In 1735 a sale by auction was held, since the owner of that time was no longer
able to pay the annual land tax of 200 Reichsthaler Courant. The miller Jürgen
Neubauer from Wohltorf was the successful bidder and bought the mill with the adjoining
buildings and grounds for 4.120 Reichsthaler Courant (value at that time was approx. 200
metric tons of rye).
The mill was a challenge for Jürgen Neubauer. He as well as the following generations
faced difficulties, but also opportunities during the changes of the centuries. In 1769
against a fee of 30 Reichsthaler and 16 Schilling the undershot waterwheels were changed
into uppershot waterwheels to optimize the use of waterpower. Due to the fact that this change
made a higher stowing of the river "Glinder Au" necessary, disputes with the neighboring mill
were caused and lasted for years. In 1810 the right of running a whiskey destillery
was bought against an annual fee of 20 Reichsthaler from the Danish King Frederik VI.
The right to brew beer was already owned by the mill at that time. Both rights were sold
in 1870, the right to serve alcoholic beverages was given to the new established
Neubauer roadhouse in 1904.
The situation for the mill was bad for decades. Due to the industrialization and the
establishing of big milling companies the smaller mills were no longer competetive.
In the years after World War I. the mill was modernized, the old waterwheels were replaced
by turbines in 1920 and so the base for a new beginning was set.
In 1937 the milling of mica - today the most important
product - was started. In 1959 the company Friedrich Geffers - an im- and exporting
company for minerals established in 1903 - was taken over, for which company mica
has been ground since 1937.
For many years large quantities of cacao shells were bought from chocolate companies
to extract valuable parts of cacao fraction and cacao grus. Out of the raw materials cacao fat
was pressed and by extraction Theobromin (a substance comparable to coffein) was won.
The pure cacao shells were grinded and sold to manufacturers of mixed feed and producers of
fertilizer. The processing of cacao shells has only a minor importance for the mill today.