A Guide to the Page Milling Company Ledgers, 1904-1935 Page Milling Company Ledgers Ms1988-050

A Guide to the Page Milling Company Ledgers, 1904-1935

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1988-050


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Page Milling Company Ledgers, 1904-1935
Physical Characteristics
1.2 Cubic Feet 4 boxes
Page Milling Company (Luray, Va.)
Four ledgers documenting sales and expenses of the Page Milling Company of Luray, Virginia.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Page Milling Company Ledgers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Page Milling Company Ledgers, Ms1988-050, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Page Milling Company Ledgers were acquired by Virginia Tech prior to 1989.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Page Milling Company Ledgers commenced and was completed in March, 2018.

Biographical / Historical

Located in Luray, Virginia, the Luray Mill and Elevator Company was built by C. W. Carter in 1895. In 1898, E. C. Harnsberger purchased the mill and renamed it the Page Milling Company. Operating in conjunction with the mill was the Luray Electric Company, a plant converting steam power to operate the mill.

According to at least one source, the product today sold by General Mills under the trade name Bisquick was invented by Robert C. Harnsberger at Page Milling. In its history of Bisquick's development, however, General Mills makes no mention of Harnsberger or Page Milling.

The mill, remodeled in 1929, was capable of producing 300 barrels of flour per day by the 1950s. Page Milling Company continued to operate as late as 1955.

Scope and Content

This collection contains ledgers documenting the business transactions of the Page Milling Company of Luray, Virginia. Consisting of a day book, a journal, a cash book, and a sales journal, the ledgers provide details on the company's sales of corn, wheat, and screenings and its operating expenses, including labor.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms


  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Mills and mill-work
  • Page County (Va.)

Contents List

Day book, 1909-1916. 1, Box
Journal, 1923-1935. 2, Box
Cash book, 1932-1935. 3, Box
Sales journal, 1904-1915. 4, Box