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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-142
Corporate Name: Rex H. Browne
Local Name:
Owner Name: Rex H. Browne
Location: Dyersdale, eleven miles from Houston
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1918
End Year: 1918
Decades: 1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1918
Town: Dyersdale
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Manufacturer of oak and gum timber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 25000: 1918
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily in 1918.
Produced:
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 Gulf Coast Lumberman reported in December, 1918, that Rex H. Browne, manager of Beaumont Lumber Company's hardwood department, left Beaumont Lumber to become a manufacturer of hardwood lumber. He had bought several months earlier a hardwood mill at Dyersdale, about eleven miles from Houston. This may have been the Lodswick Lumber Mill built there in 1915. The 25,000-feet daily capacity sawmill was cutting “oak and gum timber, of which there is a generous supply in the vicinity of the mill.”
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson