J. M. Griffin Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 56-lb rail

Headquarters: Delaware

Mill Location: Burnside, MS (Neshoba County)

Mill Capacity: 100,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1922-1923

Miles Operated: 23 miles

Locomotives Owned: 4 known

Other Equipment:

26 log cars

Purchased Clyde Iron Works Rapid Loader #354, shipped to Burnside, Miss. 6-3-1922.

Purchased Clyde Iron Works 4-line Double End Skidder #351, shipped to Burnside, Miss. 9-19-1922.

 

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

In February 1922 Joe M. Griffin, of Laurel, purchased 25,000 acres of pine timber in Leake, Neshoba and Winston counties from the Burnside Land & Timber Company. Soon after, construction of a 100,000 feet daily capacity band mill at Burnside, Neshoba County was begun and completed about July 1922. The J. M. Griffin Lumber Company, which operated this mill, was incorporated in Delaware with office at Wilmington.

 The sawmill was equipped with an 8-ft. band saw, a gang and a double edger. Other facilities were a planing mill, dry kilns and a power plant plus 23 miles of logging railroad. The company also built a town for its mill workers which included a school and churches. Both rift and flat grain flooring were manufactured in this plant.

 On August 16, 1923 the sawmill, logging railroad and timber holdings were sold to the Reynolds-West Lumber Company, of Texas, for approximately $4,000,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

1a                4-6-0               Baldwin                  5813                    9-1881                     54                    18x24                      80000

 

                    Transferred from Blodgett operation in 1922.

                    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, Atlanta, GA, in 6-1913; to J. M. Griffin                #1, Nomac, MS, on 11-22-13.

                    Sold to Reynolds-West Lumber Co. #1, Burnside, MS, on 8-16-23; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1871, Atlanta, GA,      on 8-25-23.

                    Baldwin class 10-30 D 104

 

1b                2T Shay         Lima                        2744                    12-1913                   29                 3-10x12                   84000

 

                    Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1718, Atlanta, GA, on 7-7-22. Cost $6,000.

                    Built as Culbreath & Smith #9, Onalaska, TX; to West Lumber Co. #9, Onalaska, TX; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co.                     #1718, on 12-16-21.

                    Renumb. #9.

 

 

3                  3T Shay         Lima                        3182                    7-1922                     32                    3-11x12                   134100

 

                    Purchased new. Named "J. M. II." Cost $18,600.

                    Sold Reynolds-West Lumber Co. #3, Burnside, MS, on 8-16-23; to Marietta Lumber Co. #3, Burnside, MS, by 1-1928;              to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #3, Canton, MS, by 2-1930, renumb. #10; to Denkmann Lumber Co. #10, Canton, MS,     on 9-1-38; to King Lumber Industries #10, Canton, MS,

                    on 1-1-46. Scrapped 1951.

 

9                  2T Shay         Lima                        2744                    12-1913                   29                 3-10x12                   84000

 

                    Renumb. from 2nd #1.

                    Sold to Reynolds-West Lumber Co. #9, Burnside, MS, on 8-16-23; to Marietta Lumber Co. #9, Burnside, MS, by 2-1928.                     Scrapped 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

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