Unknown Building

There was/is a building opposite the steel plant. What was its role? Someone suggested it was related to the plant supplying the town with gas as a by-product from the blast furnace process.

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Standard Steel Works Co. No. 4

Listed in 1945 CT1000.

Standard Steel Works Co. No. 3

Listed in 1945 CT1000.

1898 Track Diagram of Standard Steel. Courtesy of Susan Yosten.

1902 Track Diagram of Standard Steel showing proposed tracks for new open hearth furnaces. Courtesy of Susan Yosten.

1908 Track Diagram of Standard Steel showing PRR trackage. Courtesy of Susan Yosten.

1917 Track Diagram of Standard Steel showing PRR trackage. Courtesy of Susan Yosten.

Undated Track Diagram of Standard Steel showing PRR trackage. Courtesy of Susan Yosten.

Undated Track Diagram of Standard Steel. Courtesy of Susan Yosten.

Todd Treaster believes this plant was still shipping 20-30 cars a day through the 1950s.

Standard Steel continues operations today.

YA Block Station

YA Block Station; listed in 1911 Sunbury Division ETT at 4.4 miles from KA.

It is not indicated on the 1919 track chart.

YA block station, 1917:
1917 YA yeagertown
 

 

yeagermillYeager's Mill

From the Library of Congress...

In 1842 Jacob Yeager came from Dauphin County and purchased 50 acres and the mill from John Oliver, Jr. Yeagertown, not yet named such, was not more than a collection of homes nestled at the base of Jack's Mountain in the Mann Narrows. In later years, the railroad and the turnpike would run through the town, bringing in much business.

In 1857, the old mill which had stood for more than 60 years, was torn down and a new mill erected with Jeremiah M. Yeager (son of Jacob) as miller and proprietor. The combination of plentiful natural resources, transportation, and a strong water supply all united to make the Yeager Mill a profitable enterprise. The flower produced in the mill was well-known for its fine quality.

J. M. Yeager's son Jesse Orrin added lumber and coal to the Yeager Mill business. J. M. Yeager ran the mill until his death in 1906, at which time operations passed to his youngest son, Jesse Orrin Yeager.

Around the turn of the century, a "small but very substantial and up-to-date" power plant was constructed at the mill. It had four turbine wheels of 500 horsepower which drove two 150 kilowatt generators. The Mifflin County Gas and Electric Company leased the power of the plant. By 1908, it generated enough electricity for all of Yeagertown.

The business prospered until 1917 when Yeager refused to compromise the quality of his product. During World War I manufacturers were supposed to dilute their flour with potato flour or something similar, often sawdust. However, the Yeagers were extremeley proud of their whole-wheat flour. They used the whole kernel and the product was famous for its excellence. Their Alfarata and Juniata's Queen Flour were shipped to large hotels all over the country and to South America. So when two men appeared one day in 1917, demanding to inspect the manufacturing process, Mr. Yeager refused to divulge any information about his mill process. However, the men soon identified themselves as secret service agents sent by Herbert Hoover, then head of the food administration, and informed Yeager that he was in violation of the law and thus subject to a fine. Yeager replied, "I have enough grain in the bins for about three weeks. Let me use that and I will close the mill." He did just that; Alfarata Straight Patent Entire Wheat Flour was never made again.

While the flour was never made again, J. Orrin Yeager continued other mill business until his death in 1941 at which point G. Clifford RIce, a nephew, then came into possession of the business. Rice moved into building supplies and coal and eventually closed the doors for all time on May 23, 1963.

The structure was used, from the time it was built until 1917, as a grist mill. However, the Yeager family was involved in various businesses, such as insurance, coal, lumber, structural iron, fancy glass, building supplies, and hay and feed and the building served as a base for many of these business efforts. For instance, J. M. Yeager had a patent on an incubator which he had constructed on the top floor of the mill and then sold to customers. They also constructed the barrels in which they shipped their flour. A barrel, made with Yeager lumber, would travel on a conveyor to a worker. A paper bag had been placed in the barrel previously and the worker would open a chute, fill it with flour, weigh it and put on the lid. The nails which held down the lid, often supplied by York Nail and Tack Works, were the only part of the process not generated by the Yeagers.

J. M. Yeager No. 1

The 1945 CT1000 indicates one siding for this industry, but the valuation maps show two. One is known to be a warehouse (plans coming).

Visible in 1957 Penn Pilot photo.

This location is believed related to the coal and lumber portion of the Yeager business.

Station

Listed in 1923 CT1000.

Not listed in 1945 CT1000. (Passenger service ceased in 1941.) 

Plans of Yeagertown Shelter. Courtesy of Susan Yosten. This is a larger shelter than that shown in the 1917 photograph. It is unknown if thiw shelter was ever built, or only proposed.

Yeagertown shelter, 1917:1917 yeagertown shelter  

 

J. M. Yeager No. 2

Listed in 1945 CT1000.

Also owned by the Yeager family, this was also on the left side of the tracks. I have no idea what was here, but today there is a newer building that I'm told has had several tenants; at one time a trucking company. It currently houses a phone company.

Passing Siding

Listed in 1945 CT1000.

Standard Steel Works Co. No. 6

Listed in 1945 CT1000.

Standard Steel Works Co. No. 7

Listed in 1945 CT1000.