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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-60
Corporate Name: Whiteman-Decker Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Whiteman-Decker Lumber Company. Saner-Whiteman Lumber Company.
Location: Mt. Enterprise
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 17 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1904 to 1920
Town: Mt. Enterprise
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Wholesale and dressed lumber
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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Caro Northern Railroad, the company steam logging tram road
Historicial Development: The major mill of the Whiteman-Decker Lumber Company was located at Caro, about seventeen miles south of Mt. Enterprise, in Nacogdoches County. The Caro Northern, the company steam logging tram road, connected the two communities. A company commissary and a lumber yard were situated at Mt. Enterprise, according to Nacogdoches County records. An article in the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review in 1907 mentioned the Caro Northern connecting Caro with Mt. Enterprise as well as a company planing mill.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M Johnson