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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

Greenville manufacturing establishments,   pp. 483-485 PDF (1.1 MB)

Page 483

The Wisconsin Lwnberman.
Cowrrespo ,dmw Grand Rapids (Nic&) Xnt erpe.
I hope our readers won't tire of
reading about Greenville, for they
can feel pretty well acquainted with
it and its business men when this
series is concluded. For the present
I am through with all but the manu-
facturers, and now will conclude with
them. The manufacturing interest
of Greenville is already quite exten-
sive, and is increasing constantly.
I mentioned the excellent water pow-
er afforded by Flat River in a previ-
ous article, and now we will inspect
the mills.
First in order comes Oliver, Belk-
nap & Green's planing and re-sawing
mill, located on the lower dam, the
members of the firm being J. IE.
Oliver, J. W. Belknap and John
Green. This mill is unquestionably
one of the finest plaining, scroll-saw-
ing and lumber-dressing mills in
Michigan, having two planers, one
scroll machine, one shaper and alto-
gether twenty-five machines. They
employ forty-three hands here, and
at their saw-mill, which is located
seven miles north. The saw-mill has
a capacity of 30,000 feet daily. The
capital invested in the two mills is
$50,000. The Greenville mill has
been run by Oliver & Belknap four
years, Mr. Green having joined them
but a few weeks since. Their annual
shipments to southern markets will
reach a large figure. Their power is
furnished by a Lane & Bodley steam
engine, of 40 horse power, with a
12x20 inch cylinder. This engine
has been running under the efficient
charge of W. TL Osborn for two years
without five dollars worth of repairs.
It runs the entire mill, and is one of
the most untiring workers I have
seen in some time. Alfred Millswho
runs one of the planers, deserves a
special notice for the skill and indus-
try with which he attends to his de-
Messrs. Fuller & Bracey's saw-
mill is located near by, and has one
circular saw and a double shingle
mill machine, the saw cutting 3,000,-
000 feet annualy, and the shingle
machine fifty thousand shingles daily
This mill was built six years ago, and
the present proprietors have owned
it four years. Before this article ap-
pears, however, the property will
have passed into the hands of Mr.
Joseph M. Fuller, Mr. Bracy going
to Maryland. The capital invested
in the business is $15,000 and fifteen
men are employed in and around the
N. ML Cole is the proprietor of the
Greenville woollen mills, which is an
institution that city has that Grand
Rapids cannot boast of, and Mr. Cole
has done a good thing for the Green-
ville manufacturing interests by
building it. It was built seven years
since. He has a full set of manufac-
turing machines, and also one of cus-
tom cards.  Here is made a fine
quality of plain woolen goods, and
they are supplying the yarn for the
Grand Rapids sock factory. The
capital invested is $20,000, and twelve
hands are employed. The wool is
obtained from the surrounding coun-
try, where the sheep and wool inter-
est is largely and constantly increas-
A few steps from the woolen mills
is George Partlow's flouring mills,
having four run of stone, three run-
ning flour, and one feed. The ca-
pacity is from 150 to 200 barrels in
twenty-four hours, a large portion of
which is shipped to New York aud.
Boston. The mill was built ten
years ago, and the capital invested is
When I visited the mill Mr. Part-
low was away, but it was doing its
work faithfully under the competent
supervision of H. C. Dutton, the wor-
thy miller.
F. N. Wright .& Co.'s saw mill is
located just across the mill-race from
Partlow's mill, and is one of the
heavy mill firms. Mr. Wright did
not seem particularly anxious to have
me make any detailed statement of

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