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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-53
Corporate Name: Charles Louis [Klein] Kelty and Edmond Steiness
Local Name:
Owner Name: Charles Louis [Klein] Kelty and Edmond Steiness
Location: On Biloxi Creek near Homer
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 10 years
Start Year: 1866
End Year: 1875
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1866 to about 1870
Town: Homer
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Saw and planing mills
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Charles Louis [nee Klein] Kelty on 16 April 1866 bought a boiler, engine, and the fixtures for a steam sawmill. The purchase price of $1,200 bought him a two-thirds interest, while Edmond Steiness held the other third. They formalized their partnership twelve days later. Boon believes that the machinery was stationary and set up at Biloxi Creek. That may have been on 87.5 acres Kelty bought from James Wilkerson and his wife on 1 June 1860. N. W. Gann bought a one-half interest in Kelty's sawmill and grist mill in 1873 for $1,250. He was ordered by the court on 28 October 1875 to sell the Biloxi sawmill in order to meet the demands of his creditors. Charles Kelty apparently moved his Homer mill and machinery northwest of Lufkin. The mill may have been the first in Angelina County to have a planing mill. In 1877, no fixtures are listed for his mill in the county tax roll. He sold a later mill in 1887 at Kelty to Joseph Kurth of Angelina County Lumber Company.
Research Date: MCJ 01-12-96
Prepared By: M Johnson