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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AN-85
Corporate Name: Wherry Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Wherry Brothers Lumber Company and Wherry Lumber Company
Location: Neches: 321 and 2547
County: Anderson
Years in Operation: 24 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1928
Town: Neches
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 261 in 1905; 1000 in 1928; 325 in 1934; 660 in 1946.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber. Working with red gum, red and white oak, shortleaf yellow pine.
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: 1928
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily in 1928
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmills, planing mills, edgers, trimmers
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern in 1872
Historicial Development: The Wherry Brothers saw and planing mills at Neches appeared in the 1905 and 1907 reference books of the Lumbermen's Credit Association. The company changed names to the Wherry Lumber Company by 1910. In that year, a Cherokee County chattel mortgage refers to Wherry Lumber accepting a mortgage for a sawmill outfit from E. F. and W. A. P. Harrison. In 1928, Wherry Lumber was reported to have a circular sawmill milling 25,000 feet of lumber daily from red gum, red and white oak, and shortleaf yellow pine. The company had a smaller mill at the same time in Palestine. Webb noted that the International & Great Northern created a stop in Anderson County about four miles from the Neches River. The stop was named after the river.
Research Date: JKG 10-15-93, MCJ 03-07-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson