Carthage News

The flour mill of Carthage and its fate


David and Tina Miller flew in from Oregon last Thursday and visited with Pete and Myrna Miller until Tuesday.

Donovan Sandven attended a wrestling/bible camp at Lake Byron, near Huron, last Friday through Sunday. He won one of the five awards presented at the camp and reported that they had “really good bread sticks!” He is the son of Donna Larson and Dean Sandven.

Sally Madison, Shirley Stroud, Barb Roos, Wes Boomgaarden and Lorelee Nelson had coffee at Centennial Park Thursday forenoon, with Tim and Carol Sue Eklund visiting from Henderson, Nev.
Mark and Lisa Hinkley were Tuesday visitors with Harriet Hattervig.

Kelsey and John Spotanske and family, of Redfield, spent Saturday at Donna Stroud’s.

Logan Hattervig, Sioux Falls, spent last weekend helping his parents, David and Connie Hattervig, who had water in their basement. Lucas Hattervig, also of Sioux Falls, came Friday night and Saturday.


Carthage had a flour mill located along the railroad tracks and near the Redstone Creek. There is a historical marker at the site, north of the elevator.

Quotes from old newspapers in the Carthage history book “Gem of the Redstone” say that in 1889, the mill kept busy running night and day to supply the excellent flour that it is turning out. In 1890, the paper said the mill was running day and night, processing three-hundred bushels of wheat daily. The wheat was bought from area farmers who were paid cash to buy groceries. Flour costs were 80 cents for a 50-pound sack. Tidbits from Early Days said the mill blew a whistle each day at 7 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. A 1910 paper said the mill burned.

Tidbits also stated that Carthage had a Broom Factory, and brooms were made from prairie grass gathered by children of the area.


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