A dedicated historian and Veteran, W.T. Block, Jr. published nine books of East Texas history, academic articles and was a guest columnist
for the Beaumont Enterprise.
We have collected his articles that pertain to the South Angelina County area.
He writes about the Neches River, Manning and the sawmill and lumber industry and other interests.
We appreciate the permission from his family to share his expertise and dedication to history.
Click on the articles below to go to that page......
Read about the steam boats
that carried cotton, cattle and
people up and down the
Neches and Angelina
Turpentiners in the
Saron/Zavalla area.
W.W. Havard is shown
on the left.
Click on photo to see more
photos of that era.
Opelousas Trail
ran through the
Saron area very
near the original
location of the
Henry Havard home
near the Neches River.
The "ghost" town of Manning provided employment for many Havard's and Havard relatives and friends until a fire eliminated the town.
The death of a sawmill and a sawmill town....
Zavalla to Beaumont, Texas was only 80 miles.  Many men from the Angelina County area traveled to Beaumont
to work....especially during during World War II and after the timber industry died.  Many of these articles
are about the area from Beaumont to the the Piney Woods of East Texas and the Saron area.
Click HERE for more Manning info according to the Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin