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N88 W16447 MAIN ST

Architecture and History Inventory
N88 W16447 MAIN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:8087
Location (Address):N88 W16447 MAIN ST
City:Menomonee Falls
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
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Year Built:1891
Additions: 1967 1893 1955
Survey Date:1984
Historic Use:mill
Architectural Style:Commercial Vernacular
Structural System:
Wall Material:Limestone
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Main Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:9/21/1988
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:Multiple Resources of Menominee Falls
Additional Information:Builder was Johnson and Parker. Limestone for the construction of the mill came from the Harmon Stone quarries at Lannon, WI. Peter Schlafer and John Huebner, as Schlafer, Huebner and Co., purchased their mill property from John Fye in 1890. In 1891, they erected a three story stone flour mill, powered by steam which was heated by coal. The mill was designed to produce 100 barrels of flour a day. Prior to this venture, Schlafer owned an interest in a competing mill, the Menomonee Falls Roller Mill. By 1910, machinery included a corn crusher and sheller, nine sets of double rollers, a milling searator, flour packers, purifiers, scalpers, centrifugals, a shaker, a scourer, and a dust collector. The owners added an elevator in 1893 which is now not extant. The mill produced high grade flour and feed for local sale as well as for markets in Milwaukee. Huebner sold his interest in 1903. In 1941, the estate of Peter Schlafer sold the company to Server Products. The E.P. Allis mill machinery was removed and it then served as an office, laboratory, and warehouse. The one story east side addition was constructed in 1967 and replaced a wooden one story storage room built in 1895. Exterior of the building has been sandblasted. Interior was renovated in 1955.
Bibliographic References:Historic name, date of construction: Hartford Press, 8/28/1891. ZIMMERMANN, RUSSELL "THE HERITAGE GUIDEBOOK" (HERITAGE BANKS 1976), 296. Menomonee Falls News 9/11/1941. Tax records. Waukesha Freeman 10/29/1891. Waukesha Freeman 3/9/1893. Menomonee Falls News 10/13/1905. Server Products scrapbook. 1910 Sanborn-Perris map. Waukesha Freeman 4/23/1891. Hartford Press 5/26/1893. Hartford Press 10/23/1891. Menomonee Falls News 12/31/1909. Johnson, 1985: 14-26 Nesbit, 1979: 181.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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