Finkbine Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 56-lb rail

Headquarters: Wiggins, MS

Mill Location: Wiggins, MS (Stone County) 

                         D'Lo, MS (Simpson County)

Mill Capacity: 175,000 ft/day in 1910 (Wiggins)

                        225,000 ft/day in 1916 (D'Lo)

Years of Operation: Wiggins- 1901-1929

                                 D'Lo- 1916-1929

Miles Operated: 50 miles in 1917 (Wiggins)

                            18 miles in 1917 (D'Lo)

Locomotives Owned

Also see: Niles City Lumber Co.

Wilbe Lumber Co.

 

 

Equipment:

5 locomotives, 100 cars, 2 American loaders in 1910

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

WIGGINS MILL

On October 12, 1901, the Finkbine Lumber Company, of Des Moines, Iowa, purchased the two sawmills belonging to the Niles City Lumber Company (composed of J. H. and S. O. Gary), at Wiggins, Harrison County, for $13,300. As part of this agreement the Garys became sole logging contractors for the Finkbine mills at Wiggins in an area extending 36 miles east and west and 12 miles north and south of the town for a total of not less than 100,000,000 feet of pine logs and not exceeding 150,000 feet per day. On April 2, 1903, all of the timber lands owned by the Niles City Lumber Company were transferred to the Finkbine Lumber Company.

In January 1903, a new double band mill with a cutting capacity of 125,000 feet per day was completed at Wiggins. Machinery throughout was by the Allis-Chalmers Company. Other features were five dry kilns, a large planing mill and dressed lumber shed. The mill cut longleaf yellow pine, being primarily a dimension stuff mill. Some timbers were also cut. Business was both domestic and export, with export being handled through Gulfport, MS

Officers of the company were E. C. Finkbine, president; W. O. Finkbine, vice president, and W. E. Guild, treasurer. In January 1903, W. E. Guild took over as general manager at Wiggins.

On July 1, 1929, the mills and remaining timber lands at Wiggins and D'Lo were sold to the Wilbe Lumber Company.

 

D'LO MILL

In July 1915, the Finkbine Lumber Company began construction at D'Lo, Simpson County, of an all electric sawmill containing two band saws, a gang saw and a resaw. When operations began in July 1916, this mill had a cutting capacity of 200,000 feet in 10 hours. The timber supply extended over parts of Simpson, Rankin, Smith and Scott counties, running east from D'Lo for about 50 miles. Offices of the company were moved from Wiggins to Jackson, MS, in December 1918.

About August 1927 the supply of pine was cut out, after which the mill switched to cutting redwood shipped from the Finkbine-Guild mill in California through the Panama Canal to Gulfport. The D'Lo mill cut out for good in August 1929.

On July 1, 1929, all timber lands, mineral leases and railroad rights-of-way in Simpson County belonging to the Finkbine Lumber Company were sold to the Wilbe Lumber Company.

 

Other sources:

See court case pertaining to the sale of the Finkbine railroad running east of Wiggins to the G&SI here.

 

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LOCOMOTIVE ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

WIGGINS:

4              4-6-0                   Baldwin                  13623                  8-1893                     56                    18x24                      96000

Purchased from Louisville & Atlantic #4. In service by 3-1906.

Built as Richmond, Nicholasville, Irvine & Beattyville #4, Richmond, KY; to Louisville & Atlantic #4,

in 5-1899.

Baldwin class 10-30 D 327

 

1st 10      4-6-0                   Schenectady                                                                     57                    18x24                      96000

Purchased secondhand. In service by 1906.

Sold to Georgia Locomotive Co. #49, Atlanta, GA; to Cincinnati, Flemingsburg & Southeastern #10, Flemingsburg, KY, in 1910.

 

2nd 10    2-6-0                   Danforth-Cooke                                                               52                    18x24                      90000

Purchased from Georgia Locomotive Co. #47, Atlanta, GA, in 7-1908.

Formerly Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic #1002.

For sale 11-1916.

 

3rd 10     3T Shay             Lima                        886                      6-1904                     36                    3-12x15                   148300

Renumb. from #50.

Sold to Wilbe Lumber Co. #10, Wiggins, MS, in 8-1929.

 

11            3T Shay             Lima                        1646                    2-1906                     32                    3-12x12                   126600

Purchased new.

Sold to Wilbe Lumber Co. #11, Wiggins, MS, in 8-1929.

 

12            2T Shay             Lima                        1685                    4-1906                     28                    3-10x10                   66000

Purchased new.

Transferred to Finkbine-Guild Lumber Co. #12, Rockport, CA, in 3-1926; to Southern Redwood Corp. #1, Rockport, CA, in 9-1928; to Cottoneva Redwood Co. #1, Rockport, CA, in 2-1933; to Rockport Redwood Co. #1, Rockport, CA, in 2-1938; to Clifford C. Bong & Co. #1, Lathrop, CA, about 7-1942, later at Dominguez and El Monte, CA. Scrapped 1947 or 1948.

 

30            4-6-0                   Baldwin                  16263                  10-1898                   56                    19x24                      124000

Purchased from Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #425, Atlanta, GA, on 10-13-1919. Cost $11,000.

Built as Chattanooga, Rome & Southern #26; to Central of Georgia #1367, in 6-1901, renumb. #1385 in 1910; to Wrightsville & Tennille #30, Dublin, GA, in 7-1917; to Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #425.

Transferred to Finkbine mill at D'Lo, MS.

Baldwin class 10-32 D 608

 

50            3T Shay             Lima                        886                      6-1904                     36                    3-12x15                   148300

Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL, on 11-22-1913.

Built as Kaul Lumber Co. #5, Hollins, AL; to Sumter Lumber Co., Sumter, AL, by 11-1907; to Hardaway Contracting Co. #50, Squaw Shoals, AL; to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Renumb. #10.


51            3T Shay             Lima                        2514                    2-1912                     36                    3-12x15                   140000

Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL, on 10-30-1915.

Built as B. H. Hardaway Contracting Co. #51, Searles, AL; to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Transferred to Finkbine mill at D'Lo, MS

 

52            3T Shay             Lima                        2515                    4-1912                     36                    3-12x15                   140000

Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL, on 10-30-1915.

Built as B. H. Hardaway Contracting Co. #52, Searles, AL; to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Transferred to Finkbine mill at D'Lo, MS.

 

53            4-6-0                   ALCO-Dickson     26598                  10-1902                   56                    20x26                      140000

Purchased or leased from Gulf & Ship Island #53. See Note 2.

Built as Gulf & Ship Island 1st #30, renumb. #53 in 1903.

 

58            4-6-0                   Baldwin                  32284                  11-1907                   52                    18x24                      120000

Purchased from Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf #101. In service by 6-1918.

Baldwin class 10-30 D 520

 

59            4-6-0                   Baldwin                  24745                  10-1904                   56                    19x26                      140000

Purchased from Gulf & Ship Island #59. On hand by 5-1919.

Baldwin class 10-32 D 793

  

Note 1:   At least two other locomotives are known to have been on the roster.

 

Note 2:   Engine #53 shown in G. & S. I. records as condemned 9-1-1926.

 

LOCOMOTIVE ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

D'LO

30                4-6-0               Baldwin                  16263                  10-1898                   56                    19x24                      116000

Transferred from Finkbine operation at Wiggins, MS.

 

51                3T Shay         Lima                        2514                    2-1912                     36                    3-12x15                   140000

Transferred from Finkbine operation at Wiggins, MS.

Sold to Pascagoula Hardwood Co. #51, Laurel, MS, in 3-1929; to The Mengel Co. #51, Laurel, MS, on 11-29-1935.

 

52                3T Shay         Lima                        2515                    4-1912                     36                    3-12x15                   140000

Transferred from Finkbine operation at Wiggins, MS.

Sold to Eastman, Gardiner & Co. #52, Laurel, MS, in 4-1929.

 

53                3T Shay         Lima                        2847                    5-1916                     36                    3-12x15                   146000

Purchased new.

Transferred to Finkbine-Guild Lumber Co. #53, Rockport, CA, in 1927; to Southern Redwood Corp. #53, Rockport, CA, in 9-1928; to Cottoneva Redwood Corp. #53, Rockport, CA, in 2-1933; to Rockport Redwood Co. #53, Rockport, CA, in 2-1938; to Camino, Placerville & Lake Tahoe R.R., Camino, CA (for parts).

 

54                3T Shay         Lima                        3101                    7-1920                     36                    3-12x15                   158000

Purchased new. Cost $22,700.

Transferred to Finkbine-Guild Lumber Co. #54, Rockport, CA, in 1927; to Southern Redwood Corp. #5, Rockport, CA, in 9-1928; to Cottoneva Redwood Co. #5, Rockport, CA, in 2-1933; to Rockport Redwood Co. #54, Rockport, CA, in 2-1938; to Atlantic, Gulf & Pacific Co. #54, Dahican, Camarines Norte, Philippine Islands, in 7-1941.

 

58                4-6-0               Baldwin                  24744                  10-1904                   56                    19x26                      140000

Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1672, Atlanta, GA, on 7-12-1921.

Built as Gulf & Ship Island #58; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1672.

Baldwin class 10-32 D 792

 

 

 

 

 

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