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Mr Theodore Hazen,
Love your web site! Your information is the most concise yet well- rounded
description of the history of milling I have found. This brings me to a
favor I would like to ask. I am a volunteer interpetor (amoung other things)
at Aldie Mill, Aldie Va. Well I should say I will be an interpetor; Aldie
Mill will be starting it's 1st regularly schedualed tours on October 13.
Most of the volunteers are local people who are old enough to remember the
mill still running and grinding corn for feed. They are a great source of
information on the history of this mill, but they are not as familure with
the workings of a mill, or milling in general. I do have somewhat more knowlege,
however I do not have the time or ability to teach even what little I do
know in time.
I would, therfore, like your permision to print and reproduce material in
your web pages and distribute them to the other volunteers.
I also will be helping replace the hurst frame, and maybe the wheel, at
the Burwell-Morgan mill in Millwood, Va., this winter and I am sure that
they would also like to see this information.
As much work as you have put into your web pages deserves honoring your
copyright, but I do hope you will give me permission to reproduce them.
Thank you for your time and efforts,
A Virginia Reader
I have just visited your home page and think it's great, Ted! You have really
done a wonderful job with this. Anybody interested in old mills should be
able to find this page, and they will receive a lot of information when
Mike LaForest (former Editor of OLD MILL NEWS).
Top Level>Arts>Architecture>History &Criticism.
-A must see site:
Reviews-Pond Lily Mill Restorations
A gem of a site for all who are interested in the history of flour mills
and the restoration of those that still exist. The Roanoke, Virginia site
is filled with links to related organizations, books, historical archives
and photographs. A surprisingly interesting site.
Congratulations! "Pond Lily" is a site that is a credit to the
net. I have always felt that yours was a standout because so much of what
is out there now is pretty shallow and just plain dumb. Nice to get recognition
Congradulations on an outstanding website. You offer the most helpfull information
on Mills on the net to date. Anyone who finds it will be pleased.
Thanks again for responding so quickly to your messages, I hope that you
get the recognition you deserve.
A Milwaukee Reader
We are the process of restoring Adams Mill, original site 1831, present
mill building 1845. Most of the machinery still turns and operates very
quiet. We are open for tours from the first week-end in may through the
last week-end in Oct. 1:00PM to 6:00PM. This is our fourth year to be open
and we are still working. (we have two turbines 1 @ 35 Horse and 1 @ 100
I enjoy your articles very much. Thank you (The Friends of Adams Mill Valley
Inc. A public Foundation, Box351 Cutler IN 46920
Dear T.R. Hazen
I just wanted to thank you for your Pond Lily site. I had a paper due and
used much of your information and links. This was very helpful and also
quite interesting. I discovered much more than I needed, yet found it even
Thank you for your help!
Thanks for the information on "the Miller". Corey is almost finished
his work and his class is having an Open House this month. Several teachers
thought it was neat that a man in from Pennsylvania could help a boy in
London, Ontario with his school project. We thought so too! You have been
a tremendous help!
If we can ever help someone else over "the Net" we will gladly
do so and keep you in mind!
Thanks a million, Ted! Wish there were more people like you out there!
"The Real Millers"
First of all I guess I had better express my astonishment that there is
a site for everything on the internet; I really thought that I would have
a hard time finding anything closely related to mill restorations. Every
day is an education for me....
From an Indiana man whose owned a mill there.....
Dear Mr. Hazen,
I am speechless! Never have I recieved so much information on a "shot
in the dark" e-mail message. Once I get all this digested and
see what I can find for source material from your bibliography I probably
will get back to you.
Thanks so very much for your quick response with so many references. It
really will go along way in helping me understand the possibilities of what
is going on at these long forgotten dam sites.
A former shovel bum worker for a state archaeologist in Iowa
I don`t think there can be any doubt as to the superiority of your web site
to anything on the world wide web and of course your knowledge must be among
the foremost in the world of milling. I am glad you are getting the recognition.
A Virginia video production company.
Hi, (Subject: Mill Website #1)
I love your website. I'm working on an educational project about mills and
the industrial revolution in the early to mid-19th century and your website
is a real treasure trove of information. I'll keep looking through the site.................Wow!
Thanks very much. I haven't had a chance to look at all of what you sent
me, but it looks like a lot of extra help for me. Thanks again.
Mr. Hazen -
Thank you for putting together a great site on the Fitz
wheel. I live about an hour east of Hanover and was luck enough to visit
with Mr. Wiesensale - the last plant manager for Fitz - back in the 80's.
I'm quite familiar with these great wheels and have collected a number of
Best Cameron Macleod web site - www.waterturbine.com
Dear Mr. Hazen:
Thank you so much for sharing your insight and expertise. The information
is fascinating, and I hope you do someday get that book written.
Again, I appreciate your time and knowledge.
A writter from Houston, Texas
I love your web site. I was overwhelmed by the amount of technical
information you have put together. I am researching for a book that
takes place in 1868, and need to know the cost of flour, meal, etc. during
that period. Do you have any suggestions where I can find that information?
Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide,
A reader from Chattanooga, Tennessee
Long time no hear from you. I can't thank you enough for the article that
you put on your Website about Dellinger Mill. Perhaps that will give us
a little more publicity. I stayed open every day last October and I bet
we didn't have 20 people the whole month. Too isolated I guess.
I've been getting some mountain grown corn from around Hendersonville and
it really makes good cornbread. Come on down about June and I will give
you a bag.
What have you been up to lately? Restored any mills?
Again, many thanks for pulling together the mill article and posting it
on your website.
My daughter had to do a research project on water wheels, and was having
a hard time finding information under the conventional search engines. I
started to help her look and found your site to be the most informative
and complete one on the subject. Our hometown, Buchanan, MI has the only
fully operational grist mill in the area - several others that existed nearby
have been destroyed or deteriorated past preservation. It is important to
keep some of our heritage - including what modern technology would claim
as dinousaurs, like operational water wheels and grist mills. Good
luck in your progress, and thank you for helping us out.
A Michigan Reader
I am very impressed with your website www.angelfire.com. I began my personal
research of colonial mills over three years ago when I first read the term
"cornemill" on a probate record. Long story short, I moved from
Northern California to Connecticut in 1999 to continue my study of New England
colonial mills. As romantic as all this sounds my research and writing about
mills is very important to me.
Additionally, I descend directly from over 8 generations of millers in New
England (since the 1600's). My ancestors were Calvinist Puritans who were
said to be millers in England (unconfirmed). I find history has left much
of the miller legacy unclaimed.
I am in search of discussion groups, circles of common interests, and pools
of resources to aid me in my research as well as building kindness among
like minded people. As far as I can tell your website centers on the study
of mills in the middle and southern colonies and may not apply especially
to New England. Overall, I want to compliment you on your website and extensive
and comprehensive study on mills. I thoroughly appreciate your efforts.
Sometimes I get lucky in my research and talk to the right people first.
This was obviously one of those times. I'm so glad I found your website,
and I thank you for taking the time to so completely address my questions.
I owe you a big favor.
Director of Research
Cultural Heritage Research Services, Inc.
I really enjoy your web site. It makes me have lightning bolts flash thru
Thank you for your explanation of the origin of the name for pumpernickle
bread. There is a ridiculus story of combining German words pumpern and
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