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CASTLE VALLEY MILL
CENTRAL REAR ELEVATOR
Located in front of the six Rear elevator banks is the Central Rear elevator.
This elevator received its grain from its boot located on the first floor. At the top elevator head, there was a swivel arrangement whereby the discharge chute or spouter could be rotated to direct the grain to either of two diagonal discharge chutes. One chute led to the suspended Bolting machine, the other led directly to the second floor via a long diagonal chute.
The boot for this elevator received its grain from what I call the Double Bin chute. This chute is located below a Double Bin system located on the second floor. The Double Bin chute has been cut off, so it is not absolutely certain that this was the delivery system to the boot.
To move the swivel spouter chute located at the front of the elevator head, two hand-made wooden rollers, acting as pulleys for a thin rope, which could pull the swivel head to discharge at either chute. The ropes likely were controlled from the first floor.
There is another swivel spouter located on the Left Front elevator head at the front section of the mill also.
Presently the top of the Central Rear elevator head is missing as are the bearing journals for its drive axel.
Photo of Rear Central elevator head. Top of elevator is missing. View looking towards rear of Mill.
View looking down on elevator head. Elevator head shown restored, journals missing.
View showing string roller, chute opening in table, and string remnants still connected to swivel spouter. Note hole below roller for string passage. Swivel chute is in center position to send grain to Suspended Bolter. Open chute position sent product to long diagonal chute to second floor.
Foreground-diagonal chute is from third floor central elevator passing to southwest corner of second floor.
View of roller table
Opposite side of roller table. This roller was used to reposition swivel spouter. Note hole cut in table if needed for additional chute, used as rope passage in this arrangement.
Horizontal shaft (center) is rear elevator drive axel extending 17" past last elevator head.
Roller on opposite side of table, used to reposition swivel spouter.Swivel spout ring connection to elevator head. Elevator cover, pulley wheel, and axel are missing.
Swivel spout ring connection to elevator head. Elevator cover, pulley wheel, and axel are missing.
Detail of pulley on table
Rear central elevator boot located on first floor.
The boot for this elevator is located on the first floor. The boot has a slide hatch opening on each end for clean out.
In the south side of the boot is what remains of a funnel type chute. Grain flowed into this boot from a chute once attached to this funnel.
I believe this boot received processed grain from the second floor Double Bin and directed it up to the elevator head on the third floor, where it could be directed to the rear bolting machine or directed to the long diagonal chute going to a storage bin or bagging area on the second floor.
Boot with side chute attached Clean out slide on end of Boot.
Boot with side removed showing pulley wheel, bucket belt, slide clean-outs, and funnel input slot.
Boot and elevator legs with attached board. The function of the board with hole is not known. It may have been one of two brackets for a pulley wheel.
Elevator head showing belt and chute arrangement. As flour or grain moved over the top pulley, the pulley speed caused the product to be thrown from the cup because of its light density. What spilled would glance off the bottom of the cup below it helping direct it into the round chute opening. Any flour that missed the chute fell back down the shaft to the boot. The diagonal box under the pulley wheel directed any spillage from the cups into the elevator leg. The swivel spouter is located over the center hole on the table board, but could be rotated to align with the open hole shown on the table board, sending the output to a different location.
View of complete central rear elevator system, less section passing thru second floor.