Summersville Grist Mill
Summersville, MO - The Summersville Mill in Summersville, Missouri, has an interesting history and is one of the few mills left in the state still operating and producing soft wheat flour. The history of the present mill dates back to 1886 when Jim McCaskill, who had a store and post office in town, purchased and installed machinery for a grist mill. The mill would often operate all night to get caught up on grinding. Needing a larger mill, Mr. McCaskill sold the old machinery to Horace Greeley, who moved it to Alley Spring, where it is still probably used in grinding meal as added tourist attraction. In 1894, a roller process was added to the larger mill by McCaskill at a cost of $3000. Doc DeForest purchased the mill and in 1927 sold it to the present owners, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Donovan. Their son, Vance, is now managing and operating the mill.