Lamar Hardwood Co.

Standard gauge, -lb rail


Mill Location: Hortom Switch, MS (N. Quitman)

                        (Clarke County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1923-1926

Miles Operated

Locomotives Owned: 1

Other Equipment:

Purchased Clyde Iron Works Rapid Loader #375, shipped to Hortom Switch, Miss. 8-10-1923.

Purchased Clyde Iron Works Ground Skidder #2241, shipped to Hortom Switch, Miss. 8-14-1923.



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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Lamar Hardwood Company was incorporated at Horton Switch, Clarke County, on July 18, 1923, by V. M. Scanlan, Joe B. Semmes, J. K. Denham, all of Hattiesburg, and J. H. Grimmett, of Quitman, with authorized capital stock of $200,000, which was  raised to $250,000 on Aug. 11, 1923. In late summer of 1923 a bandmill with a cutting capacity of 40,000 feet per day was completed at Horton Switch. Timber holdings were in the "Alligator Swamp," along the Chickasawhay River south of Quitman. J. H. Grimmett was general manager of the operation.

In December 1926 the band mill at Horton Switch was moved to Bogalusa, La., as part of the mill of the Lamar Lumber Company, then under construction.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

1                  2T Heisler      Heisler                    1255                    -1912                      30                    12x10                      52000

                  Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1847, Atlanta, GA, on 9-6-23.

   Formerly Blakely Hardwood Lumber Co. #1, Blakely, GA.

                        Transferred to Lamar Lumber Co. #1, Bogalusa, LA, in 1926; to The Mengel Co. #1, Bogalusa, LA, about 9-1935, later at Tallisheek, LA. Scrapped 3-1941.






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