J. J. Newman Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 45 & 60-lb rail

Headquarters

Mill Locations: Hattiesburg, MS (Forrest County) 1894-1935

                           Sumrall, MS (Lamar Co.) 1902-1931

Mill Capacity: 150,000 ft/day Hattiesburg mill in 1910

                         175,000 ft/day Sumrall mill in 1910

Years of Operation: 1894-1935

Miles Operated: 26 miles in 1910

Locomotives Owned: a bunch

Also see: Pearl & Leaf Rivers RR

Mississippi Central RR

Homochitto Lumber Co.

Equipment:

1910- 11 locomotives, 350 cars, 6 Barnhart and 2 American log loaders.

 

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History by Gil Hoffman and Tony Howe:

On November 6, 1894 the sawmill plant of the Wiscassett Mill Company, at Hattiesburg, Perry County, was purchased by J. J. Newman, William Dunbar, M. Dunn, Owen Charles and F. W. Williams for $40,000. To operate the newly acquired plant, these same men plus L. S. Brown incorporated the J. J. Newman Lumber Company for 50 years at Hattiesburg on December 6, 1894 with authorized capital stock of $65,000. On January 28, 1895 the Wiscassett property was transferred to the J. J. Newman Lumber Company for $40,000, the price paid for it. The original officers of the J. J. Newman Lumber Company were J. J. Newman, president, and L. S. Brown, secretary and treasurer. Later, Pennsylvania lumberman and investor Fenwick Peck acquired control of the J. J. Newman Lumber Co. and the Mississippi Central Railroad.

The first logging railroad was built westward from Hattiesburg in 1895 and it was incorporated as the Pearl & Leaf Rivers Railroad on November 20, 1897. At this time, the railroad was only 8 miles long, but by 1901 the line had reached 19 miles to the new town of Sumrall, and the lumber company later built two more huge sawmills at that point in 1902-3 and 1905 respectively. As the railroad was expanded, the new goal to reach Natchez was chosen and the railroad was renamed the Mississippi Central on February 13, 1904.

The lumber company built logging spurs off of the Mississippi Central at various places to supply logs to the mills at Hattiesburg and Sumrall. In 1906, construction started on what was called the "Pascagoula Extension" of the Mississippi Central from Hattiesburg to the southeast. The goal was to reach the Gulf port at Pascagoula, but it was ultimately only constructed about 14 miles to a point named Pines just northeast of Brooklyn. J. J. Newman Lumber Co. built an extensive network of logging railroads off of the Pascagoula Extension. The lumber company owned timber all the way from Brooklyn to south of Beaumont in Perry County. In 1921 the lumber company obtained trackage rights over the Gulf Mobile & Northern to reach their holdings south of Beaumont and established a large logging camp at Royce, just south of McLain. 

The mill in Sumrall was primarily supplied from timber west of Sumrall, with large camps operated at Melba, Cantwell, Carson, and Hickory Grove. When this timber ran out, the mill was closed in 1931. As timber near Royce was exhausted in 1934, J J Newman bought a tract of timber in Simpson County from Eastman, Gardiner & Co., and ran log trains from near Magee over the Illinois Central to Hattiesburg. This timber only lasted a year, and the mill at Hattiesburg was closed as well in 1935.

 

For a detailed history of this operation see: Steam Whistles in the Piney Woods Volume 1, by Gilbert H. Hoffman

A Newman Lumber Co. Shay and a Pearl & Leaf Rivers passenger train at the new depot at Epley in 1903.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:   

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1st 1

 

28-2 Shay

 

Lima

 

326

 

12/1890

 

3-10x10

 

28

 

56000

 

J. J. Newman #326, Sweden Valley, PA

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 1st #1,

in 3/1895. Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Bradford-Kees Lumber Co., Lofton, LA

Loutre Lumber Co., Cargile, AR.

 

2nd 1

 

0-4-2

 

Brooks

 

696

 

4/1882

 

16x22

 

50

 

58500

 

Chicago & Atlantic #1

Chicago & Erie #401, in 8/1890.

Erie R.R. #25, in 1895.

Lackawanna Lumber Co., Mina, PA,  in 6/1897.

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 2nd #1, in 4/1898. Cost $1,729.57.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Homochitto Lumber Co. #1, Bude, MS, in 9/1912.

 

1st 2

 

0-4-2

 

Brooks

 

699

 

4/1882

 

16x22

 

50

 

58500

 

Chicago & Atlantic #4

Chicago & Erie #404, in 8/1890.

Erie R.R. #26, in 1895.

Lackawanna Lumber Co., Mina, PA, for: J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 1st #2, in 6/1897.

Cost $1,517.70 plus $200.05 freight.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Mississippi Central 1st #99, in 1904.

 

2nd 2

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

745

 

12/1902

 

3-12x15

 

32

 

125000

 

Re. from 1st #10, in 1906.

Used at Sumrall.

 

Lamar Lumber Co., Clyde, MS during parts of 1915-16 (rented).

Tallahala Lumber Co. #173,  Tallahala, MS, on 3/26/1918.

Re. #4.

Apollonia Lumber Co. #4, Pelahatchie, MS, by 12/12/1921.

Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #4, Canton, MS, in 1925.

Scrapped 1936.

 

3rd 2

 

70-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

2223

 

2/1910

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

140000

 

Parsons Pulp & Lumber Co. #1, Dobbin, WV

Champion Lumber Co. #1, Crestmont, NC

Suncrest Lumber Co. #1, Sunburst, NC,

on 12/18/1918.

Salmen Brick & Lumber Co., Slidell, LA

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 3rd #2, ca. 8/1921. Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Scrapped 1940.

 

1st 3

 

Rod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown owner, Birmingham, AL.

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 1st #3, in 9/1898. Cost $2,950.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Dropped or renumbered by 11/1902.

 

2nd 3

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

739

 

11/1902

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

125000

 

Re. from 1st #7.

Used at Sumrall.

 

New Lima boiler, order dated 3/23/1923.

Scrapped 1938.

 

4

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

567

 

2/1899

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

100000

 

New for Pearl & Leaf Rivers R.R.

Cost $5,800 plus $171.98 freight.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Bienville Lumber Co. #4, Alberta, LA

Transferred to Forest, MS, in 1915.

 

5

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

603

 

6/1900

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

110000

 

New for Pearl & Leaf Rivers R.R.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Dropped by 1928.

 

1st 6

 

0-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

3841

 

3/1876

 

20x24

 

50

 

93600

 

Pennsylvania R.R. #120 (a 2-8-0)

New York Equipment Co., in 1/1897.

Kentucky & Indiana Bridge Co. #6, Louisville, KY

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 1st #6, on 9/20/1901. Cost $4.600.

Baldwin class 10-34 E 20

 

Changed by J. J. Newman Lumber Co. to 0-8-0.

Mississippi Central #106, in 1904, Converted back to 2-8-0.

 

2nd 6

 

65-3

Shay

 

Lima

 

1510

 

5/1905

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

130000

 

New.

 Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Scrapped in 1936.

 

1st 7

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

739

 

11/1902

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

125000

 

New for Pearl & Leaf Rivers R.R.

Cost $8,500 plus $223.80 freight.

 

Re. 2nd #3 on arrival.

 

2nd 7

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

601

 

5/1900

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

100000

 

Lackawanna Lumber Co. #7, Mina, PA

Transferred to Cross Fork, PA, in 1903.

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 2nd #7, in 1908.

Used at Sumrall & Hattiesburg.

 

New Lima boiler, order dated 4/29/1927.

Scrapped 9/1937.

 

1st 8

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

21220

 

11/1902

 

18x24

 

56

 

124000

 

New for Pearl & Leaf Rivers R.R.

Cost $10,883 plus $193.40 freight.

Baldwin class 10-30 D 437

 

Mississippi Central #111, in 1904.

Scrapped 1/1930.

 

2nd 8

 

65-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

1554

 

8/1905

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

137000

 

New.

Used at Sumrall.

 

Scrapped at Hattiesburg after mill cut out.

