B. T. Toomer Lumber Co.

unk gauge, 30 & 35-lb rail

Headquarters: Hattiesburg, MS

Mill Location: Mahned, MS (Perry County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1906-1911

Miles Operated

Locomotives Owned




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History by Gil Hoffman:

The B. T. Toomer Lumber Company was a copartnership originally composed of B. T. Toomer and J. R. Jackson, both of Hattiesburg. On October 16, 1906, they purchased the sawmill plant and timber holdings fomerly belonging to the Mahned Lumber Company from the Gulf States Investment Company for $75,000 with $21,667.67 paid in cash. A mortgage was placed on the property for the remainder of the debt. B. T. Toomer held a two-thirds interest in the mill property and J. T. Jackson, a one-third interest. The mill of the Mahned Lumber Company, which had been owned by J. A. and J. B. Kennedy, was located on the Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City Railroad at Dixie (later Mahned). On September 21, 1907, B. T. Toomer and J. R. Jackson sold their interest to J. S. Toomer, who assumed the debt to the Gulf States Investment Company. 

Initially the mill was logged entirely by oxen, but in March 1907, a logging railroad was constructed. The railroad lasted until December 20, 1909 when the rails, along with 27 yoke of oxen and seven 8-wheel wagons were sold to Leatherbury & White of Mobile, Alabama. 

As a result of the failure of J. S. Toomer to continue making payments on the mortgage, default was declared and the assets of the company were sold at public auction on November 7, 1910, to the Gulf States Investment Company. On July 1, 1911, they in turn sold the lands formerly owned by the B. T. Toomer Lumber Company to a partnership composed of J. R. Jackson, R. L. Bennett, and P. R. Perkins, of Hattiesburg, and B. M. Fulton, of Mahned.



















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