(Please note the above Logo taken from Ferdinand's Letter to his sister-in-law. It notes that Thompson, Walther & Company were Proprietors of the property which is pictured above. The letter below indicates that Ferdinand Walther sold the property the same year that his grandson, Joseph E. Walther Jr. was born.)
This letter was written by Glenda Walther, who found information on the mill that Ferdinand Walther was Co-Owner of, in Marshall Ind.
We were in Rockville today and went to see if we could find anything in the library about the Marshall Roller Mill.
I told the librarian what I was searching for and it only took her a couple of minutes to find the following article.
"J.H. Rush, a citizen of Marshall for many years and treasurer of Parke County from 1913 to 1917, contributed the following history of the mill. In 1896 George Fleishhauer built at Marshall a steam mill in which the roller process only has been used. The dates and changes of ownership are approximately as follows: Fleishhauer operated the mill until 1903, when he sold it to Mr. Prather. In 1905 McMurtry, Walthers, and Dooley purchased it, and increased the capacity of the mill to seventy-five barrels of flour during twenty-four hours. They sold it in 1910 to Thompson and Walthers, who assumed full control in 1911 and then sold to Jessup and Williams in 1912. Mr. Cooper became the next owner, and Rohm brothers succeed him about 1913. Horace Heller, who had worked for Rohm Brothers and Company a good many years at Mansfield and Rockville, became manager of the Marshall mill. In 1919 Rohm Brothers and Company removed the flour machinery and sold the mill to the Marshall Farmers' Elevator; the old sheet iron covering was replaced by new galvanized iron siding. The farmers still own the property. The old warehouse formerly used by John McMurtry for storing and shipping was abandoned and removed. Marshall is the nearest railroad station to Turkey Run State Park, three miles distant."
The elevator is still in use today by local farmers and it is located next to the old railroad tracks. No trains go through Marshall now. Bill's parent"s home was located about a block north of the tracks, which was across from Marshall School.
Happy Easter to You! Glenda and Bill