Armistead Lumber Co. (1885-1891)

Milton J. Bond (1891-1893)

36" gauge, wood rail, changed to 12 & 20-lb rail


Mill Location: Clarksburg, MS (Rankin County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1885-1893

Miles Operated: 7 miles

Locomotives Owned: 2

Other Equipment:



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History by Gil Hoffman:

On May 9, 1885, Milton J. Bond, of Grand Rapids, MI, purchased the sawmill near Clarksburg, Rankin County and 2,000 acres of timber belonging to Andrews & Brother & Martin for $2,000. Initially the property was operated as the Armistead Lumber Company, with Bond as the sole owner. In April 1889 the company was incorporated at Grand Rapids, MI, with the following stockholders and officers: Milton J. Bond, president; Charles A. Ford, vice president, and Lymely C. Adams, secretary and treasurer. The latter two men were residents of Armistead, Rankin County. Bond transferred the mill, railroad and timber to the company on April 1, 1889 in return for $2,000 in company stock (400 shares). Ford and Adams subscribed to 100 shares and 50 shares of stock, respectively, obtained from Bond. The company signed a contract with Bond on April 1, 1889 allowing them use of the property with the option to buy at any time within five years for $27,423.44.

 The Andrews & Martin mill was slightly over two miles south of the Vicksburg & Meridian and and was connected to that line by a tram road. The mill had a cutting capacity between 30,000 and 50,000 feet per day, producing pine, oak and poplar lumber. The plant also had a planing mill and dry kiln. On April 26, 1888 a more conveniently located mill site of 112 acres was purchased in the western edge of Scott County. This site was on the Vicksburg & Meridian, about three miles west of Morton. By April 1889 the mill had been moved to the new site and was in operation.

 In November 1890 the company offered its entire plant for sale, but no takers were found. Finally, on April 1, 1891, in return for cancelling all their financial obligations connected with the company, Adams and Ford sold their interest to M. J. Bond. Afterward Bond operated the business under his own name for about two years.




















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

6                  2T Shay         Lima                        45?                                                                              2-8x8                       12000

                                  Possibly transferred from Bond operation in Michigan. On hand by 1886.

For sale 11-1890.

To M. J. Bond, on 4-1-91.


?                  2T Shay         Lima                                                                                                                                            20000

                                 Purchased secondhand. In service by late 1889.

For sale 11-1890.

To M. J. Bond, on 4-1-91.

Sold to J. S. Blackburn, Howell's Switch, MS, on 6-5-93.







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