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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-12
Corporate Name: Westfield Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Westfield Lumber Company. B. Boettcher.
Location: Westfield
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 25 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1929
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1905 to about 1929
Town: Westfield
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 48 in 1905; 900 in 1928; 500 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shortleaf yellow pine lumber, specializing in timbers
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: 15000: 190635000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 15, 000 feet daily; to 35,000 in 1928 on the sawmill and 75,000 feet on the planing mill
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1928: Circular sawmill, planing mill, edgers, trimmers, electric light plant, dry kilns.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: B. Boettcher was reported to have operated a sawmill in Westfield by the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1905. He was not listed in the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review's September 1906 listing of sawmills. However, interestingly enough, a Boettcher organized the Westfield Lumber Company, operating at Westfield until 1929, when it moved the lumber manufacturing operation to Huntsville. The Gulf Coast Lumberman noted in June, 1929, the company had cut out. In 1934, the Boettcher Lumber Company had a retail lumber yard at Westfield. The purchasing department was at Huntsville.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M Johnson