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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-121
Corporate Name: J. L. Ross Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. L. Ross Lumber Company. J. L. Ross and Oris Clark.
Location: Near Timpson
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 51 years
Start Year: 1946
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1946 to 1996
Town: Timpson
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: In 1947, ties and lumber. Later, lumber and manufactured products, including pulpwood chips.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 10000: 194720000: 1990
Capacity Comments: In 1947, about 10,000 to 12,000 feet daily and 400 ties weekly. Produced 1.8 million feet in 1973. In 1990, 20,000 feet daily.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1947: sawmill. 1966: circular sawmill and a chipper.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Ross and Oris, brothers-in-law, according to The Jacksonville Journal, built a sawmill near Timpson in 1946. The small mill cut ties and lumber at first. By the later 1960s, as the J. L. Ross Lumber Company, the firm added a chipper and produced roof decking and upper grades of lumber, chips, and manufactured fence material and siding. As early as 1947, the company was logging almost 500,000 standing feet of timber and employed eighteen to twenty men. By the 1970s, the company contracted out its logging. The firm works with loblolly, slash pine, and shortleaf pine.
Research Date: MCJ 03-01-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson