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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-26
Corporate Name: Carruth Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Carruth Lumber Company
Location: Tatum
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1940
End Year: 1940
Decades: 1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1940s
Town: Tatum
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: Probably 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: Unknown
Historicial Development: Claude Bryant in his book, Lumbering Along in Texas, remarked that he had bought “the entire stock of the Carruth Lumber Co. sawmill [at Tatum], but I hasten to say that this amounted to only two or three truck loads. . . . The Carruth lumber was shipped to our Ballinger yard.” The Carruth Lumber sawmill was, undoubtedly, one of the small tractor-mill operations that flourished in East Texas during World War II in order to fulfill the seemingly insurmountable need for lumber by the country's armed forces.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M Johnson