D. L. Fair Lumber Co.

36" gauge, 30 & 56-lb rail


Mill Location: Louisville, MS (Winston County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1926-1929

Miles Operated: 15 miles in 1928

Locomotives Owned: 4 known

Other Equipment:

See also:

A. C. Schryver Lumber Co.

R. L. Mitchell Lumber Co.


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History by Tony Howe:

D. L. Fair Lumber Co. bought the sawmill and logging railroad of the R. L. Mitchell Lumber Co. in February 1926.  D. L. Fair was president and owner of the company. The mill cut out about February 1929.




















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

25-2 Shay              8x12        28"                                                                                                                                                           36" gauge            

#1(1st)                                             Lima                  535           8-1897      Otter Creek Boom & Lumber Co. #1, Hutting, WV, , later at Hambleton, WV; to Manganese Products Co., Sugar Grove, VA; to Chicago Brick Co.;  SI&E #1726;  D. L. Fair Lumber Co. #1, Louisville, MS on 6-7-1922, Cost $3000; Scrapped about 1927. (SI&E 1996 list; GHH)


28-2  Shay                             8x12                                                                                                                                                                        28            

#1 (2nd)        Lima                           1726             9-1906 Blt as Kaupp Lumber Co. #2, Shubuta, MS, but shipped to West-King Lumber Co., Waynesboro, MS; to Waterford Lumber Co. #3, Waynesboro, MS, in 1913; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1513, Atlanta, GA, on 12-10-19; to Nortac Manufacturing Co. #1, Nortac, MS, on 1-14-20, for $2500 = $500 cash and $2,000 allowed on their 10x10 Shay (SI&E 1996 list says this was Nortacs Shay #332 - to SI&E #1521); to Batson-McGehee Co. #1, Millard, MS (rented about 8-1924 and        returned 4-1-25); to Gulf Pine Lumber Co. #1726,   Poplarville, MS; to Fair Lumber Co., Louisville, MS in 8/1928, received as standard gauge, changed to 36-inch gauge, For sale 2-1929; to Bissell-Alabama Lumber Co. #1, Castleberry, AL in 5/1930, changed back to standard gauge  (SI&E data card in DSP collection, 1996 SI&E List, GHH)


19-A Shay                             8x12        26                                                                                                                                             36" gauge            

#2                 Lima                           2325             5-1910 orig-Gibson Lbr. Co. #2, Masontown, WV; to Freeport Coal Co., Cumberland, MD;  BR&L #1258 “Freeport”; to D. L. Fair Lbr. Co., Louisville, MS on 4-21-1920; scrapped 6-7-1928 (BR&L 1996 revised list; Koch Shay book; GHH) 


22-B  Shay            8x8          26 ˝"                                                                                                                                                       36" gauge            

#4                  Lima                         2064 12-17-1907 Tallahatta Lbr. Co. #4, Chunky, Miss.; to Climax Saw Mill Co., Climax, AL by 11-1918;  to A. C. Schryver Lumber Co., Louisville, MS; to R. L. Mitchell Lumber Co. #1, Louisville, MS, in 3-1921; to  D. L. Fair Lbr. Co., Louisville, MS in 2-1926, For sale 2-1929. (GHH)





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