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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SJ-82
Corporate Name: W. H. Brooks
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. H. Brooks. G. P. Damon.
Location: Three and a miles northwest of Cleveland on the Andrew Moseh survey
County: San Jacinto
Years in Operation: 9 years
Start Year: 1919
End Year: 1927
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1919 to 1927
Town: Northwest of Cleveland
Company Town: 1
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: Steam engines and boilers
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: W. H. Brooks purchased a sawmill from G. P. Damon in 1919 on a mortgage with J. P. Ross Lumber Company. The sawmill was located in 1921 about four miles northwest of Cleveland. A Mrs. W. P. Dammon sold for $444 to Brooks and a man named Moore a sawmill on November 10, 1919. He registered in the San Jacinto Chattel Mortgage Register, on May 23, 1923, a “complete saw mill consisting of engines boilers, sawrigs and carriages and all other property belonging with said mill, such as shafting belts and tools, of every description and all houses and buildings, on the land, with the mill lot on lease on the Andrew Most tract of land in San Jacinto County, Texas, about 31/2 miles north west of Cleveland, Texas.” The mortgage was for $1,340.28 with the 1st National Bank of Cleveland. In 1924, W. H. Brooks was partnered with H. S. Lilley. They had bought a steam engine and boiler from a C. E. Bazzoon and J. M. Moore, located at Fish Branch in San Jacinto County. They mortgaged these and Moore his cotton gin with the Cleveland State Bank for $230.
Research Date: JKG 6-24-94, MCJ 02-23-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M. Johnson