Foster Lumber Company, 1905-1957 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Foster Lumber Company, 1905-1957Add to your cart.

ID: F/5

Extent: 75.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Business records, Foster, John McCullough, 1832-1899, Foster Lumber Company -- Records and correspondence, Lumbering -- Texas, Lumber trade, Sawmills -- Texas

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of the business records for the Foster Lumber Company.

Collection Historical Note

The Foster Lumber Company, under founder John McCullough Foster, established its first retail lumberyard at Randolph, Kansas, in 1879. By 1894, the Foster Lumber Company had acquired land in Montgomery County, Texas, near the present day town of Fostoria, formerly known as Clinesburg. Most of the company's Texas business was concerned with timberlands and sawmill operations to support their retail yards.

In 1905, the company constructed a big saw mill at Fostoria and began operations there the next year. At the time of its construction the mill was said to be the fastest one in the South. The company town was cleaner and better equipped than the average milltown at that time. Continuing to add to its holdings of Texas timberland, the company eventually expanded to include land in Polk, Harris, San Jacinto and adjoining counties in addition to its Montgomery County holdings.

Subject/Index Terms

Business records
Foster, John McCullough, 1832-1899
Foster Lumber Company -- Records and correspondence
Lumbering -- Texas
Lumber trade
Sawmills -- Texas

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for reseaerch.

Acquisition Method: Gift


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Specifications for Foster Lumber Company, Clinesburg, Texas, ca. 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Specifications [revised] for Foster Lumber Company, Clinesbug, Texas, ca. 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letter regarding furnishing of machinery according to specifications from McDonough Manufacturing Company, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Bill of material, estimate and specifications for Standard No. 1 Depot, 1905; with related correspondence, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Specifications for engine for Foster Lumber Company from H. M. Strait Manufacturing Company, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Specifications [some differences from above] for engine from H. M. Strait Manufacturing Company, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Packing list for shipment of engine, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Specifications and correspondence relating to purchase of a boiler for Foster Lumber Company, 1914-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Miscellaneous: letter from Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance; unsigned statement re storage tanks; dimension sheet for machinery, 1909-ca. 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Statement regarding a fire at the mill, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Deed for land in Montgomery County, with plat, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, notes, deeds, title opinions, related to purchases of timber, 1942-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Southern Pine Association statement of costs, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Graphs showing expenses/profits of different company operations from, 1946-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Speech: "Sentiments of the Negroes of Fostoria to the Executive Board of the Foster Lumber Company," made by Landy Parham, Dec. 3, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Pamphlet: "Copy of letter, Benjamin B. Foster to Innis R. Palmer (Texas Operations)," with history of the company in Texas, May 25, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Pamphlet: "Retail Yard Operations, recollections of Benjamin B. Foster, 1879-1941, Foster Lumber Company,", June 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Newspaper clippings relating to the closing of the mill at Fostoria, 1957Add to your cart.

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