Howard History

May 07, 2006

1905: Mill burns

A fire on May 1, 1905, spelled the end of the Gambrill Mill in Orange Grove, on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River, which for a half-century had drawn its work force from Howard County. According to an account in the Catonsville Argus on May 6, 1905, the mill superintendent was "notified by telephone at his Ellicott City home. The flames were soon seen for miles around. New machinery had just been installed at a cost of $50,000. ... The mill employed 35 hands at that time."

[ Source: Howard's Roads To the Past, Barbara W. Feaga]

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