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Catalog Number 868P-4
Title Painting, Bertwell Mill; Oil, John Tobias
Object Name Painting
Description Oil painting of Bertwell Mill, showing mill, landscape and farm scene.
Year Range to 1936
Culture Czech
Medium oil on masonite
Artist Tobias, John Grant
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Saline), Wilber
People Tobias, John Grant
History The Bertwell Grist Mill was one of eight buildings that formed a hamlet called Riceville. There was also a post office, saw mill, trading post, and a commissary owned by John Bertwell, Sr. who was also the proprietor of the grist mill. The mill was built in 1870 according to the Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star, May 22, 1938, Section D, pg.3.

According to "Pioneer Days in Crete, Nebraska" by Annadora Foss Gregory: John Bertwell owned a sawmill located on the Blue in section 34 of what later became Crete Precinct, as early as 1869. Here the pioneers might take their logs to be sawed, but their grain they took to Nebraska City or Camden, in Seward County, to be ground. In March 1869, G.W. Bridges purchased from J. Bertwell a small tract of land located in the northeastern part of the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter of section 34. By the summer of 1870, Bridges and Baltzley were proprietors of a sawmill, and by December, 1870, they had built a small grist-mill.
Collection Tobias, John Grant