Last House Standing

Sales manager home

The sales manager's home is the only original residential structure that is still standing today, September, 5, 2015.

The Lynch Family

My family (particularly) my grandmother Sally Lynch ran the dairy. My father Marion Spurgeon Lynch was born in Electric Mills, as were his siblings Barksdale, Katherine, Ruth and Bob.

My cousins, Gay Lynch and Peggy Keyes Brown were also born in the town.

I have only seen the ghost town but have long wanted to learn more about it and understand why such a \"complete and functioning\" establishment disappeared without American ingenuity taking over after the trees were gone.

Janet Lynch

Katherine, Spurgeon, and Barksdale Lynch
Katherine, Spurgeon, and Barksdale Lynch

Gaye Lynch and Bobby Keyes
Gaye Lynch and Bobby Keyes

Dalton Mechanical Calculator


My grandfather E. A. Temple served as accountant and auditor for the company.


This was the Dalton Mechanical Calculator that he used.

The William Winford Hayes Family

My grandfather's name was William Winford Hayes. He was married to Ella Florence Johnston Hayes. My father's name was Jerold Preston Hayes. My grandfather died in 1937. He was a foreman or manager at the lumber company.

Hayes William W adjusted

 My father was only 8 years old when his father died. The other children were, Eula Bernice Hayes, Genevieve Hayes, William Winford Hayes Jr (Bill), John Carter Hayes (JC), David Foreman Hayes, Walter Hayes, Blair Hayes, and Jerold Preston Hayes.


Jerrianne Kolby


The Commissary at Electric Mills

The mercantile department was a general store that stocked groceries, feed, hardware, drugs, undertaking supplies, mill supplies, dry goods, and a jewelry department.


The commissary sold dry goods, groceries, and hardware. It also housed the post office, pharmacy, and sandwich shop.

Picture provided by Mr. H. T. Jarvis

The Doo-ga-loo

Mr. Grady May reported that the company used U. S. money called "main line"; company brass called doo-ga-loo; company time cards, and sales tax tokens.

 Mrs. E. A. Temple said that the doo-ga-loo was used instead of real money because of safety precautions due to the large volume of money that would have to be handled in the mill. Every two weeks the employees could cash their “doogs” in on silver dollars which were brought in on the trains by armed guards.”

 Thanks to Mr. Richard Barge of Macon, MS who provided the doo-ga-loo for the picture.

The Masonic Lodge

The Masonic Lodge – NO. 594 was granted its charter in 1923 with Dr. E. L. Gilbert as the first Worshipful Master. The lodge room was in the upstairs of the school building.



The School at Electric Mills, Mississippi

The school had 8 grades in 4 rooms.

Teachers left to right: Mrs. Brantley 3rd and 4th, Miss Harris 1st and 2nd, Miss Giles 5th and 6th, and Mr. Hollis 7th and 8th.



The picture was provided by Rosemary Schelinski.

The Sumter Lumber Company Office

The office was along the right-of-way of Highway 45 that ran parallel to the Mobile & Ohio Railroad which had 4 passenger trains daily.


Thank to Mr. H. T. Jarvis for providing the picture.