Davis Saw Mill
James Davis E-mail:
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.