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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-14
Corporate Name: A. E. Bates
Local Name:
Owner Name: A. E. Bates. Harvey Creek Lumber Company. Probably Broaddus Lumber Company before.
Location: Two and one half miles southwest of Broaddus on State Highway 147
County: San Augustine/Shelby
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1948
End Year: 1955
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1948 to the early 1950s
Town: Broaddus
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam and electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Probably 12,000 feet
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: A. E. Bates bought, in 1948, on the former site of the Harvey Creek Lumber Company, a planer mill and house, various sawmill equipment, trucks, eighty-five thousand feet of rough lumber, an edger, fifteen thousand feet of pine logs, a 1936 Ford Truck, a 1941 Ford Log Truck, a 1945 Ford Lumber Truck, a trailer, a log loader, a shed, and ten tenant houses. This is probably the company that M. Cooper remembered as the Broaddus Lumber Company at Broaddus during the 1940s. The company had a commissary and a few tenant houses.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson