In 1863 a family named Weisbeck built a sawmill and furniture 'factory' in Masonic Park, which is between Minnesota's Fillmore co towns of Spring Valley and Washington. They lived in the upstairs portion. Per the Spring Valley Tribune, this only operated for about 10 years. My family, later, owned this land and in early 1950's I found the foundation's footings. The original site is across the road from the present day pavilion at the foot of a hill. The sawmill was powered by water -- the result of tunneling thru the hill, to the north, and diverting the water. The inlet side was on what is now known as the Kummer farm. The current road follows up a hogback ridge and overrides/crosses the old tunnel. Early residents knew this to be "Weisbeck's hill".
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