The Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company was founded in Beatrice, Nebraska in 1878 by Charles B. Dempster. Mr. Dempster began making equipment for farmers and homesteaders populating the west following the Civil War. Throughout the company's history they have made a variety of items including windmills, water pumps, cultivators, fertilizer spreaders, gasoline products, and recycling trailers. In the early 1900's, they even distributed items associated with water systems like kitchen sinks and bathtubs.
(Note: this page is under construction and new items from the collection will continue to be added.)
Dempster Mill MFG. CO Archives
Through the work of The Margaret & Martha Thomas Foundation, these records of the Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company have been preserved to honor the thousands of employees who manufactured windmills and pumps for countless homesteaders. Special thanks to Ryan & Rebekah Mitchell and Glenn & Karen Bebee for donating these records to the American People and to the Daughters of the America Revolution for helping digitize the records.
The album below contains photos of the individuals who donated their time to sort, catalogue, and clean the documents inside of the collection.
Last updated: August 6, 2018