Okatoma Saw Mill Co.

Standard gauge, -lb rail


Mill Location: Collins, MS (Covington County)

Mill Capacity: 45,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1908-1912

Miles Operated: 16 miles in 1912

Locomotives Owned: 2 known


Also see: Williamsburg Lumber Co.

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History by Gil Hoffman:

In September 1908 the Silverthorne interests of North Tonawanda, NY bought the holdings of the Williamsburg Lumber Company, at Collins, Covington County, for $525,000. To operate this property, the Okatoma Saw Mill Company was incorporated at Collins on October 24, 1908, by Asa K. Silverthorne, of Buffalo, NY; William E. Lee, of Ellisville, MS, and E. M. Griffin, of North Tonawanda, NY, with authorized capital stock of $100,000. Soon afterwards the mill was converted from a circular to a band rig. The sawmill cut 45,000 feet daily.

 The mill cut out and closed in September 1912.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:   

4                  2-6-0               Lima                        1007                    7-1906                     36                    14x18                      59600

                                  Purchased from Williamsburg Lumber Co. #4, Collins, MS, in 9-1908.

Sold to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #867, Atlanta, GA; to Pine Export Co. #4, Saucier, MS, on 10-28-12; to Pine Lumber Co. #4, Saucier, MS, in 9-1918; to Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #513, Atlanta, GA; to J. M. Griffin Lumber Co. #4, Holopaw, FL, on 3-29-24.


5                  2-6-0               Porter                     3928                    7-1907                     38                    13x18                      60000

                                 Purchased from Williamsburg Lumber Co. #5, Collins, MS, in 9-1908..

Sold to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #868, Atlanta, GA; to Ship Island Lumber Co. #2, Sanford, MS, on 10-28-12.






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