The McGowan Co. (1906-1908)

R. A. Foote  (1908-1909)

J. T. Jones  (1909-1910)

Standard gauge, steel rail


Mill Location: Shivers, MS (Simpson County)

                        49 acres in Sec 35 T10N R20W

Mill Capacity: 40,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1906-1910

Miles Operated: 4 miles

Locomotives Owned: 1

Other Equipment:

6 log cars


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History by Gil Hoffman:

R. A. Foote and E. L. McGowan purchased the sawmill of the W. F. Smith Lumber Company at Shivers, Simpson County, on the Gulf & Ship Island Mendenhall Branch, on January 20, 1906 for $20,500. To operate this property, the McGowan Company was incorporated at Shivers on March 2, 1906 by R. A. Foote, E. L. McGowan, W. C. McGowan and Charles Little with authorized capital stock of $25,000. The McGowan Company soon installed a logging railroad, as the Smith mill has been logged entirely by ox teams.

 On March 16, 1908 the property was sold to R. A. Foote for $25,000 in cash. At that time Foote was president of the McGowan Company and Harry Robinson was secretary and treasurer. The sale included the logging railroad and logging equipment.

 On January 16, 1909 the McGowan mill and all its holdings were sold to J. T. Jones for $17,000 which was applied to the debt Foote owed Jones.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

12                  2T Shay Lima     1688     4-1906      26     3-8x8 53000 est.

                 Purchased new.

                      To R. A. Foote on 3-16-08.

                      To J. T. Jones on 1-16-09.

                      Sold to Pine Belt Lumber Co., Braxton, MS, about 1910; to McCarroll Lumber Co., Frost, LA; to Fluker Gravel Co. #1,           Fluker, LA, in early 1922, transferred to Heflin, LA,  in 6-1926; to The North American Co.,

                      Inc. #1, Castor, LA, in 10-1927, later at Ringold, LA.







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