W. S. Carter

36" gauge, 25 and 30-lb rail


Mill Location: Erata (Hawkes), MS (Jones County)

Mill Capacity: 50,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1905-1911

Miles Operated: 7 1/2 miles in 1910

Locomotives Owned: 2 known




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History by Gil Hoffman:

In July 1905 W. S. Carter purchased sawmill machinery from the Wheland Company, of Chattanooga, for a new mill to be built near Erata, Jones County. On October 25, 1905 R. C. Carter purchased the sawmill, logging railroad and timber of the Erata Lumber Company and turned the property over to his son, W. S. Carter. This mill was also at Erata. A part of the mill of the Erata Lumber Company was used in Carter's new mill. The Carter mill had a cutting capacity of 50,000 feet per day and contained a timber sizer. The plant included dry kilns and a planing mill. Timber holdings were in Jones, Jasper and Wayne counties.

In July 1910 Carter went into bankruptcy. The following year, January 1, 1911, R. C. Carter, owner of the property, leased the sawmill plant to W. M. Carter for three years. This lease was assigned to the Merchants & Manufacturers Bank, of Ellisville, on April 10, 1911. On June 14, 1911 the Hawkes mill and its timber holdings were transferred to the Louise Lumber Company, of Lexington, KY.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 


4 Rod Porter

Purchased secondhand. In service by 3-1906.


5    2-6-0     National 226      3 -1876      12x18

Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #467, Atlanta, GA, on 12-23-05. Cost $2,650.





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