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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-162
Corporate Name: William R. Samples
Local Name:
Owner Name: William R. Samples. N. G. Ganelson, J. A. Phillips, and N. G. Birdwell. J. A. Phillips. J. F. Ritter & W. H. Phillips
Location: Unknown
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1903
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1903 to 1905
Town: Unknown
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, cotton, and crops
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 1903: Henderson steam engine and a 60-horsepower Chamber & Taylor boiler
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, gin, etc.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Probably Texas & Gulf at Carthage
Historicial Development: J. F. Ritter and W. H. Phillips were operating a sawmill in Panola County by 1903. That year they carried a mortgage for J. A. Phillips in the amount of $3,000 for the sawmill, a Henderson engine, a 60-horsepower Chamber & Taylor boiler, and edger, and four mules. Phillips granted a mortgage on the sawmill to a W. R. Samples on October 31, 1904, for $1,500. Phillips apparently stayed in some kind of milling business, for N. G. Ganelson, J. A. Phillips, and N. G. Birdwell were operating steam machinery in Panola County in 1905. On May 19 of that year they mortgaged for an Erie City boiler and a 9-inch by 16-inch Huntsville steam engine, pledging the equipment and their crops and livestock. They probably were ginning cotton and perhaps milling some lumber.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson