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By Olivia Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Historic Barron's Mill faces deconstruction

Idaho woman reportedly moving Oakesdal history


Olivia Harnack | The Gazette

Barron's Flour Mill, an Oakesdale landmark since it's arrival in the late 1800s, still stands alongside state Highway 27.

OAKESDALE - J.C. Barron's Mill has stood in Oakesdale since its construction in 1890.

The old wooden mill was built in 1890 by J.G. Porter and was sold to Harvey Gray, then to Joseph C. Barron Sr. in 1907.

In December 1997, the Barron family sold the mill to Mary Jane Butters, an organic and grain marketer and owner of Paradise Farm Organics, Inc., of Moscow, Idaho.

The milling operation was moved to Moscow, but the old mill was maintained for several years to host tours.

"It was brought here in the late 1800s and was transported from back east. It was a full service grain mill and Mr. Bar...

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