J. M. Russ Lumber Co.

36" gauge, 30 & 35-lb rail


Mill Location: Collins, MS (Covington County)

Mill Capacity: 25,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1905-1906

Miles Operated: 3 miles

Locomotives Owned: 2 known


See also: S. H. Hemphill & Co.

W. C. Wood Lumber. Co.


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History by Gil Hoffman:

On December 20, 1905 W. C. Wood, J. M. Russ and C. C. Warren bought the sawmill of S. H. Hemphill & Son, at Collins, Covington County, for $17,644.97. To operate this property these same men incorporated the J. M. Russ Lumber Company, at Collins, in the spring of 1906 with $50,000 in capital stock. The sawmill was a single circular type with a cutting capacity of 25,000 feet per day. The plant also contained two dry kilns. Longleaf yellow pine was cut. On February 5, 1906, the company bought 500 acres of timber and the dummy line extending from Okatoma Creek into this timber from William Biglane for $11,611.08. The timber was located north and east of Collins. 

On September 12, 1906, in return for assuming its debts, the company sold all its holdings to the W. C. Wood Lumber Company, of Collins.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 


?                  2T Shay         Lima                        37                        6-1882                     24                    2-8x8                       12000

                                  Purchased from William Biglane, Collins, MS, on 2-5-06.

Upright boiler type.

Built for C. C. Comstock, Grand Rapids, MI.

To W. C. Wood Lumber Co., on 9-12-06.


?                  2T Shay         Lima                                                                                                                                           

                                 Purchased from William Biglane, Collins, MS, on 2-5-06.

To W. C. Wood Lumber Co., on 9-12-06.






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