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Greenfields Mill Howe, IN - History

Greenfield Mills is one of the most exciting historic mills in our nation because it continues to grind flour with equipment built in the 1870’s.  Their “New Rinkel Flour” is prized for its variety as well as its “all natural product line.”

Here are a few of the functioning artifacts that make Greenfield Mills a living history: 

Three "Darnard Leas" Roller Mills
One "Sprout and Waldron" Roller Mill
S. Howes Co. Silver Creek, NY Flour Packer
Robinson Unique Plane Sifter
and
The 167-year-old mill building.

Don’t forget to inspect the 1846 timbers that support the old mill.  Measuring 50’ long and 10” square, these white oak beams support the mill's outer walls on the north and south elevation at all three levels.  You can view their massive beams best on the 3rd (top) level of the mill. Also you can find siding visible on the third level cut from a single 36" wide, old-growth log.

There are two generators powered by two Leffel Turbines. The 1925 generator is a 125KW. The 1932 generator is an 80KW and together they generate 2400 volts. The energy created by Greenfield Mills power produces electricity for eleven homes, one barn, two Rinkel Mills and 4 additional houses. The excess electricity is sold back to the grid to Northern Indiana Public Service Company.

Henry Rinkel purchased Greenfield Mills in 1904.  Today the 4th & 5th generations of the Rinkel Family are happy to give you a tour of their operating Mill.  It is best to phone them at 260-367-2394 to set up a time.  This is a working mill and they are very busy but they are delighted to make an appointment with you to share their unique mill. 

Greenfield Mills is one of our milling's finest example of an historical mill in continuous production.

Make sure you plan a trip to Greenfield Mills.  You will discover the rare opportunity to see and enjoy milling history in action.

Courtesy by:
Owner & Miller- Dave Rinkel, Interview June 18, 2013
Owner & Miller- James Rinkel, Interview May 6, 2013

History

The Greenfield Mill was built in 1846 by Amos Davis. Davis built the mill building, dam, and waterwheel. Over the years the mill had many owners and was subject to various changes. It was in 1904 that Henry Rinkel purchased the mill. At this time the dam had been washed out and the mill required maintenance and updating. Henry Rinkel had no idea that his determination and restoration of Greenfield Mills would be today's (2013) owners and millers of five generations of the Rinkel's. The legacy of restoration set in 1904 to allow Greenfield Mills to prosper has continued throughout his family. As new technology developed, roller mills, turbines and multiple lines of milling equipment have been implemented at Greenfield Mills.

The mill's name had been retained nearly since the beginning of the building's construction, Greenfield Mills. In 1906, once Henry had completed the restoration of the dam, the building and the milling equipment, he started milling one of the finest flour made in Indiana. He named his flour "The Rinkel Flour." The Rinkel Flour still carries Henry's Family name and is recognized as one of today's prized flours and pancake mixes. (See Photo Below.)

There are numerous characteristics unique to Greenfield Mills. One of the most interesting aspects includes the hydro-electric power generated at the mill near the dam on the Fawn River. It is Indiana's "Smallest Electric Utility Company." Greenfield Mill turbines not only power their two mills but also supplies the electricity for eleven homes near the power source.

Today Greenfield Mills generates their own energy to power their mills, produces some of the highest quality, ground flour in the nation, supplies bread flour, organic pastry flour, amazing types of pancake mixes, whole wheat pancake mixes, pastry flour, and they are open for the public to tour their mill Monday through Friday by appointment at 260-367-2394. (Dave Rinkel, Miller; James Rinkel, Miller; http://www.newrinkelflour.com/)

Greenfield Mills aka Rinkel Mill
10505 East 750, Howe IN 46746
260-367-2394

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Above is a YouTube Video about Greenfield Mills
Greenfield Mills - James Rinkel in Mill Store
James Rinkel in Mill Store
Historical Flour Bags from Roann Roller Mills, Buffalo Valley Roller Mills and Oxford Milling Company

Historical Flour Bags
Roann Roller Mills Bread & Pastry Flour
Buffalo Valley Roller Mills Fancy Pastry Flour
Oxford Milling Company Oxford's Best

Historical Flour Bags:  Bako Special Flour Pastry, craber Mills, Canton Ohio - Mennonite Country Whole Wheat Flour
Historical Flour Bags
Bako Special Flour Pastry, Graber Mills, Canton Ohio
Mennonite Country Whole Wheat Flour
Historical Flour Bags:  Franklin Favorite Bleached Flour, Rocky Mount, Virginia
Historical Flour Bags
Franklin Favorite Bleached Flour, Rocky Mount, Virginia
Historical Flour Bags:  The A. R. Elson Company, Magnolia Ohio
Historical Flour Bags
The A. R. Elson Company, Magnolia Ohio
Historical Flour Bags: Hand's Old Fashioned Style Ground White Corn Meal - Home Pride Buckwheat Flour, Clark Milling Company, Chillicothe, Ohio
Historical Flour Bags
Hand's Old Fashioned Style Ground White Corn Meal
Home Pride Buckwheat Flour, Clark Milling Company, Chillicothe, Ohio
Historical Flour Bags: Pioneer Flour French Milling Company, Danridge, Tennesse
Historical Flour Bags
Pioneer Flour French Milling Company, Danridge, Tennesse
Historical Flour Bags: White Eagle Bread Flour, Starr Mills, South Bend, Indiana
Historical Flour Bags
White Eagle Bread Flour, Starr Mills, South Bend, Indiana

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