Green Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 40-lb rail

Headquarters: Laurel, MS

Mill Locations: Garner, MS (Greene County)

                           Avera, MS (Greene County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1920-1925

Miles Operated: 7 miles in 1924

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Green Lumber Company was incorporated at Laurel, Jones County, on May 10, 1920, by W. B. Rogers, of Laurel; I. R. Anderson, of Ellisville, and C. S. Street, of Laurel, with authorized capital stock of $200,000. In May 1920 the company purchased its first sawmill, the plant and timber holdings of the Mobile & Gulfport Lumber Company, at Garner, Greene County, on the Gulf, Mobile & Northern Blodgett branch. I. R. Anderson was manager of the mill. 

About February 1924 the mill cut out. On October 14, 1924, the sawmill, dry kilns, planing mill, rough and dressed sheds and yard stock were destroyed by fire.

The Green Lumber Company, of Laurel, MS, purchased the sawmill plant and timber holdings of the J. P. Griffin Lumber Company, at Avera, Greene County, on September 1, 1920. Avera was on the Blodgett branch of the Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad. The mill cut out about June 1925.

Green Lumber Co.'s Heisler No. 3.

 

 

No. 3 being used on the tracklaying train west of Avera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 Avera Mill:

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1st 1

 

42-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

3081

 

5/1920

 

3-10x12

 

29

 

84000

 

J. P. Griffin Lumber Co. #1, Avera, MS

Green Lumber Co. 1st #1, on 9/1/1920.

 

Tallahoma Lumber Co. #1, Montrose, MS,

ca. 11/1924.

Eastman, Gardiner & Co. #74, Laurel, MS,

on 11/18/1926.

Eastman-Gardiner Hardwood Co. #1, Sandersville, MS, ca. 4/1927 (leased).

Pascagoula Hardwood Co. #1, Laurel, MS.

The Mengel Co. #1, Laurel, MS, on 11/29/1935.

Scrapped 1947.

 

2nd 1

 

0-4-0T

 

Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30000

 

Unknown.

Green L:umber Co. 2nd #1, by 8/1924.

 

 

 

3

 

31-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1136

 

12/1907

 

12x12

 

33

 

62000

 

Smith-McGowin Mill Co. #6, Magazine, AL

Haney Lumber Co., Star, MS, in 1913.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

J. M. Hemphill Lumber Co., Rhodes, MS,

on 12/15/1916.

J. M. Griffin, Rhodes, MS, on 11/24/1917.

J. P. Griffin, Avera, MS

Green Lumber Co. #3, on 9/1/1920.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1887

Hamburg Lumber Co., Hamburg, AR,

on 9/29/1923.

 

54

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

566

 

12/1898

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

100000

 

Eastman, Gardiner & Co. #4, Laurel, MS

Re. #54.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #785.

Scotch Lumber Co. #7, Fulton, AL,

on 3/15/1911.

Bay Creek Lumber Co. #54, Purvis, MS

General Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA (dealer), on 7/21/1919.

Green Lumber Co. #1, Garner, MS

Transferred as #54 to Avera, MS, in 1924.

 

Eureka Gravel Co. #54, Montrose, MS.

Pascagoula Hardwood Co. #54, Laurel, MS.

Boiler exploded 12/1928.

 

 

17-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

183

 

8/1887

 

3-8x8

 

26

 

40000

 

Gregory & Coe Lumber Co. no #, Stanton, AL. Built 36-inch gauge.

Kingston Lumber Co., Laurel, MS, in 1897.

Laurel Machine & Foundry Co., Laurel, MS, ca. 4/1904.

Tallahatta Lumber Co., Chunky. MS

Transferred to Montrose, MS, in 1914.

Rebuilt to standard gauge in 1/1915.

Montrose Saw Mill Co., Montrose, MS,

in 10/1916 (leased).

George W. Howell & Co. #4, Montrose, MS, on 7/30/1919.

Tallahoma Lumber Co., Montrose, MS,

in 11/1921.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1942

Green Lumber Co., on 7/12/1924.

 

Pascagoula Hardwood Co., Laurel, MS

Scrapped by 4/1929.

Garner Mill:

  

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

566

 

12/1898

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

100000

 

Eastman, Gardiner & Co. #4, Laurel, MS

Re. #54.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #785.

Scotch Lumber Co. #7, Fulton, AL,

on 3/15/1911.

Bay Creek Lumber Co. #54, Purvis, MS

General Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA (dealer), on 7/21/1919.

Green Lumber Co. #1, on ?

 

Transferred as #54 to Avera, MS, in 1924.

Eureka Gravel Co. #54, Montrose, MS.

Pascagoula Hardwood Co. #54, Laurel, MS.

Boiler exploded 12/1928.

 

 

 

 

 

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