Colmer-Green Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 40-lb rail

Headquarters: Moss Point, MS

Mill Locations: Colgreen, MS (Greene County)

                          Byrd, MS (Greene County)

Mill Capacity: 50,000 ft/day at Colgreen

Years of Operation: 1918-1919

Miles Operated: 17 miles in 1924

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Colmer-Green Lumber Company was incorporated at McLain, Greene County, on May 6, 1918, by J. J. McIntosh, D. W. McLeod, F. Colmer, N. McInnis, C. W. Green, all of Moss Point, and B. E. Green, of McLain, with authorized capital stock of $50,000. F. Colmer was president and general manager. The company built a circular sawmill of 50,000 feet daily cutting capacity at Colgreen which began operating in September 1918. Colgreen was on the Blodgett branch of the Gulf Mobile & Northern Railroad 14 miles north of McLain. 

The mill cut out in the summer of 1924 and the following year the plant machinery and logging equipment were sold to the Barnes-Creary Supply Co., of Mobile, Alabama.

On May 3, 1922, the Colmer-Green Lumber Company, of Colgreen, Greene County, bought an option on the sawmill, timber holdings, logging railroad and equipment of the J. M. Hemphill Lumber Company, at Byrd, Greene County, four miles south of Colgreen. The property was purchased on August 23, 1923. The mill at Byrd cut out about August 1924.

 

 

Rare view of the Colmer-Green mill at Colgreen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

Colgreen Mill 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

2

 

18-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1811

 

12/1906

 

2-8x12

 

26

 

37330

 

Gulledge Lumber Co. #2, White, AR

Gulledge Lumber & Stave Co., Inc. #2, Bastrop, LA

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1435

Colmer-Green Lumber Co. #2, on 9/8/1919.

Cost $3,250.

 

Transferred as #2 to Colmer-Green operation at Byrd, MS.

 

3

 

30-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1144

 

1908

 

12x12

 

33

 

60000

 

Unknown.

Garner Extract Co. #1

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1719

Colmer-Green Lumber Co. #3, on 2/9/1922.

 

Barnes-Creary Supply Co., Mobile, AL (dealer), by 7/1925.

Lamar Lumber Co. #2, Bogalusa, LA,

on 1/31/1927.

The Mengel Co. #2, Talisheek, LA,

on 8/24/1935.

Scrapped 4/1942.

 

4

 

28-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2639

 

4/1913

 

3-8x10

 

27

 

56000

 

Transferred from Colmer-Green operation at Byrd, MS.

 

Barnes-Creary Supply Co., Mobile, AL (dealer), by 7/1925.

Hatter & Son #4, Creola, AL,

by 12/1925.

 

5

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

11795

 

4/1891

 

16x20

 

40

 

80000

 

Ordered by Huntsville Belt Line & Monte Sano Ry., Huntsville, AL. Cancelled and resold to:

New Orleans & Northwestern Ry. #5, Natchez, MS, on 11/16/1891.

Tensas River Lumber Co., Moreau, LA,

by 8/1912.

Baxter Lumber Co. #2, Wildsville, LA

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1057,

on 4/5/1916.

Poplarville Saw Mill Co., Poplaarville, MS,

on 12/6/1916.

Swift Lumber Co., Knoxo, MS, by 4/1920.

Colmer-Green Lumber Co. #5, on ?

Baldwin class 10-26 D 94

 

Barnes-Creary Supply Co., Mobile, AL (dealer), by 7/1925.

Byrd Mill

  

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

2

 

18-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1811

 

12/1906

 

2-8x12

 

26

 

37330

 

Transferred from Colmer-Green operation at Colgreen, MS.

 

For sale 8/4/1924 mill cut out.

Barnes-Creary Supply Co., Mobile, AL (dealer), by 7/1925

 

4

 

28-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2639

 

4/1913

 

3-8x10

 

27

 

56000

 

Shore Lumber Co. #4, Shore, GA

J. M. Hemphill Lumber Co., Bexley, MS,

in 1918.

Transferred to Byrd, MS, by 11/1918.

Colmer-Green Lumber Co. #4, on 5/3/1922.

 

Transferred as #4 to Colmer-Green operation at Colgreen, MS.

 

 

 

 

 

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