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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-300
Corporate Name: Pryor & Son
Local Name:
Owner Name: Pryor & Son. Robert E. Pryor, Robert E. Pryor II
Location: Rusk
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1881
End Year: 1886
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1881 to 1886
Town: Rusk
Company Town: 2
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: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: Pryor & Son was listed in a railroad directory as having a sawmill at Rusk in 1884. The owners were Robert Pryor and Robert Pryor II (1866-1932). The elder Pryor operated his first mill in the Rusk area. The county records note that he mortgaged to the Murray Iron Works in 1881 for an engine and a boiler. He and his son at one time owned four of them. Cherokee County History notes that “Pryor sawed lumber for use in building the Texas State Penitentiary, Kansas & Gulf Short Line Railroad (Cotton Belt Railroad), and Rusk College.”
Research Date: MCJ 01-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson