Rochester Hills in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Yates Cider Mill
In 1863, William (1820-1911) and Caroline (1833-1892) Yates moved from New York to Michigan and purchased 80 acres of land. Using an existing dam on the Clinton River, they opened a water-powered lumber mill. The business soon grew to include a grist mill. By 1876, their cider press had begun offering fruit pressing services to local farmers. In the late 1870s, the Detroit and Bay City Railway, which passed in front of the mill, made Yates Station a busy freight and passenger stop. In 1894, Yates built a larger mill next to the original building to accomodate the area's growing agricultural production. The new mill housed a 26-inch-wide water-driven turbine purchased from James Leffel and Company of Springfield, Ohio. As of 2016, the 1894 building and turbine were still being used to press cider.
The Yates family continued to grind grain and press fruits for local farmers as the mill operations passed to William's son Frank (1854-1935) and Frank's son Harry (1889-1979). When Harry installed a new cider press in 1924, Avon Township had begun to grow. Charles (1919-2013) and Ruth (1917-2008) Posey moved next door to the mill in 1939. Their Posey's Isle shop offered donuts to mill visitors. A 1948 newspaper noted mill customers arriving with their own "glasses, jars, jugs and kegs."
Erected 2016 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2280.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 40.367′ N, 83° 5.706′ W. Marker is in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on East Avon Road near Dequindre Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1990 East Avon Road, Rochester MI 48307, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hammer (approx. 1.9 miles away); Stoney Creek School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Western Knitting Mills (approx. 1.9 miles away); Before lawn mowers... 1850 Red House (approx. 2 miles away); City of Rochester, Michigan (approx. 2 miles away); Rollin Sprague Building (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester Hills.
Also see . . . Yates History. (Submitted on June 17, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 17, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.