Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-53
Corporate Name: J. D. Pon
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. D. Pon
Location: Near Tenaha
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1903
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1903 to 1910
Town: Near Tenaha
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: 40-horsepower boiler and steam engine
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: Hendrick sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas, and the Gulf, Beaumont, & Santa Fe intersect here
Historicial Development: J. D. Pon, in February ,1903, is listed in the Shelby County records as mortgaging to D. D. Mims for $200 a steam engine and boiler, an Hendrick sawmill complete. Later that year, Pon mortgaged with Mims, according to Panola County records, for the sawmill, engine, and boiler. Because of the different county records, the sawmill may have been north of Tenaha, on either side of the county line between Shelby and Panola counties. In 1910, Pon was listed as a sawmiller at Precinct 5, residence 121, in Tenaha.
Research Date: MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: M Johnson