Mr. Donald Stiely lives today adjacent to the Grist Mill location. His residence is built on the foundation stones of a log house, which was an earlier Stiely residence.
The old mill stood below Donald’s home, only a few yards distant but lower in elevation. The old roadway originally passed the log house much closer than the present highway. The original road also passed in front of the mill. Donald has a tractor shed built on top of the mill’s foundation stones. He recalls seeing the mill foundation when excavating for the tractor shed. His father Harry often spoke of the mill location.
Portions of the mill race may be seen today. The trail race, which exited water from the mill, returned water to the creek. It is well preserved below Donald’s house.
The mill dam location can be seen today, as marked by a log foundation across the Mahantongo Creek. If a person stands on the cement Mahantongo Creek bridge, and looks toward the south, the dam location is in the far distance, almost out of sight. Water entered the mill race at the dam. The race was on the west side of the creek. The race follows the base of the hill. It was built against the hill and carried water along the edge of the field. The mill race was what I consider to be quite long, at least a quarter mile or more in length.
First Stiely Mill
Rev. Isaac Stiely
Rough and Ready, PA
South of Salem Church
Donald Stiely Residence, 2004
The old mill house which stood next to Rev. Isaac Stiely’s mill. Rev. Stiely and his wife, Anna, resided on the opposite side of the creek form his mill, in a different house. Donald Stiely’s house is built upon this foundation which was probably built by Anna’s ancestors named Knorr.
For additional history on Rev. Isaac Stiely and his wife Anna Knorr, see:
Knorr, Lawrence Berger. The Descendants of hans Peter Knorr, Sunbury press, P.O. Box 178, New Kingstown, PA 17072-0178. Email:email@example.com
Klingerstown Bicentennial Album 1807-2007, available for $25 from Steve Troutman, 1442 Ridge Road, Klingerstown, PA 17941. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Perry Stiely and his shingle Mill
Perry is the son of Jared Stiely. The wood fired steam engine seen here is powering the circular saw cutting wooden shingles. Note the log gut to proper shingle length standing upright on the mill. A belt driven by the steam engine powered the saw blade. Many cut logs are pictured ready for the mill. A belt driven planer is also in the picture as well as the wooden shavings from the saw. Donald Stiely recalls Perry had some fingers half cut off in the shingle mill. Perry is seen here standing.
Perry also used the steam engine to pull and operate a threshing machine. He went from farm to farm at harvest time to thresh the grain crop. One story recalls how the heavy steam engine had to cross a wooden plank bridge over Mahantongo Creek. The steam engine wheels broke through the bridge near Rough and Ready, PA.
Photo courtesy of Thomas Umholtz, Valley View, PA, 2008
Covered bridge over Mahantongo Creek at Isaac Stiely’s Mill, Rough and Ready, PA.
Conversation with Donald Stiely of Vista Road, who lives at this location gives identification. Donald’s grandfather, Perry Stiely, is the man with the big hat. Perry had many daughters, Perry’s father, Jared, was the son of Rev. Isaac Stiely. Perry was over 6 feet tall. Jared and Perry operated steam powered traction engines to run sawmills and threshing machines.
Donald’s father was Harry Stiely. Harry’s first wife, Evelyn, was born a Klinger from near the Delp’s School. There were only 3 Klinger girls in the Allen Klinger family. Harry and his first wife had 18 children. She married Harry at age 20, gave birth to a child every year until she was 38 years old, when she died.
The family generations include: Isaac, Jared, Perry, Harry and Donald.
Second Stiely Mill, Monroe and son Harvey Stiely
Along the Mahantongo. South of Rothermel’s Funeral Home, Schuylkill COunty, PA Walter Burns Residence, 2004
Monroe and Harvey Stiely Mill on Kopp Road, Upper Mahantongo Township. Note the rope hanging in front of the topen doors which pulled the grain up to the top floor. Here the bags were oulled inside to begin the milling process. Monroe Stiely stands in the open mill door with flour in bags. Harvey Stiely stands in front of the first floor windownext tot eh farmer’s wagon. Perhaps the farmer who had his grain milled is standing with the flour bag at the corner of the mill. Monroe Stiely’s wife, Emma, stands at the left mill corner wearing a dark apron. Her daughter, Katie (married an Erdman) stands in teh white dress behind the wagon. A maid, never married, Ketty Cooper stands between the ladies.
Photo courtesy of Betty Blyer, E.Main St, Hegins, PA g/d/ of Harvey Stiely
Heavy iron gears salvaged from the Monroe and Harvey Stiely Mill. Water power must be very powerful to have turned these two gears which are only a small part of the millworks.
Two huge wooden gears of the Monroe and Harvey Stiely Mill. These wooden Wheels are over 7 feet in diameter and totally wooden. The teeth were made to be replaceable.