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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-26
Corporate Name: Willis G. Brown Manufacturing Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Willis G. Brown Manufacturing Company
Location: Jacksonville on Frankston Highway
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 51 years
Start Year: 1938
End Year: 1988
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989
Period of Operation: 1938 to 1988
Town: Jacksonville
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: 8,067 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 1966: Shipping pallets and warehouse pallets.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam, electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 1966: several hundred pallets daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1941: Concentration yard for portable sawmills. By 1950: a pallet mill with various kinds of saws and planers.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: W. G. Brown Company at Jacksonville was founded in 1940 as a concentration yard for the products of local portable sawmills. Within a few years, the yard was turned into a mill for manufacturing pallets and collapsible crates. By 1966, Brown employed seventy-five workers at an annual payroll in excess of $250,000. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 reported that the company was established in 1938. It was listed in 1987 in the Forest Products Industries in Texas.
Research Date: MCJ 01-24-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson