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August 19, 2013

Flesherton Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

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

Flesherton Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

It’s a rotten picture but there are trees blocking the view on all sides available without trespassing. It was probably built in 1931 by William Flesher in Flesherton and operated as a Woolen Mill.

Ontario's Old Mills

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  1. This is not the mill originally operated by William John Flesher, but actually dates to only 1934. An older woollen mill had been built in 1863 by William Kingston Flesher, the founder of Flesherton, one of several mills built on the same river by the enterprising man. His son William John had been born 7 years earlier, in 1856, and when William John was old enough, (likely in the early 1870s, when William K. Flesher was serving in Ottawa as MP) his father placed him in charge of the woollen mill. William John Flesher sold the mill to John Nuhn in 1894. (Possibly due to illness — William John Flesher died four years later at the relatively young age of 42.) John Nuhn used the mill to make a variety of woollen goods, and soon operated a national mail-order business. His son, John Nuhn Jr., took over the operation in 1931. When the old Flesher mill burned down in 1934, Nuhn Jr. rebuilt a new mill–the one in your photograph — that continued to operate until Nuhn Jr.’s death in 1954. [Source: “Split Rail Country: A History of Artemesia Township”, Mildred Hubbard (1986)].

    Comment by Alan Brown — August 21, 2013 @ 8:44 am

  2. Very interesting John. Thank you.

    Comment by Harold — August 21, 2013 @ 9:44 am

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