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A LETTER FROM WILLIAM PAYNTAR

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The following is a statement from William Payntar, a descendant of the last private owners of the old mill property and the millstones. It is excerpted from a lengthy letter written to the Greater Astoria Historical Society. 

MY STATEMENT ON THE PAYNTAR MILLSTONES :

     BESIDE THE FACT THAT THEY ONCE BELONGED TO MY ANCESTOR’S, THE HISTORIC HISTORY OF THESE MILLSTONES SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO HAVE THEM DECLARED HISTORIC, MOVED TO A SAFE PLACE AND POSSIBLY RESTORED.  THE FACT THAT THEY ARE VERY OLD AND WERE USED TO MAKE FLOUR FOR THE CONTINENTAL ARMY, CERTAINLY IS HISTORY. 

     I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM EVENTUALLY MOVED TO THAT PLANNED PARK WITH A PLAQUE STATING WHAT THEY ARE AND WHO THEY BELONGED TO AND WHAT PURPOSE THEY WERE USED FOR AND THE PART THEY PLAYED IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.  I WOULD THINK SOME KIND OF GUARD RAIL COULD BE PUT AROUND THEM.  BUT IF YOUR SOCIETY FEELS THEY WOULD BE SAFER STORED IN YOUR BUILDING, THEN GO FOR IT. 

     WILLIAM HENRY PAYNTAR SR.

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Written by licmillstones

March 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm

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