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ⓘ Samuel H. Fullerton. Samuel Holmes Fullerton was a lumber baron and president as well as vice-president of several companies. He was the founder and president o ..




                                     

ⓘ Samuel H. Fullerton

Samuel Holmes Fullerton was a lumber baron and president as well as vice-president of several companies. He was the founder and president of the Gulf Lumber Company,

                                     

1. Early life

Samuels parents were Samuel and Anna Holmes Fullerton, Samuel was born in Ireland, and immigrated to the United States when seventeen years old. He married Lucy Cook, of Clay Center, Kansas and they had three children; Robert, Ruby, and Samuel Baker Fullerton.

                                     

2. Business ventures

Fullerton owned sawmills in Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Gulf Lumber Company

Fullerton founded the Gulf Lumber Company 1907-1927 in Fullerton, Louisiana after purchasing 106.000 acres 43.000 ha for 6 million dollars, building the largest sawmill in the region, largest west of the Mississippi, and second in size only to the Great Southern Lumber Company in Bogalusa. The mill cost 3.5 million dollars to build. During the companys operation the mill cut 2.25 billion board feet that involved the cutting of 4.2 million trees.

Railroads

In 1910 work began on the Gulf and Sabine River Railroad. The 10 miles 16 km line was to connect the Fullerton mill to Leesville and the Santa Fe Railroad to Lake Charles.