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    • Old Red Mill

    • Businesses--Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Agriculture--Illinois--Plainfield; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • The Old Red Mill was built by James Mathews in 1835 and was operated by him until 1844. McAllister Brothers bought it and did some remodeling adding a saw mill which was operated by Burrell, Hagar and Goodhue and, later in 1829, by Alonzo...
    • Old Red Mill 1894

    • Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield; Rivers--Illinois; Manufacturing--Illinois--Plainfield
    • Another picture of the old Red Mill on the banks of the DuPage River in about 1894. Looking NE. This picture was taken a short time before it ws taken down by Sid Grey. The lumber and timbers were used in building the machine shop now occupied by...
    • Remnants of Dam North of Plainfield IL 1933

    • Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield; Rivers--Illinois
    • A picture of what is left of the old dam north of Plainfield in 1933 looking north. It was built in 1835 by Mathews. It was a well-built dam, made of heavy hewn oak timbers and oak planks and gravel. It was 191 feet wide and from the crest of the...
    • Mill Race North of Red Mill 1933

    • Businesses--Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This picture shows the mill race at the dam north of the Red Mill looking north. To the right where I am sitting are a few stones in the east bank of the race. At this point in the race there was a wall of stone and dirt. Also, a flood gate that...
    • Remnants of Old Mill Site 1933

    • Businesses--Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This picture shows all that is left of the old mill site. The mound of dirt at which I am pointing was the south end of the mill race. Grade was 15 feet above the river. East of this mound was a bridge across the mill race, and south of the bridge...
    • Remnants Walker Saw Mill 1935

    • Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Rivers--Illinois; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This picture shows four hewn timbers extending from the NE bank of the river and were the foundation timbers of the James Walker saw mill. These timbers are in a good state of preservation although they were placed there in 1830 which is now (1935)...
    • Mill Race Walker Saw Mill 1934

    • Mills--Illinois--Plainfield; Rivers--Illinois
    • This picture was taken from the present bridge grade in 1934. This mill race was dug in 1830 by Reuben Flagg for the sum of $30, and no doubt that an ox team and scraper were used to do this work. How different now; one man with a motor-driven...
    • Phillip F.W. Peck's Store

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This is a sketch of Phillip F.W. Peck's store and stood on the SE corner of LaSalle and Water Sts. looking NE. He was quite prominent in the early history of Chicago and Naperville. A Mr. Calbert says Mr. Peck came to Chicago on the schooner...
    • Geo. W. Dole's Store

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This is a sketch of Geo. W. Dole's store that stood on the SW corner of Dearborn and S. Water Sts. looking SW [in Chicago]. It was built in the summer of 1832. Just where the sawed lumber for this building came from I have never heard, but as James...
    • Sorghum Mill

    • Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This is a drawing of the Sorghum Mill. Later, it was used for a cider mill, and now (1934) [it is] used as a junk yard. It was built sometime between 1855 and 1860 at a time (as Woodruff said) "when Will County had the Sorghum Fever." Bela Luce had...
    • James Walker Saw Mill

    • Mills--Illinois--Plainfield; Rivers--Illinois
    • This is a sketch I had made of the James Walker Saw Mill. I have made a thorough survey of this location and the conditions and so know I have the locations right. Having seen some of the saw mills in timbered countries, I have drawn on my...

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