Jobes Milling Company

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Jobes Milling Company
flour mill
Industry manufacturing
Fate sold 1918; demolished 1930
Predecessor Rose City Flour Mill
Founded St. Johns, Oregon, United States 1904
Founder William Van Zant Jobes
Defunct 1930
Headquarters St. Johns, Oregon (1904–15)
Portland, Oregon (1915–30)
Key people
Allan R. and William Haskell Jobes
Owner William Van Zant Jobes (1904–07)
Allan R. and William Haskell Jobes (1907–11)
Allan R. Jobes (1911–18)
Rose City Flour Mill (1918–30)
Parent Rose City Flour Mill (1918–30)

Jobes Milling Company was a flour mill based in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. It was constructed in 1904 by William Van Zant Jobes who relocated to St. Johns from Spokane, Washington. He died in 1907 and his sons took over the mill. In 1910, William Haskell Jobes died leaving sole ownership to his brother Allan R. Jobes. He sold the mill in 1918 and died three years later. The Rose City Flour Mill operated the mill as a subsidiary until the building was demolished in 1930.


William Van Zant Jobes of Rockford, Illinois erected the Jobes Milling Company in St. Johns, Oregon in 1904 after leaving his son's flour mill in Spokane, Washington.[1] At its inception, the mill could produce 400 barrels of flour a day. During a citywide fire in 1905, the mill was spared damage.[2] Jobes ran for mayor of St. Johns in 1905, but lost to W. H. King.[3] That same year he was discovered by a woman from Washington who said he failed to pay back a loan she made out to him in Spokane. According to a city attorney, Jobes used the loan to purchase lumber for a new mill in Spokane but sold it when the decided to relocate to St. Johns, Oregon.[4] Jobes died in his office at the mill on July 9, 1907.[5]

Following his death his sons, Allan R. and William Haskell Jobes took over the ownership of the mill.[6] They sued the City of St. Johns in 1910 saying that a planned sewer would runoff into their property. A judge allowed the city to continue with the construction.[7] William Haskell Jobes died of heart disease in 1911, leaving his brother Allan R. Jobes as the sole owner.[1] By 1917 the mill was producing 500 barrels of flour per day. In 1918 the mill was purchased by the Rose City Flour Mill, who used it as a subsidiary. The new owners planned to double the production of barrels per day.[6] Allan R. Jobes died in 1920.[8] The flour mill was demolished in 1930 and a lumber mill was constructed in its place.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Well known flour miller dies suddenly from heart disease". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 2 March 1911. p. 9. 
  2. ^ "Flouring mill for St. Johns". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 8 May 1904. p. 16. 
  3. ^ "Jobes in lead". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 22 March 1905. p. 14. 
  4. ^ "Wants debtors arrested". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 20 December 1907. p. 15. 
  5. ^ "W. V. Jobes drops dead". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 10 July 1907. p. 10. 
  6. ^ a b "Group of millers buys Jobes plant". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 2 July 1918. p. 6. 
  7. ^ "St. Johns may lay sewers". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 17 September 1910. p. 18. 
  8. ^ "Old mills officer dead". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 25 November 1921. p. 4. 
  9. ^ "Mill addition planned". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 29 March 1930. p. 19.