Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Timber Required for a Grist Mill

For the Hobart Historical Society's digitizing project, we were photographing what I described as a "day book (owner unknown) recording sales of merchandise, payments on accounts, workers' hours and wages, other miscellaneous information, 1836-1846." Among other loose scraps stored between the leaves of the day book, we found this list of "timber required for a grist mill."

2017-2-15. Timber 1
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Images courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

"The timber to be hewn square and free from Bark & of a uniform size so as to answer without counter hewing."

On the other side, we find a date of May 20, 1846 …

2017-2-15. Timber 2

… which I suppose would put it in the time frame of the planning stages for Hobart's famous old mill. I'd like to think that here we have the recipe for the old mill in George Earle's own handwriting, but of course I can't say for sure!


Anonymous said...

I think this is pretty dang exciting, but I'm a history geek.
What else could it be but George Earle's shopping list for lumber?
It was found in the museum, where someone who cared made sure it ended up.
There must be other examples of George Earle's handwriting to compare to.

It would be easy to use the scale mill in the museum to calculate the lengths of the timbers, and see if the usage matches the list.

The sketched frame diagram is very close to the proportions of Earle's mill,
and Oaks of useful size were probably very near.

Ainsworthiana said...

Yes, those things would be worth investigating ... by someone who has the time, i.e., not me.

Anonymous said...

Tom here. Hoping I have time to investigate this someday somehow.
No time now, but let's consider who else would be planning a grist mill in 1846 in Lake County and draw up a timber list?

It sure as heck wasn't John Woods, who had his hands full fighting beavers and woodchucks, and had a brick mill upstream.

There must be some examples of George Earle's handwriting.

The book is probably from his Liverpool years.