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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-22
Corporate Name: Cone and Watkins
Local Name:
Owner Name: Cone and Watkins
Location: Rhonesboro, about twelve miles west of Gilmer, on the Texas Southern RR
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 38 years
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1917
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: Early as the 1880s to about 1917
Town: Rhonesboro
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: 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: Texas Southern (became Marshall & East Texas in 1909)
Historicial Development: Cone and Watkins were reported by The Gilmer Mirror to have a sawmill at or near Rhonesboro after the turn of the century. G. H. Baird noted in his work A Brief History of Upshur County that a Cone operated a sawmill near Grice (Hamils Chapel) near the Big Woods during the 1880s. The earlier mill was probably the precursor to the Cone and Watkins operation.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M Johnson