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Traber's Mill

Traber's Mill was on the east side of the Great Miami River, then about a mile south of Hamilton when built about 1818 by John Traber and Henry Traber, millwrights. It was in fractional Section 1 in Fairfield Township. The two-story mill drew water from the river by a dam built by Joseph Watson, who had erected a mill on the opposite bank, south of Rossville. A mile-long mill race also brought water to the Traber Mill. Mrs. Heiser said the race began at "a gentle curve in the river -- a curve not abrupt enough to cause the river to leave its natural course during high water. This was the race that made Riley's Island (west of present Williams Avenue, south of the low-level dam). Later, Watson built Fear Not Mill on Four Mile Creek, and the Trabers bought the Watson mill on the river, owning operations on both sides until 1824, when they dissolved their partnership. Then Henry Traver took over the mills south of Hamilton and John Traber directed those south of Rossville."
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