August Artifact of the Month

One of the many photographs in the Warrenville Historical Society’s collection, this historic image is of the Warrenville Grist Mill’s horses and driver, Ira Millet, taken around 1895.

August artifactAs Leone Schmidt noted in In and Around Historic Warrenville, in the early days of Warrenville “one’s livelihood depended on the turning of the gristmill’s wheel,” as early farmers relied on the power of the river to grind corn and grain.  Ira Millet, once employed by the mill, was later hired by another important company, the Aurora, Elgin & Chicago Railway, which brought train service through the town, providing residents a new form of transportation for the first half of the 20th century.

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