Union Roller Mills - Fairview

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title Union Roller Mills - Fairview
Description Under the supervision of Mr. Shelby, who was retained for some time as the first miller operating the new equipment, Jacob Rasmussen became the second miller of the new system. It was found immediately that the new system required more power than the present amount of water could supply. Conse-quently a new steam engine was installed to supplement the water power. More wheat storage room was needed, so a large room was added on the North end of the building and the engine room on the South. The new UNION ROLLER MILLS was now ready to operate at capacity. It was producing three grades of flour, bran, middlings or shorts, cereal (Germade), whole-wheat flour (graham flour), and ground feed for livestock. This feed was then called "chopped feed. " The old stone burrs were now used only for grinding whole-wheat flour (now called stone ground flour,) and livestock feed. As in the days of Elam's first mill, this new mill operated on a "toll" basis. From each bushel of wheat ground, the farmer received 33 pounds of "straight grade" flour and 14 pounds of bran, the company retaining 13 pounds as toll to pay for the grinding. From this 13 pounds of wheat the miller had about 4 pounds of bran and shorts, 1 pound of "low grade" flour (white) and 8 pounds of "high patent" flour. Grinding of whole-wheat flour and feed was usually paid for at 1cent to 15cents per hundred pounds. The miller's toll for grinding was sold to the people for cash or somtimes traded for other items of produce. Cash at this time was very often in the form of "store scrip. " It was soon discovered that the revenue from the business would not meet the expenses of the operation. The steam en-gine required the services of an engineer besides the cost of fuel and upkeep. The problem had to be faced and solved. Water power was the only solution. But the fact remained that at the time it was needed most, the water would be at the low point for the year. To find a greater source of water was impossible; neither could the water be raised to a higher level to produce more power. The answer came through the creation of a storage pond. Therefore, the mill would have to be closed down while the pond filled, and then with a full head of power it could operate until the pond was emptied. This method put the mill out of operation about one third of the tine, but did put it back on a profitable basis. And thus it operated throughout the remainder of its life. -109-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325493
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