Standard gauge, 56-lb rail
Mill Location: Nomac (later Blodgett), MS (Jones County)
Mill Capacity: 60,000 ft/day
Years of Operation: 1913-1921
Miles Operated: 14 miles in 1917
Locomotives Owned: 7 known
Also see: C&R Lumber Co
1 Clyde Universal Loader, 1 McGiffert Loader
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by Gil Hoffman:
In late 1910 Griffin and Sartin purchased the sawmill of the Tiger Lumber
Company, at Ovett, Jones County and moved it about two miles to the
southeast to Nomac, on the New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago Railroad, also
in Jones County. The mill began operations in the fall of 1911.
In March 1912 J. M. Griffin succeeded Griffin & Sartin. A new
circular sawmill with a cutting capacity of 60,000 per day was completed at
Nomac in late 1913. A logging railroad was also constructed from the mill
eastward to Thompson's Creek, in Wayne County. About 1915 the name Nomac was
changed to Blodgett.
On July 1, 1921 the mill, railroad and timber were sold to L. O. Crosby
and Lamont Rowlands, of Picayune, MS, and renamed the C.
& R. Lumber Company.
Also see J.M. Griffin operation at Rhodes, MS here
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
1st 1 2-6-0 New York
Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #907, Atlanta, GA, on
8-26-13. Cost $4,850. Named "Deloriane." Built as New York,
Ontario & Western #109; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #907, in
7-1913. Returned to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #961, Atlanta, GA,
on 11-22-13 in trade on 2nd #1; to Central Santo Domingo #2, Cuba, in
2nd 1 4-6-0
Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #938, Atlanta, GA, on
11-22-13, in even trade for 1st #1. Built as Memphis & Charleston #37,
renumb. #341; to Southern Ry. #677, on 5-13-98, renumb. #1391 on 7-1-03,
renumb. #3391 on 6-28-10; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #938, in
6-1913. Transferred to J. M. Griffin Lumber Co. #1, Burnside, MS, in 1922
1st 2 Rod Pittsburgh
Purchased secondhand. Scrapped - worn out.
2nd 2 2T Shay Lima
Purchased new. Cost $15,270. Sold to C. & R. Lumber Co. #2,
Blodgett, MS, on 7-1-21; to Virgin Pine Lumber Co. #1, Piave, MS; to
Crosby Lumber & Manufacturing Co. #1, Crosby, MS Scrapped 1954.
3 2T Shay Lima
Transferred from J. M. Griffin operation at Rhodes, MS, in 1919. Sold
to C. & R. Lumber Co. #3, Blodgett, MS, on 7-1-21; to Birmingham Rail
& Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL; to Brown Paper Mill Co. 1st #3, West
Monroe, LA, on 8-11-23.
4 2T Heisler Heisler
Purchased secondhand. In service by 12-1917. Gone by 7-1921.
Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL, on
8-2-18. Cost $9,200. Built as Dunbar & Wausaukee #5, Dunbar, WI
(Girard Lumber Co.); to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. Sold to C.
& R. Lumber Co. #8, Blodgett, MS, on 7-1-21. Baldwin class 10-26 E 312