Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-152
Corporate Name: Joe McMullen
Local Name:
Owner Name: Joe McMullen (McMillan?) J. E. Brown Lumber Company
Location: Conroe, south of the San Jacinto River and east of Highway 75
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1951
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1951 to at least 1957
Town: Conroe, S of the River and E of H-75
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 7,298 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and pallets
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Diesel and 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 and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: J. E. Brown had been planing lumber as early as 1951 in Montgomery County. M. Cooper told V. L. Beasley that he remembered that Brown had four tenant houses for his employees. On March 16, 1951, Brown sold to O. F. Adams a Woods planer, a shed, one office, a diesel engine, an International tractor, and three wagons. Joe McMullen (McMillan?) bought the company for $16,000 in cash and notes in 1956. The J. E. Brown Lumber Company appeared in the 1957 edition of Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 reported that the J. E. Brown Lumber Company at Conroe was a sole proprietorship located at Conroe. The company, with less than twenty employees, manufactured pallets and lumber.
Research Date: MCJ 03-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson