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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-151
Corporate Name: Stephen Richardson
Local Name:
Owner Name: Stephen Richardson
Location: Chocolate Bayou
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1832
End Year: 1832
Decades: 1830-1839
Period of Operation: 1832
Town: Chocolate Bayou
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
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: Unknown
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: According to Nancy Nichols Barker in her translation and edition of The French Legation in Texas, Stephen Richardson was an early sawmiller during the period of Mexican rule and the Republic. Born in Maine, Stephen Richardson (1794-1860), was a lumberman, schoolmaster who built a mill on Chocolate Bayou in 1832, which washed away the same year. By 1839, Richardson had a steam sawmill at Harrisburg.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M Johnson