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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-97
Corporate Name: Pegoda & Bell
Local Name: Possum Walk
Owner Name: William and George Pegoda with Charlie Bell
Location: Possum Walk Community, southwest of Huntsville
County: Walker
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1900 to 1907
Town: Possum Walk Community
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Cotton, cornmeal, 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: Cotton gin, grist mill, sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The editors of Walker County, Texas: A History recorded that “a center of activity in the Possum Walk community was an area on Possum Walk Road where Mr. George Pegoda owned and operated a cotton gin, sawmill, and grist mill, assisted by Mr. Charlie Bell. The site of the old mill area is still marked by a large mound, where sawdust and other by-products of the mills were once piled. Mr. Pegoda” was a carpenter, making furniture and even “his own coffin.” The Census of 1900 enumerates the thirty-three-year-old George Pegoda, a German immigrant, as a “sawmiller” at Precinct 1, Residence 370. Bell & Pagoda were listed as manufacturers of lumber in Huntsville in 1907.
Research Date: MCJ 03-31-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson