A spooky story from Adluh Flour Mill

The Adluh Flour Mill | Photo via @brycesmithphoto

Gather around, Cola. We are just a few days away from Halloween, so we want to share a hauntingly-good story to prepare you for the spookiest day of the year.  

We promise not to give you too terrible of a fright. Next time you drive through the Vista, stop by the Adluh Flour Mill + Old Chicago where our story took place back in the 1900s. 

The Adluh Flour Mill was one of the main producers of flour + cornmeal — creating 50,000-60,000 pounds of flour a day — and has since been dubbed the “South Carolina State Flour” by the SC Department of Agriculture. The mill also makes baking mixes, grits, and feed products.    

Today, the mill is still in operation with approximately 14 employees + 1 that never left. Rumor has it, there was a haunted work cart that stuck to the job through the years. 

Picture this — in the 1900s mill work was one of the more common jobs in South Carolina, so Jerome Busbee got dressed in his overalls, went to work, and clocked in for his day at Adluh

His job included moving the 50-pound bags of flour and sewing them closed. To help with the task, employees used work carts to make moving the heavy bags a little easier. 

Jerome had 1 work cart he really enjoyed using, which everyone knew was his favorite, and got to work moving bags of flour around the mill. 

According to the story, one of his hobbies outside of work included practicing voodoo. After Jerome died, the hair-raising details is that his soul was pinned to his work cart and the cart wouldn’t move from its spot. Many people tried, but the cart wouldn’t budge. 

Whether you believe in ghost stories or not, the cause of the unmovable cart remains unknown to this day.

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