Carriere Lumber Co. (1895-1899)

Lacey Lumber Co. (1899-1917)

Standard gauge, 35-lb rail

Headquarters: Carriere, MS

Mill Location: Carriere, MS (Pearl River County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day in 1910

Years of Operation: 1895-1917

Miles Operated: 9 miles in 1914

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

12/1914: 3 locomotives, 8 log cars, 1 Marion loader, 1 Lidgerwood skidder

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

On May 14, 1895, Hinton & Thompson Company, composed of A. S. Hinton and M. L. Thompson, entered into an agreement with Alice C. Taylor and W. A. Dill to combine their assets and form a corporation to conduct a sawmill business at Carriere Station, on the New Orleans & Northeastern Railroad. Hinton & Thompson would supply the sawmill, then located at Whittles Switch, on the N. O. & N. E., a few miles north of Hattiesburg, and Taylor and Dill would supply a tract of recently purchased timber land, each party getting $10,000 capital stock in the new company. The Carriere Lumber Company was then incorporated at Carriere Station on February 20, 1896 by A. S. Hinton, M. L. Thompson, Mrs. Alice Wilson and W. A. Dill with authorized capital stock of $20,000. A mill site was purchased at Carriere Station on October 24, 1895 and the sawmill plant of Hinton & Thompson moved from Whittle Switch to Carriere and reassembled. The company got into financial difficulties almost immediatly and went into receivership on July 5, 1897. 

On July 31, 1899, the Lacey Lumber Company purchased the assets of the Carriere Lumber Company from S. F. Dill, Receiver of the Carriere Lumber Company. The purchase price of $2,925 included the sawmill plant at Carriere Station, all machinery and about 3,700 acres of timber. The Lacey Lumber Company, then unincorporated, was composed of M. J. Hinton, S. J. Johnson and John C. Woodward. On September 21, 1899 these same men incorporated the company with authorized capital stock of $20,000. In 1902 W. B. Harbeson became a stockholder in the company and by 1907 had become president. At that time L. M. Harbeson was secretary, and John C. Woodward, treasurer.

The Lacey mill cut out on May 30, 1917. In June 1917 the sawmill plant was sold to R. J. Williams, of Bay St. Louis, MS. Finally, on December 6, 1921, W. B. Harbeson sold 1,124 acres of cutover land, formerly belonging to the Lacey Lumber Company, directly east of Carriere, including the mill site, to George M. Murrell, of Washington, D. C. 

In 1882 W. B. Harbeson began his sawmilling career at the mill of John Kamper, in Laurel. He remained with Kamper until 1891 when the mill was sold to Eastman, Gardiner & Company. He then continued with Eastman, Gardiner & Company, in charge of their yard and building departments. In 1898 he left to build his own sawmill in Laurel, which was in operation for two years. From Laurel he moved to Ellisville, where for 18 months he operated the plant of the Tallahala Lumber Company. 

In early 1914 Harbeson purchased timber lands in the vicinity of De Funiak Springs, FL, and soon afterward built a circular sawmill at that place. That same year he also built a sawmill at Robert City, South Dakota. Harbeson continued to operate in Florida for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

No Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown.

Carriere Lumber Co.

 

Lacey Lumber Co. #1, on 7/31/1899.

 

2

 

2-4-2T

 

Baldwin

 

10580

 

1/1890

 

12x18

 

48

 

50000

 

Birmingham, Powderly & Bessemer R.R. #3, Birmingham, AL. Dummy type.

Birmingham Railway & Electric Co., Birmingham, AL, in 11/1896.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

W. W. Lambert & Co., Poplarville, MS,

on 10/4/1899.

Poplarville Lumber Co., Poplarville, MS,

on 5/27/1902.

Lacey Lumber Co. #2. On hand by 2/1905.

Baldwin class 8-18 C 23

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Alexander Gilmer Lumber Co. #3, Remlig, TX, on 1/23/1906.

 

3

 

2-4-2T

 

Baldwin

 

10571

 

1/1890

 

12x18

 

48

 

50000

 

Birmingham, Powderly & Bessemer R.R. #1, Birmingham, AL. Dummy type.

Birmingham Railway & Electric Co., Birmingham, AL, in 11/1896.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Poplarville Lumber Co. #3, Poplarville, MS,

in 5/1905.

Lacey Lumber Co. #3. On hand by 7/1907.

Baldwin class 8-18 C 21

 

Rosa Lumber Co., Picayune, MS,

by 12/1914.

 

4

 

36-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2096

 

6/1908

 

3-10x10

 

28

 

72000

 

New.

 

Rosa Lumber Co. #4, Picayune, MS, in 1917; to Goodyear Yellow Pine Co. #4, Picayune, MS; to C. & R. Lumber Co. #4, Blodgett, MS; to Virgin Pine Lumber Co. #4, Piave, MS Scrapped 1933.

 

5

 

2-4-0T

 

Baldwin

 

12223

 

9/1891

 

12x18

 

38

 

40000

 

Eastman, Gardiner & Co. Nancy, Laurel, MS

Built as an 0-6-0T, rebuilt to 2-4-0T in 1894.

Salmen Brick & Lumber Co., Ltd., Slidell, LA,

by 7/1902.

Rosa Lumber Co. #1, Rosa Spur, MS,

by 6/1905.

Lacey Lumber Co. #5 Nancy, by 1/1912.

Baldwin class 6-18 D 10

 

W. B. Harbeson Lumber Co. Nancy,

De Funiak Springs, FL, by 2/1922.

 

 

 

 

 

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