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Paschal, J. J. Thomas, and Felix French. Jonathan Haines built a saw
mill at Jacobstown in 1835, but a freshet soon carried it away.

The Winnebago Indians were a source of annoyance, but left in 1838.
Wolves were troublesome. In 1836 Horace Heaton, Henry Boyer, and
Samuel Love came, William Heaton in 1837, and A. C. Jackson. Pro-
visions were scarce, and corn was one dollar a bushel. The first school was
taught by Oliver Hall from Massachusetts in a log hut in Paschal's timber.
He received ten dollars a month and had to board around. Rev. James
McKean preached at the house of James Thomas, and in 1836 formed a
class consisting of James J. Thomas and wife, and George 0. James and
wife. Barton H. Cartwright reached Union Grove every four weeks. In
January, 1843, the land came into market, and as money was scarce, the
settlers had to make a strenuous effort, selling hogs at $1.50 a hundred, to
secure the cash to pay for their claims. At the first town meeting in 1852,
Aaron C. Jackson was elected supervisor; assessor, Alfred Haines;
collector, Cyrus P. Emery. In 1857 at a town meeting, a committee was
appointed to frame a hog law for preventing swine and sheep from running
at large under a penalty of five dollars. In 1865 each volunteer was voted
a bounty of $110 under the last call.

Round Grove in the eastern part of Mt. Pleasant was surveyed in Jan-
uary, 1856, by W. S. Wilkinson for John A. Holland, C. D. Sanford, J. I.
Wonser, and James McCoy. It is a station on the Northwestern railroad.

Jacobstown, so called from Royal Jacobs who had the mill, and around
which grew up a store and blacksmith shop, is now a fleeting memory.

PROMINENT SETTLERS.

Among the numerous early emigrants, there are always some who by
superior energy and force of character leave a lasting impress upon the
community. Aaron C. Jackson was the statesman of the town, holding
various offices, justice, in 1842 sent to legislature, in 1847 in the constitu-
tional convention, in 1852 supervisor. Jonathan Haines was another type,
a mechanic. In 1847 he invented the Illinois Harvester, and manufactured
the machine in shops at Unionville till his removal in 1849. Union Grove
was named by him, J. T. Atkinson, and Henry Boyer in 1836. Winfield
S. Wilkinson was civil engineer and a man of intelligence. After residing
at Como and Sterling, he made his home in Morrison in 1858. He was sent
to the legislature in 1844 and in 1870 was county surveyor two terms, and
for twelve years county clerk. Simon Fellows settled at Round Grove in
1850. He was postmaster twice, and held the office of justice for twelve
years, his first commission signed by Gov. Matteson. J. D. Odell came to
Whiteside in 1839, and after carrying on a grocery trade in Lyndon, retired
to Morrison in 1863. He wrote occasionally for the papers.



298 HISTORY OF WHITESIDE COUNTY

MORRISON.

If Lyman Johnson could rise from the grave, and compare the virgin
prairie of his time with the bright and beautiful city of the present day, he
would acknowledge his successors have been exceedingly busy. The town
was surveyed in 1855 by W. S. Wilkinson. The proprietors were Lyman
Johnson, H. S. Vroom, Homer Caswell, John W. Stakes, James Snyder,
L. H. Robinson, N. M. Jackson, John J. West, -and W. H. Van Epps. The
land was originally claimed by Stakes, but was purchased from him. The
name was given in honor of Charles Morrison, a merchant of New York, and
friend of Van Epps. Unionville seems to have made the same mistake as
Como. The railroad surveyors ran the line through that town, but when
the citizens put an exorbitant value upon their property, the company drove
the stakes at Morrison, and the fate of Unionville was sealed. The first
house was built by Lyman Johnson on the site of Library Hall. With the
running of the first train into Morrison, Oct. 19, 1855, the expansion of
the young town began. Stores, shops, and dwellings were erected. Norris
was the first doctor, and he built has shanty on the site of the Universalist
church. Afterwards came Nowlen, Taylor, and Donaldson, who established
successful practice. The frame depot of 1857 has lately been replaced by
a handsome brick station. John E. Bennett was made postmaster in 1855,
afterwards making a gallant record in the rebellion as colonel of the 75th
Illinois regiment. In 1857 the first brick block was erected. As Morrison
won in the county seat election of Nov. 3, 1857, the records were removed
from Sterling, May 3, 1858. This bonanza with the railroad, started the
place on a steady career of prosperity. An agricultural fair was held in
1856, and continued until 1863, when it was removed to Sterling. But
in 1872 the Central Agricultural Society was formed in Morrison, where it
has since given yearly exhibitions.

