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May 5, 2014

Bell’s Grist Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Bell's Grist Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Bell’s Grist Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

A fantastic looking mill built in 1904. It is covered by a large number of rectangular metal plates, an unusual arrangement.

The sign on the side says:

Bell’s Grist Mill

The original frame structure was established on this site by James Spink in the 1860’s. He later sold it to Richard bell who came to Utopia from Moneywood at 15 years to learn the milling trade. two sawmills located on the north side of Bear Creek just below the present dam site operated concurrently with the original grist mill all were water powered. The Grist Millworking in the day time the sawmills at night. The original mill burned to the ground May 29, 1903 and by Jan. 1, 1904 Richard & his two brothers Manuel and John had re-built by hand & begun operating the present 75 barrel capacity structure. The building is supported on a quick sand soil base by a rock & concrete slab 4-1/2 feet thick & is sound to this day.Power was originally converted by an under shot wheel & more recently by turbine water power was used by “Harold”, the son of Richard from the early 1930’s until “Hurricane Hazel” washed the dam out in Oct. 1954. It then functioned on diesel power until operations stopped in-1965-when Harold donated the site to the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority for a water conservation project The mill will be restored & preserved as an historic factor in the development & utilization of the natural resources of this region. As Funds Permit N.V.C.A.”



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  1. Lovely looking building.

    Comment by holdingmoments — March 22, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

  2. Outstanding image of a very old structure! Thank you for the interesting history lesson.

    Comment by Julie G. — March 22, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  3. Very cool-looking building, I like the effect of the filmy-looking bare trees against the “tiled” walls!

    Comment by Nicole MacP — March 23, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  4. What an interesting looking building! The minute I saw it I felt like I was transported back in time. Terrific photos of it too!

    Comment by Larry — March 23, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  5. Thanks Julie!!

    Comment by Harold — April 7, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

  6. Thank you!!

    Comment by Harold — April 7, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

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