SESQUICENTENNIAL HISTORICAL REPORT, The News-Journal, Monday, June 17, 1985

[Photo of The Grist Mill]

From the early 1840’s, the mill was operated by the Harters, later by Daniel Strauss. At the time of the picture (1917), the mill was operated by Cade Ring.

The early stones and water wheel were replaced by a cast iron turbine in 1863 which later was replaced by an improved model. The mill burned in 1923.

The shadow in the picture is of the railroad bridge across the river. The roadway is marked “Hoosier Dixie” and is said to be the first marked highway in America reaching from Detroit to Miami, Florida. Later named Wabash Road, it brought a stream of travelers through North Manchester.