Tallahatta Lumber Co.

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

Other Equipment:



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History by Gil Hoffman:

Chunky Mill

 By 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.

 The 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, 1906.

 In 1914 operations were moved to Halsell, Choctaw County, Alabama. The company also operated a mill at Montrose, Jasper County.

Montrose Mill:

The 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. 

In 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 Lumber Company.

 On 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 about $78,000.




















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 


3?                      Class B      Climax                                                                                                                           36000            

                          Purchased through Chicago Lumber & Coal Co., Des Moines, IA, on 2-28-05.


4                        2T Shay    Lima                     2064              12-1907         26                               3-8x8              43300 empty 

                          Purchased new. Cost $4,500.

                          Sold 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 3-1921;         to D. L. Fair Lumber Co. #4, Louisville, MS, in 2-1926.


5?                      2T Shay    Lima                                                                                                        3-8x8              48000            

                          Purchased secondhand. In service by 3-1914.



1?                Class B           Climax                                                                                                                                         66000

                                            Purchased secondhand.

Sold to Howell Lumber Co. #1, Montrose, MS, on 7-30-19,


4?                2T Shay         Lima                        183                      8-1887                     26                    3-8x8                       34000

                                 Purchased 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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