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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-163
Corporate Name: Richards Tie Mill
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. H. and Bobby Richards. W. F. Flournoy.
Location: Bland Lake, three miles north of San Augustine
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 22 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1921
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1900 to 1921
Town: Bland Lake
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Ties
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: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Maxie Martin, an oldtime resident of San Augustine County, noted in an interview with Vernon L. Beasley that W. H. and Bobby Richards operated a tie mill at Bland Lake from about 1900 to sometime into the teens. According to San Augustine County bill of sale records, W. H. Richards on 29 March 1921 sold a Fairbanks-Morse gasoline 15-horsepower motor and a #3 sawmill to W. F. Flournoy. Willie Flournoy bought a sawrig and clutch pulley for $329 on October 6, 1919. He may have been operating a sawmill somewhere in San Augustine County.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson