Flood-Lyons Lumber Co.

American Hardwood Lumber Co.

36" gauge, converted to standard gauge 1910

Headquarters: Meridian

Mill Location: Narkeeta, MS (Lauderdale County)

Mill Capacity: 20,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1908-1912

Miles Operated: 5 miles

Locomotives Owned: 2

Other Equipment:

7 log cars


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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Flood-Lyons Lumber Company was incorporated at Meridian, Lauderdale County, on October 4, 1908 by F. M. Lyons, of Shelbyville, KY; Byron Flood, of Bagdad, Kentucky; Edwin A. Spinks, of Meridian, MS, and W. D. McBride, of Meridian, with authorized capital stock of $25,000. A sawmill, planing mill and dry kiln were operated in Narkeeta, on the east side of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, and another sawmill was also operated five miles east of Narkeeta, near the Alabama line. The sawmills had a cutting capacity of 20,000 feet per day. Edwin Spinks was general manager of the company and also southern representative of the American Hardwood Lumber Company, of St. Louis, MO. The latter company's lumber yard in Meridian, managed by Spinks, handled the output of the Flood-Lyons mill. 

In July 1910 Spinks filed bankruptcy, with debts totaling $25,156, of which $10,000 was owed to the American Hardwood Lumber Company, and $7,000 to the Citizens National Bank, of Meridian. His only assets were $5,000 in capital stock in the Flood-Lyons Lumber Company, which was held as collateral by the bank. As a result the Flood-Lyons mill also went into bankruptcy with W. C. Sams appointed as Trustee. The assets were first sold to the American Hardwood Lumber Company in late 1910, but this sale was not confirmed. On August 14, 1912 the U. S. District Court ordered a second sale to take place. Thus, on February 10, 1913, the Trustee, W. C. Sams, sold the property to J. E. Tartt. This sale was confirmed.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

1?                2T Shay         Lima                        445                      6-1893                     22                    2-6x10                     20000

                                  Purchased secondhand, in late 1908.

Built as R. S. Phillips #445 "Charlie," Ellisville, MS (wood rail), renumb . #1.

Sold to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, Ala.; to W. M. Carter Lumber Co., Laurel, MS, on 8-14-12; to J. H. Bostick, Ellisville Junction, MS, by 5-1913; to Monarch Lumber Co. #1, Monarch, MS, about 1916, transferred to McLain, MS, in early 1919; to Long Branch Lumber Co. #1, Tuckers Crossing, MS, on 5-4-20; to W. M. Tomlin Lumber Co. #1, Bucatunna, MS, in 1926; to Brownlee Lumber Co. #1, Chickasaw, AL, on 12-17-28.



Standard gauge locomotives:


594              Class B           Climax                     594                      -1906                                                                               40000

                                 Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL, on 1-25-10.

Built as Mayerhoff Brothers #   , Arundel, MS; to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

                                            Sold by W. C. Sams, Trustee in Bankruptcy, to J. E. Tartt #594, Narkeeta, MS, on 2-10-13, later at Akron, MS; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1659, Atlanta, Ga.; to Barr-Holaday Lumber Co., Louise, MS, on 1-22-21.






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