200 E 3rd, Smith Center, KS 66967
Many of the early settlers were hard-working immigrants such as Charles G. Schwartz who was born in West Prussia Germany in 1840. He served as an apprentice in grain milling and worked in various mills throughout Germany. He married in 1871 and came to America 2 years later and became ill, recovered and went back to Germany to get his wife and infant girl. Unfortunately, the baby girl had died, but a son had been born to him in his absence. The family arrived back in America in 1876, moved to Smith County one year later and filed a homestead claim near what is now Reamsville (14 miles NW of Smith Center.)
In the winter of 1979 he and his brother, built the Old Dutch Mill. The mill began operation in 1883--corn mill, graham flour and wheat flour were made for home use and packaged to sell. In 1913 the mill was converted to kerosene and operated on the engine until 1920. In 1938, the old landmark found a welcome home here in our little park in Smith Center, KS. On March 16, 1955, the Old Dutch Mill caught on fire. Many generous donations allowed the Mill to be renovated to a condition better than before. By June 1 that same year, the Old Dutch Mill had been restored and was again open to the public for picnics, reunions, etc.
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