Hillman Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 35 & 40-lb rail

Headquarters: Leakesville, MS

Mill Location: Hillman, MS (Greene County)

Mill Capacity: 30,000 ft/day

Years of Operation: 1904-1909

Miles Operated: 5 miles

Locomotives Owned: 1

Equipment:

5 log cars

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

In 1904 the Hillman Lumber Company, a partnership, built a sawmill at Merrill, on the Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City Railroad. This mill apparently did not have a logging railroad. The Hillman Lumber Company was incorporated "near" Merrill, Greene County, on July 7, 1906, by W. H. Rose, James Hillman, P. G. Hillman and Elijah Rose with authorized capital stock of $75,000. Elijah Rose was president, and J. W. Backstrom, secretary and treasurer. Backstrom was also mayor of Merrill at that time. 

In late 1906 construction began on a new sawmill located about 4 miles west of Leakesville. This mill, when placed in operation in mid-1907, had a cutting capacity of 30,000 feet per day. The old mill at Merrill was then abandoned. 

On May 8, 1907, the company mortgaged all its property to the L. N. Dantzler Lumber Company to secure a debt to them of $24,000. This mortgage went into default and the property was sold at public auction on October 25, 1909, for $1,865 to the L. N. Dantzler Lumber Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

?

 

0-6-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64000

 

Unknown.

Kilby Locomotive & Machine Works, Anniston, AL (dealer).

J. O. Acree, Mobile, AL

Hillman Lumber Co., on 3/30/1907.

 

L. N. Dantzler Lumber Co., Moss Point, MS, on 10/25/1909.

 

 

 

 

 

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