Fairview's First Flour Mill

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
Type Image
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324356
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Title Fairview's First Flour Mill
Description Upon his arrival at Fairview, ELam lost no time. The next day he visited and conversed with a number of the leading citizens of the community as pertaining to his interest. He was encouraged, favorably impressed, and without delay, he purchased land west of the village where water could be diverted from the Sanpitch Hiver to power the mill. Upon completion of the details of his transaction, he again faced the trail to the ranch at Hona. As he traveled the long and lonely road, his mind was busy with plans for the future. He envisioned a prosperous business and a future hoae at Fairview, where his family might enjoy the blessings of safety, education, and the pursuit of religious activities. Yes, he must work hard and fast while the summer lasted. He would leave the care of the ranch to his family while he would concentrate on the new enterprise. A few days later, Elam again found himself with plenty of time for meditiation gnri planning. With his yoke of oxen and wagon, he was on his way to Little Cottonwood Canyon, a few miles south of Salt Lake City, where he could obtain granite stone from which to fashion the BURRS for grinding the golden wheat into flour. Being a builder and blacksmith he could do his own work. On his return trip he bypassed his family to take the shorter route through Spanish Fork and Thistle Canyons. The summer days were long and arduous as he chiseled the hard stone into shape and brought logs from Dry Creek Canyon for his building program. Quoting from his grandson, Aaron Cheneys "Grandfather (Sla.ii) quarried out the stones and hauled them to Fairview; shaped thera in"to burrs, making "the irons and wood to fit thenj. He built a mill-race from Sanpitch River to the pond and excavated the spillway and built the 'overshot' water-wheel which supplied the power for the mill.'1 By mid-summer of 1868, 53.8m had built a "log bouse, about 250 yards southeast of the Bill and brought his family from Mona to live in it." By harvest time of that sane year, the mill was ready lor operation. And as the farners threshed their wheat, they brought a portion of it to the mill where it was ground into "whole-wheat flour" and a toll retained by the miller for his service. ELam Cheney soon became known as a leading citizen; honest, upright, progressive, and generous, he won the respect of everyone. People without wheat or money were never turned away from his "111 without flour. Even the Indians received and loved him for it. On one occasion when the Indians had begged and acquired a goodly supply of flour, they went to the mill, where the nlller kept a supply of sugar for sale or barter, to trade some of their whole-wheat flour for the much desired sugar. The good miller offered them flour, -38-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324267
Reference URL