of Historical Millers, some millers of Peice Mill.
A representative from the Fitz Water Wheel Company, Hanover, Pennsylvania,
makes a trail run of the newly restored Isaac Peirce's Mill in Rock Creek
Miller Robert A. Little began operating the mill on a Sunday of
January 10, 1937. The mill once again made flour before the modern machinery
age made it a relic of the past. Miller Little test the millstones that
will grind wheat and make flour that will be sold in souvenir bags, and
be used to made bread and muffins in the Government building cafeterias,
and the White House. Tours of the mill were done every half-hour on Sunday
from 1 to 5 p. m. by Donald Edward McHenry, park ranger and naturalist
Raymond Watt who worked as the miller from 1940 until December
of 1958. He was in charge of the mill after 1943. Raymond whose friends
called him "Wattie," came on weekends to answer questions and
add color to the mill until his heath began to fail him in July of 1966.
He was short, had a hair lip, and a pushed in nose, but everybody loved
him. "They really knew their mechanics on those days," Watt said.
He made scale models of the mill and machinery to explain the operation
to school children.
So what does these photographs say about the costume of the miller? Was
the miller's costume in some cases, just his normal clothing? Discover more
while we go in search of more images of historical miller's costumes. These
photos are after all, a restored flour mill and not one operating in an
historical time period. The next miller Bob Batte's costume was very different
from my period historical costume that I wore as the miller at Peirce Mill,
Images of Historical Millers.
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