Cockle Separator Background Information

How Does A Cockle Mill Operate ?

The Museum is in the process of documenting and cataloging several items that used to be part of the former Heritage Grist Mill Association collection. When complete, title assignments will be prepared for their inclusion in the Museumís collection. Among the items is a circa 1875 cockle (weed seed) separator manufactured in Milwaukee, WI. With screens, blower and rotating drum, it stands 7.5 feet tall and is 9 feet long. This rare item is in excellent condition and came from Norwood.

Every effort will be made to preserve the records of those who originally donated the items and especially the history they represent. The grist mill at Morley was saved through the efforts of Charles LaShombe and other members and friends of the Association. With the passing of the Association and as the mill turns to private hands, the Museum will do its best to protect the items and the intent of those who provided them.


As reported by Roger Austin on 9/09

Cockle Separator: One definition of a cockle is a weed. This machine is about 9 feet tall, 8-9 feet long and 4 feet wide. It is belt driven with a fanning mill (blower and screens) at the top and a rotary screen at the bottom.

It is in great condition with original finish, lettering, chutes, belts, etc. largely intact. Patented in 1860's. It was donated to the Grist Mill by Tommy Young. It had been purchased in the Madrid area and brought by wagon to Norwood. It is mounted on original skids. It is located at the Extension's Agronomy Lab.

10/16/09 == Cockle Separator Retrival

A successful week! On Wednesday, Mort and Peter Backus with their tilt bed truck met a team consisting of Roger Austin, Bill Bartholomew, John Bartholomew, Chuck Goolden, Lee Goolden, Gary Hargrave, Bob Marshall, Jim McGraw, Bill Pharoah, and Lee Williams to move a cockle (weed seed) separator, donated by the Heritage Grist Mill, to the Museum's Collection Building. It and other items had been stored at the Extension farm. Charles LaShombe of the Grist Mill Association came to assist with other items stored at the Morley mill.


Last 2 pics courtesy of Bob Marshall