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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-223
Corporate Name: Shelby County Lumber Co.
Local Name: Neuville
Owner Name: Shelby County Lumber Co. Thomas Davidson, R L Carroll, and J W Saunders.
Location: Neuville, nine miles south of Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1904 to 1906
Town: Neuville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Atlas 100-horsepower boiler, Atlas 15-inch by 18-inch engine, Ames 10-inch by 12-inch center-crank engine for planing mill, 85-horsepower boiler
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 40,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Fisher & Davis sawmill and planing mill, carriage and set works, F & D edger, Pres. shotgun steam feed, a slab conveyor, two 60-inch circular saws, 48-inch saw, 24-inch cutoff saw, a saw mandrel, 14-inch H&B matcher, 30-inch Frank surface- matcher.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Organized at Center in January 1904, the Shelby County Lumber Company's directors were Thomas Davidson, R L Carroll, and J W Saunders. Shelby County Lumber Company had a mill at Center, according to the January 1905 Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, as well as at Neuville. On January 15, 1905, the company mortgaged to First National Bank of Center for $5,000 an Atlas engine, an Atlas boiler, a Hall & Brown planing machine, a matcher-surfacer, about an hundred thousand feet of lumber stacked at the mill at Neuville, thirty-one horses and mules, wagons, and tools. The planer building was 34-ft by 100-ft with 600 feet of dollyways. The sawmill was in a corrugated iron building 324-ft by 100-ft with 200 feet of dolly ways. Logging was carried on by eight log wagons pulled by horses, oxen, and mules. In October, the company mortgaged to Valley Lumber Company for $5,000 an Atlas boiler, an Atlas engine, a saw mandrel, a Fisher & Davis sawmill, carriage and set works, an edger, a shotgun steam feed, a slab conveyor, two 60inch saws, a 48-inch saw, a 24-inch cutoff saw, an iron building a planing-mill engine, a boiler, a matcher, a surfacer-matcher, a planer building, eight log wagons, horses, mules, and oxen. In November 1905, The company mortgaged two hundred thousand feet of lumber to a bank for $570. Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reports the mill was cutting 40,000 feet daily in 1906. Creditors against Shelby County Lumber Company filed for federal-directed bankruptcy of the company. Although the directors protested, the federal court at Tyler in Smith County granted the petition. The company did not appear in the credit firm's published records of January 1907.
Research Date: LT 08-17-93, MCJ 03-02-96
Prepared By: L Turner, M Johnson