Franjo Loncar's watermill
This watermill had several owners throughout history. First it was owned by Pust, followed by Čaklec Ivan, who had it renewed in 1949. Franjo Lončar was its last owner.
The watermill was used to perform services of grinding wheat. The place was not only used for milling activities but also as a family house.
In the back yard, there are still the architectural traces which indicate the watermill's steadfastness. Namely, in regard to the present existing mouth of the Bistrica, the water was directed to the wheel through a wooden channel located behind the house. Nowadays, when all the Ivanec watermills have stopped working, we find ourselves in a period of construction works, which have completely changed the previous picture and influenced the present visual perception of the past appearance. Ivanec's watermills present an enigma because of their construction and ownership, which changed frequently, especially in the beginning. Due to scarce knowledge about production processes, the watermills went unnoticed by economic historians. However, they have become the subject of study for ethnographers, photographers as well as enthusiasts, who are in love with our interesting and turbulent history.
Any kind of material evidence, projecting the image of the watermill's previous appearance and objects used there, is of outmost importance.
It is significant to point out special features of Ivanec's watermills, referring to a skilful way of adjusting large milling stones. By performing that activity precisely and carefully, you got finely ground flour.
Measuring – establishing the weight of wheat has always been very important. Kantar scales were used in the beginning until the introduction of more modern wooden scales, which you can still see in some places today..