Cecil Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, -lb rail

Headquarters: Orvisburg, MS

Mill Location: Orvisburg, MS (Pearl River County)

Mill Capacity: 40,000 ft/day

Years of Operation: 1917-1920

Miles Operated

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

 

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

On January 17, 1917, Cecil O. Eure, of the Eure Lumber Company, operating mills at Baxterville and New Hebron, purchased 24,000,000 feet of timber in Pearl River County near Orvisburg from the Champion Lumber Company for $100,000. The Cecil Lumber Company was organized at Orvisburg, in April 1917, and built a circular sawmill with a cutting capacity of 40,000 feet per day near the site of the Champion Lumber Company's old mill. The Cecil mill began sawing in June 1917,. Cecil O. Eure was president of the company and R. C. Small, secretary.

 On August 7, 1920, the company sold all its holdings to the Southern Lumber & Timber Company, of Hillsdale, MS, for $350,000. The sawmill of the Wolf Creek Lumber Company was also included in the sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

20-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

382

 

12/1891

 

3-9x8

 

26

 

40000

 

Champion Lumber Co. #382, Orvisburg, MS

Cecil Lumber Co. #1, in 1917.

 

Newell Construction Co. #1, Earl, AR

Opdenweyer-Alcus Cypress Co. #15, Sorrento, LA.

 

2

 

42-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1261

 

1912

 

15x12

 

36

 

84000

 

Smith-Payne Lumber Co. #1, Hiwannee, MS Lettered for Hiwannee & Tombigbee R.R.

Diverted to:

Poplarville Saw Mill Co. #1, Poplarville, MS

Hinton Brothers Lumber Co., Lumberton, MS

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., on 4/1/1917.

Cecil Lumber Co. #2, on 6/4/1917. Cost $4,800.

 

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #2, Orvisburg, MS, on 8/7/1920.

Foster Creek Lumber & Manufacturing Co. 2nd #1, Stephenson, MS

Turner Lumber Co. #8, Lemoyen, LA,

by 1935.

Santee River Hardwood Co. #8,

St. Stephen, SC, on 12/8/1942.

 

3

 

32-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

188

 

12/1887

 

 

3-11x10

 

29

 

62000

 

D. C. Davis & Sons, Cady Mills, WI

Mesabe Southern Ry., Kinross, MN

Duluth Iron & Metal Co., Duluth, MN

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1293.

Cecil Lumber Co. #3, on 7/16/1918. Cost $4,750.

 

Southern Lumber & Timber Co. #3, Orvisburg, MS, on 8/7/1920.

Nortac Manufacturing Co. #3, Orvisburg, MS, in 11/1922 (leased).

Scrapped 1924.

 

 

 

 

 

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