Ferguson & Palmer Co.

Standard gauge

Headquarters: Paducah, KY

Mill Location: Houlka, MS (Chickasaw County)

Mill Capacity:    ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1913-1923

Miles Operated: 11 miles

Locomotives Owned: unk

Other Equipment:



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History by Gil Hoffman:

About 1909 the Ferguson & Palmer Company, of Paducah, Ky., began buying hardwood timber land in Chickasaw, Calhoun and Pontotoc counties, Miss., until finally they had acquired about 10,000 acres consisting mostly of white oak. To manufacture this timber, a single band mill containing all Filer & Stowell equipment was built on the New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago Railroad at New Houlka, Chickasaw County. This mill began sawing on November 15, 1913. The company had operated a hardwood mill at Paducah, Ky., since about 1898. The officers were: Earl Palmer, president; John K. Ferguson, secretary; and R. S. Robertson, treasurer. Donald F. Palmer was in charge of the New Houlka mill. In August 1916 Earl Palmer acquired the interest of John Ferguson in the company. At that time the main office was moved to Memphis, Tenn.

 The New Houlka mill cut out in late 1922 or early 1923 and was advertised for sale in February 1923.




















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

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