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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-160
Corporate Name: Wright-Jones Lumber Company
Local Name: Clawson
Owner Name: Wright-Jones Lumber Company with Luke Wright and Raymond Jones. John H. Cochran and W. T. Harklerood.
Location: Cochran Switch, six miles north of Lufkin on the Houston East & West Texas
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1917
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1917
Town: Cochran Switch
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 15 shotgun houses, commissary
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 10000: 1910
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: Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: Guy Croom and Archie Birdsong Matthews noted that a small mill operated about 1915 at Cochran, a small community several miles north of Lufkin on the tracks of the Houston East & West Texas. The Angelina County Bills of Sale records register a sale of lumber from the Cochran Lumber Company, located six miles north of Lufkin at Cochran Switch, to the William Cameron & Co in 1906. The partners were J. H. Cochran and W. T. Harklerood. Ted Maberry reported in The Redlander that Cochran died in 1909 and that the mill was bought by Luke S. Wright, who operated it until 1917. Luke Wright moved his other sawmill from Davisville to Hoshall in 1917. This would have been the Wright & Jones Lumber Company, including Raymond Jones. It had a full sawmill operation plus logging tram and sawmill community. Jones was the mill foreman, the logging contractor was Nemrod Berry, and Hiram Brown took care of the company teams. Brown had to have a leg amputated after a mule bit him so hard that the bones were crushed. Wright built a commissary and boarding house and about fifteen shot-gun houses. Cochran's Switch quickly disappeared.
Research Date: MCJ 01-17-96
Prepared By: M Johnson