Frost-Johnson Lumber Company, 1902-1956 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Frost-Johnson Lumber Company, 1902-1956Add to your cart.

ID: F/6

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Frost-Johnson Lumber Company -- Records and correspondence, Frost-Trigg Lumber Company -- Records and correspondence, Frost Lumber Industries -- Records and correspondence, Lumbering -- Texas, East, Lumber trade -- Texas, East, Sawmills -- Texas

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection covers a portion of the business records of the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company.

Collection Historical Note

Enoch W. Frost began lumbering with a small portable sawmill as early as 1881 in the region around Texarkana. He expanded his operations and became associated with a group who formed the Frost-Trigg Lumber Company in 1897. In 1907 Edwin Ambrose Frost, son of Enoch, in conjunction with Clarence D. Johnson, organized the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company which merged with Frost-Trigg. The company was developed by E. A. into a complex lumber operation and was for a time the largest lumber manufacturer in Northeast Texas and Northwest Louisiana. Clarence D. Johnson, who was born in New York, came south and began his sawmill career working as a trimmer in a Louisiana mill in 1885. Johnson worked his way up through the mill and eventually became the first vice-president of the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company.

In 1910 Frost-Johnson further expanded with the purchase of the Hayward mill and more than 50,000 acres of pinelands in Nacogdoches and adjoining counties, together with the Nacogdoches and Southeastern Railroad. Frost Johnson became Frost Lumber Industries in 1925 and three years later acquired another major Texas property with the purchase of the Waterman Lumber Company. With the death of E. A. Frost in 1950, the stockholders voted in 1952 to sell to Olin Industries who shortly thereafter sold to the International Paper Company.

Subject/Index Terms

Frost-Johnson Lumber Company -- Records and correspondence
Frost-Trigg Lumber Company -- Records and correspondence
Frost Lumber Industries -- Records and correspondence
Lumbering -- Texas, East
Lumber trade -- Texas, East
Sawmills -- Texas

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Acquisition Method: Gift


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Folder 1: Deed to E. B. Hayward for tracts in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties for Hayward Mill, January 15, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 2: By-laws of the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company of Texas, ca. 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Charter of incorporation for the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company of Texas (typescript copy), March 17, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Affidavit of change of name of the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company to the Frost Lumber Industries, Inc., with related correspondence, 1925-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence regarding stockholders meetings, including some proxies, 1911-1931Add to your cart.
Ledger 1: Minute Book, 1911-1931Add to your cart.
Directors meeting minutes and stockholders meeting minutes; also related matters including proxies, correspondence, and agreements.

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