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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-47
Corporate Name: H. Frank Craddock
Local Name:
Owner Name: H. Frank Craddock
Location: Five miles east of Crockett
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1860
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1860
Town: East of Crockett
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 314,000 feet of lumber during the reporting period of the Census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Saw and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The Frank Craddock multi-purpose mill manufactured lumber and ground meal. Valued at $4,000, it had raw materials including $614 in sawlogs and $4,200 worth of corn. It carried a monthly payroll of four men averaging $15 each. It produced 314,000 feet of lumber valued at $1,400 and 3,700 bushels of cornmeal valued at $4,800. Aldrich, quoting the Crockett Printer of November 11, 1860, noted that lumber “was dressed by hand. . . . and will grind (corn) on Wednesdays. He also advertises that he will grind wheat into the highest grade of flour for one-sixth toll. He states his mill will saw 32-foot lumber if necessary.”
Research Date: MCJ 02-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson