Kola Lumber Co.
Standard gauge, 35 and 56-lb rail
Headquarters: Kola MS
Mill Location: Kola, MS ( Covington County)
Mill Capacity: 80,000 ft/day in 1917
Years of Operation: 1901-1922
Miles Operated: 20 miles in 1917
Locomotives Owned: 11
20 log cars, 3 locomotives, 1 McGiffert log loader in 1910
Also see Ellisville Lumber Co.
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History by Gil Hoffman:
On December 2, 1901 Mulford Parker, of Ellisville, Jones County, purchased the sawmill of the Gulfport Manufacturing Company, at Kola, Covington County. Operating as the Kola Lumber Company, new machinery was placed in this mill and a standard gauge logging road built in early 1902. The Kola Lumber Company was incorporated at Kola on August 17, 1903 by Mulford Parker, Jas. McCormick, T. F. Buckley and N. M. Parker with authorized capital stock of $50,000. Mulford Parker was president and his son, N. M. Parker, was later vice president and in charge of logging operations.
destroyed the sawmill and most of the dry kilns on April 20, 1908. The
burned mill was replaced by a new circular mill cutting 75,000 feet per day
which began operation on January 1, 1909.
In November 1921 Mulford Parker sold his controlling interest in the company to Raymond E. Law, L. M. Noland and Frank R. Curtis. The company ceased operations in 1922.
Builders photo of Climax c/n 860 in 1908. The engine was built for a logging railroad in South Dakota and later sold to Kola Lumber Co.
The Kola Lumber Co. commissary near the mill at Kola.
St. Louis Lumberman Photo
St Louis Lumberman Photo
St Louis Lumberman Photo
Former Kola Lumber Co Lima 2-6-0 #1027 at the Louisiana Cypress Lumber Co. at Ponchatoula, LA in 9-1950. The engine later went to Mid-Continent Railroad Museum in Wisconsin where the engine reportedly currently exists in pieces.
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
Purchased from Smith & Kilby Co., Anniston, AL (dealer), on 3-7-02.
Built as Denison Rapid Transit Ry. #2 "J. M. Ford," Denison, TX (dummy type).
Baldwin class 6-16⅓ C 40
790 2T Shay Lima 790 2-1904 28 3-10x10 66000
Purchased new. Cost $4,500. See note.
Sold to Gulf Pine Lumber Co. #790, Poplarville, MS; to Darrah Long Leaf Lumber Co. #790, Chastang, AL, in 1926. Scrapped 1927.
--- 2-6-0 Lima 1003 8-1906 36 14x18 59600
Purchased new. Cost $4,500. Not numbered at time of purchase.
Sold to Excelsior Cypress Co., Timberton, LA; to Louisiana Cypress Lumber Co., Ltd. #4, Thibodaux, LA; to Joseph Rathborne Lumber Co. #1003, Ponchatoula, LA, about 1925. Scrapped about 1937-38.
318 2T Shay Lima 318 10-1890 26 2-7x12 28000
Purchased from Ellisville Lumber Co. #318, Melrose, MS
Sold to Dupont Lumber Co., Poplarville, MS, about 1916; to Gulf Pine Lumber Co. #318, Poplarville, MS, on 10-31-21.
2 0-4-2T Porter 1879 7-1898 9x14 32000
Purchased from Ellisville Lumber Co. #2 "Clara," Melrose, MS. In service by 5-1914.
777 2T Shay Lima 777 2-1904 28 3-10x10 66000
Purchased from Ellisville Lumber Co. #777, Melrose, MS On hand by 5-1914. See note.
Sold to Dupont Lumber Co., Poplarville, MS, about 1916; to Gulf Pine Lumber Co. #777, Poplarville, MS, on 10-31-21; to C. L. Spotswood #2, Poplarville, MS, on 1-22-27. Scrapped 9-22-33.
1004 2-6-0 Lima 1004 9-1906 36 14x18 59600
Purchased from Ellisville Lumber Co. #1004, Melrose, MS On hand by 5-1914.
Sold to Joseph Rathborne Lumber Co. #1004, Ponchatoula, LA, in 6-1921; to Williams Lumber Co. #4, Ponchatoula, LA.
1027 2-6-0 Lima 1027 3-1906 36 14x18 59600
Purchased from Ellisville Lumber Co. #1027, Melrose, MS On hand by 5-1914.
Sold to Williams Lumber Co., Ponchatoula, LA; to Joseph Rathborne Lumber Co. #1027, Ponchatoula, LA, in 5-1921; to Louisiana Cypress Lumber Co. #2, Ponchatoula, LA; to Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, WI, in 7-1960.
? Class C Climax 860 -1908 38 14½x16 150000
Purchased from McLaughlin Tie & Timber Co. #3, Nahant, SD (Dakota, Wyoming & Western Ry.)
Sold to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1269, Atlanta, GA, on 5-25-18; to Knox Lumber Co. #6, Hemphill, TX, on 6-9-19; to Canadian Pacific Ry., Yahk, British Columbia.
? 2T Shay Lima 837 11-1903 28 3-10x10 66000
Purchased from Brown Lumber Co. #12, Hiwannee, MS
Built as Tremont Lumber Co. #12, Tremont, LA; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1056, Atlanta, GA; to Brown Lumber Co. #12, Hiwannee, MS, on 4-5-16.
Sold to Elton Lumber Co., Belpine, MS, in 2-1924; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #2136, Atlanta, GA, in 1-1927 and scrapped.
? 2T Shay Lima 1965 8-1907 29½ 3-10x12 74000
Purchased from John H. Keiser Lumber Co. #1, Eau Claire, WI, about 4-1920.
Sold to Simpson County Lumber Co. #1, Strengthford, MS; to Stover Lumber Co. #1, Strengthford, MS, on 1-12-24; to Wells Hardwood Co. #4, Tuckers Crossing, MS, about 5-1926; to J. B. Hogue & Co. #4, Tuckers Crossing, MS, in 4-1927.
Notes: Lima c/n 790 was built as Ellisville Lumber Co. #790, Melrose, MS, and Lima c/n 777 was built as Kola Lumber Co. #790, Kola, MS. No. 777 and 790 were reversed in delivery. The Ellisville Lumber Company and the Kola Lumber Company were owned by the same people and the two engines were identical.
from Kilby Loco. and Machine Works on Aug. 16, 1906...5 std. ga. 50,000
capy. Log cars (Chattel
book 18, p. 290...dah)
from Kilby Loco. and Machine Works on Jan. 23, 1908...5 std. ga. 50,000
capy. Log cars (Chattel
book 18, p. 500...dah)
Purchased from Walter Zelnicker on Mar. 29, 1905...704 35 lb. rails (Chattel book 17, p. 320...dah)
Purchased from Walter Zelnicker on Apr. 29, 1904...390 35 lb. rails (Chattel book 18, p. 208...dah)
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