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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-3
Corporate Name: A. H. Steely
Local Name:
Owner Name: A. H. “Hutch” Steely. Willie Arnold Steely.
Location: Phelps on the International & Great Northern
County: Walker
Years in Operation: 63 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1962
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,
Period of Operation: 1900 to 1941. 1945 to 1962.
Town: Phelps
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 67 in 1905; 200 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and a variety of hardwoods
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 15000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 15,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: A. H. Steely, according to research by W. T. Block, operated a sawmill at Phelps from about 1900 until his death in 1929. Hutch Steely's circular sawmill at Phelps in 1928, according to the Southern Lumberman's Directory of American Saw Mills and Planing Mills, was cutting 15,000 feet daily. After A. H. Steely's death, his son, W. A. Steely, operated the sawmill during the trying times of the Great Depression. An injury in 1941 resulted in Steely nearly losing the use of one arm. He closed the mill, moved to Houston, and supported the war effort as a longshoreman on the docks and a port official. In 1945, Steely returned to Huntsville and started up the mill. He ran it until 1960, when he sold it to his son, Andrew Arnold Steely. Two years later, the mill was moved to Southwood Drive in Huntsville.
Research Date: MCJ 03-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson