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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AN-20
Corporate Name: Elkhart Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Elkhart Lumber Company, owners were J. D. Houston and H. I. Harris. J. D. Houston. Houston-Bostick Lumber Company.
Location: Elkhart, eight miles south of Palestine
County: Anderson
Years in Operation: 30 years
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: About 1928 to at least 1957
Town: Elkhart, south of Palestine
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 210 in 1905, 2200 in 1928; 1018 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 15000: 1928
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: This sawmill firm operated under various names (see above) but is normall associated with J. D. Houston. The Lufkin Daily News reported that the Elkhart Lumber Company sawmill was operating at Elkhart in 1943 and had been for about fifteen years. It was listed under J. D. Houston in the Southern Lumberman's Directory of American Saw Mills and Planing Mills for 1928, cutting 15,000 feet daily. The Houston-Bostick Lumber Company is listed in the 1957 Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas.
Research Date: MCJ 03-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson