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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-150
Corporate Name: W. B. Prior
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. B. Prior. J. C. Hill and M. A. Gary
Location: Three miles south of Carthage
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1902
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1900 to 1902
Town: South of Carthage
Company Town: 2
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: 44-inch by 14-foot boiler and
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: Texas Sabine Valley and Northwestern
Historicial Development: J C. Hill and M. A. Gary had a sawmill three miles south of Gary in 1900. J. C. Whitney bought 200,000 feet of lumber from the mill in August of that year. Prior bought the mill on the same day for $340. Equipment included the sawmill, the boiler, the engine, eight oxen, and log wagons. On April 24, 1902, George Davidson purchased this mill, located “3 miles S of Carthage,” according to county records, on a mortgage to the Prior Brothers for $1,400. Property included a 44-inch by 14-foot boiler, an 11-inch by 15-inch steam engine, the sawmill carriage, an edger, a blacksmith shop, and other items.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M Johnson