Bonifay Heading Company Brought Employment To Bonifay and Holmes County

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 04:59 PM.

Crooks were pieces of wood left from the stave cutting. Since these required curved boards, there were the outside crooks which were considered waste after the cuts were finished.

The most dangerous jobs were for the sawyers who pushed the log pieces through the saws, particularly the jointer which had projections. Many of these workers lost a finger or fingers in this work as they guided the short pieces of timber with which the barrel heads were made.

The saws and other equipment were run by steam produced by burning the debris from the barrel heads and nail keg staves.

Numerous families came to and went from Bonifay to work at the mill. Many will remember the Hackneys and their large family of children who attended Bonifay schools. Other locals whom Son could recall were several Davis boys, Wesley and Joel Gardner’s father, Mila Steverson, Claud Redman, Jasper Evans, King Roan, Brown Burnham and his boys, Carl Braxton, and Mancil Newsome. These are just some of those who contributed to Bonifay and Holmes County’s economic development while finding gainful employment at home. The days of the timber and related industry are past, but it would be great if some other industry would discover the attributes of our community and bring some much needed jobs to our county. Our Chamber of Commerce continually strives to make that happen.



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