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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-266
Corporate Name: W. M. Waterman
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. M. Waterman
Location: Timpson
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1902
End Year: 1909
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1902 to about 1909
Town: Outside of Timpson
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 978 in 1905
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: Ames 12-inch by 15-inch steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 40000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 40,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, F & D saw edger, Curtis perfection carriage, #2 Double Mississippi planer-matcher with knives and cutting heads
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas, and Santa Fe intersect at Timpson; Texas & Gulf (Waterman) tram
Historicial Development: In 1903, T. W. Grammer and V. F. Hayes were the foreman and engineer, respectively. In 1905, W W Waterman sold an interest in his mill to the Vandervant Lumber Company of Kansas City, MO, for an investment of $85,000. Additionally, “The new company will build a new planer at Waterman, a station to be established on the Texas and Gulf Railroad (the Waterman tram road), 16 miles south of Timpson, a few miles E of the Attoyac River.” By 1909, the company had an electric light plant and telephone system to Waterman. Eventually, the lumber plant consisted of the sawmill, the planing mill, a boiler house, powerhouse, a machine ship, water works, electric light plant, houses, buildings, structures, and steam machinery. Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907 listed the company as at Waterman with a reference to Timpson. It was not listed in the 1915 Directory of American Sawmills , but another Waterman Lumber company subsidiary, Dierks Lumber & Coal Company, was listed at Waterman.
Research Date: LT 08-17-93, MCJ 03-02-96
Prepared By: L Turner, M Johnson