The Midget Marvel Roller Mill

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joyfotos on August 22, 2010

This roller mill was patented between 1909 and 1915 by the Anglo American Mill Company Incorporated in Owensboro, Kentucky. Mr. Clarks's Dad bought the mill from another mill in Amery, WI. The roller mill revolutionized the milling industry because it markedly increased the amount of flour that could be produced and decreased the amount of time required. Prior to the roller mill the grain was ground with a millstone. Here is a link with more information on the roller mill The roller mill is the large piece of equipment in the photo

Itallica on August 23, 2010

Looks like a good design. Is it still operable?

David Brown Photogra… on August 23, 2010

I like it and yours in much bigger than mine Joy

The one in my shot I think is a flour mill (I just noticed I think the title would be better as Ground Flour rather than ground floor (get-it?)

Best wishes from down here to up there.

joyfotos on August 23, 2010

I can't remember the details Tery but this was a special mill and had some extra features some did not. I got the impression it is still operable...how much it operates is unsure.

Thanks for the like and the link to yours Jethro! I commented on yours. I sure do love all the wonderful unpainted wood in your shot. Yep, especially with a little help:) Funny how we see those things after the fact isn't it?

I know there are several old mills still operating in North Carolina as they make wonderful products that we have hauled back north with us:)

Hope you both had a good weekend!

whoelius on August 24, 2010

A little link from my almost-home-town: boing.I love the quote from John Le'land!

mardrl on August 25, 2010

Thanks for another piece of history. Very interesting. Like.

Nick Weall on August 27, 2010

What a wonderful title and a great scene Joy ~ I like the shot ~ naturally ~ all the very best to you ~ nick

JBTHEMILKER on August 28, 2010

See the pulley? With the 6" belt width? That is wide belt technology. They would run an arbor off the water wheel, and it would turn any number of belts that would in turn turn the pulleys. That was what made America what it was. (I wish it still was)

Harry Taggart on November 18, 2010

A great piece of Engineering History, YS and Like 4. It is not well known that the milled powder was extremely dangerous when filling the air, almost explosive, cheers scally from glasgow.

orangecherokee on January 12, 2012

I'm currently interested in restoring my family's old mill and they 2 of these machines. Do you have any information on the breakdown of these machines? Yours appears to be in excellent condition.

joyfotos on January 13, 2012

Thanks everyone for the great comments! Sorry I am just now responding:( I wanted to respond to the question above and have to get out the door to work.

Hi orangecherokee! It is great to have you visit and to hear that you have an old mill in your family. Gus Clark owns and operates the Dells Mill and if you follow the link it will take you to his website. There is a contact link on it and I am sure he would be an excellent source for you. He is a really nice guy and loves the mill and everything about milling.

henrynora on November 20, 2014

I live in the Old new Haven Mill in New haven, wv. Unfortunately it was completely remodeled in 1972. I was just wondering, since we are probably,1000 feet from the river and uphill. Could this mill have possibly used that kind of machinery? It was built here in 1913 after the flood took the original building.

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