Wausau Southern Lumber Co.

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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History 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 1193      4-1912      48      17x24      107800

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 53855      10-1920      48      19x24      128000

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 1577     12-1905      29      3-10x12      74000

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 831      12-1903      32      3-11x12      90000

Purchased from Chippewa Lumber & Boom Co. #10, Chippewa Falls, WI, in 1912.


50      2T Shay   Lima 3035      5-1919      32      3-11x12      100000

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 1738      9-1906      36      3-12x15      130000

Purchased from Yawkey-Bissell Lumber Co. #65, Arbor Vitae, WI, in 1912. Sold to Richton Investment Co. #65, Richton, MS, by 3-1934. Scrapped 11-1942.





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