Decatur, Mississippi

Newton County

Population: 150 in 1900

                   283 in 1910

                   319 in 1920

                   651 in 1930

                   773 in 1940

                   1225 in 1950

Town incorporated:  2-22-1840

Post office: 4-1-1837 to 1-21-1867

                   2-24-1869 to 4-25-1871

                   6-19-1871 to present

Railroads: MJ&KC- NOM&C- GM&N- GM&O


Next Town North- Stratton

Milepost 171.0

Milepost 170.96 on valuation map

(from Mobile)

Next Town South- Jeff

1916 soil survey map

1966 USGS topo map

HISTORY by Tony Howe: 

Decatur was first settled around 1836. When the MJ&KC was built in September 1905, it missed Decatur by a mile and a half, so a branch was built from Jeff to Decatur. After the city sued the railroad, the main line was rerouted through Decatur and the old main line from Jeff to Scanlon was abandoned. In 1936 Wade & Stephens Lumber Co. was built across the tracks from the depot. This mill had a capacity of 15,000 feet/day. 

INDUSTRY (per Dun & Bradstreet)-

Decatur depot in 1913. 









BUSINESSES (per R.G. Dun & Co.)- 

Barrett & Son, general store 1868

J. H. Bond- general store 1874-75-76

Harris Bonus- saloon 1874

Clarke & Hunter, general store 1900

H. B. Coffer- farmer & preacher 1875

S. D. Daniels- dry goods 1876

J. L. Dansby, grocery 1868

I. Dansby & Co., dry goods 1866-68

J. C. Edwards- farmer 1875

James D. Gaines, blacksmith 1873-74-75

J. B. Gains- blacksmith 1876

G. M. Gallaspy, general store 1900

S. Herd, grocery 1868-73-74-75-76

Hoye & Russell, dry goods & grocery 1873

A. B. Hunter, dry goods & grocery 1873

A. A. James (near), general store 1900

Dr. M. M. Keith, drugs 1866-68-73-74-75

G. E. Longmire, physician 1873-74-75-76

W. H. Martin, farmer 1873-74-75

I. C. McElvoy, drugs 1866-68

J. P. McMullin, Jr.- general store 1874

Nimmock & Thames, dry goods & groceries 1866-68

Nimmocks & Loper, general store 1866

W. S. Nimmocks, general store 1868

Russell & Hoye- general store 1874-75-76

A. & F. Russell (near)- harness 1875

W. A. Scarborough, general store 1900

W. H. Thames, general store 1866-68

H. W. Todd- farmer 1874-75

A. G. Wansley, general store 1900

M. Ware, general store 1866

Dr. Watts, drugs 1866-68

Thomas Wells, grocery 1873-74






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