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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PK-135
Corporate Name: West Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: West Lumber Company. Philip A. Ryan Lumber Company of Memphis, TN (Philip A. Ryan, Margaret Ryan, Mary J. Ryan, Jas E. Ryan, W.B. Robinson)
Location: Onalaska: Highway 190 and FM 3186
County: Polk
Years in Operation: 17 years
Start Year: 1912
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: About 1912 to 1928
Town: Onalaska
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood mill; white and red oak
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: 50000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet daily in 1915
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Missouri, Kansas and Texas
Historicial Development: The Philip A. Ryan Lumber Company was a Tennessee corporation which applied to Austin in December 1912 for a permit to run saw and planing mills at Onalaska, Texas. The Philip A. Ryan mill at Onalaska appeared in a 1915 directory of sawmills as a hardwood mill having a daily cutting capacity of 50,000 feet. White and red oaks were the mill's specialties. He sold his mill to the J. M. West Lumber Company, at Onalaska, in 1915, according to The Gulf Coast Lumberman. Jim West incorporated the hardwood mill into his larger sawmill plant at Onalaska. The company cut out by 1929.
Research Date: JKG 10-15-93, MCJ 02-27-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson