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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-46
Corporate Name: Henderson Electric Light & Planing Mill Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Henderson Electric Light & Planing Mill
Location: One-half mile north of the Henderson County courthouse in Henderson
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1902
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1902 to at least 1907
Town: Henderson
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1,653 in 1907
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Finished lumber and electric lighting
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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Planing mill and dynamo
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: The Henderson Electric Light & Planing Mill Company appears in the Henderson County records as early as July, 1902. It was indebted to A. Wettermark & Co for $25,000. Situated one-half mile north of the county courthouse, the planing mill was company not only finishing milled lumber but also supplying electricity to private consumers. Wettermark & Co may have been a parent company of the electric light and planing mill company. Among the those signing as grantees on filing recorded October 3, 1902, was C. A. Still, a member of the county's sawmilling community. This unique company was listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907. How long the company existed or supplied electricity to the community is uncertain. In 1906, the Henderson Electric Light Company and Planing Mill was located east of Webster Walk, northeast of Depot Street, across the tracks of the International & Great Northern. Equipment included a 40-horsepower dynamo, a machine shop, a 40-horsepower steam engine, a planing mill, a dry kiln, and lumber sheds.
Research Date: JKG 11-8-93, MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson