In 1832 Samuel Burnside built a saw mill on the banks of Crooked
Creek (now the Fawn River). A few years later Peter Beisal began
construction of a grist mill nearby. This mill was put together
with square nails and wooden pegs.
Unfortunately, Beisel ran into financial
trouble and wasn’t able to complete the mill. It was completed
in 1846 by Amos Davis. In the following years the mill went through
several different owners until it was purchased by Henry Rinkel
in 1904. At the time of this purchase, the mill was being used
as a dance hall because the dam had been washed out months before.
Even though many neighbors thought Rinkel
was crazy for trying to make a go of the “jinxed” old mill; they
came with their picks and shovels to help rebuild the dam two different
times. It took two long, hard years to fix up the old mill.
Finally in 1906, Henry Rinkel began producing “New
Rinkel” Flour. Over the last 90 years the spelling and machinery
have been changed but the same quality product, “New Rinkel” flour,
is being produced.
Over the years they continued to upgrade
the mill with much of the equipment being purchased from other
small mills that had gone out of business. Sadly, while there were
once hundreds of small wheat mills in Indiana alone, there is now
only a hand full left in the state. It is also one of Indiana’s
smallest electric utility companies; presently serving 2 mills
and 11 homes.
Greenfield Mills, owned and operated by the Rinkel family for
over a hundred years is truly a family business.
“New Rinkel” flour makes very good bread, however, the Lord Jesus
Christ said, “I am the Bread of Life”, and in Him only will you
find eternal fulfillment, peace and joy.
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