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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WD-64
Corporate Name: Ragley Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Ragley Lumber Company. W. G. Ragley, sons Martin J. Ragley and Frank J. Ragley, and son-in-law A. H. Schluter. W. T. Whitman [Whiteman].
Location: Winnsboro
County: Wood
Years in Operation: 15 years
Start Year: 1890
End Year: 1904
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1890s to 1904
Town: Winnsboro
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
Other
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 1895
Capacity Comments: 20,000 feet of lumber daily
Produced:
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 (Company tram)
Historicial Development: W. G. Ragley immigrated to Texas from Iowa in 1879. He had earlier run a water mill in Pennsylvania. During the 1880s and 1890s, Ragley operated mills at Jefferson, Kildare, and at Winnsboro, where he created the Ragley Lumber Company. Ragley and his partners erected and operated the Ragley mills at Ragley, Texas, and Ragley, Louisiana, for many years after the turn of the century. Ragley Lumber Company laid a tram road through Wood County in 1897. The Ragleys, H. Schluter, and W. T. Whiteman were all involved in the sawmill at East Winnsboro. The Ragley Lumber Company succeeded the Schluter-Whitman Lumber Company in 1901 at Winnsboro.
Research Date: MCJ 04-22-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson