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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-166
Corporate Name: Lark Carrington
Local Name:
Owner Name: Lark Carrington. L. A. Latch and C. J. Chronister
Location: Latch: Latch Road and FM 2793
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1893
End Year: 1900
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1893 to 1900
Town: Northeast of Shady Grove
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
Other
Power Source: Atlas 12-inch by 14-inch steam engine, 42-inch by 14-foot boiler of 40-horsepower, an 11-inch by 18-inch 35-horsepower steam engine, a steam pump, an 28-foot steamboat boiler
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 1893
Capacity Comments: 20,000 feet daily in 1893
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, a 42-inch by 14-foot boiler of 40-horsepower, an 11-inch by 18-inch 35-horsepower steam engine, a steam pump, a 3-saw Kentucky gang edger, a Hoyt Bros No. 14 planer with an and 28-foot steamboat boiler, eight horses and mules, twenty-six work ox
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt), the Missouri, Kansas & Texas
Historicial Development: L. A. Latch was cutting 20,000 feet daily at Big Sandy in 1893, according to a Galveston newspaper. The Latch mill was located some miles northeast of Shady Grove during the 1890s and early 1900s. Lark Carrington operated the complex after Latch. Latch was partners with C. J. Chronister during the 1890s. He gave a deed of trust to Chronister on 26 August 1895. Equipment transferred included the sawmill, a 42-inch by 14-foot boiler of 40-horsepower, an 11-inch by 18-inch 35-horsepower steam engine, a steam pump, a 3-saw Kentucky gang edger, a Hoyt Bros No. 14 planer with an Atlas 12-inch by 14-inch steam engine and 28-foot steamboat boiler, eight horses and mules, twenty-six work oxen, two Espenschied wagons, and fifty hogs. The boiler and engine were manufactured by the state penitentiary at Huntsville.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M Johnson