Bentley & Ward Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 30, 35 & 40-lb rail


Mill Location: N. Mt. Olive, MS (Covington County)

Mill Capacity: 60,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1902-1907

Miles Operated: 4 miles in 1903

Locomotives Owned: 2 known



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History by Gil Hoffman:

Bentley & Ward was a partnership composed of C. S. Bentley and W. K. Ward. In September 1902 they began buying right-of-way west of Mt. Olive, Covington County, for a tram road and built a circular sawmill with a cutting capacity of 40,000 feet per day one mile north of Mt. Olive. This mill burned in September 1903, but was rebuilt on the same site and in operation in 50 days. The new mill was a circular type with a cutting capacity of 60,000 feet per day. The mill machinery was by the Curtis Company and consisted of an Atlas engine and twin engine feed plus a Hall & Brown sizer. The cut of this mill was dimension stuff for the interior trade. 

On November 17, 1906 Ward sold Bentley his interest in 280 acres of timber and in the mill site, indicating that the partnership was being dissolved and that the operation was nearing its end. The mill cut out in 1907.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

?                  0-4-0T&T       Baldwin                  3879                    5-1876                     48                    12x22                     46000

                                 Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL, on 12-18-02. 

Equipped with 4-wheel tender.

Built as Chicago & Atchison Bridge Co. #4, Atchison, KS, a 2-4-0T.

Baldwin class 6-18 C 2


50                2T Shay         Lima                        878                      3-1904                     26                    3-8x12                     56000

                                 Purchased new. Cost $3,600.

Sold to Alexandria Cooperage & Lumber Co., Alexandria, LA; to Adams & Byrnes Lumber Co., Vernon, LA; to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL; to Alexandria Lumber & Supply Co., Chopin, LA, on 11-21-19; to Chopin Lumber Co. #2, Chopin, LA, about 6-1920.







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