In 1857 Morrison was incorporated, and at an election April 25, 1857,
forty votes were cast, choosing five trustees, S. H. Vroom, S. H. McCrea,
L. Johnson, J. G. Gridley, and W. L. Coe, and H. Olmstead, police magis-
trate. In 1869 the legislature passed an act incorporating the "City of Mor-
rison," and at an election March 29, 1869, to decide upon the adoption of the
charter, 168 votes were for, and 49 against. The officers chosen were George
A. Whitcomb, mayor, and W. J. Savage, J. Cobleigh, W. L. Coe, S. W.
Robinson, J. S. Green, J. A. McKay, aldermen. J. S. Green, was made
treasurer, L. G. Johnson, city attorney, and W. E. Savage, clerk. At the
election in April 15, 1873, for reorganization under the general laws of
the state, E. B. Warner was chosen mayor. For licensing saloons 73 votes,
and against 134. The city debt was $4,194. In 1874 saloons carried, and
license was fixed at $400. In 1875 A. J. Jackson was elected mayor, and
license was increased to $800. In 1877 a city building was erected at a
cost of $2,000, for the use of the fire department and the city council.

Besides Lyman Johnson, who was the leading spirit in the early develop-
ment of Morrison, and who died suddenly in 1867, must be mentioned H. S.
Vroom, also an active agent in various kinds of business operations, dying




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in 1875. S. H. McOea, who came to Morrison in 1855, was best known
in connection with the warehouse business, shipping the first carload of
grain October 1, 1855, afterward in 1862 removing to Chicago, where he
became prominent, being president of Board of Trade in 1870. Lester H.
Robinson appeared in Morrison in 1855, was active in politics, treasurer of
the township, U. S. revenue assessor, and in 1865 sought a broader field in
Chicago. James G. Gridley was another energetic citizen of 1855, who
built the second warehouse, the Presbyterian church, and the brick school-
house, afterwards retiring to Ustick township.

THE MEMORIAL LOG CABIN.

I remember, I remember,

The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun

Came peeping in at morn. Hood.

In the center of the fair grounds stands the antique ornament of the
spot, the Independence Hall, the old North Church, the venerable building
like those in Philadelphia or Boston which enshrines a thousand memories
of the glorious past. It is the double log cabin, dedicated September 2, 1885,
in presence of a vast concourse of people from every section of the county.
The day was lovely, and everybody was inspired.

Col. E. Seely for 25 years president of the Old Settler's Association, was
master of ceremonies, and at one in the afternoon, the exercises opened
with prayer by Rev. A. M. Early, who settled at Erie in 1843. He thanked
the Lord for the joy of the hour, and for the privilege of living amid scenes
so captivating. Prof. M. R. Kelly was the orator of the day. He congrat-
ulated the early settlers on the erection of this venerable cabin as a fitting
monument of their honorable history. "Here you came, as New England-
ers, New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians, Virginians, as Englishmen, Irishmen,
Scotchman, Germans, and in friendly relationship you made your claims,
built your log cabins, and ever since have dwelt in harmony. Your wise
management of public affairs has made the reputation of old Whiteside
second to no other county in the state. Look at your palatial dwellings, fine
schools, well tilled farms, all the conveniences of civilization, and then think
of the time when you lived in cabins, when your courts and worship were
held in private houses, when you broke prairie, and went supperless to bed,
when you go your potatoes from Rock Island, and you meal from Hender-
son's Grove, when you paid 25 cents postage on a letter, when you shook
with the ague, when you swapped provisions with the Indians, when you
made coffee from toasted bread, when whole families slept in the same room
partitioned off with sheets and shawls."

