Deemer Manufacturing Co. (1906-1917)
New Deemer Manufacturing Co. (1917-1924)
Adams-Newell Lumber Co. (1924-1933)
Reynolds Lumber Co. (1933-1940)
Standard Gauge 60-lb rail
Headquarters and mill location: Deemer, MS (Neshoba County)
Years of Operation: 1906-1940
Mill Capacity: 50,000 ft/day in 1910
Miles Operated: 15 in 1910
Locomotives Owned: 7
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History by Gil Hoffman:
Deemer Manufacturing Company was incorporated in Tioga County, PA. In late
1906 the company acquired 40,000 acres of timber near Philadelphia, MS, and
built a sawmill at Deemer, two miles south of Philadelphia, on the Mobile,
Jackson & Kansas City Railroad. In 1910 the cutting capacity of the
Deemer mill was 75,000 feet per day.
August 27, 1917, Swords R. Lee, A. Albert, Robert Slack and Dr. W. D. Hass,
all of Alexandria, La., and Emil Sundbery, of Napoleonville, Louisiana,
purchased the sawmill and timber holdings of the Deemer Manufacturing
Company, at Deemer, Neshoba County for $1,000,000. The sawmill was a double
band type with a cutting capacity of 100,000 feet per day. The New Deemer
Manufacturing Company was then formed to operate the property.
Adams-Newell Lumber Company bought the sawmill and timber holdings of the
New Deemer Manufacturing Company at Deemer, Neshoba County, on May 31, 1924,
for $875,000. Included in the purchase were a 100,000 ft. daily capacity
sawmill, 12 miles of logging railroad, 4 locomotives and 50 log cars.
Officers of the company were: Frank L. Adams, of Jackson, MS, president; C.
H. Howell, of Oklahoma City, vice president, and J. C. Liggett, of Morton,
MS, secretary and treasurer. The mill at Deemer cut 65 percent pine and 35
Reynolds Lumber Company, composed of H. D. Reynolds, A. B. Banks and J. C.
Liggett, bought the holdings of the Adams-Newell Lumber Company, at Deemer,
on September 28, 1933, for $282,000. The Reynolds plant was taken over by
the Deemer Lumber Company in March 1940.
New Deemer Mfg. No. 1 at the mill at Deemer with a full load of logs for the mill pond.
Deemer Manufacturing No. 1, a trim Lima mogul (2-6-0) looks to be fairly new in this postcard view.
Deemer Mfg. operated at least one Barnhart log loader, as attested to in this photo.
A log spur in the Pearl River swamps is an excellent illustration of "corduroy" method of supporting crossties with small logs lengthwise underneath to provide additional support in boggy areas.
An excellent overview of the town of Deemer that grew up around the mill. Deemer was at one time larger than nearby Philadelphia. The two-story building in the center was the heart of the town... the company offices and commissary. The depot is seen just beyond it. A short 4-wheel "bobber" caboose can be seen on a NOM&C freight near the depot.
Shay No. 2 with a load of logs and Barnhart loader No. 1.
|Locomotive Roster by Gil Hoffman:
as Gates Lumber Co. #6, Wilmar, AR; diverted to Deemer Manufacturing Co.
to New Deemer Manufacturing Co. #1, Deemer, MS, on 8-27-1917; to
Adams-Newell Lumber Co. #1, Deemer, MS, on 5-31-1924; to Adams-Banks
Lumber Co. #1, Morton, MS; to Simpson County Gravel Co. #1, Saratoga, MS,
to New Deemer Manufacturing Co. #2, Deemer, MS, on 8-27-1917; to
Adams-Newell Lumber Co. #2, Deemer, MS, on 5-31-1924; to Reynolds Lumber
Co. #2, Deemer, MS, on 9-28-1933.
from Lima Locomotive Works through Woodward-Wight & Co., New Orleans,
dealer), on 12-9-1916.
as Alabama-Mississippi Lumber Co. #7, Monroe, MS; returned to Lima and
held for Woodward-Wight & Co.
to New Deemer Manufacturing Co. #3, Deemer, MS, on 8-27-1917; to
Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL; to Adams-Banks
Lumber Co. #3, Morton, MS, on 9-7-1923; to
Lumber Co. #3, Deemer, MS; to Reynolds Lumber Co. #3, Deemer, MS, on
from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1478, Birmingham, AL, on
as Mine La Motte Co. #3, Mine La Motte, MO; to Birmingham Rail &
Locomotive Co. #1478.
to Adams-Newell Lumber Co. #4, Deemer, MS, on 5-31-1924; to Birmingham
Rail & Locomotive Co. #1540, Birmingham, Ala.; to Reynolds-West Lumber
Co. #4, Burnside, MS, on 7-1-1925; to Marietta Lumber Co. #4, Burnside,
MS, in 1928.
Baldwin class 10-28¼ D 55
from Lamb-Fish Lumber Co., Charleston, MS
as: Louisell Lumber Co. #6, Richardson, MS; diverted to: A. G. Little
Lumber Co. #1, Richardson, MS; to Enterprise Foundry & Machine Co.,
Hattiesburg, MS; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1294, Atlanta, GA;
to Lamb-Fish Lumber Co., on 5-13-1918.
To Reynolds Lumber Co. #2, on 9-28-1933.
from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1515, Birmingham, AL, on
as Henderson Land & Lumber Co. #3, Fox, AL; to Birmingham Rail &
Locomotive Co. #1515.
To Reynolds Lumber Co. #5, on 9-28-1933.
from Adams-Banks Lumber Co. #2, Morton, MS
as Hall & Legan Lumber Co. #2, Morton, MS; to Adams-Banks Lumber Co.
#2, on 2-18-1922.
Reynolds Lumber Co., on 9-28-1933.
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