History and Location of Andersontown Mill

Other Names: Pool’s Mills, Booth Sawmill

Years: 1875-1897

Structure Exists?  No

Location Precision:  50 meters

The following text is extracted from John F. McGrain, The Molinography of Maryland, Expanded, 2007 Edition for Posting Online at the Maryland State Archives.

This early mill was shown as the saw and grist mill of L. W. Pool in the 1887 State business directory. It was spelled Pools and described as a sawmill on Saulsbury’s 1897 map. The 1880 census of manufactures had listed Levin Pool with $1000 capital investment in a 20 hp sawmill with 3 employees, 1 gang of 3 saws and 1 circular saw. Annual output was 125,000 ft ($1900). No logging was done by the owner.

The Levin Pool gristmill represented $1000 capital investment and had 1 run of stones, 1 employee, and a 40 bu/diem maximum capacity; a 20 hp steam engine ground 600 bbl flour, 42.5 tons of meal, and 30 tons feed annually. The Denton Journal, December 6, 1890, reported, “Williston . . . . Harry C. Evans, the young man who was so badly mangled by falling upon a belt at Poole’s Mill near Andersontown, sometime ago, is rapidly recovering . . . .”

The Denton Journal, January 9, 1897, reported, “Mr. M. N. Hartz of Philadelphia . . . in town . . . . conferred with Mr. Levin Pool, who thinks of putting roller process machinery in his mill at Andersontown.”

M. Booth’s steam sawmill was shown SW of Andersontown Post Office on Isler’s 1875 county map.  [Same location as the Pool/Andersontown Mill.]

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