Before Prof. Kelly spoke and afterwards, the Old Settlers' choir, com-
posed of L. C. Twitchell of Union Grove, J. A. Sweet of Garden Plain, War-
ren and Ezekiel Olds of Albany, and W. H. Colcord of Genesee, led by
Samuel Homer, of Morrison, with cornet, enlivened the occasion with such
stirring airs as America, Old Hundred, Auld Lang Syne.



300 HISTORY OF WHITESIDE COUNTY

Speeches by the old settlers were now in order, and Col. Seely opened
the ball. This day lacking only 18 days completed his fifty-one years in
Whiteside. He brought provisions for a year, but by October, 1836, he was
eaten out of house and home, and had nothing left but wife and six children.
A man was sent to St. Louis for provisions, but he came back in four weeks
with neither money nor eatables as he had lost the money. "I sowed the
first handful of wheat that was sowed in the county. I defy any man to
say he sowed before October 15, 1836. Mr. Reynolds sowed on the 20th,
I on the 15th."

In Judge McCoy's remarks, he spoke of his first meeting Col. Seely in
his cabin, when he was after a position on a mail route to Springfield, and
the colonel's warm welcome. "Take a seat, sir, come in, and take a seat,
and let me tell you that face laughed from the crown of the head to the
sole of -the feet. I was a mere stripling, and thought he was a splendid
specimen of a man."

Dr. L. S. Pennington praised the early settlers for their struggle and
sacrifice in leaving the east to secure a home, and make themselves useful
and independent citizens. "But the men and women of 1840 are gone.
I look over this assembly, and how few do I recognize."

Rev. A. M. Early spoke of the religious changes in 46 years. His first
parsonage was a log cabin, and his circuit was extended, comprising Ster-
ling, Unionville, Albany, Downer's Grove, Lyndon, Erie, Kingsbury Grove.
The preachers had to ford creeks and swim rivers, wore patched clothes,
lived on corn dodgers, and yet could sing as they rode along,

How happy are they who their Savior obey,
Who have laid up their treasures above.

E. B. Warner remembered when dressed pork was sold in the county
for 62% cents per hundred pounds, when a man could bring a four-horse
wagon load of pork to town, and take the pay back in a handkerchief tied
by the four corners. Money was scarce. "Why it was no uncommon thing
to go through the year without handling a dollar of money."

Mrs. Dr. S. A. Johnson, of Fulton, spoke of her father, R. J. Jenks,
buying half the site of Fulton from John Baker in 1838, of his building
the first ferry, and of his prophecy that in less than fifty years a railroad
from Atlantic to the Pacific would bring China tea from the west instead of
the east.

But the lion or rather lioness of the festive occasion was Mrs. Phebe
Vennum, then one hundred and one, who sat in an ancient arm chair,
where she heard all the proceedings, and even took part in the songs. With
the gray-haired fathers and mothers were their children and their families,
to listen to the tales of the heroic days, and transmit to generations to come.
A crowd of curious spectators of these modern days to witness the unusual
solemnities. It is safe to say this memorial cabin has no duplicate in Illi-
nois, perhaps in the United States. It is on the plan of the Washington
monument at the capital, in which each state has a stone.



HISTORY OF WHITESIDE COUNTY 301

The following list of old settlers and the logs they contributed has a
profound interest, and contains in itself a volume of history. Every name
-awakens a host of recollections. It is taken from the Whiteside Sentinel,
Sept. 10, 1885, Charles Bent, editor, which published a complete account of
the dedicatory exercises, and from which our sketch was condensed. It
will be noticed that with each name is given the date of settlement and the
kind of wood.

EAST CABIN.

