Friday, April 24, 2015

page 88 -- Pettit Flouring Mill, J. A. Christian, Bristol Steam Mill, H. & L.G. Merrick, Davis & Furber, Brooklyn Steam Carpet Cleaning Works

updated 2 December 2015
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As per this Google Book entry, the Pettit Mill was owned and operated by J.A. Christian:


The hazards of operating a flour mill might not be apparent to those of us who have never done it. Llewellyn Christian had some experience with one of these hazards, as related in this Google Book reference below.


Google Street View's angle on the Bristol Steam Mill (built in 1843), James St., Bristol, RI in April 2012:





The grocer, L.G. Merrick, is probably Leveritt G. Merrick, who served the Borough of Bristol as Treasurer, 1894.

The Merrick business began in 1872, when the store was purchased by Leveritt from Julius Nott as per this Google Book entry suggests:

[He = Julius Nott]


Archibald Extra Flour was a well-known product. According to Wikipedia, the Archibald Mill in Dundas MN "was the first U.S. mill to produce and market patent flour." However, this is a matter of some dispute:


Archibald Mill Ruins
Dundas, MN
from My Write Brain


Location:  A few miles Southwest of Northfield, Minnesota off of Hwy 3 behind the Menards you will find this little gem located on Railway Street and Mill Street. Basically look for the Cannon River and you can't miss it!

History:  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first mill in Dundas was built by John Sidney and George Archibald on the east bank of the Cannon River in late 1857. An 1860 flood caused a split in the river, routing water further east of the mill and creating an island, which still exists today. Across the river was a sawmill, built in 1856 and purchased by the Archibalds for use in constructing their mill. Some remains of this mill can be seen as well but are minimal. A second mill was built in 1870 on the west bank of the west channel and in 1879, the original mill was completely remodeled. On December 31, 1892, both mills owned by the Archibald family burned. A rebuilt mill burned on November 19, 1914. It was rebuilt for the final time and later partially destroyed in the early 1930s.

[Click on the individual pictures at right for enlargement. Note the notches for floor joists, the bricked window openings, the sluiceway through the ruins for water to power the mill and the remains of interior plaster on some of the walls. What an amazing history these ruins suggest!]

      



Glenn Switzer, YouTube
"Flood Waters Stress the Archibald Mill in Dundas"

"The Archibald Mill in Dundas, home of a significant part of Minnesota history, was threatened by flood waters. The abnormal weather pattern that drenched most of south central Minnesota [June 2014] is taking its toll on the historic structure....The high water volumes and swift currents stressed the remaining mill structure. A goal of the Dundas Historical Society is to restore or at least stabilize the structure to continue to share the important history."


How fine it would be
should every industry
have a book like thee
(Wretched Poet, he!)

The Davis & Furber Machine Company and the men who made it, 1832-1908

Published 1908
Publisher Davis & Furber Machine Company
Pages 48
Language English
Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library
Book contributor Memorial Hall Library
Collection memorialhalllibraryregionaldigitizationmassamericana
Notes No copyright page found. No table-of-contents pages found.


map of Davis & Furber complex

Google Maps comes through
with a contemporary view
(2015)
This factory complex has some very unusual features, and has been carefully restored, as shown in these Google Street View images captured in 2012 (modifications made using Google Picasa):





or 170 Montague St. Brooklyn, NY or 353 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY
I'm guessing that Flora Alvord was a playmate of Grace Arnold, Emma Jane Arnold's daughter and Earl's older sister. Here's some more of Flora's work:






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