Bostick Brothers    1912-1913

Ruby Lumber Co.  1913-1918

36" gauge, 30 & 35-lb rail

Headquarters: Meridian

Mill Location: Wautubbee, MS (Clarke County)

Mill Capacity: 20,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1912-1918

Miles Operated: 4 miles in 1917

Locomotives Owned: 1




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History by Gil Hoffman:

On November 12, 1912, E. S. Bostick, acting as agent for Bostick Brothers, of Meridian (composed of E. S. Bostick,

W. L. Bostick and J. W. Bostick) purchased about 1,640 acres of timber from the heirs of Edwin D. Houston for $21,540. The deed allowed seven years to cut the timber and the right to put a sawmill on the land. At the same time Bostick purchased the portable assets of the B. C. Lumber Company, at Wautubbee, Clarke County, for $9,187.50. This purchase included the sawmill plant, logging railroad and equipment. The mill was moved to a point about a mile south of the original site. For about a year the mill was operated under the Bostick Brothers name.

As successor, the Ruby Lumber Company was incorporated at Wautubbee on January 6, 1913, by the three Bostick brothers and W. O. Chipman, also of Meridian, with authorized capital stock of $20,000. The new company purchased the sawmill plant and timber holdings of the Bostick Brothers on March 14, 1913, for $31,187.50. The amount was paid by issuing $20,000 in capital stock to Bostick Brothers, and the remainder, in a deed of trust. Officers were J. M. Broach, vice president, and W. O. Chipman, secretary.

In 1917 the mill had a cutting capacity of 20,000 feet per day.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

?                  2T Shay         Lima                        1607                    11-1905                   22                    2-6x10                     23000

                                  Purchased by Bostick Brothers from B. C. Lumber Co., Wautubbee, MS, in 11-12-12.

To Ruby Lumber Co., on 3-14-13.

Built as Pine Hill Lumber Co. #5, Wautubbee, MS (wood rail); to B. C. Lumber Co., Wautubbee, MS, on 4-23-10.

Sold to John Lindsey Lumber Co. #2, Laurel, MS; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1349, Atlanta, GA, on 8-24-18; to Gulf Naval Stores (United Fruit Co.), New Orleans, LA, on 3-19-19.






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