History of Granville
(in Bradford County PA)
By Ruth Kinney
Retyped by Linda Selub & Christine Keel
The Old Cider Mill
This little poem was written by Maude Porter, a resident of Granville for many years. It is printed with the permission of her daughter of Troy, Pa., Mrs. Florence Mitchell.
Old Cider Mill
When the days are dark and dreary
And the nights are cold and long,
You will hear the cider mill grinding
And singing a happy song.
At half past four in the morning
The grinder will arise
To do his daily milking
While his wife is baking pies.
When both are finished with their chores
To the cider mill they go
To grind the rosy apples
And watch the cider flow.
The loads of apples keep coming
Till you think they’ll never stop.
The farmers wait for their cider
Until they get every drop.
From all around the country-side
They come to the cider mill
Some with barrels and bottles
Some with jugs to fill.
Another year will soon be over
For cider pressing at the mill,
The grinder and wife will take a rest
And leisurely do their work at will.
The cider mill in this poem was owned and operated by John and Matie Bailey on their farm for many years. This mill was across the little creek directly behind the Bailey Corners Church. After the Bailey farm was sold to George and Elizabeth Ward, the mill was torn down.
John W. Bailey, son of Jefferson and Sarah Mason Bailey, was born May 25, 1869, in the home where he lived his entire life. He was marrried to Matie Rockwell, the daughter of Sylvester and Wealtha Rockwell. Louise Williams of Bloomsburg, Pa. Is a daughter of the Baileys. Mr. Bailey died November 25, 1940. The home of the Baileys was a truly beautiful residence, a landmark of the early days, much larger than it is today. At one time it was used as a hotel and a meeting hall. In the rear of the home was a large apartment that was occupied by Mr. Bailey’s sister Julia. The rear part of the home was torn off when remodeled by the Ward family.
Also on the Property was a small shed-like barn built across the little creek that flows in back of the house.
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 10/30/99
By Joyce M. Tice