinets, showcases, furniture
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: 10000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet daily by 1906
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Planing mill and moulder
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas and Texas & New Orleans
Historicial Development: Maps in the East Texas Research Center of Stephen F. State University locate both Banita Mfg. Co and Ireson Bros. Planing Mill on Bremond Street, south of Pilar Street, in Nacogdoches. County records reveal that J. W. Ireson bought some land on Hospital Street in 1889 from N. G. Wade, in Lot 7 Block 2, of Nacogdoches. Ireson & Co bought a steam boiler and engine and a Hays & Bro planer in February 1896. The Daily Phone, on July 26, 1899, noted an accident at the Ireson Brothers planing mill, where Arthur Ireson suffered “an ugly gash” on his chin. A deed of trust in 1902 to Wettermark & Son notes that A. B. and J. W. Ireson mortgaged property, including .8 acres of land west of Houston East & West Texas, including houses, sheds, a 20-horsepower steam engine and boiler, sanders, saws, planer, matcher, and lathe In 1901, the local newspaper mentioned that Banita Manufacturing Company had a lumber yard and a plant, which produced mould and doors and all kinds of mill work and store fronts in Nacogdoches. The company was not listed in the 1907 Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association.
Research Date: LAT 08-08-93, JKG 12-15-93, MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: L. Turner, J. Gerland, M. Johnson