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In Years Past

January 31, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, the past week witnessed the consumption of a business deal by which property changed hands after standing in one family name nearly 60 years. The place was the water powered flour and feed mill owned by E D. Holdridge and operated under the name of the Holdridge Milling Company, which was transferred by sale to Arthur Stewart and Frank Stewart, both of East Randolph. Water power at East Randolph had been used for milling purposes for at least 80 years and possibly for a longer period. The first mill probably stood about where the sheds were standing at the present mill and the dam was not a large affair, occupying only a small space somewhere between the highway and the mill site. A portion of the old dam remained in place until recently, although much of it had been removed long years ago. It was said that the timbers for the present mill were framed and put in place at least 65 years ago and in the early days, power was derived from an old fashioned overshot wheel which purred and murmured as it drove the mills and ground the corn and wheat for all the countryside.



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