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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-288
Corporate Name: Peacock Crate Factory
Local Name:
Owner Name: Peacock Crate Factory. Slover & J. H. Peacock) (W. W. Slover); W. W. Slover; John George Slover & J. H. Peacock; F. A. Shinalt
Location: Turney
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 50 years
Start Year: 1921
End Year: 1970
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979
Period of Operation: 1921 to at least early 1970s
Town: Turney
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 300 in 1928; 100 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Planed lumber and crates, ginned cotton; after 1948, vegetable container covers
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: Turney
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Planing mill, crate factory, cotton gin, general store (1930)
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Southern Pacific (Texas & New Orleans)
Historicial Development: In 1921, W. W. Slover, John's son, and W. W.'s brother-in-law, J. H. “Hoke” Peacock, began a tomato-crate operation at the site. Eventually, they expanded the business. Slover & Peacock, in this small community, operated a multi-function industry during the Depression years. It consisted of a planing mill, a crate factory, a cotton gin, and a general store. A fire destroyed the business in 1948. On December 31, 1948, the followingJ. H. Peacock, J. L. Peacock, Jerry Shinalt, F. A. Shinaltdissolved their partnership in the Peacock Crate Company at Turney. Jerry Peacock Shinalt, a son-in-law to Peacock, bought the plant in 1950. In 1959, J. L. Peacock and Phillip Peacock renewed the partnership of Peacock Crate Factory. The bill of sale noted that five frame houses were included in the sale. Peacock manufactured vegetable container covers until the early 1970s.
Research Date: MCJ 01-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson