Bush Brothers Lumber & Milling Company at Spring, Texas, in 1910; excerpts from American Lumberman magazine.  
  Source: “Mill Connections of a Modern Yellow Pine Selling Organization”, American Lumberman, February 12, 1910, pp. 51-54. Chicago, 1910.

The Bush Bros. Lumber & Milling Company, with headquarters in that great Texas Lumber center, Houston, and with its manufacturing plant at Spring, twenty-three miles north of Houston, has been conducting operations since its incorporation in August, 1907. The timber holdings and mill of the Barrett & Cline Lumber Company at Spring were bought by the Bush Bros. Lumber & Milling Company in 1907 and became the nucleus of the new concern. But additions have been made to the timber holdings and extensive improvements have been made to the mill and its equipment until it now is turning out 45,000 feet of Lumber daily, and its timber holdings at the present rate of operation insure a life of at least ten years.

The timber holdings of the company are principally shortleaf yellow pine, which is of an excellent quality, cutting from 6,000 to 8,000 feet to the acre, the manufactured product running fully 50 percent of upper grades. The company's timber holdings are all in Montgomery county, Texas, a few miles from the International & Great Northern railway. The logging railway of the Bush Bros. Lumber & Milling Company is narrow gage and extends about five miles into its timber holdings. The railway equipment comprises a 20-ton Shay logging locomotive and twelve skeleton logging cars. The logs are hauled over the logging road to Minnock's station on the International & Great Northern railway, are transferred from the narrow-gage logging cars to the standard cars of that railway and are shipped upon that road about nine miles to the mill. Forty men are employed in the woods in logging operations, and with the aid of about sixty oxen and a Raymond log loader provide an ample supply of logs to keep the mill in steady operation during the entire year.

Upon reaching the mill the logs are handled from the International & Great Northern cars to a skidway and from that to a small car on the incline which hauls the logs to the saw. From that point the manufacture of Lumber shows evidence of the company's intention to turn out good stock. The equipment of the plant to care for the output is excellent and well balanced throughout and the shipping facilities are ample. The Lumber is well manufactured and is handled carefully in its progress throughout the plant. The plant being a convenient distance from the town of Spring, the company finds it unnecessary to own a large number of houses, the town affording educational facilities, churches and social advantages for the employees. The company, however, owns fifteen houses and conducts a commissary for the accommodation of its employees, and the local office of the company is in the commissary building.

The management of the Bush Bros. Lumber & Milling Company is young, energetic and enterprising and thoroughly experienced in the manufacturing of Lumber. The numerous improvements and extensions already made to the plant of the company may be considered as an earnest of what may be expected in the future.

The plant itself is well equipped for the manufacture of good Lumber, and even to the casual observer there is evidence of that cordial relation between the management and the employees which assures hearty cooperation in an earnest effort to turn out a well manufactured product and to handle all orders promptly.

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