The Keota Roller Mills

In 1886 Harmon Henkle purchased the grist mill at Keota and began to turn it into a profitable business. The accounts of the mill from the Keota Eagle are:

August 26, 1887: The Keota Roller Mills, under Henkle, Tallman & Company, have been extensively remodeled and approved. There are now nine sets of rollers and a new machine for extracting cockle seed. They can also steam hard, flinty wheat (as produced this season) and bring it to the rollers so good flour can be guaranteed. It now has a capacity of 125 barrels per day of 24 hours.

1886 Engraving of the Keota Roller Mills

May 11, 1888 Edition of the Keota Eagle: The Keota Roller Mill is the property of Henkle, Tallman & Company. The firm is composed of H. Henkle, J. W. Tallman and W.T. Johnson. This structure is situated on the eastern part of town, on the county line, and has the capacity of one hundred and twenty five barrels of flour daily. It does both merchant and custom work, and has lately been remodeled and improved, and at this time is putting an article of flour on the market which pleases the whole people, and the people are using it. This is as it should be. Sustain your home manufactories, assist one another and buy away from home only what you cannot get from home industry. This establishment will furnish employment to five men constantly and in this manner contributes to the general prosperity of the town and community.

January 31, 1890 Edition of the Keota Eagle: The Keota Roller Mills have had plenty of ups and downs but believe it has now started on the road to prosperity. Keota Mills have had the reputation of making fine flours and Henkle and Bush, owners, intend to keep the record. Mr. Ehrlick is the new miller. Minnesota hard wheat is used. "Crystol Patent" is the name of the flour.

July 25, 1890 Edition of the Keota Eagle: The entire innards of the Keota Mill will be moved to Weiser, Idaho. It's a good mill for such poor wheat country as this, the machinery being the most expensive kind, and the only way to make money was to keep it going day and night and to have home wheat to grind which could not be done here. Keota needs a mill, and a plant can be put here for one-third the cost of the old one.


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