The final days of the Balls Mills mill

A Lycoming County landmark which is 158 years old is being dismantled at Balls Mills, four miles north of Williamsport, stated the caption with this photo published April 10, 1969.

The mill was erected in 1811 and all machinery in it was made of hand-hewn timbers. Some of the wooden gears are still to be found in the ruins of the building.

No nails or metal was used in constructing them.

The mill came into the possession of William Ball about 1815 but had been erected by his father-in-law, a man named Weisel.

Later, it was operated by Isaac Ball, a son of William. The elder Ball was one of Lycoming County’s earliest rural industrialists. He operated a fulling mill, clover mill, woolen factory and sawmill in Hepburn Township.

Another son, Samuel, invented a grain cradle and added it in 1847 to the family’s enterprises.

It passed out of existence when the threshing machine was developer.

Readers with more to share about this activity may contact Sun-Gazette reporter Derek Danneker at 570-326-1551 Ext. 3101 or ddanneker@sungazette.com. The Sun-Gazette will follow up with any additional information that we receive.


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