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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-189
Corporate Name: Potts & Collins
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. M. Potts & William M. Collins. L. R. Bagwell and J. W. Hurst.
Location: Nine miles southeast of Center, three miles west of Neuville
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1912
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1912. Sometime after 1909, J. W. Hurst became Bagwell's partner
Town: West of Neuville
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: 11-inch by 12-inch Ames steam engine, one 45-horsepower boiler, 36-inch by 10-ft Atlas boiler, one Atlas 9-inch by 12-inch 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: A Curtis sawmill and carriage with, at one time or another, an edger, all belting, all pulleys, one dust chain, one cutoff saw
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe at Neuville
Historicial Development: L. R. Bagwell operated a mill for some years southeast of Center, three miles west of Neuville. In March 1905, Bagwell to Farmers Bank one 36-inch by 10-ft Atlas boiler, one Atlas 9-inch by 12-inch steam engine, one edger, all belting, and all pulleys at his sawmill. A year later he mortgaged to J. B. Cotton for $800 the steam boiler, the steam engine, a sawmill and carriage, an edger, and one dust chain. In 1908, Bagwell mortgaged to Farmers Bank of Center all the lumber-268,000 feet- near his mill (located near the W. D. George residence). In December 1909, for $1,200, they mortgaged to Lynch & Potts a Curtis sawmill and edger, one cutoff saw, one 11-inch by 12-inch Ames steam engine, one 45-horsepower boiler, and the mill sheds. Shelby County Chattel Mortgage Register entry #13058 indicates, however, that Potts and Collins bought their mill. Nonetheless, in 1912, Pickering mortgaged Bagwell & Hurst to saw Pickering trees at their mill for all lumber and lumber products manufactured at the Bagwell & Hurst mill. Perhaps Bagwell & Hurst continued to lease the mill from Potts and Collins. The 1910 census records reveal that Lawrence R. Bagwell, born in Georgia, lived at residence 58, in Precinct 2 (Shelbyville) and owned a sawmill. Lawrence Bagwell, born in Georgia, of residence 103, Precinct 3 (Neuville), was a sawmill manager. The Bagwells were probably family relations, possibly cousins. J. W. Hurst operated a lumber retail business in Shelbyville in 1907. The Handbook of Texas noted that Neuville, founded in 1904, was named for a family that had lived in the area since the 1840s.
Research Date: MCJ 03-01-96
Prepared By: M Johnson