Apollonia Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 60-lb rail

Headquarters: Delaware

Mill Location: Pelahatchie, MS (Rankin County)

Mill Capacity: 150,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1921-1929

Miles Operated

Locomotives Owned: 10 known

Other Equipment:

See also:

Lockwood Lumber Co.

Gammill Lumber Co.

Pearl River Valley Lumber Co.

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

On February 23, 1921 the Apollonia Lumber Company, a Delaware corporation, purchased the sawmill plant and timber holdings of the Gammill Lumber Company at Pelahatchie, Rankin County. The price paid was reportedly between four and five million dollars. Around a billion feet of stumpage was included in the deal, made up mostly of shortleaf pine. The company was chartered with $500,000 in capital stock and took its name from one of the sisters of E. P. Denkmann, the principal stockholder in the company.

 On February 7, 1929 the company was absorbed into the Pearl River Valley Lumber Company, also owned by Denkmann. The company's charter was withdrawn on October 10, 1933 after the mill cut out. On December 7, 1934 the mill "mysteriously" burned to the ground, some said by arson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

1st 1            2T Shay         Lima                          2560                  8-1912                     29                    3-10x10                   72000

                                  Purchased from Gammill Lumber Co. #1, Pelahatchie, MS, on 2-23-21.

Built as Ray Lumber Co. #1, Ray Siding, ME; to Indian Lake Lumber Co., Ray, ME; to Gammill Lumber Co. #1, Pelahatchie, MS

Transferred to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #11, Canton, MS, in 5-1925; to Denkmann Lumber Co. #11, Canton, MS, on 9-1-38. Scrapped 1939.

 

2nd 1          2T Shay         Lima                          2037                  1-1908                     32                    3-11x12                   100000

                                  Purchased from Natalbany Lumber Co. #1, Natalbany, LA, by 8-1924.

Built as New Orleans, Natalbany & Natchez Ry. #1, Natalbany, LA; to Natalbany Lumber Co. #1, Natalbany, LA.

Transferred to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #1, Canton, MS, on 2-7-29.

 

2                  4-6-0               ALCO-Pitts.          29460                  12-1903                   57                    19x26                      140000

 

Purchased from Gammill Lumber Co. #2, Pelahatchie, MS, on 2-23-21.

Built as Stearns & Culver Lumber Co. #2, Bagdad, FL; to Bagdad Land & Lumber Co. #2, Bagdad, FL, in 1912; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1354, Atlanta, GA; to Gammill Lumber Co. #2, on 9-30-18.

Transferred to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #2, Canton, MS, on 2-7-29; to Canton & Carthage R.R. #2, Canton, MS; to Denkmann Lumber Co. #2, Canton, MS. Scrapped 1947.

 

3                  4-6-0               Pittsburgh                                                                                                                                 100000

 

Purchased secondhand.

Transferred to Marietta Lumber Co. #3, Burnside, MS; to Denkmann Lumber Co. #3, Canton, MS. Scrapped 1944.

 

4                  3T Shay         Lima                            745                  12-1902                   32                    3-12x12                   125000

 

Purchased from Tallahala Lumber Co. #4, Ora, MS, in 1924.

Built as J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #10, Hattiesburg, MS, renumb. 2nd #6 in 1906; to Tallahala Lumber Co. #173, Ora, MS, on 3-26-18, renumb. #4.

Transferred to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #4, Canton, MS, in 1925. Scrapped 1936.

 

5                  2T Shay         Lima                          2516                  4-1912                     29                    3-10x10                   72000

 

Purchased from Gammill Lumber Co. #5, Pelahatchie, MS, on 2-23-21.

Built as Lockwood Lumber Co. #1, Pelahatchie, MS; to Gammill Lumber Co. #5, Pelahatchie, MS, on 4-10-12.

Transferred to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #5, Canton, MS, in 2-1929. Scrapped 9-1937.

 

 

6                  4-6-0               ALCO-Pitts.          50378                  9-1911                     56                    18x26                      136000

 

Purchased from Gammill Lumber Co. #6, Pelahatchie, MS, on 2-23-21.

Built as Kansas City & Memphis Ry. #6, Rogers, AR; to Gammill Lumber Co. #6, Pelahatchie, MS.

Transferred to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #6, Canton, MS

 

7                  2T Shay         Lima                          1671                  2-1906                     28                    3-10x10                   66000

 

Transferred from Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #7, Canton, MS, about 8-1924.

Built as Porter-Wadley Lumber Co. #3, Cotton Valley, LA (Dorcheat Valley R.R.); to Bayou Blue Lumber Co., Hutchinson, LA, in 1915; to A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA (dealer), in 1918; to Mississippi Soft Pine Co., Canton, MS; to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #7, Canton, MS, on 2-23-21.

Scrapped at Canton, MS, about 2-1929.

 

12                2T Shay         Lima                          2287                  2-1910                     29                 3-10x12                   84000

 

Transferred from Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS, about 8-1924.

Built as Conner Lumber Co. #12, Seminary, MS; to A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA (dealer), in 1913; to Carruth Brothers Lumber Co. #12, Coral, MS, on 10-15-13; to A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA, on 3-31-14; to Gammill Lumber Co. #12, Pelahatchie, MS; to Mississippi Soft Pine Co. #12, Canton, MS; to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS, on 2-23-21.

Transferred back to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS, about 5-1925; to Marietta Lumber Co. #12, Burnside, MS, about 3-1929 (on loan); to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS; to Denkmann Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS, on 9-1-38. Scrapped 1942.

 

13                2-8-2               Baldwin                  40734                  10-1913                   50                    20x24                      164700

 

Purchased from Fernwood Lumber Co. #13, Fernwood, MS.

Transferred to Natalbany Lumber Co. #13, Natalbany, LA.; to Jahncke Service Co. #13, Bluff Creek, LA. Scrapped

Baldwin class 12-34 E 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

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