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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-27
Corporate Name: Davis, Davis, and Brogden
Local Name:
Owner Name: Davis, Davis, and Brogden, before 1887. E. E. Elder, 1883 to 1887. George W. Crow, before 1865 to before 1883.
Location: Rhonesboro area, on the Wood County line
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1886
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: Before 1865 to at least 1886. Sawmill beginning about 1880.
Town: Rhonesboro area
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Before 1865: cotton and cornmeal. 1883: lumber, cornmeal, and cotton.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Animal at first, later steam.
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: Before 1865: cotton gin and gristmill. 1883: sawmill, gristmill, and cotton gin.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: "This Everlasting Sand Bed": Cultural Resources Investigations at the Texas Big Sandy Project, Wood and Upshur Counties, Texas reported that a sawmill existed in the border area near Rhonesboro on the Wood and Upshur County lines. The original mill was a combination cotton gin and grist mill powered by animals. By 1883, E. E. Elder, the new owner of the mill, installed a sawmill as well. The final owners were Davis, Davis and Brogden, who stopped milling by 1887.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson