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The Old Mills Must Go - Rochester Sells Mills

Unknown Author - Livonia Gazette

23 January 1884



Rochester purchased the lands around Hemlock Lake for its water reservoir and then sold the old mills around Hoppough pond in Hemlock NY.

On Monday morning the Rochester executive board opened the bids received for the old mills at Hemlock Lake village and the twenty-one acres of land formerly known as the Hoppough mill property.

According to the Post-Express, schedule A conveys the following property: One-half of the mill pond and land adjacent on south side of pond and outlet, both east and west side of Lima road; a vacant lot on west side of Lima road, north of the flouring mill; one-half of the mill-pond and the flouring mill on north side of pond; the mill house dwelling, formerly occupied by M. D. F. Hoppough, and located on east side of Lima road, north of Clay street; the mill house dwelling next north of No. 4; a triangular lot east of mill road, extending from Gore line to the cemetery; a triangular lot extending south from the cemetery; a lot of three acres lying beween No. 6 and Clay street; a lot in the channel of and along the north side of outlet, east of Lima road and extending to the Gore line; a lot occupied by tailrace of flouring mill on the west line of the Lima road; a certain privilege in tailrace near the flooring mill; a lot in outlet east of Lima road, being an undivided half of No. 12. The following were the bids for the property included in schedule A: F. P. Michael, Rochester, $8,580; M. D. F. Hoppough, Livonia, $7510; N. C. Marsh, South Livonia, $6,000; T. J. Reynolds, Rochester, $3,506. Schedule B conveys twenty-one acres of land, including cemetery, the cemetery being reserved. The bids of F. P. Michaels for $620 was the only one received on this property. The matter will go before the common council at its next regular meeting, when the property will no doubt be sold to the highest bidder, which is F. P. Michaels, of Rochester, the whole amount of his bidding being $9,200.