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Smith / Stokes / Book's Mill
Perry Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | Earlier log mill 1778, this mill 1857
Township: Jackson Twp. | Watersource: Sherman Creek.


Smith / Stokes / Book's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/09/2006

Tax records in 1778 show that James Blaine was assessed for a log mill he had built on Sherman Creek, just south of the present town of Blain.

Smith / Stokes / Book's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/09/2006

James Blaine was the father of Ephriam Blaime, a Commissary General in the Revolutionary War.

Smith / Stokes / Book's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/09/2006

About 1857, the present four story stone & frame mill was built by Isaac Stokes, who incorporated some new machinery and processes.

Smith / Stokes / Book's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/09/2006

The mill was changed to a roller flour mill with four stands of rollers by William Book in 1905. In 1929, more improvements were made by owner Gard Smith, who switched the buhr stones for a hammer mill.

Smith / Stokes / Book's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/09/2006

Sometime before he died in 1950, Smith installed a Howe turbine and used a diesel engine as supplementary power.

Smith / Stokes / Book's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/09/2006

Frank & Robert, sons of Gard, took over operation after the elder's death. Frank & Florence continued the running of the mill, installing electric motors in the then feed & grain mill. The mill closed sometime after 1978.

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Directions: From US11 /US15 at Duncannon, take Pa 274 about 30 miles through Bloomfield and Loysville to Blain. At Blain, turn left on SR 3006/Manassas Road. Turn left on Mill Road and the mill is several hundred yards on the right.
 
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