Illicit romance and its bad results

The town of Gibraltar existed before the town of several dozen homes was renamed Childsdale after the paper mill was purchased by H.B. Childs. The town began as the village surrounding a sawmill at the same site as the paper mill. The sawmill was built by Zenas G. Windsor in 1848.Childsdale Papermill is in the process of rezoning for new use

The history of the Village of Childsdale, continued by BETH ALTENA Henry B. Childs ran his paper mill with great success for a time. The well-known resident of the county had a penchant for purchasing property and soon owned most if not all of Childsdale, historic accounts tell. Fire destroyed the first mill on July […]

Childsdale paper mill in the process of rezoning for new use

The Rockford Paperboard Company property today. The business in the Rogue River valley began as a sawmill, which declined in prosperity after Smith Lapham built one upstream where the Rockford dam is today. The sawmill was abandoned and purchased by H. B. Childs in 1866, who turned the facility into a paper mill.

Church considers rehabilitation of riverfront structure by BETH ALTENA On Monday, March 7, Plainfield Township trustees described the progress of a potential rehabilitation of a historic 17.58 acre property and former paper mill at 7700 Childsdale Avenue. BridgeWay Pastor Ron Aulbach said current owners, Rockford Paperboard Company, have offered to donate the waterfront property to […]