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Richfield in Washington County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Messer/Mayer Mill

Village of Richfield, Wisconsin

Messer/Mayer Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul F, October 22, 2010
1. Messer/Mayer Mill Marker
Inscription.  The Messer/Mayer Mill is a three and one-half story, front-gabled grist mill on a raised fieldstone foundation and sheathed with narrow clapboard siding. The interior contains the original milling equipment dating from 1873 to the early 20th century, much of which was supplied by the Edward P. Allis Company of Milwaukee. First floor equipment includes Allis provided millstones and roller mills. Flour sifting, bolting, and grain storage bins are located on the second floor. George T. Smith middling purifiers, enabling production of high-grade white “Alaska Patent Flour,” are on the third floor. Machines and equipment related to the Oliver Evans’ grain elevator system and the James Leffel & Company turbine are in the basement.

The Messer/Mayer Mill, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contributed to the early industrial and commercial growth of the Town of Richfield at Pleasant Hill. The mill produced flour into the 1930s and was the only grist mill in the Town of Richfield between 1879 and 1925. The cattle feed grinding business operated out of the mill from the late 1890s until 1954.

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The property includes an intact 19th century homestead and a number of outbuildings all constructed by the Messer and Mayer families.
Erected 2009 by Washington County Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 09-001.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
Location. 43° 15.789′ N, 88° 15.327′ W. Marker is in Richfield, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Pleasant Hill Road, ¾ mile west of Wisconsin Highway 164. Marker is located in the Richfield Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4399 Pleasant Hill Road, Richfield WI 53076, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Holy Hill (approx. 3.9 miles away); Arrival of European Descendants (approx. 4½ miles away); Unwritten History of Wisconsin (approx. 4½ miles away); Winter Farm (approx. 5.3 miles away); Maxon-Wright House (approx. 5½ miles away); Christ Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Dheinsville Settlement (approx. 5.8 miles away); Schubert Cheese Factory (approx. 6.2 miles away).
Messer/Mayer Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul F, October 22, 2010
2. Messer/Mayer Mill Marker
Marker at lower right with grist mill in background.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2023