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Focusing on some of the smaller towns in Washington County, this article mentions Roper, Mackeys, Creswell, and Spruill's Point. Roper is the focus of the piece, a small town named for the John L. Roper Company, established in 1890 as one of the largest lumber concerns in the South. The William Lumber Company of Mackeys is also mentioned as well as a few other industrial ventures within the aforementioned towns.