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September 6, 2013

Parkhead Chopping Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

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

Parkhead Chopping Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

I have little information on this mill located in Park Head. It was apparently operated as a chopping mill and water powered.

 

Parkhead Chopping Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Parkhead Chopping Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Ontario's Old Mills

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  1. This mill and the dam was built in 1909 by Harry Ross. He operated it until the late 1940s when he sold it to Ben Kocher who ran it until it was closed in the late 1950s. It was a chopping/ grist mill powered by water. Farmers brought materials to be chopped or ground and came back to pick up the feed. Often this was bartered as the area was rather poor. Harry Ross had a generator powered by water as well which powered the Mill and the house. He also made wooden shingles. There was a beautiful brick house on the road in front of the Mill which burned to the ground in 1955. Harry Ross moved into Park Head and lived with his step father James Longmire until he died and then by himself until Harry died in 1962.

    Comment by Lawrence Ross Lawson — March 24, 2016 @ 8:31 am

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