L. S. Pennington, Jordan, 1839, burr oak; Warren, Ezekiel and Walker
Olds, Albany, 1838, burr oak; Wm. B. Paschal, Mt. Pleasant, 1835, cherry;
Col. E. Seely, Portland, 1834, burr oak; A. J. Seely, Portland, 1836, walnut;
S. M. Seely, Portland, 1836, walnut; W. H. Colcord, Genesee, 1839, 'walnut;
Mrs. Nancy Paschal, Mt. Pleasant, 1835, black oak; R. T. Hughes, Mt.
Pleasant, 1839, red elm; 0. Baker, Mt. Pleasant, 1839, walnut; S. M. Coe,
Jordan, 1835, walnut; A. Farrington, Mt. Pleasant, 1836, cherry; Chas.
McMullen, Mt. Pleasant, 1838, red oak; Frank Parker, Garden Plain, 1836,
red oak; Calvin Williams, Prophetstown, 1837, red oak; E. Parker, Garden
Plain, 1836, walnut; C. F. Adams, Portland, 1839, hackberry; 0. T. Clark,
Prophetstown, 1836, elm; Mrs. M. J. Knox, Mt. Pleasant, 1839, walnut;
D. 0. Coe, Jordan, 1838, burr oak; G. R. Hamilton, Lyndon, 1835, walnut;
M. V. Seely, Prophetstown, 1836, walnut; Judge James McCoy, Fulton,
1837, white oak; H. H. Holbrook, Genesee, 1838, walnut; Truman Parker,
Garden Plain, 1836, butternut; Mrs. R. Parker, Garden Plain, 1836, white
oak; Mrs. A. P. Young, Mt. Pleasant, 1835, white oak; A. A. James, Mt.
Pleasant, 1837, burr oak; T. B. Eaton, Garden Plain, 1839, cherry; Mrs. M.
Sweet, Garden Plain, 1836, cherry; Mrs. S. T. (Kilgore) Grinnold, Garden
Plain, 1839, red oak; Mrs. A. L. Hazard, Lyndon, 1837, red elm; F. J.
Jackson, Mt. Pleasant, 1838, white oak; M. G. Wood, Genesee, 1836, walnut;
C. R. Rood, Garden Plain, 1836, walnut; E. B. Warner, Mt. Pleasant, 1838,
white oak; Henry Rexroad, Newton, 1836, white oak; Mrs. Phoebe Vennuin,
(centenarian) Union Grove, age 101 years, red oak; J. C. Young, Union
Grove, 1837, white oak ; T. W. Stevens, Sterling, 1836, white oak.

WEST CABIN.

Geo. 0. James, Mt. Pleasant, 1835, walnut; L. C. Reynolds, Prophets-
town, 1835, blue ash; W. F. Boyer, Mt Pleasant, 1835, white ash; W. D.
Dudley, by his son, C. W. Dudley, Lyndon, 1835, chestnut; G. W. Thomas,
Mt. Pleasant, 1835, red oak; A. W. Fenton, Erie, 1835, walnut; Capt. J.
M. Burr, Hopkins, 1835, walnut'; R. Thompson, Portland, 1836, walnut;
Richard Thompson, Portland, 1836, white oak; R. J. Thompson, Port-
land, 1836, walnut; J. S. Logan, Prophetstown, 1836, -red elm; Mrs. H.
M. Grinnold, Fulton, 1836, walnut; Wm. H. Thompson, Portland, 1836,
walnut; E. S. Gage, Prophetstown, 1836, walnut; T. Dudley, by his son,
W. 0. Dudley, Lyndon, 1836, walnut; H. Parker, Garden Plain, 1836, wal-
nut; J. R. Thompson, Portland, 1836, walnut; J. P. Fuller, Portland, 1836,
walnut; John C. Swarthout, Lyndon, 1836, white oak; G. W. Brewer, Ster-



302 HISTORY OF WHITESIDE COUNTY

ling, 1836, burr oak; Enos Williams, Portland, 1837, walnut; W. B. Hazard
Lyndon, 1837, red elm; F. N. Brewer, Lyndon, 1837, walnut; D. P. Brewer
Portland, 1837, burr oak; Mrs. Robert G. Clendenin, Mt. Pleasant, 1837
white oak ; P. A. Brooks, Lyndon, 1837, hackberry ; D. B. Young, Mt.
Pleasant, 1837, red elm; Mrs. P. B. Vannest, Garden Plain, 1837, walnut
A. I. Maxwell (Puncheon), Lyndon, 1837, oak; W. C. Thomas, Mt. Pleas-
ant, 1837, red oak; Rodney Crook, Prophetstown, 1838, walnut; J. A,
Sweet, Garden Plain, 1839, walnut; A. Adams, Portland, 1839, walnut; L
Culbertson, Garden Plain, 1839, walnut; J. W. Gage, Prophetstown, 1839'
walnut; Z. Dent, Clyde, 1839, white oak; L. B. Ramsay, Prophetstown, 1839
pine; Donald Blue, Mrs. D. G. Ackerman, Clyde, 1839, black oak; Daniel
Blue, Clyde, 1839, red oak; M. A. Green, Ustick, 1840, red elm; Mrs. F
Hopkins Angell, Hopkins, 1840, walnut.

