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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-29
Corporate Name: Brown Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Brown Lumber Company: Hugh Williams, president, and George W. Brown, secretary/treasury.
Location: Ragley
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1897
End Year: 1898
Decades: 1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1897 to 1898
Town: Ragley
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 900 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East and West Texas
Historicial Development: A Brown Lumber Company existed at Ragley in 1897, with Hugh Williams as President and G. W. Brown as Secretary/Treasurer. A letter from Brown Lumber to Angelina County Lumber, dated March 24, 1898, reveals that the latter requested a price on boilers owned by Brown Lumber. Brown Lumber replied that the boilers “are in fair condition, have been in use several years.” The asking price was $1,000 for two and $600 individually. The company was represented in the “Report of Yellow Pine Clearing House Association, March, 1898,” a statistical trade organization, at St. Louis, Missouri. The Brown sawmill did not last long at Ragley. It may have been the genesis for the Ragley Lumber Company sawmill there from 1900 to 1912. Both W. G. Ragley and Brown knew each other, having operated sawmills next to each other just south of Avinger in the 1890s.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson