Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-86
Corporate Name: Joe R. Pierce Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Joe R. Pierce Lumber Company. Joe R. Pierce and G. A. Smith.
Location: On Loyd Thompson about six miles north of Carthage
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1919
End Year: 1929
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1919 to 1929
Town: Northeast of Carthage
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: Texas & Gulf
Historicial Development: Joe R. Pierce, J. K. Chamness, and G. A. Smith owned a sawmill three miles northeast of Carthage in 1916. By 1919, Pierce and Smith were in business with a sawmill about six miles north of Carthage. That year they sold milled lumber at $25.00 per thousand feet to the Boynton Lumber Company for a partial payment of $8,990. The next year, Pierce & Smith mortgaged their operation to O. S. Wooley, J. P. Wooley, and A. E. Morgan of Longview for $3,000. By 1929, Joe Pierce owned the company outright. He had loaned money to B. J. Crawford of the Shreveport Lumber Company; Crawford was unable to satisfy the debt. Pierce turned the matter over to the First National Bank of Carthage.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson