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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
(1965)

Old lime kilns,   p. 68


Page 68

OLD LD OII  S
Going north on the Green Bay Road about a haf mile before you reach
Grafton, there are ruins standing straight and tall which look like
medieval masonry. These are old kilns. The vast limestone deposits which
underlay this entire region were important sources of revenue to the early
business interests of Grafton. A man by the name of Timothy Higgins was
known as the oldest lime burner in this section because he built a kiln as
early as 16. The largest lime kiln was started in 1847 under the name of
the Ormsby Lime Co. Frcm 12 to 15 men were employed, and about 25 barrels
of lime per day were produced. The Milwaukee Falls Lime Co. was incorporat
on September 9, 1890, and operated kilns several blcks south of the presen
south limits of the village. In the early days of the quarries and kilns,
17 men worked 60 hours a week, and their pay was $6 per week. A spur line
carried the processed lime to the main line of the old Wisconsin Central
Railway for shipment to Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit. The
ruins bring visions of mules pulling little trucks of I4mestone frem the
quarries on tracks to the top of the kilns, which were stoked with cordwood.


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