Monday, September 14, 2015

The Alta Heiser Collection Index Vol. 7, January 1960 & December 19, 1963. On 3 August 1819. William Bigham and Robert Irwin bought from Joel Williams in 1797, a large tract of land. The land extended from above the eastward loop then in the river to present Dayton St. The mill was built at the far eastern end of the loop. The sight was later known to be on the Canal Rd. near the Big Reservoir. In a suit which two of the Bighams brought against John Caldwell, an interesting description is given of the river, a stream which “so winds and descends and naturally fall as to form and make, and has ever formed and made, a good seat for mills and waterworks”. At an early date, the Bighams built a sawmill “for sawing boards, plank, scantling and other stuff”. They claimed that Mr. Caldwell, evidently resenting a rival mill, built a dam which obstructed their mill wheels and overflowed the land, causing an unhealthy condition. This was a case that caused much excitement for several years. It finally was allowed to “liabate” after John Caldwell died.

 

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