36" gauge, -lb rail
Mill Location: Ragland (Chunky), MS (Newton Co.) 1900-1914
Montrose, MS (Jasper Co.) 1914-1916
Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day
Years of Operation: 1900-1916
Miles Operated: 8 miles 1914 at Chunky
Locomotives Owned: 5 known
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by Gil Hoffman:
March 1900 the Tallahata Lumber Company, a partnership composed of D. L.
Ragland and A. Poitevent, was operating a sawmill with a cutting capacity of
about 25,000 feet per day at Chunky Station, on the Alabama & Vicksburg.
The plant included a planing mill and dry kilns. In early 1903 a new band
mill was placed in operation with a cutting capacity of 50,000 feet per day.
company was incorporated at Chunky, Newton County, on April 16, 1906 by D.
L. Ragland, M. G. Norton, L. G. Sears, R. B. Bracken and S. H. Bracken with
authorized capital stock of $60,000. The lumber produced by the company was
sold through the Chicago Lumber & Coal Company, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Plant and timber of the partnership was transferred to the company on May 3,
1914 operations were moved to Halsell, Choctaw County, Alabama. The company
also operated a mill at Montrose, Jasper County.
Tallahatta Lumber Company, of Chunky, Newton County, built a 40,000 feet
daily capacity sawmill at Montrose, Jasper County which began operation in
July 1914. R. M. Wood, secretary and treasurer of the Tallahatta Lumber
Company, was manager of this mill.
October 1916 the mill was leased to L. G. Sears, of the Arkomiss Lumber
Company, of Cleveland, Ohio, and operated under the name "Montrose Saw
Mill Company." Sears was also one of the stockholders in the Tallahatta
July 30, 1919, the sawmill, logging railroad and equipment and timber rights
in Jasper County were sold to George W. Howell, of St. Louis, Missouri, for
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
through Chicago Lumber & Coal Co., Des Moines, IA, on 2-28-05.
2T Shay Lima
Purchased new. Cost $4,500.
to Thompson Brothers Lumber Co. #4, Climax, AL, in 1916; to Climax Saw
Mill Co. #4, Climax, AL, on 12-3-17;
to A. C. Schryver Lumber Co., Louisville, MS,
in early 1920; to R. L. Mitchell Lumber Co #1, Louisville, MS, in
to D. L. Fair Lumber Co. #4, Louisville, MS, in 2-1926.
2T Shay Lima
Purchased secondhand. In service by 3-1914.
Sold to Howell Lumber Co. #1, Montrose, MS, on 7-30-19,
from Laurel Foundry & Machine Co., Laurel, MS.
Built for Gregory & Coe Lumber Co., Stanton, AL
(36-inch gauge); to Kingston Lumber Co., Laurel, MS, in 1897; to Laurel
Machine & Foundry Co., Laurel, MS.
Sold to Howell Lumber Co. #4, Montrose, MS, on 7-30-19.
Tallahoma Lumber Co., Montrose, MS, on 4-17-22; to Southern Iron &
Equipment Co. #1942, Atlanta, GA; to Green Lumber Co., Avera, MS, on
7-12-24; to Pascagoula Hardwood Co., Laurel, MS.
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