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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JE-14
Corporate Name: Burrus Lumber Company.
Local Name:
Owner Name: Burrus Lumber Company. Barber Lumber and Manufacturing Co. 1929: Felix A. Burrus, president; son E. A. Burrus, vice president and general manager; and L. T. Foster, secretary.
Location: Beaumont, on Crockett Street
County: Jefferson
Years in Operation: 31 years
Start Year: 1927
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: About 1927 to 1957
Town: Beaumont
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 65,000 in 1928; 57732 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood and shortleaf yellow pine products.
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: 25000: 1927
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily in 1927; 20,000 feet in 1928.
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, dry kilns.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: 1927 to 1951: Texas & New Orleans, Santa Fe
Historicial Development: The Barber Lumber and Manufacturing Company employed forty workers noted the Beaumont Enterprise, in 1927. The operation was purchased by Burrus Lumber Company in November 1929. The Burrus Lumber Company sawmill facility at Beaumont suffered from fire damage on June 4, 1948. The sawmill was destroyed, but the planing mill and dry kilns were saved. Estimated losses totaled between $75,000 and $100,000. By December, 1953, the company had converted to a concentration treatment plant and was not milling lumber. The company was noted in the Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas edition of 1957.
Research Date: JKG 8-23-93, MCJ 03-12-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson