Lamar Lumber Co. (1910-1921)

Helen White Lumber Co. (1921-1927)

Standard gauge, 30 to 40-lb rail

Headquarters: Clyde, MS

Mill Location: Clyde, MS (Lamar County)

Mill Capacity: 100,000 ft/day in 1921 

Years of Operation: 1910-1927

Miles Operated: 11 miles in 1917

Locomotives Owned

See also: Lamar Lbr mill at Igo

Equipment:

2 Clyde skidders, 1 McGiffert log loader, 27 log cars

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History by Gil Hoffman:

On October 26, 1909, the Lamar Lumber Company bought the sawmill and logging railroad of the A. G. Little Lumber Company at Clyde, Lamar County. The sawmill had a cutting capacity of 50,000 feet per day. No timber came with the Little mill as the Lamar Lumber Company already had its own timber supply, accumulated during the years 1906-1909 in connection with its mill at Igo, about eight miles south of Clyde. The Igo mill was probably abandoned after purchase of the mill at Clyde. 

On the morning of June 7, 1913, the sawmill was destroyed by fire with an estimated loss of $20,000. In mid-October 1913 the rebuilt mill was placed in operation. In June 1914 the plant was remodeled to increase the cutting capacity by installing machinery from the recently purchased mill of the Lamar Trading Company, at Coral. 

On May 10, 1921, Hugh L. White bought the holdings of the Lamar Lumber Company at Clyde, Lamar County, for approximately $1,000,000. To operate this property the Helen White Lumber Company, named for the Hugh White's mother, was incorporated at Clyde, Lamar County on June 18, 1921 by Mrs. J. J. White, Sr.; John  J. White; Hugh L. White; Beulah White Saunders; Allie White Alford, all of McComb, and L. B. Sedgwick, of Columbia. Authorized capital stock was $400,000. The sawmill bought from the Lamar Lumber Company was of the circular type with a gang and had a cutting capacity of 100,000 feet per day. L. W. Johnson was general manager. The mill cut out in 1927.

For a detailed history of this operation see: Steam Whistles in the Piney Woods Volume 2, by Gilbert H. Hoffman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:   

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

127

 

Rod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transferred from Igo mill in late 1909.

 

Still in service 3-1914.

Dropped by 5-1921.

 

273

 

0-4-4F

 

Rhode Island

 

858

 

6/1880

 

12x16

 

45

 

44000

 

Manhattan Ry. #273

Built as a 2-4-2T.

Rebuilt by Manhattan Ry. in 11/1887 to 12x16 0-4-4F.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.,

on 5/29/1903.

Williamsburg Lumber Co. #3, Collins, MS,

in 6/1903.

Lamar Lumber Co. #273

 

Hooks & Gallagher, Hickory, MS, by 1/1912.

 

1

 

36-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2012

 

3/1908

 

3-10x10

 

            

 

30

 

72000

 

Bynum Lumber Co. #1, Coral, MS

Hartzog-Longino Lumber Co. #1, Coral, MS, on 10/31/1909.

Carruth Lumber Co. #1, Coral, MS,

on 12/30/1910.

Carruth Brothers Lumber Co. #1, Clyde, MS, in 8/1912 (leased from Lamar Trading Co.).

Lamar Lumber Co. #1,  on 11/6/1914.

 

Helen White Lumber Co. #1, Clyde, MS,

on 5/10/1921.

Turner Pine Co. #4, Uniform, AL, ca. 6/1927.

 

2

 

0-4-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondhand. Used as mill switcher.

 

Dropped by 5/1921.

 

3

 

37-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1135

 

1907

 

15x12

 

36

 

74000

 

A. G. Little Lumber Co. #3 Graham, Clyde, MS

Lamar Lumber Co. #3, on 3/22/1910.

 

Helen White Lumber Co. #3, Clyde, MS,

on 5/10/1921.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Bomer Hardwood Co. #1, Alsatia, LA,

on 1/25/1927.

Charles Hendrix, Alsatia, LA.

 

4

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

38696

 

11/1912

 

16x22

 

44

 

85000

 

New. Cost $8,518.

Baldwin class 10-26 E 370

 

Helen White Lumber Co. #4, Clyde, MS,

on 5/10/1921.

 

5

 

75-3

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1318

 

1915

 

17x15

 

38

 

150000

 

New.

 

Helen White Lumber Co. #5, Clyde, MS,

on 5/10/1921.

 

1

 

4-4-0

 

Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60000

 

Unknown.

Watkins Foundry & Machine Co., Hattiesburg, MS (dealer)

Creek Lumber Co. #1, Rosine, MS,

on 5/11/1907.

Carruth Lumber Co. #1, Coral, MS,

by 7/1911.

Carruth Brothers Lumber Co. #1, in 8/1912 (leased from Lamar Trading Co.).

Lamar Lumber Co. #1, on 11/6/1914.

Probably never used by Lamar Lumber Co.

 

Dropped by 5/1921.

 

5

 

4-4-0

 

Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

70000

 

Unknown.

W. B. Seymour, Hattiesburg, MS (dealer)

Creek Lumber Co. #5, Rosine, MS,

by 10/1907.

Carruth Lumber Co. #5, Coral, MS,

by 7/1911.

Carruth Brothers Lumber Co. #5,

in 8/1912 (leased from Lamar Trading Co.).

Lamar Lumber Co. #5, on 11/6/1914.

Probably never used by Lamar Lumber Co.

 

Dropped by 5/1921.

     

 

 

 

 

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