of Historical Millers, from old historical photos.
Interior of a Grist Mill in New Portland, Maine. The photograph
was made by Chansonetta Emmons in the nineteen-teens, but it could have
been taken fifty years earlier. The granite-faced farmers still brought
their wheat and corn to the mill to be ground for their own use into flour
and "Injun meal," and often paid the miller with a portion of
produce rather than with cash or part of the meal. The farmer in the photograph
has a turn of corn thrown over his shoulder, and is walking up the steps
to the miller on the platform next to the millstones. The mill is full of
all the interesting artifacts found in an actual operating grist and flour
The Grist Mill of Samuel Burgess, Samuel W. Burgess maintained
a grist mill and wagon works on Timber Creek from 1906 to 1917, the interior
view of which is shown above.
Howard County, Maryland State Archives, MSA SC 1477-6136.
First built by Orrin Thwing and destroyed by freshet in 1869. Rebuilt
and run by his son Charles Thwing 1888-1946 using 15,000 bushels of grain
Thwing's Grist Mill on Water Street in Putney was built in 1870 by Orrin
S. Thwing on the site of a former mill built by him which was swept away
by the great freshet of 1869. The mill stones, scotch granite were made
in Utica, NY. Were brought to this country as ballast in sailing ships.
His son Charles L. Thwing purchased the mill from his father in 1888 and
operated it until his death in 1946. A flood swept away his dam the day
before his death.
Orrin S. Thwing built a grist mill, on the site of the present Thwing
mill, at the lower end of Sackett's brook in the village, but it was swept
off in the great freshet of 1869. He rebuilt the mill soon after and it
is still standing at the present time. He had two runs of stones and ground
about 15,000 bushels of grain per year. The mill stones he used were made
in Utica, NY; out of Scoth granite. Charles L. Thwing, his son, purchased
the mill from his father in 1888, and operated it until his death in 1946.
He erected an elevator and storage rooms. HIs mill was a model of convenience
and he did an excellent business. On an average, he sold more than three
carloads a month, handled grains of all kinds, also special stock foods
including cotton seed and gluten. A flood swept away his dam a day before
Photos taken in the nineteen-teens.
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