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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-14
Corporate Name: Beckham & Sons Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Beckham & Sons Lumber Company
Location: At Joaquin, on the five acres of the Beckham homestead
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1947
End Year: 1947
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1947
Town: Joaquin
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Ties and rough lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 7000: 1947
Capacity Comments: 7,000 to 10,000 feet daily or 400 ties daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The sawmill of the Beckham & Sons Lumber Company was located at the family home in Joaquin. Built in 1947, the sawmill plant produced pine and hardwood ties and lumber. The mill could cut 7,000 to 10,000 feet daily or 400 ties daily. The Jacksonville Courier reported in 1947 that the output was 150 ties weekly at that time. Operations were run by the family, consisting of the father, H. V. Beckham; his five sons-Howard, Lenoal, Levon, James and Warren; and a son-in-law. G. C. Garrett of Haslam Lumber Company marketed the Beckham mill cut.
Research Date: MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson