Batson-McGehee Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 30 & 40-lb rail

Headquarters: Millard, MS

Mill Location: Millard, MS (Pearl River County)

Mill Capacity: 50,000 ft/day in 1906

Years of Operation: 1901-1940

Miles Operated: 7 miles in 1928

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

On March 21, 1900, L. B. Batson and Henry T. McGehee bought the sawmill plant and timber holdings (amounting to 2,880 acres) of R. B. Haney at Millard, Pearl River County. This mill had been built in 1896 and was logged by oxen. For about a year Batson and McGehee operated the Haney mill as a co-partnership under the name Caledonia Lumber Company. The co-partnership was succeeded by the Batson-McGehee Company which was incorporated at Millard on September 19, 1901, by L. B. Batson, of Columbia; Henry T. McGehee, of Millard, and Nathaniel Batson, of Poplarville, with authorized capital stock of $30,000. A new circular sawmill with a cutting capacity of 50,000 feet per day was built at Millard to replace the old Haney mill. In later years this mill was changed to a band type. In the spring of 1902 a standard gauge logging railroad was constructed to log the mill. The mill finally shut down in early 1940.

 

Builder's photo of Batson-McGehee No. 1.

 

 

Batson-McGehee second No. 2 at the factory in Lima, Ohio.

 

 

Batson-McGehee No. 1 sat behind the commissary in Millard after the mill shut down, and was bought by Goodyear Yellow Pine in 1943. It is shown here in Millard about 1940.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1st 1

 

36-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2383

 

3/1911

 

3-10x10

 

29

 

      

 

76000

 

New.

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Chopin Lumber Co. #1, Chopin, LA, on 11/25/1920.

Glenhill Gravel Co., Rhinehart, LA, in 3/1930.

 

2nd 1

 

28-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1726

 

9/1906

 

3-8x12

 

28

 

56000

 

Kaupp Lumber Co. #2, Shubuta, MS, but shipped to West-King Lumber Co., Waynesboro, MS.

Waterford Lumber Co. #3, Waynesboro, MS, in 1913.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1513, on 12/10/1919.

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #1, Nortac, MS, on 1/14/1920.

Batson-McGehee Co. #1, ca. 8/1924 (rented).

 

Returned to Nortac Manufacturing Co. #1, Nortac, MS, by 4/1/1925.

Gulf Pine Lumber Co. #1726, Poplarville, MS

D. L. Fair Lumber Co. #1, Louisville, MS, in 8/1928.

Changed to 36" gauge.

Bissell-Alabama Lumber Co. #1, Castleberry, AL,

by 4/1930.

Changed back to standard gauge.

 

3rd 1

 

36-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

3281

 

3/1925

 

3-10x10

 

29

 

81600

 

New. Cost $11,800.

 

For sale 3/1940.

Goodyear Yellow Pine Co. #1, Picayune, MS,

in 8/1943.

Crosby Forest Products Co. #1, Picayune, MS,

in 2/1950.

City of Picayune, MS (for display).

 

1st 2

 

0-6-0T

 

Porter

 

1585

 

3/1895

 

11x16

 

 

 

34000

 

Eastabuchie Lumber Co. #2, Eastabuchie, MS

Eureka Lumber Co. #2, Eastabuchie, MS, on 9/28/1901.

Batson-McGehee Co. #2, on 5/22/1902.

 

Dropped by 5/1920.

 

2nd 2

 

36-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

3082

 

5/1920

 

3-10x10

 

29

 

72000

 

New. Cost $11,500.

 

Kurth Lumber Manufacturing Co. #2, Clarksville, TX, by 11/1935.

Texas Long Leaf Lumber Co. #3, New Willard, TX, by 5/1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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