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Pioneer days of Evansville and vicinity
(1915)

Chapter VI: early days in Cooksville,   pp. 25-29


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wheel out and putting in what they called a breast-wheel. This was about
twelve feet in diameter and also had buckets around the outside; the water
struck about midway or breast of the wheel. These were the first wheels used
in milling; in after years they put in  more improved wheels. The mill in
its day  had many owners, and of all of these, I think there were only two
that made any money out of it.. One    was Harvey Prentice, who   bought
it cheap and sold it for a good price; he made his money in buyi..g and selling.
The other was Fred Wolf, who was a practical miller; he rented it for a few
years. I think he made it pay, but as the springs began to dry up the water
failed until it did not pay to run the mill. I remember when the water got
so low that they would have to stop and let the water rise before they could
finish grinding a grist. 
It was about this time that a boy came with a grist; he asked the miller
if he could grind it so that he could take it home with him. The miller told
him he thought he could, so the boy went out and whiled away the time as
best he could until he thought it about time for his grist to be ground.
He went in and asked if it was ready and was told that it was not. The boy
went out again and waited some time and went in and asked if it was ready
and was 
told that it was not. He went out the third time and waited until he thought
it was about time he was going home, so he went in and asked the miller if
the grist was ground. On being told it was not the boy was somewhat out of
patience and said to the miller: "I can eat it as fast as you can grind
it." The miller said: "How long could you stand it?" The boy
answered: "Until I starved  to death." 
The village of Evansville was incorporated as a village by a special act
of the legislature, which  was passed by them February 28, 1867. On the 19
of March, 1867, the electors of the village met at Mayer's hall for the purpose
of organizing under the  above  act. Jacob   West, Daniel Huckins and William
B. Winston were judges of the election, and David L. Mills clerk. One hundred
and thirty-six votes were cast. Daniel Johnson president; J. M. Bennett,
Lathrop York, Elijah Robinson and Henry Millspaugh trustees; George plaisted,
street commissioner; Nelson Winston, treasurer; D.  L.   Mills, clerk. Held
first meeting, March 22, 1867 in the office of Jacob  West. Incorporated
as a city, June 15, 1896. J. M. Evans, mayor; L. T. Pullen, treasurer; W.
R. Phillips, clerk; supervisors, Caleb  Snashall, C. M. Tuttle, S. J. Baker,
Byron Campbell, Joshua Frantz, F. L. Hubbard. 
Why Lake Leota was Lost 
In the summer of 1847    Erastus Quivey built the dam which formed a pond,
later named Lake    Leota. This was a beautiful sheet of water covering about
forty acres of land. Mr. Quivey, before building the dam, secured a lease
of the land he wanted tc flow. This lease was to continue 
ir force as long as the property was wed for milling purposes. In after yfars
the mill ceased to be profitable and was   abandoned. This flowed lard then
reverted back to the originql owners or their   heirs. About tl'irty-five
acres came into the possession of one person and about five 
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