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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-122
Corporate Name: R. L. Bellamy
Local Name:
Owner Name: R. L. Bellamy. Josh Pruitt.
Location: Three miles east of Tatum
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905
Town: East of Tatum
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Ames 10-inch by 12-inch steam engine
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: Probably Texas & Gulf (Waterman tram road)
Historicial Development: Josh Pruitt owned a sawmill somewhere in Panola County in 1905. According to the county records, Bellamy sold it to R. L. Bellamy and others bought it from Pruitt on January 7, 1905. Equipment included an Ames 10”x12” steam engine and a 44-inch by 12-foot boiler, four mules, and two log wagons. Within two months, Bellamy had 70,000 feet of lumber ready for sale at his mill three miles east of Tatum next to the tracks of the Texas & Gulf. He sold the lumber for $1,400.
Research Date: JKG 12-10-93, MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson