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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-23
Corporate Name: C. P. Massey Lumber Co
Local Name: Bronson
Owner Name: C. P. Massey and C. J. Massey
Location: Bronson
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1902
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1902 to 1906
Town: Bronson
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, cornmeal, cotton, shingles
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: 10000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet of lumber daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, grist mill, cotton gin, shingle mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Santa Fe
Historicial Development: The C. P. Massey Lumber Company mill was reported by the Southern Industrial & Lumber Review, in 1906. Massey began his career in 1902 with a mortgage that produced for $300 a shingle mill, a 48-inch by 10-inch wood splitter, a log wagon, a Houston Standard and Gamble 25-horsepower steam engine and an HSG boiler. The report indicates that Massey had improved his manufacturing process. The mill was eventually moved some miles to the west in San Augustine County to Massey's Crossing over the Ayish Bayou. According to San Augustine county records, C. P. Massey and C. J. Massey mortgaged for a Pony DeLoach sawmill. In each year from 1904 to 1906 C. P. Massey was taxed on $500 worth of tools and $500 of boilers and engines.
Research Date: LT 08-13-93, MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: L Turner, M. Johnson