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 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: HE&WT Railroad combination depot at Burke, to be built at Goodrich, blueprint, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 2: HE&WT Railroad proposed location of combination depot at HF&N RR junction, near Midline, Texas, blueprint, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Plan of combination passenger and freight depot, KCM and O Railroad of Texas, blueprint, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Mill details for standard no. 1 depots, both Northern and Southern divisions, blueprint, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Kansas City Southern Railroad standard plan, no. 1 depot, in Arkansas and Louisiana, blueprint, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Caldwell Company, dimensions and bill of material of R.R. tank outlet, Foster Lumber Company, Clinesburg, Texas, blueprint, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Marshall Car Wheel and Foundry Company, standard-gauge hoo hoo logging cars, Clinesburg, Texas, blueprint, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 8: G. W. Dubes' pocket-less standard [logging car], blueprint, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Clinesburg spur for Trinity River Lumber Co., blueprint, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Rod Brasses Eng. 1, 2 blueprints, ca. 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Logging Cars for FLC, Fostoria, Texas, blueprint, ca. 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Caldwell Company, extended top for all iron [water] tower, blueprint, ca. 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Caldwell Company, "sectional" all iron [water] tower, blueprint, patented 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Texas State Highway Department, Montgomery County, Texas, map, with hand-colored sections, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Plan of rough lumber shed for FLC, Clinesburg, blueprint, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Plan of boiler house for FLC, Clinesburg, blueprint, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Plan of machinery floor of sawmill for FLC, Clinesburg, blueprint, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Ground plan of the FLC plant at Clinesburg, blueprint, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Plan of sorting works for FLC, Clinesburg, blueprint, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Plan and side elevation of rolls and shafts in planing mill, FLC, blueprint, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Wood slasher, built for FLC, blueprint, ca. 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Loader and connections for double cutting, blueprint, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Stackers, blueprint, ca. 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Arrangement of stackers and dry kilns showing transfer system, for FLC, Clinesburg, 2 blueprints, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Details of bar cushion, 3 blueprints, 1903Add to your cart.

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