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Benton Roller Mill
Columbia Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | c. 1870
Township: Boro of Benton / Benton Twp. | Watersource: Fishing Creek.


Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/15/2009

In 1870, a planing mill and furniture factory was built at this location.

Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/15/2009

It later became a flour mill under the direction of A. W. Wilkinson and John P. Chapin.

Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/15/2009

In 1889 John Kimble and John J. Mather bought the mill and changed it to a roller mill.

Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/15/2009

In 1904, with Mr. Mather as the sole owner, a unit for buckwheat flour was installed.

Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robwert T. Kinsey 01/15/2009

Mather ordered new equipment for the mill in 1918 but before it could be installed, the mill burned.

Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/15/2009

The mill was rebuilt, new machinery installed and operations resumed by Oct. of 1918.

Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/15/2009

Upon the death of Mr. Mather in 1928, the mill was operated by his widow until his son, R. Bruce Mather could take over. In the 1930's, the mill was operated by two 24" turbines.

Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/15/2009

An auxiliary 24" turbine and a 65 H.P. Diesel Engine were installed for emergencies. Both the mill and dam were rebuilt several times.

Benton Roller Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey o1/15/2009

The mill is still in operation as a feed mill in 2009. GPS: 76' 22.59W, 41' 11.33N

Take my lips and let them be, Filled with messages from Thee. "Take My Life, and Let It Be Cosecrated" by Frances R. Havergal
(From the hymnal - Sing to the Lord)
Directions: Located on Main St./Pa 487P at the south end of Benton, where Main Street crosses Fishing Creek at the junction with Pa 239.
 
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