The mill in Elbe (the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Company) was once a large operation. It was located a mile north of Elbe and from this picture you can see the rail coming in and out, and also men at work on a platform.
In September 1922 a fire started under the planing mill of the big plant. The fire completely destroyed the property, a $150,000 loss (around $2 million today) according to the manager and part towner, John Patton.
It was suspected that a disgruntled employee started it.
Photo courtesy of Laurie Anderson Osborn.
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