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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-8
Corporate Name: Willow Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Willow Lumber Company, based in Houston, with L. H. Wallis. Empire Timber & Lumber Company
Location: Tomball
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1909
End Year: 1909
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1909
Town: Tomball
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Yellow pine lumber
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: 35000: 1909
Capacity Comments: 35,000 feet daily in 1909
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: The name of the Willow Lumber Company at Willow, Texas, appeared on a membership listing of the Yellow Pine Manufacturers Association, of 1908. In September, 1908, the Willow Lumber Company sued Miller-Vidor Lumber Company for alienating the Willow Lumber work force and secured the work force for itself. It asked $15,500 in damages. The Willow Lumber Company, according to the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review of January 1909, gave notice that it was expanding with auxiliary machinery the cutting capacity of the mills at Willow and Tomball from 35,000-feet to 60,000-feet daily cuts. Additionally, the Empire Timber & Lumber Company of Beaumont, leased the Willow mill until January 1, 1910, with the possibility of buying it outright.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson