Southern Matters

Southern Matters

Aubrey Sutton (Nashville, Georgia)

Aubrey lived between Lenox and Nashville, Georgia. My father's first cousin, he was certainly one of my favorite people because of his generosity, honesty, wit, and passion for life. This is one of two mills that Aubrey owned. This mill was drug off into a pasture about 100 yards from the old house where my grandmother was murdered in the 1930s. (This is not the original mill that she owned. That mill was disassembled and finally junked.)

Although Aubrey is gone, he left us with some wonderful memories. Aubrey had a little monkey, which was the apple of his eye, though neighbors did not share the infatuation. This was a mischievous monkey, a capuchin, I think, and Aubrey regaled in his antics. Aubrey never seemed to mind when the monkey turned the water on and left it running. He was amused when the little bugger chased the cows, and, genealogy excepted, Aubrey would rather tell you about how this little monkey rode the sows bareback, much to their consternation and exhaustion, than anything else. It seemed that nothing could ever come between Aubrey and his monkey, but something did. That cute little monkey laid out an ambush for Aubrey and hid in the rafters in the carport until Aubrey came home one night. Although it was not a flood of historical proportions, it might as well have been because it washed all the love from Aubrey's heart, and before too long that monkey was only a memory.


Slides 1 and 2 show a Golden New Model No. 2x horse mill. Golden made four standard models of 3-roller, framed horse mills (1, 2, 3, and 4) with the No. 2 being the most common that I have observed. (Golden also made power mills.) Golden produced an "x" series and an "xx" series also. Thus, the rollers of the No. 2x are 50% longer than the rollers of the # 2, with a proportional increase in juice output (to 67 gallons per hour). The top of this series, the No. 4xx 2-horse heavy mill, was essentially equal to Golden's smallest power mill, the No. 27, in juice output.

The sweep lever was made by McDonough Ballentyne, Savannah Georgia.