Mill Products for Human Consumption
The main products made at the mill for human consumption were flour and corn meal. Images of the bag designs for the different types of flour and cornmeal are depicted below.
The mill also sold a buckwheat pancake mix that was shipped in from Pennsylvania each year in the fall. It made such scrumptious pancakes!
NOTE: All items shown below are actually multi-colored. The monochrome blue color used in displaying them is simply for consistency with this website’s color scheme.
FLOUR: SELF-RISING AND PLAIN
Flour and corn meal were sold in 2-, 5-, 10-, 25- and 50-pound bags. Above are depictions of the designs for the flour products which were printed on white 50-pound cloth bags. The Grandpa’s Delight design (left) was for the self-rising flour, and the Twin City Bell design (right) was for the plain flour, referred to as “straight” flour. In addition to the above product versions, a few commercial customers purchased “straight” flour in 100-pound plain white cotton bags.
CORN MEAL: SELF-RISING AND PLAIN
Two-pound corn meal bags are shown above. Left: Self-rising corn meal. Right: Plain corn meal.
BUCKWHEAT PANCAKE MIX
Lewisville Roller Mill’s buckwheat pancake mix (two-pound bag shown above) made some “M’m! M’m! Good!” pancakes!
Mill Products for Animal Consumption
A number of different animal feeds were produced and sold at Lewisville Roller Mills. Because not all bag samples could be located, only a portion of the feeds is represented below.
ALL-MASH STARTER AND SCRATCH FEED
All Mash Starter & Grower Ration (a 10-pound bag design is shown on the left) was fed to baby chickens, called biddies, which were kept in what was typically called a brooder house. As the little chicks grew, they were fed Scratch Feed (a 10-pound bag design is shown on the right).
LAYING MASH & WILD BIRD FEED
Once the chicks had grown to be hens, they would be moved to the hen house. Besides being fed Scratch Feed, they would often also be fed Laying Mash (a 10-pound bag design is shown on the left) to help improve their egg production. Shown on the right is the 10-pound bag design of Wild Bird Feed that was also mixed at the mill. The bird feed contained cracked corn and a small round reddish-brown grain called milo, which is higher in protein and lower in fat than corn.
DAIRY FEED AND HORSE & MULE FEED
A number of products were sold for livestock at the mill. Among them were the high-protein (16%), lower-fat Dairy Feed, and the Horse and Mule Feed. A 24% protein Dairy Feed was requested by a relatively small number of customers (and was sold only in plain burlap bags). Because the 24% Dairy Feed was considerably more expensive than the 16% variety, though, not much of it was sold. Shown above are tags for the 16% Dairy Feed and the Horse and Mule Feed that were sown onto the 100-pound bags for each product.
The word was that Lewisville Roller Mills’ Horse and Mule Feed was particularly favored by horses and mules for its tasty whole-grain, rich molasses blend. As Deb’s Mom, Grace, recalled, the feed was so popular that many a bag was stolen overnight from the mill’s open storage area. Of course, it wasn’t the horses that had stooped to thievery — it was some pesky two-legged critters!
Mixed Feed was less expensive than dairy feed; it was made up a mixture of grains and was fed to cows.
WHEAT STANDARD MIDDLINGS
Wheat Standard Middlings was typically mixed with other grains and fed both to cows and hogs, but in different forms. For example, when water was added to the middlings mixed with other grains, it was fed to hogs as “slop.” In dry form, it was mixed with other grains and fed to cows. (Wheat standard middlings is a by-product of making flour.)
ALL-IN-ONE HOG RATION
All-in-One Hog Ration was a nutritionally suitable blend for little pigs, as well as large hogs.
PHOTO REQUEST: Deb would love to add pictures of any Lewisville Roller Mills-branded products that are not represented above. If you can assist, please contact Deb. Many thanks.