A concrete weir dam on the Eel River provides water power for the mill in northern Indiana.
* Constructed in 1857
* 4 floors and sub-basement
* 50 foot & 40 foot single tree support timbers used in each floor
* Power created from a race that brings water into the mill
* 3 water turbines configured horizontally and pivot on wood native to Antilles
* Approximately 75 horsepower
* Produced 50 barrels of flour/day, plus corn meal and animal feed
* Operated as "Roann Roller Mills" until 1964.
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The wood timber frame structure consists of 4 floors and a sub-basement (flume). Single tree north-south timbers (4 per floor) are 50 feet in length and single tree east-west timbers (5 per floor) are 40 feet in length. All timber and lumber was native to the local area. Timbers were hand worked.
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Massive posts on each floor support the timbers.
Flooring (mainly oak) and siding (mainly poplar) were produced by a local sawmill.
The mill is powered by 3 turbines in the sub-basement (flume). These turbines are geared to a line-shaft in the basement. Power is transferred by belts to machinery and additional line-shafts. Many of the gears and pulleys are hand-made from wood.
The Stockdale Mill always used water power. It is one of the very few remaining that was never converted to steam power or electricity.
Stockdale Mill Milling Machinery
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