Said property consists of about one acre or land, Grist Mill, Saw Mill, and new dwelling house, together with water privileges, including the control of Lake Utsayantho as a reservoir. The Grist Mill has three run of Burr stones, and has lately been extensively repaired and furnished with new gearing and three of Gibbs' new iron Turbine water wheels. For further information apply to the subscribers. - W. A. Cowley, and Mary D. Stanley. Stamford, November 16,1878.
May 1883 Delaware Gazette (DG)- W.A. Cowley publishes a notice in the Mirror by which the water company of that village is warned not to obstruct the natural flow of water in the Delaware River.
January 1886 (DG)- The Commissioners appointed for the purpose of appraising the damages sustained by Wm. A. Cowley, Nancy W. Chamberlain and Ira D. Wardell, by reason of the construction of the Stamford Water Works have made the following awards of damages: William A Cowley $462.50...
In the 1898 Stamford Village enumeration William and family are on South St. and in 1902 they are on Main St.
December 3, 1903 Windham Journal- William A. Cowley, age 80, of Stamford was found dead in bed at his residence November 24 his death was sudden. He was in his usual health the day before and was about the village.
I believe his only son John took over the mill until his death in 1916 so someone else was making cider at the “Cowley Mill” listed in a 1927 article. Perhaps John only operated the families mill on South St.
1944 Stamford Mirror-Recorder (SMR)- The gristmill located at the head of River Street in Stamford built by St. Leger Cowley, more than 100 years ago, and which has remained in the family for six generations, was sold recently by Mrs. Orline Rossman to Maynard Menhennett of Harpersfield who has demolished the building and will use the lumber in construction of a barn on his property. The equipment which had not been in operation for the past 35 years, was sold last year for junk. (If this article is correct the mill on River St. stopped operating about 1910)
March 21, 1962 (SMR)- Two buildings on the former Arthur Bush property, just off South street, were leveled and burned this week to make way for the new Audiosears plant. The house which was located there is one of the older village homes formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Corbin (daughter Mary). Prior to that, John and William Cowley operated a grist mill and iron works there.
The mill on River St., which they say was the only one that made flour, was also called the Tanner and Stanley Mill. If the article above is correct the mill on River St. stopped operating about 1910.
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