Bynum Lumber Co. (1903-1909)

Hartzog-Longino Lumber Co. (1909-1910)

Carruth Lumber Co. (1910-1912)

Carruth Brothers Lumber Co. (1912-1914)

Standard gauge, 30-lb rail

Headquarters

Mill Location: Coral, MS (Lamar County)

Mill Capacity: 40,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1903-

Miles Operated: 9.75 miles

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

8 log cars

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History by Gil Hoffman:

In September 1900, Abner Hudson began purchasing pine timber land between Bynum and Clyde on the Pearl & Leaf Rivers Railroad. To cut this timber, on November 18, 1902, Hudson contracted with W. C. Bennett to build a sawmill plant on the Pearl & Leaf Rivers Railroad at Bynum Station. Hudson was to deliver pine logs from at least 400 acres of land to the mill ramp from the woods at $5.00 per thousand feet. Bennett was also to cut the logs in the woods and have them ready for hauling for which he was to deduct a charge from the fee paid to Hudson. The mill built by Bennett was operated as the Bynum Lumber Company and had a cutting capacity of about 40,000 feet per day. Only longleaf yellow pine was cut. Hudson was also one of the incorporators of A. Hudson & Company, a mercantile company in Sumrall, Lamar County. 

During 1906 and then three times in 1909, substantial mortgages were placed on the property. By the fall of 1909, with several of these mortgages past due, and not being able to keep up with his other bills, Hudson was looking for a buyer. One was found on October 31, 1909, when the sawmill, railroad logging equipment and timber holdings in Lamar and Marion counties were sold for $115,000 to V. E. Hartzog and R. L. Longino for the Hartzog-Longino Lumber Company, of Silver Creek, Jefferson Davis County. The debts owed at that time by Hudson amounted to $113,797.44. The timber holdings amounted to 35,000,000 feet. 

The Hartzog-Longino Lumber Company, which operated the property, was incorporated at Coral, Lamar County, on January 3, 1910, by V. E. Hartzog, of Coral, and R. L. Longino, of Silver Creek, with authorized capital stock of $30,000. 

On December 30, 1910, in return for assuming the debts of the Hartzog-Longino Lumber Company totaling $100,685.57, the sawmill, logging railroad and timber in Lamar and Marion counties were deeded to Thomas Carruth, of Rosine, Forrest County, and operated as the Carruth Lumber Company, 

On July 15, 1911, to finance his purchase, Carruth mortgaged his mill at Rosine to the First National Bank of Commerce, of Hattiesburg. He defaulted on the mortgage and on February 21, 1912 the bank sold his holdings at Coral to J. P. Carter, G. L. Hawkins, F. W. Foote and V. M. Scanlan. On September 29, 1913 they deeded the property to the Lamar Trading Company.

The Lamar Trading Company was incorporated at Hattiesburg, Forrest County, in September 1913 by V. M. Scanlan and G. L. Hawkins with $50,000 in capital stock. These men were connected with the Lamar Lumber Company, of Clyde, Lamar County. Although the property was owned by the Lamar Trading Company it was operated by the Carruth Brothers Lumber Company under lease. This company was incorporated at Coral on August 23, 1912 by the Carruth brothers, Thomas, Augustus, Jason and Charles, with authorized capital stock of $100,000. On January 2, 1914 the company went into receivership and on September 3, 1914 the assets of the company, consisting of lumber, logs, etc. were sold for $12,532.27. This sale ended the operation of the Coral mill by the Carruths. 

On November 6, 1914 the entire assets were sold to the Lamar Lumber Company for $60,000, after which the sawmill at Coral was dismantled and the machinery installed at the plant of the Lamar Lumber Company. The timber holdings of the Coral mill were then cut by the Clyde mill. 

For a detailed history of this operation see: Steam Whistles in the Piney Woods Volume 2, by Gilbert H. Hoffman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

?

 

11-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

162

 

12/1886

 

2-8x8

 

26

 

28000

 

Camp & Hinton Brothers, Lumberton, MS

Camp & Hinton, Lumberton, MS,

on 1/25/1890.

Marion Brick & Tile Co., Lumberton, MS,

in 1890.

J. J. White, Lumberton, MS, on 5/29/1895.

Camp & Hinton Co., Lumberton, MS,

on 6/9/1899.

Hand & Jordan, Purvis, MS, by 3/1903.

American Supply Co., Mobile, AL (dealer)

Bynum Lumber Co., on 10/13/1905.

 

Dropped by 11/1909.

 

346

 

0-4-4F

 

Baldwin

 

9813

 

2/1889

 

14x18

 

 

48

 

55000

 

Suburban Rapid Transit Co. #11,

New York, NY. Built as 2-4-2T.

Manhattan Ry. #346, in 6/1891.

Rebuilt to 0-4-4F in 10/1892.

Loyalhanna Coal & Coke Co., in 7/1899.

Noel Construction Co.

Bynum Lumber Co. #346, by 1/1906.

Baldwin class 8-22 C 9

 

Dropped by 11/1909.

 

1

 

36-2 Shay

 

Lima

 

2012

 

3/1908

 

3-10x10

 

30

 

72000

 

New. Cost $6,000.

 

Hartzog-Longino Lumber Co. #1, Coral, MS, on 10/31/1909.

Carruth Lumber Co. #1, Coral, MS,

on 12/30/1910.

Carruth Brothers Lumber Co. #1, Coral, MS, in 8/1912 (leased).

Lamar Lumber Co. #1, Clyde, MS,

on 11/6/1914.

Helen White Lumber Co. #1, Clyde, MS,

on 5/10/1921.

Turner Pine Co. #4, Uniform, AL, ca. 6/1927.

 

2nd 1

 

4-4-0

 

Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60000

 

Unknown.

Watkins Foundry & Machine Co., Hattiesburg, MS (dealer)

Creek Lumber Co. #1, Rosine, MS,

on 5/11/1907.

Carruth Lumber Co. #1,  by 7/1911.

 

Carruth Brothers Lumber Co., in 8/1912 (leased).

Lamar Lumber Co., Clyde, MS, on 11/6/1914.

 

5

 

4-4-0

 

Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

70000

 

unknown.

W. B. Seymour, Hattiesburg, MS (dealer)

Creek Lumber Co. #5, Rosine, MS,

by 10/1907.

Carruth Lumber Co. #5,  by 7/1911.

 

Carruth Brothers Lumber Co., in 8/1912 (leased).

Lamar Lumber Co., Clyde, MS, on 11/6/1914.

 

12

 

42-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2287

 

2/1910

 

3-10x12

 

29

 

84000

 

Conner Lumber Co. #12, Seminary, MS

A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA (dealer), in 1913.

Carruth Brothers Lumber Co. #12,

on 10/15/1913. Cost $6,000.

 

Repossessed by A. Marx & Sons, on 3/31/1914, for non-payment.

Gammill Lumber Co. #12, Pelahatchie, MS

Mississippi Soft Pine Co. #12, Canton, MS

Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS, on 2/23/1921.

Apollonia Lumber Co. #12, Pelahatchie, MS,

ca. 8/1924.

Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS, ca. 5/1925.

Marietta Lumber Co. #12, Burnside, MS,

ca. 3/1930 (on loan).

Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS

Denkmann Lumber Co. #12, Canton, MS,

on 9/1/1938.

Scrapped 1942.

 

   

 

 

 

 

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