Southern Lumber & Timber Co.

42" gauge, 35 and 40-lb rail

Headquarters: Hillsdale, MS

Mill Locations: Hillsdale, MS (Pearl River County)

Orvisburg, MS (Pearl River Co.)

Mill Capacity: 100,000 ft/day in 1917

Years of Operation: 1908-1927

Miles Operated: 14 miles in 1917

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Southern Lumber & Timber Company was incorporated at Hattiesburg, Perry County, on December 9, 1907, by William Lott, W. H. Hatten, N. P. Hatten, all of Wiggins, and Randolph Batson, of Hillsdale, with authorized capital stock of $50,000. R. Batson was president and W. H. Hatten, secretary. On October 19, 1908 the company bought the sawmill of the Hatten Brothers Lumber Company, at Red Top, Pearl River County, for $6,000. The following month, November 13, the company signed a contract with the Hatten brothers and Randolph Batson whereby they transferred their timber to the company with the stipulation that the company was to begin manufacturing the timber by August 17, 1909. The mill obtained from the Hatten Brothers was used for this purpose until a new mill was built in 1910. 

The company's charter was amended April 10, 1909, to change the domicile to Hillsdale, Pearl River County. A new sawmill was constructed at Hillsdale, just south of the Wolf River, and placed in operation in 1910. In 1911 a narrow gauge logging railroad was built westward from the mill to the timber. This railroad crossed under the Wolf River trestle of the New Orleans & Northeastern, on the south side of the river. 

On November 1, 1915, the company purchased 5,113 acres of longleaf yellow pine timber land from Edward and Susan Lowe, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for $259,350. New machinery was also purchased to increase the sawmill capacity of the mill to 100,000 feet in ten hours. The rebuilt mill was placed in operation about January 1916. 

About July 1924 the Hillsdale mill burned, after which operations were moved to the company's mill at Orvisburg, Pearl River County, which had been leased to the Nortac Manufacturing Company.

On August 7, 1920, the Southern Lumber & Timber Company, of Hillsdale, Pearl River County, purchased the sawmill, logging railroad and equipment and timber land in Pearl River County of the Cecil Lumber Company, at Orvisburg. Also included in the purchase was the sawmill of the Wolf Creek Lumber Company. 

In November 1922 the Orvisburg operation was leased to the Nortac Manufacturing Company. The contract required the latter company to cut 75,000,000 feet of timber belonging to the Southern Lumber & Timber Company over a period of years. The Nortac Manufacturing Company was composed of D. P. Kennedy and C. L. Spotswood. 

The operation was returned to the Southern Lumber & Timber Company in the summer of 1924. The Orvisburg mill cut out in June 1927.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 Hillsdale mill:

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

4050

 

2/1877

 

12x18

 

40

 

47000

 

Philadelphia & Atlantic City #3

Chowan & Southern #1, Tunis, NC

Norfolk & Carolina #1, Norfolk, VA, in 1889.

Suffolk & Carolina #1, Suffolk, VA

J. E. Bowen, Norfolk, VA (dealer),

in 3/1904.

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #1

Baldwin class 8-18 C 36

 

Transferred as #1 to Orvisburg, MS, in 1924.

 

2?

 

13-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

543

 

11/1897

 

2-7x12

 

26

 

28000

 

R. C. Carter #2 Ben Holmes, Pachuta, MS

Erata Lumber Co., Erata, MS, on 1/1/1904.

R. C. Carter #2, Erata, MS, on 10/25/1905.

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #2

 

For sale 3/1924.

 

9

 

36-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2750

 

12/1913

 

3-10x10

 

29

 

72000

 

New.

 

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #9, Orvisburg, MS,

 in 11/1922 (leased).

 

10

 

36-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1314

 

1915

 

13x12

 

33

 

72000

 

New.

 

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #8, Orvisburg, MS,

 in 11/1922 (leased).

 

11

 

32-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2720

 

8-1913

 

3-8x12

 

29

 

64000

 

L. E. Fisher #1, Millstadt, IL

Northern Coal Co. #1, Millstadt, IL, in 1915.

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #11

 

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #11, Orvisburg, MS, in 11/1922 (leased).

 

Orvisburg mill:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

4050

 

2/1877

 

12x18

 

40

 

47000

 

Transferred from Hillsdale, MS, in 1924.

Baldwin class 8-18 C 36

 

 

 

2

 

42-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1261

 

1912

 

15x12

 

36

 

84000

 

Smith-Payne Lumber Co. #1, Hiwannee, MS Lettered for Hiwannee & Tombigbee R.R.

Diverted to:

Poplarville Saw Mill Co. #1, Poplarville, MS

Hinton Brothers Lumber Co., Lumberton, MS

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.,

on 4/1/1917.

Cecil Lumber Co. #2, on 6/4/1917.

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #2,

on 8/7/1920.

 

Foster Creek Lumber & Manufacturing Co. 2nd #1, Stephenson, MS

Turner Lumber Co. #8, Lemoyen, LA,

by 1935.

Santee River Hardwood Co. #8,

St. Stephen, SC, on 12/8/1942.

 

3

 

32-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

188

 

12/1887

 

 

3-11x10

 

29

 

62000

 

D. C. Davis & Sons, Cady Mills, WI

Mesabe Southern Ry., Kinross, MN

Duluth Iron & Metal Co., Duluth, MN

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1293.

Cecil Lumber Co. #3, on 7/16/1918.

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #3,

on 8/7/1920.

 

Changed to 42" gauge.

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #3, Orvisburg, MS, in 11/1922 (leased).

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #3, Hillsdale, MS, ca. 1923.

Scrapped 1924.

 

8

 

36-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1314

 

1915

 

13x12

 

33

 

72000

 

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #10, Hillsdale, MS

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #8, in 11/1922 (leased).                               

 

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #8, in 1924.

 

9

 

 

 

36-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2750

 

12/1913

 

3-10x10

 

29

 

72000

 

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #9, Hillsdale, MS

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #9,  in 11/1922 (leased).

 

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #9, in 1924.

 

11

 

32-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2720

 

8-1913

 

3-8x12

 

29

 

64000

 

L. E. Fisher #1, Millstadt, IL

Northern Coal Co. #1, Millstadt, IL, in 1915.

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #11, Hillsdale, MS

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #11, in 11/1922 (leased).

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1551

Changed to standard gauge.

E. B. Norman & Co. #3, St. Landry, LA,

on 10/24/1924.

 

 Note:    Engines No. 2 and 3, purchased from the Cecil Lumber Company, were standard gauge. Only No. 3 was changed to 42-inch gauge, to conform to the gauge of the rest of the engines owned by Southern Lumber & Timber Company. Also, No. 3 appears to have been transferred to the Hillsdale operation prior to the mill fire in 1924.

 

 

 

 

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