Graham Lumber Co. 1909-1910

Jones County Lumber Co. 1910-1913

Standard gauge, 35-lb rail


Mill Location: Crottstown, MS (Jones County)

Mill Capacity: 40,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1909-1913

Miles Operated: 5

Locomotives Owned: 1 known


2 log cars


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History by Gil Hoffman:

On January 8, 1909, F. H. Sheppard purchased 620 acres of timber from J. N. Melton for $4,845. This timber was about four miles west of Tuckers Crossing. Sheppard then built a sawmill of 40,000 feet daily cutting capacity on the Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City Railroad at Crottstown and a logging railroad to reach his timber. The sawmill was operated under the name "Graham Lumber Company," with F. M. Sheppard as sole owner.

The Jones County Lumber Company was incorporated at Crottstown, Jones County, on February 28, 1910, by George S. Leatherbury, Jr., of Mobile, Alabama; J. B. Cantrell, of Crottstown and F. M. Sheppard, also of Crottstown, with authorized capital stock of $50,000. Leatherbury was president and treasurer, Thomas White, of Mobile, Alabama, was secretary and J. B. Cantrell was manager. On March 5, 1910, the company acquired the sawmill, logging railroad and timber holdings of the Graham Lumber Company from F. H. Sheppard in return for shares of stock in the Jones County Lumber Company transferred to Sheppard.

The mill cut out in the summer of 1913 and closed.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 


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Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL, on 4-3-09. Code name "Watson." To Jones County Lumber Co., on 3-5-10.





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