Howison & Welch (1897-1898)
J. F. Welch Lumber Co. (1898-1899)
Standard gauge, 30-lb rail
Mill Location: Howison, MS (Harrison County)
Mill Capacity: 75,000 ft/day
Years of Operation: 1897-1899
Miles Operated: 3 miles in 1898
Locomotives Owned: 2
Also see: Native Lumber Co.
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History by Gil Hoffman:
& Welch was a co-partnership composed of Allen P. Howison and J. F.
Welch, formed on April 9, 1897, to carry on a sawmill business in Harrison
County. Howison was from Randolph, Alabama and Welch from Plantersville,
Alabama. Welch was to be the general manager of the business. The
partnership assumed control of 2,831 acres of timber belonging to Howison in
the vicinity of the village of Howison and the sawmill of the Howison-Rogers
Lumber Company, also at Howison. The Howison-Rogers mill had been built in
January 1897. By January 1898 three miles of logging railroad had been
J. F. Welch Lumber Company, which took over the assets of Howison &
Welch, was incorporated at Howison, Harrison County, on December 21, 1898,
by J. F. Welch, Walter F. Welch, Oscar S. Welch, Vesta S. Welch and Sallie
H. Duncan with authorized capital stock of $75,000.
April 4, 1899, L. N. Dantzler, Jr. in return for assuming the debts of the
J. F. Welch Lumber Company, obtained possession of its timber and sawmill
plant. In a separate transaction Dantzler bought the dry kiln at the
sawmill, the logging railroad and the Baldwin locomotive, all belonging the
June 10, 1899, for $75,000 L. N. Dantzler, Jr. sold the timber and sawmill
plant of the former J. F. Welch Lumber Company to the newly formed Native
Lumber Company, a subsidiary of the L. N. Dantzler Lumber Company.
Builder's view of trim-looking 2-6-0 Number2, named "Daisye"
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
secondhand. In service by 1-1898.
new on 12 month lease. Named “Daisye.” Cost $4,600.
prior to completion of lease to L. N. Dantzler, Jr., on 4-27-1899. Cost
to Native Lumber Co. #2, Howison, MS, on 6-10-1899.
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