Cowan Brothers Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, -lb rail

Headquarters: Mobile, AL

Mill Location: Grafton, MS (Greene County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day

Years of Operation: 1921-1925

Miles Operated:  miles

Locomotives Owned: 2

Equipment:

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

On December 15, 1921, L. A. Cowan & Sons, of Mobile, AL, bought the sawmill, timber and logging railroad of John W. McWilliams and Zed W. Wells at Grafton, Greene County, on the Gulf, Mobile & Northern Blodgett branch. On October 25, 1922, timber for the mill was purchased from John W. Blodgett, of Grand Rapids, MI, for $460,000, taking over contracts Blodgett had with McWilliams and Wells dated February 18, 1918, and July 1, 1919. The McWilliams and Wells mill was operated under the name Cowan Brothers Lumber Company by C. H. and T. S. Cowan, sons of L. A. Cowan. C. H. Cowan was general manager.  

The mill cut out in 1925.

Cowan Brothers Lumber Co. mill at Grafton

 

 

Mill quarters in the town of Grafton 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

  

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

2

 

42-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

3122

 

10/1920

 

3-10x12

 

29

 

84000

 

McWilliams & Pearson #2, Grafton, MS

Cowan Brothers Lumber Co. #2,

on 12/15/1921.

 

Coxheath Lumber Co. #4, Coxheath, AL, in 6/1925.

 

4

 

36-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1236

 

1911

 

14x12

 

36

 

72000

 

F. B. Merrill Co. #1, Merrill, MS

Cowan Brothers Lumber Co. #4, on ?

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #2088

Leaf Lumber & Veneer Works, Avent, MS

Leakesville Veneer & Lumber Co., Leakesville, MS

 

 

 

 

 

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