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From Burr Mill to Water Wheel to Electricty in Ephraim, Utah

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1980
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6ff3qhk
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324024
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ff3qhk

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Title From Burr Mill to Water Wheel to Electricty in Ephraim, Utah
Description FROM BURR MILL TO WATS! WHEEL TO ELECTRICITY IN EPHRAIM, UTAH Hary A. Hermansen Gunnison, Utah Senior Citizen Division Fourth Place Historical Essay Hany years ago there was a little "Burr" mill in Ephraim. It was located straight north across the creek from "Guard-in-Knoll." These Burr stones were a special, herd type of stone found only in Burr, Prance. They were chiseled ao as to be large, flat, and round. The flat sides were corrugated, with a little crevice cut in one side of one stone. The flat sides wars put together and by an agitating motion the wheat was ground. When the flour was fine enough, it went through the crevice and was ready to be sacked. These stones were made in many sizes, ranging from 12 to 60 inches in dianeter. Billing flour with this method was a slow process. The families who owned this Burr mill later sold it to Niels Thoapsoa. It Hasn't long before Mr. Thompson decided to build a larger, up-to-date mill. The site he chose for the new enterprise was a little further north and a little further east of the Burr mill. It was built close to the hillside so it could have the force of power from the water to operate it. This modern nil! soon caused the Burr Mil to becone obsolete. This second mill was known as the Climax Mill. It was organized with stockholders and a board of directors. After a. few years the business was about to fold. Ollie Larson, a heavy stockholder in the mill, asked Marcus Hermansen to cone to Ephraim froa his home in Escalante and meet with the board of directors and consider taking over the mill. Hr. Hermansen did this and decided to lease it for five years. After Mr. Hermansen got the mJ"H running, he found it to be badly in debt to the farmers. This created quite a disturbance, and he felt he could not go on under those conditions. The stockholders called another meeting and after much discussion they sold controlling interest to Mr. Hermansen. He was very successful and was soon able to buy the mill. In 1913, a group of men decided they wanted to purchase the mill. They were Ben, Fred, and Clyde Rasmussen and their brothers-in-law, Warren, Tyre, Lars Nielsen, and Clarence Thompson. They formed an incorporation and engaged Niels Hernansen, son of Marcus Hermansen, to be the Killer. Ephraim usually had high water in the spring and bad floods in August. In August of 1913 there was a severe flood, bringing down huge boulders, and heavy, thick mud filled the millrace and
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Identifier 068_From Burr Mill to Water Wheel to Electricty in Ephraim, Utah.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323933
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ff3qhk/323933