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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 484

The Wisconsin LumbermaL
his business, the reason I know not,
and consequently I have to let this
Maxted & Moors have the oldest
foundry and machine shop north of
Grand Rapids, it being twenty-two
years old, when it was established by
ii offren & Masted, who were together
three years, when the Moor brothers
bought Mr. Coffren'i interest, and
the firm has since been continued un-
der the present style. There were
then a few little saw mills on the
river, and besides the work done for
them, they made plows for the far-
mers, who were beginning to settle
quite thickly around them. Their
shops are located on the upper dam,
-and they use water power principally,
but in case of lack of water are pro-
*vided with steam, to enable them to
Tm  constantly. They have in all
five lathes, a wood and an iron planer,
a drill, and all other machines for a
first-class machine shop. They still
make plows and cultivators in addi-
tion to their mill work. They have
$20,000 capital.
When Mr. Maxted came here the
mail was carried weekly by pony
from Ionia, and the country was then
thickly settled by the red-skins.
B. Middleton& Son's flouring mills
is just across the river from the
above-named establishments. They
are called the Greenville City Mills,
-of which mention was made a recent
article. They have now six run of
stone, two additional ones having
been put in. The capacity is from
250 to 300 barrels daily. One stone
is ran on feed. The original Green-
ville mills were built thirty years ago
by Slaght & French, and sixteen
ears since was purchased by E. Mid-
dleton. Three years since, the pres-
ent firm built the large mill they now
occupy, than which the state of Mich-
igan probably does not contain one
of reater capacity, or arranged with
much compactness or convenience,
-and the old mill stands a little to the
-right, vacant. The new mill is 40i
68 feet, with office extra, and store-
houses and cooper shop in adjacent
buildings. The capital invested is
$80,000, and the business will amount
to upward of $500,000 per annum.
They own the power furnished by
the upper dam. They are now mak-
ing additional repairs and enlarge-
ments, which work is under the charge
of Fred Ladd, one of the best mill-
wrights in the entire west, recently
from Minneapolis.
Wm. Winters has a carriage and
wagon shop near the mill and is pre-
pared to make or repair carriages or
wagons on short notice. He has
been running three years, and is lit-
erally overrun with business, which
is the species of complaint I like to
hear made.
C. J. Cawley, carriage trimmer and
painter, may be found over Winters'
wagon shop. He has also been three
years in business, and I can recom-
mend him as a master of his work, if
I may judge by what I saw of it. He
is a young man, full of pluck and
ambition, and if anything will carry
him through, that will.
The new shingle mill of Messrs.
Bartlett & Hewitt is now running in
full blast, cutting 30,000 per day.
They have the Challoner mill, made
by George Challoner, Omro, Wis. It
is a horizontal saw and can cut on
full run 35,000 feet per day. The
shingles are unusually even and per-
fect. A side-track is being laid from
the main track of the railroad to ac-
commodate this and Middleton's
mills, also others in the immediate
vicinity. This firm will ship princi-
pally to Cincinnati, Ohio. Beside
the shingle saw they have a cutting
off saw, a drag saw and a bolter.
W. P. Hall's planing mill forms
one of the cluster of mills about the
upper dam. It has a planer, a re-
sawer, a scroll saw, two ripping and
one cutting off saw, and all other
machines pertaining tothe business
also manufactures doors, sasb and
blinds. Mr. Hall is successor to J.
P. Dodge and has been running the
mill a year.

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