Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Hartford Water Mill

I have found bits and pieces of information about the Hartford Water Mill.  As most of you know, there is a street in Hartford named Mill Street and I think this refers to the old "Water Mill" that operated there on the river.

A. WENGER , Daniel ROGAN and I.A. TAYLOR built the Hartford Water Mill in 1873. Mr. ROGAN died in 1874 and other two carried on. Isaac A. TAYLOR came in 1871. He was born in Garber County, Tennessee.

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3 Nov 1875, Hartford Herald:  Col. O. P. Johnson, one of our most enterprising citizens, has erected one of the finest weaving machines in the Green River country. . . . .

Col Johnson was the Collector of Taxes for the Second Kentucky District, for the Internal Revenue Service, based in Owensboro.  4 Apr 1877.

The Jan 17, 1877 Hartford Herald says Col. O. P. Johnson and family moved to Owensboro this week. 

12 Jun 1878 – “Wool Wanted.  In exchange for Jeans, Yarns, Lindseys & etc, at Hartford Water Mills.  O. P. Johnson, Proprietor”

17 Jul 1878 – “Stocking of Yarns of every variety, at the Hartford Woolen Mills. O. P. Johnson, Proprietor”

17 Jul 1878 – “Highest Prices paid for wheat and corn, at the Hartford Woolen Mills. O. P. Johnson, Proprietor”

11 Dec 1878 - ”Mr. Dan Wise has rented the water mills of Col. O. P. Johnson.”

Aug 18, 1880 Apr 4, 1883 the Hartford Water Mills are owned by John R. & William Phipps.  Thru Mar 1886.

Phipps sold to J. W. Ford 10 Oct 1900. Ford moved the Mill to the foot of Market Street In May 1904.  

In July 1914 Jake Oller of Grayson County rented the Hartford Water Mill. 

The last reference I see to the Hartford Water Mill was in 1921.

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