Standard gauge, 60-lb rail
Headquarters: Wausau, Wisc.
Mill Location: Laurel, MS (Jones County)
Mill Capacity: 250,000 ft/day
Years of Operation: 1912-1932
Miles Operated: 18 miles in 1917
Locomotives Owned: 6 known
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by Gil Hoffman:
The Wausau Southern Lumber Company was organized at Wausau, Wisconsin in
1902 and purchased 70,000 acres of timber land in Mississippi, mostly in
Jones County. Construction of a sawmill was delayed until 1911 because of
poor business conditions in the lumber industry. In 1911 a double band and
gang mill with resaw was built at Laurel, Jones County. The cutting capacity
of this mill was 250,000 feet per day. W. H. Bissell was president and S. B.
Bissell was general manager.
The Wausau Southern mill cut out in 1932.
For a detailed history of this company, see
our new book YELLOW PINE CAPITAL available HERE
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
1 2-6-0 Lima
Purchased new. Sold to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.,
Birmingham, AL; to Alexandria Lumber Co. #1, Alco, LA, on 3-31-26; to
Meridian Lumber Co. #1, Alco, LA, in 5-1928; to Crowell Longleaf Lumber
Co. #1, Long Leaf, LA; to Meridian Lumber Co. #1, Alco, LA.
2 2-6-0 Baldwin
Purchased new. Cost $30,150. Sold to Equitable Equipment Co., New
Orleans, La.; to Sabine & Neches Valley R.R. #126, Deweyville, TX; to
Servetex Materials Co. #2, New Braunfels, TX, by 6-1950. Baldwin class
8-32 D 804
4 2T Shay Lima
Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1198, Birmingham,
AL, on 4-5-18. Built as American Lumber Co. #3, Calvert, AL; to Southern
Iron & Equipment Co. #968, Atlanta, GA; to Morgan & Fentress Ry.
#3, Catoosa, TN, on 12-1-15; to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.
#1198. Sold to Masonite Corp. #4, Laurel, MS, by 9-1929; returned to
Wausau Southern Lumber Co., on 7-27-31 and scrapped.
10 2T Shay Lima
Purchased from Chippewa Lumber & Boom Co. #10, Chippewa Falls, WI,
50 2T Shay Lima
Purchased new. Built as #2 but renumb. #50 prior to delivery. Cost
$14,300. Sold to Masonite Corp. #50, Laurel, MS, on 7-27-31.
65 3T Shay Lima
Purchased from Yawkey-Bissell Lumber Co. #65, Arbor Vitae, WI, in 1912.
Sold to Richton Investment Co. #65, Richton, MS, by 3-1934. Scrapped