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Texas lumberman born


On this day in 1836, Henry Lutcher, a leading Texas lumberman, was born in Pennsylvania. By 1865 he had become a partner with G. Bedell Moore in the Lutcher and Moore Company. When the rapid depletion of Pennsylvania timber threatened his lumber business, he and Moore made a grueling inspection tour of Texas in 1877 seeking a new location for their operations. Lutcher moved to Orange the following year, and he and Moore invested heavily in the timberlands of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Their plants at Orange and at Lutcher, Louisiana, were among the nation's largest, and helped set off a lumbering bonanza in the region. Lutcher diversified his industrial investments and helped finance the construction of both the Orange and Northwestern and the Gulf, Sabine and Red River railroads. He also lent powerful support to the deepwater movements in Jefferson and Orange counties that culminated in the construction of the Sabine-Neches Waterway. He died in 1912.

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