J. P. Griffin Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 40-lb rail

Headquarters: Avera, MS

Mill Location: Avera, MS (Greene County)

Mill Capacity: 40,000 ft/day

Years of Operation: 1917-1920

Miles Operated: 7 miles in 1924

Locomotives Owned: 2

Equipment:

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

On September 1, 1917, James Perry Griffin, Grover C. Todd and Clarence L. Willis purchased 2,713 acres of timber near Avera, Greene County, from John W. Blodgett, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In November 1917, Joe M. Griffin, of Blodgett, MS, bought the sawmill plant of the Bellamy Lumber Company, at Varnado, LA, and moved it to Avera, MS, on the new Blodgett branch of the Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad. This mill was brought in to manufacture the Blodgett timber bought by Joe Griffin and associates. The mill had a cutting capacity of 40,000 feet per day. 

The J. P. Griffin Lumber Company, which operated this mill, was incorporated at Avera on November 24, 1917, by J. P. Griffin, G. C. Todd and C. L. Willis, all of Blodgett, MS, with authorized capital stock of $40,000. J. P. Griffin was president of the company. He was born 6 July 1877. On June 1, 1919, an additional block of Blodgett timber, containing 3,300 acres, was bought for the Avera mill. 

On September 1, 1920, the company sold its holdings to the Green Lumber Company, of Laurel, MS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

?

 

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 Lumber Co., on ?

 

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

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1887

Hamburg Lumber Co., Hamburg, AR,

on 9/29/1923.

 

1

 

42-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

3081

 

5/1920

 

3-10x12

 

29

 

84000

 

New.

 

Green Lumber Co. 1st #1, Avera, MS,

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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