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Millstones Recall An Earlier Era
millstone remnants that sit on the northeast side of the U.S. 40 bridge
in Cambridge City are reminders of the importance of mills to the early
economic stability of Wayne County.
From the Cambridge
City, Indiana Traveler - Thursday, August 3, 1945
"An Early Land Mark Now Gone!"
"Originally Conklin Mill Later Imperial Mills"
"The canal was responsible for the erection of Cambridge City's
historic Flour Mill. Built by Jacob Waltz for Benjamin Conklin
in 1846, it was considered a colossal structure in its day. The
stone used was quarried on the Henby farm southwest of town. Its
big beams and joists could not be duplicated today. The walls of
brick tapered from the foundation at the rate of four inches for each
story until they reached the roof. Large quantities of wheat had
been floured here, at one time 90,000 bushels of wheat being stored within
its walls for milling. Modern machinery had replaced the old
water wheels and burrs. W.A. Creitz, who bought the mill in
1889, continued its operation for almost 40 years when he retired from
active business and sold to Mr. Clark, and the mill burned to the
ground a year ago."