The first saw mill in Pickford was
built in 1879. It was located on the north side of Main Street on
the Munuscong River.
The Saw & Shingle Mill
Another mill, the Saw and Shingle
Mill, was built by William Beacom and James McDonald, Jr. in the early
1880s. It was located on the east branch of the Munuscong River,
one mile east of Pickford. The mill operated for the last time in
1918. F. H. Taylor bought the mill in 1919.
MacDonald Lumber Company
James MacDonald, Sr. built a saw
mill five miles north of Pickford in 1881. He operated the mill at
that location until he sold the business to his son, Isaac D., in 1894.
In 1905 I. D. set up his first saw mill on the site of the present mill.
In 1946 at the age of 75 I. D. sold the business to his oldest son, Howard.
In 1949 Howard sold the saw and planning mill to Harold Beacom. Harold
operated the mill until 1973 when he sold it to the present owners, Edwin
MacDonald and Sons.
Walz Grist Mill
The first grist mill in Pickford
was built in 1895 and located next to the Pickford Saw Mill on the north
side of Main Street. Fred Smith bought the mill in 1907. He
operated the mill until it burned in 1932. He then bought the former
woolen mill and continued operation until he sold the business to his son-in-law,
Elmer Newman in 1950.
Woolen Mill - Pickford Elevator
The mill was built about 1908, specializing
in woolen material and yarns. It was in operation until about 1918
when the business was closed and the building vacated. F. J. Smith
bought the building in 1932 and operated a grain and feed mill there.
The business later became known as the Pickford Elevator and is owned and
operated by the Thorne brothers.