Delta Mills


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Delta Mills Historic Site Sign

Delta Mills Historic Site Sign

Erastus S. Ingersoll settled here in 1836 and constructed a water-powered sawmill. The remains of the old dam is just upstream of Webster Road. A gristmill was added, and in 1840 a resident wrote that people came from twenty miles around to have their flour made. A school modeled after Oberlin College was chartered as “Grand River Theological Seminary,” but never opened due to the financial crisis of 1837. Platted as Grand River City in 1841, the village was commonly called Delta Mills after the township and main industry. The mills operated into the twentieth century.

 

Delta Grange #370 Hall

Delta Grange #370 Hall

 

Delta Grange #370 Hall - Back

Delta Grange #370 Hall – Back

The Michigan State Grange was organized on April 15, 1873 at Kalamazoo as part of the National Grange, founded in Washington D.C. on December 4, 1867. Delta farmers established Delta Grange #370 in December, 1901 at a time of rapid growth of the Grange movement. The present frame building was constructed between March 6 and June 18, 1903. Meetings continued until 1924. The building has since been used as a meeting place by retired local farmers. The Delta Grange No. 370 Building historically recalls the Grange at the height of its popularity at century’s turn in rural northeast Eaton County.