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Living History at Schechs water powered mill


Fri, Aug 31st, 2001
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1876 mill is on National Register of Historic PlacesBy Julia Ahlers NessMonday, September 3, 2001

"Are you the owner of this mill?"

An obviously concerned elderly gentleman greeted me with this question as I drove across the old concrete bridge that spans the race carrying diverted stream water to Schechs Water Powered Mill, located in rural Houston County near Caledonia.

"No," I replied. "Im here to interview the owner."

"Well," George Doden informed me, "I came all the way from California to see this mill."

Mr. Doden, accompanied by his cousin, Edna Nemomede of Rochester, had indeed come all the way from his home in La Mirada, California, to visit the privately-own mill, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. "I grew up near Rochester and my nephew sent me an article from the Minneapolis paper about Schechs Mill. I just love visiting places like this."

By then, the mills proprietor, Ivan Krugmire, had crossed a tired looking footbridge, which leads to the Krugmires farmhouse, to join us. I introduced myself and asked if Mr. Doden and his cousin could join me for a tour of the mill.

Ivan Krugmire and his family have been the owners and caretakers of Schechs Mill since 1946 and had the mill placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Built in 1876 by John Blinn, the mill stands in testimony to the topography of the region and to the predominant role small grain production, especially wheat, played in the early agricultural history of Southeast Minnesota. Ivan estimates that it took a good two years to complete construction of the entire setup. This included not only the mill itself, an impressive three-story native stone structure, but also the original wooden dam on nearby Beaver Creek and the man-made mill race that cuts through the Krugmires farmstead and channels the water to the mill.


With obvious, earnest pride, Ivan pronounces: "I tell everyone who visits the mill that the Pickwick Mill, near Winona, is the oldest water-powered mill in the State (built in 1858). But, Schechs Mill is the best built." As Ivan takes you through the mill and shows you its intricate workings, you cannot help but believe him.

John Blinn ran the mill until his death in 1885. Two years later Eleanor Krugmires grandfather, Michael J. Schech, a native of Bavaria in Germany and a master miller with the St. Paul Roller Mills, .....
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

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Journal Profile #84

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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
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Area students graduated in the spring commencement ceremonies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison May 18-20, 2001. They are: Benjamin St Mane Conway,Chatfield, Business: Marketing, Bachelor of Business Administration; Marvin Paul Taylor, Chatfie ..... 
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