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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JE-28
Corporate Name: Industrial Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Industrial Lumber Company controlled output of the Forrest Lumber Company. B. F. Smith, Secretary 1932.
Location: Helbig, 3.6 miles north of Beaumont
County: Jefferson
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1900 to 1905
Town: Helbig
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 45000: 1904
Capacity Comments: 45,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill only
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Company Tram
Historicial Development: A sawmill was erected here in 1900 by Forrest Lumber Company, and Industrial Lumber Company bought it in 1903, but still continued to use Forrest's name in the trade journals. The post office was established in 1900. When all the timber was exhausted, by 1905, the plant was dismantled and shipped to Industrial's operation at Seale, Louisiana. Headquarted in Beaumont, the company contracted for an annual capacity of 75 million board feet. It either owned or leased mills at Silsbee, Call, and Caraway in Texas, and Vinton, Calcasieu, and Oakdale in Louisiana. It had built a huge mill at Elizabeth, Louisiana, by 1909. R. N. Watson y Cia, of Monterey, Mexico, complained to the Lutcher-Moore in 1904 that its products were not as good as those of Industrial Lumber. Industrial Lumber appeared on a list of creditors of Farmers and Merchants Lumber Company in 1932. Its office at Beaumont was not listed in the 1934 edition of the Lumbermen's Credit Rating Book.
Research Date: JKG 8-23-93, MCJ 03-12-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson