36" gauge, wood rail, changed to 25-lb steel rail 1896
Mill Location: Ellisville, MS (Jones County)
Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day
Years of Operation: 1892-1911
Miles Operated: about 5
Locomotives Owned: 3 known
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by Gil Hoffman:
Lowery, Carter & Company was a partnership composed of Benjamin L.
Lowery, formerly of Coosa Valley, Ala., Robert C. Carter and E. P. Hardwick.
In December 1891 construction began on a sawmill at Ellisville, Jones
County. The mill site itself was not purchased until February 8, 1892 (from
Isaac Anderson, of Ellisville). The completed plant consisted of a single
circular sawmill, a planing mill and dry kilns. Only longleaf yellow pine
was cut. On Janaury 9, 1894 Carter sold his interest in the company to
Lowery and Hardwick for $5,535.42. By 1896 Lowery was the sole owner. Timber
for the mill was southeast of Ellisville, extending in patches almost to
The Lowery Lumber Company was incorporated at Ellisville, Jones County,
in October 1903 by B. F. Fridge, J. H. Moore, W. S. Glenn and D. K. Collins
and leased the sawmill of B. L. Lowery at Ellisville. The sawmill was a
Filer & Stowell circular type at that time.
In January 1911 the plant, railroad and logging equipment were offered
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
393 2T Shay Lima
Purchased new through Southern Equipment Co. Built for wood rail track.
Sold to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL; to Sterrett
Lumber Co., Sterrett, AL, on 4-28-00; to J. J. Whisnant, Gordon, AL; to
Gordon Lumber Co., Gordon, AL, on 6-1-06.
? 4-drivers Baldwin 12x16
Purchased from Erata Mill Co., Erata, MS, on 11-21-96. Original
ownership unknown; to Daniel McCoy, Grand Rapids, MI; to Erata Mill Co.,
Erata, MS, on 7-5-93. For sale 1-1911.
? 2T Shay Lima
Purchased by Lowery Lumber Co., from Tallapoosa Lumber Co. #2, Sistrunk,
AL. For sale 1-1911. Sold to Big Sandy Lumber Co., Hull, AL; to Birmingham
Rail & Locomotive Co., Birmingham, AL; to Zickgraf-Jensen Lumber Co.
#3, Pioneer, TN, on 5-3-16; to Combs Coal Co., Hawley, WV; to Hawley Coal
Co., Bluefield, WV; to Hutchinson Lumber Co., Clute, WV, in 1920; to Logan
Planing Mill Co. #2, Logan, WV, about 11-1922. Scrapped 9-1926.