Click to Enlarge Spelling from the old mill book of Orvel S. Johnson
May be correct
The Old Tomlin Mill Place
The Old Tumlin was the birth place of all the children of Orvel & Angie Johnson
3 living female, 1 living male the webmaster
This picture dated 1939. As best I recall dad stated they moved from the Old Homeplace
to the Tomlim Mill Place.The mill site (next pic.down) was reworked. Not sure about weather
or not previous grist mill machinery was moved from a previous location. Grandfather James
Henry did have another mill site on Cane Creek. We believe it to have been located near
the Old Wehoga.
Thought to be upstream only a mile or so from the old Bob Norton place.
Reba (Johnson) Norton m: Russell Norton, Russell's father was Mr. Bob Norton.
This is my birthplace born at 4 PM delivered by Dr Wright.
Many people in Cleburne knew him. He started Wright Drug Co from Heflin.
Doctors made house calls in those days.
I remember his office that was a part of the drug store. I saw him for allergy abt. Jan. 13, 1950. That was when Rosa C. Champion my Grandmother died. His Grandson Pete was in my class in school.
I was born just about 50 to 100 yards from the lumber pile lower right corner of the picture.
The old mill site dates back to abt. 1875. Located at T 15 S R 11 E section 13 it had a 7 foot head. When dad was there it had a 100 hp turbine. The turbine powered grist mill and cotton gin and sawmill and two generators for electricity. One dc generator was 10kw, another was 1 kw. Units were 110 volt for light etc. One Walkershaw 50 hp industrial engine powered the mill and gin in time of high water. The dam was composed of sap pine.The business was called J. H. Johnson and Sons.
Dad once got his overall leg caught in the gears in the waterhouse. Dad could always think quick, (I never beat him at a game of checkers) he just unlatched the galouses. He came back in the ginhouse in his long handles, everyone wondered why.
One young boy was killed at the mill. Dad warned the boy not to go near the waterhouse. Another owner Chester Warren was killed ater dad owned it,