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

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Ledger 2: Employment records, September 1937-April 1953],

Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, business, 1925-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Nacogdoches & Southeastern Railroad Company materials, includes brief history and copies of time sheets, 1913, 1928, 1943, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: List of Deeds to Frost-Johnson, including mill site grounds, from 1902-1922, received from Shreveport office, March 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Operating contract and conveyance, Frost-Johnson companies to Republic Production Company and Federal Petroleum Company, one-half certain mineral rights, January 12, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Deed, Kirby Lumber Company to Frost-Johnson Lumber Company (typescript carbon and photostat), July 1, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Agreement to lease materials for use in tram railroad track, between Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company and Frost-Johnson Lumber Company, July 28, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [Tenancy agreement and] Contracts with Frost Lumber Industries, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [Tenancy agreement and] Contracts with Frost Lumber Industries, 1930-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Tenancy agreement and Contracts with Frost Lumber Industries, 1940-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Conveyance of Cleburne and Joyce LaGrone to Thomas Wooten of Frost Lumber Industries lease, August, 12 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Personnel matters, including insurance claim-related correspondence and payment receipts, 1926-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Statement of merchandise statistics for camp store at Waskom, Texas, July and August 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Inventories for items with costs, apparently at Waskom company store, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Business related miscellaneous items, 1930s-1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Maps and drawings, 19112, 1925, 1938, 1940Add to your cart.

(a) colored hand drawn map of Frost timber holdings in Shelby County

(b) plan of proposed connections, Shelby County extension with the GC&SF Railroad near Duff, Texas

(c) pencil-drawn on lined paper, Nacogdoches & Southeastern Railroad route

(d) pencil drawing of Frost Lumber Mill, Nacogdoches

Folder 16: Olin Loo, vol. 1, no. 1, Shreveport, Louisiana, Frost Lumber Industries division of Olin Industries publication. Includes a history of Frost Lumber Industries, January 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 17: In memory of Edwin Ambrose Frost, engrossed copy of Memorial prepared and presented to family members by Directors (accompanied by typescript copy), 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Histories of the Hayward and Frost Lumber companies by Dr. Robert Maxwell and others, 1906, 1935, ca. 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Newspaper clippings relating to activities of the company and its closing, 1935-1956Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Ledger 2: Employment records, September 1937-April 1953],


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