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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-255
Corporate Name: Watts Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Watts Lumber Company. Wiley Watts. Virgil Prince.
Location: Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 16 years
Start Year: 1942
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1942 to 1957
Town: Center
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 4,323 in Census of 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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: Watts Lumber Company was listed in the Directory of Texas Manufacturers, 1956-1958. Established in 1942, the firm produced rough lumber with less than eight workers. It was managed by Virgil Prince. The sawmill service of Wiley Watts at Center appeared in the Nelson T. Samson edition of 1957 of the Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas.
Research Date: MCJ 03-02-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson