On August 27, 1895, Willie C. Hancock of Albany, KY received a patent for inventing a new and improved boiler leveling machine. According to Scientific American, the device was
In 1908, Willie C. and his brother, Plato, purchased what would one day be known as one of the oldest landmarks in Albany. According to KyKinFolk.com, people from nearby counties in Kentucky and Tennessee would bring wheat and corn to Albany Mills to be ground into flour and meal which was sold to local merchants, country stores and individuals. The original mill was operated by steam, and in its time was one of the most modern mills in operation.
Willie C. Hancock died in 1913.