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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: OR-25
Corporate Name: Miller-Link Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Miller-Link Lumber Company. Beatrice Lumber Company. Talbot-Duhig Lumber Company. Alexander Gilmer Lumber Company. Lemon Lumber Company. Lemonville Lumber Company.
Location: Ten miles north of Orange at Lemonville near Mauriceville
County: Orange
Years in Operation: 32 years
Start Year: 1897
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1897 to 1928
Town: Lemonville near Mauriceville
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber products
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 30000: 1897125000: 1905
Capacity Comments: 30,000 feet, 1897, to 125,000 feet
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, planing mills, kilns
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Kansas City Southern
Historicial Development: Lemonville, ten miles north of Orange, was built in 1897 adjacent to the tracks of the Kansas City Southern Railroad. The Lemonville Lumber Company built and operated a sawmill plant at Lemonville that year. It was purchased by the Lemon Lumber Company, of which Alexander Gilmer was the secretary. The company was a part of Gilmer's assets by 1902. He later sold it to Talbert-Dewey. The Miller-Link Lumber Company purchased the Beatrice Lumber Company of Lemonville in October, 1918, and later Miller-Link Lumber Company. Operations would not have lasted past 1927 as Miller-Link was in bankruptcy. Its assets and land were auctioned off that year.The mill cut out and was dismantled in 1928. Strapac noted that the Alexander Gilmer Lumber Company at Mauriceville was operating a steam logging tram road about 1900 or thereafter. Lutcher & Moore Lumber Company and Talbot-Dewey Lumber Company of Orange and Lemonville, respectively, according to the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review of February 1909, began an experimental process of dipping cut lumber into a soda preparation. The logs are dragged on the chain through the solution. The process, if successful, would preserve the lumber and, hopefully, obviate the large expense in having large dry sheds to store the lumber from the elements.
Research Date: MCJ 03-24-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson