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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-4
Corporate Name: Kurth-Zeagler Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: B. L. Zeagler, president, E. L. Kurth, vice-president; J. W. Lewis, secretary-treasurer. Martin Wagon Company.
Location: Veach, with post office at White City
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1925
End Year: 1930
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1925 to 1930
Town: Veach, post office at White City
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 750 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and hardwoods
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
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Band sawmill, electric light plant
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: The Zeagler family of Lufkin had sawmilling interests in Angelina and San Augustine counties and also owned the Martin Wagon Company, the premier constructor of eight-wheel logging wagons for the logging industry. According to the The Gulf Coast Lumberman, on August 15, 1925, Martin Wagon Company had a sawmill plant at Veach, in San Augustine County, and the Kurth-Zeagler Lumber Company had been formed to buy out and financially rescue the operation. The Zeaglers, who used the offices of Martin Wagon Company regularly for business meetings, met there with E. L. Kurth and formed the new company. Kurth-Zeagler Lumber Company gave its first operating statements in October, 1925. It was listed in the Southern Lumberman's Directory of American Saw Mills and Planing Mills edition of 1928 as a band sawmill working with hardwoods and yellow pine. The mill was at Veach while the post office was at White City. The company town had a light plant and a “picture show.” Strapac noted that Martin Wagon Company was operating on its logging tram road one of the old Alexander Gilmer Lumber Company steam locomotives. The Great Depression forced the company to close the mill.
Research Date: JKG, 8-20-93 MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson