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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-3
Corporate Name: Cheney and Post
Local Name: Chaney's Mill, Posts Mill
Owner Name: R. R. Cheney and C. W. Post
Location: Posts Mill: on Highway 124 southwest of Beckville, on Caney Creek
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 18 years
Start Year: 1888
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1888 to 1905
Town: Posts Mill
Company Town: 1
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: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 1890
Capacity Comments: 20,000 feet daily in 1893 at Post Brothers
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill with a planer and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Gulf (later the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe)
Historicial Development: R. R. Chaney, a sawmiller active in Gregg and Panola counties, and the Post family operated a sawmill at Posts Mill for almost twenty years. Posts Mill, according to the Panola County records, was situated three miles south of Beckville, in Panola County. Apparently, it was named after the Post family who conducted a grainmilling business there. The Galveston Weekly News, in 1893, reported that the Post Brothers were sawmillers at Beckville and milling 20,000 feet daily. The mill, according to Panola County records, was known as Posts Mill and about three miles south of town. R. R. Chaney of Chaney's Mill was also located in Panola County, at Post's Mill, three miles south of Beckville, according to Panola County records. He sold, on July 16, 1888, 661,280 feet of lumber. On August 1, 1888, he sold another 55,559 feet of lumber to Armstrong & Evans. It is likely Post Brothers merged with Chaney, for in 1897 C. W. Post bought an one-half interest in Chaney's mill for $1,500, located at Posts Mill. Equipment included an Atlas engine, a planer, the sawmill, a three-saw edger, a resaw, and log wagons, livestock. Although the Lumbermen's Credit Association listed the sawmill as being at Beckville, county records noted that the sawmill was five miles southwest of Beckville when Chaney and Post mortgaged 200,000 feet of lumber to the Torrans Manufacturing Company for $850. The firm's credit was rated as “slow pay” by the LCA in 1905 The Chaney and Post sawmill at or near Beckville was not listed in the 1907 edition of the LCA.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M Johnson