 

1st 9

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

21962

 

4/1903

 

20x24

 

50

 

128000

 

New for Pearl & Leaf Rivers R.R.

Cost $11,450.

Baldwin class 10-34 E 1665

 

Mississippi Central 1st #107, in 1904.

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #18, Sumrall, MS, on 3/4/1916.

 

2nd 9

 

65-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

1555

 

10/1905

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

137000

 

New.

Used at Sumrall.

 

Transferred to Hattiesburg mill,

by 4/1929.

Scrapped at Hattiesburg after mill cut out.

 

1st 10

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

745

 

12/1902

 

3-12x15

 

32

 

125000

 

New for Pearl & Leaf Rivers R.R.

Cost $8,500.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Re. 2nd #2 in 1906.

 

2nd 10

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

1635

 

2/1906

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

125000

 

New.

Used at Hattiesburg and Sumrall.

 

Scrapped in 1938.

 

1st 11

 

Rod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown owner, Chicago, IL.

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 1st #11, on 5/2/1902. Cost $3,400.

 

Dropped or renumbered

by 2/1906.

 

2nd 11

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

1636

 

2/1906

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

125000

 

New.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Scrapped in 1938.

 

1st 12

 

2-8-0

 

A/Brooks

 

29527

 

2/1904

 

19x26

 

50

 

140000

 

New for Pearl & Leaf Rivers R.R.

Cost $12,650.

 

Mississippi Central #105, on 2/13/1904.

 

2nd 12

 

65-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

1707

 

8/1906

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

128000

 

Lackawanna Lumber Co. #11, Cross Fork, PA

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. 2nd #11, ca. 1907.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Transferred as #11 to Sumrall operation.

 

14

 

50-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

656

 

6/1901

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

100000

 

 

 

            

 

Lackawanna Lumber Co. #8, Mina, PA

Transferred to Cross Fork, PA

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #14,  in 7/1910.

Cost $6,500.

Used at Hattiesburg

 

New Lima boiler, dated 4/29/1927.

 

15

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

11990

 

6/1891

 

19x26

 

50

 

133850

 

Western New York & Pennsylvania #169

Pennsylvania R.R. #6295, in 1903.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #659,

on 5/4/1908.

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #15, on 5/12/1909. Cost $6,500.

Used at Sumrall.

Baldwin class 10-32 E 7

 

Watson Gravel Co. #15, Fluker, LA

Scrapped 5/1951.

 

16

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

7678

 

9/1885

 

18x24

 

50

 

 

 

Sinnemahoning Valley #1 F. H. Goodyear, Emporium, PA

Buffalo & Susquehanna #101, in 9/1893.

Lackawanna Lumber Co. #3, Cross Fork, PA,

in 1895.

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #16, in 10/1910.

Cost $3,000.

Used at Hattiesburg and Sumrall.

Baldwin class 8-30 D 203

 

Unknown.

 

17

 

70-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

2673

 

6/1913

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

140000

 

New.

Used at Sumrall.

 

Scrapped at Hattiesburg, in 1936.

 

18

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

21962

 

4/1903

 

20x24

 

50

 

128000

 

Mississippi Central 1st #107

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #18, on 3/4/1916.

Used at Sumrall and Hattiesburg.

 

Homochitto Lumber Co. #18, Bude, MS

 

19

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

3841

 

3/1876

 

20x24

 

50

 

93600

 

Mississippi Central #106

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #19

 

Mississippi Central #106

J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #21, Hattiesburg, MS, in 9/1924.

 

20

 

2-8-2

 

A/Brooks

 

63168

 

11/1921

 

20x28

 

56

 

177000

 

New. Cost $31,000.

Used at Hattiesburg.

 

Mississippi Central #124, in 12/1935.

Green Brothers Gravel Co. #124, Franklinton, LA, in 6/1953.

Scrapped 9/1965.

 

21

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

3841

 

3/1876

 

20x24

 

50

 

93600

 

Mississippi Central #106, in 9/1924.

Formerly J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #19

 

Unknown.

 

 

 

 

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