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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-231
Corporate Name: T. C. Buckner & Son
Local Name: Neuville
Owner Name: T. C. Buckner & Son, T. C. and Louis Buckner
Location: Neuville, nine miles south of Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1911
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1907 to 1911
Town: Neuville
Company Town: 2
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: 40-horsepower steam boiler and engine
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: Dixie D sawmill and Hall & Brown #2 1/2 Mississippi planer-matcher
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe
Historicial Development: It is uncertain if this mill at Neuville evolved from Buckner & Potts or Buckner & Lynch at Neuville in 1906. In 1907 and 1908, T. C. and Louis Buckner were either expanding their machinery or obtaining operational capital. On April 18, 1907, the Buckners for a $200 debt mortgaged to Dilley one Curtis Company 18-ft Dixie D sawmill and carriage, four sets of 10-inch trucks, a 60-ft carriage track, two 38”-inch #2 Dixie head blocks, a Curtis set works, two Curtis Dixie sawmill dogs, and a Curtis 54-inch 8# gauge rips saws. On February 22, 1908, for $1,225, they mortgaged to Dilley & Son for a Hall & Brown #2 1/2 Mississippi planer-matcher and one Buffalo 35”-inch shavings blower. On April 20, 1908, Buckner & Son mortgaged to Dilley & Son for $148 a Curtis lumber trimmer, and two 18” trimmer saws. In September 1908, they mortgaged a Buffalo knife grinding machine for $60. In July 1909, the Buckners mortgaged 30,000 feet of lumber on their yard at Neuville for $2,000. In March 1911, for $2,000, they mortgaged a 40-horsepwoer boiler, one Dixie sawmill complete, one 2-saw Dixie trimmer, and a #2 Hall & brown planer. The 1910 Census records that Tom, Lewis, and John Bucknerall “mill men'lived at residences 114, 115, and 116, in Precinct 2 (Neuville). The Handbook of Texas noted that Neuville, founded in 1904, was named for a family that had lived in the area since the 1840s.
Research Date: MCJ 03-02-96
Prepared By: M Johnson