Historic Photos

Mount Hope Ladies Aid Moore’s Mill Marker, August 1968

April 2nd, 2016

The most famous gristmill in McLean County was the one operated by the Moore family of Mount Hope Township. Situated on the south bank of Sugar Creek about three miles west of the Village of McLean, Moore's Mill survived into the 20th century, becoming the last operational water-powered mill in the county.

In 1964, the McLean County Historical Society dedicated a marker at the site of the mill. Seen here are four of the seven surviving charter members of the Mount Hope Ladies Aid group (left to right): Winifred Briggs, Netia Bode, Frieda Meyer, and Emma Umphress.

On Sunday, August 4, 1968, the women’s group held its 50th anniversary picnic at this site, which today remains one of the prettier spots in all McLean County.

Bill Kemp


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