Davis Saw Mill

Submitted By: James Davis    E-mail: Jldcoonhunter@aol.com

This photo is of my great great grandfather's saw mill.  The mill was  built in 1855 by Mahood & Sons.  On Septembet 11, 1866 my greatgreat  grandfather, Daniel Hale Davis and Nathaniel Parker purchasedthe mill from  George Letcher and William E. Letcher for the sum of$ 4000.  The mill was  run by a steam engine of 20 horsepower andhad a capacity of 3000 board feet  per day.   In 1869 the millburned, but was restored using the steam engine  and boiler.  In1871 Daniel Hale Davis bought Nathaniel Parker's interest in  the millfor $ 1500 and continued to run it with my great grandfather, Frank Yates Davis.  They produced dimension lumber, shingles, lath and theyalso  had a turning lathe.

      I believe the photo was taken about 1910 by my great uncle, George  Clarence Davis.  My great uncle and grandfather, Frank Leslie Davis grew up  working in the mill as young men. The mill went out of use sometime in the  "teens", but was still standing when my father was growing up in the 1920s  and 1930s.

  The mill was located in section 10 of Otsego  Township.  In fact you could say it was in "North Otsego", since it was  located just one road east of the "Brick Church".  Today the road would be  450E where the mill was located.