ENTRY-WAY.

P. V. Pollock, Hopkins, 1835, walnut; John Kent, Mt. Pleasant, 1839.
red oak ; E. J. Ewers, Fenton, 1839, red oak ; C. H. Slocumb, Albany, 1839
white oak; A. Zoirns, plate from log cabin built in Garden Plain in 1845, oak.

SOUTH CABIN.

H. Brink, Sterling, 1834, poplar; P. B. Besse, Portland, 1835, bun
oak; John J. Knox, Mt. Pleasant, 1835, red oak; J. M. Hamilton, Lyndon.
1835, butternut; Mrs. Peter Knox, Mt. Pleasant, 1835, cherry; Mrs. B. F.
Lathe, Lyndon, 1835, white oak; Henry L. Knox, Mt. Pleasant, 1835, white
oak; Mrs. A. Knox, Mt. Pleasant, 1835, white oak; J. D. Fenton, Erie, 1835.
walnut; E. B. Hill, Prophetstown, 1835, white oak; Archibald Knox, Mt.
Pleasant, 1835, red oak; A. R, Hamilton, Lyndon, 1835, cherry; Win. Hill,
Prophetstown, 1835, red elm; C. F. Lusk, Albany, 1836, cherry; J. M.
Eaton, Garden Plain, 1836, red elm; Rachel Harvey, Sterling, 1836, red
oak; Capt. S. B. Hanks, Albany, 1836, white oak; Mrs. E. Vennum, Union
Grove, 1837, red oak; H. D. Burch, Union Grove, 1837, walnut; W. Y.
Ives, Fulton, 1837, white oak; Mrs. M. A. Town, Clyde, 1837, white oak;
H. C. Fellows, Fulton, 1837, red oak; Mrs. Capt, A. M. George, Garden
Plain, 1837, white oak; E. H. Nevitt, Albany, 1837, burr oak; John Coburn,
Mt. Pleasant, 1837, red oak; J. W. Hazard", Lyndon, 1837, red oak; John
Abbey, Newton, 1837, red oak; Solomon Hubbard, Lyndon, 1838, walnut;
Robert C. Andrews, Sterling, 1838, white oak; Mrs. L. B. Crosby, Mt, Pleas-
ant, 1838, black oak; Oliver Hall, Mt. Pleasant, 1838, white oak; M. P.
Warner, Mt. Pleasant, 1838, walnut ; W. G. Nevitt, Albany, 1838, burr oak ;
J. Y. Jackson, Union Grove, 1838, red oak; Mrs. W. H. Judd, Mt. Plea.-am.
1838, cherry; Henry Bond, Mt. Pleasant, 1838, white oak; E. C. Hutchin-
son, Prophetstown, 1839, walnut; C. P. Emery, Mt. Pleasant, 1839, cotton-
wood; J. D. Odell, Mt, Pleasant, 1839, cherry; John Scott, Hopkins, 1839,
walnut; Capt. W. S. Barnes, Albany, 1839, white oak; W. S. Wilkinson,
Mt. Pleasant, 1839, cherry; A. P. Thompson, Newton, 1839, white oak;
Mrs. H. C. Donaldson, Mt, Pleasant, 1839, red elm; Mrs. Julia T. (Samp-
son) Russell, Sterling, 1839, walnut; Mrs. Florence H. (Sampson) Whit-




MARY ANN (STAKES) McKNIGHT.
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man, Hokpins, 1839, cherry; Albert S. Sampson, Sterling, 1839, walnut;
S. Currie, Mt. Pleasant, 1839, black oak; J. M. Dodd, Mt. Pleasant, 1839,
walnut; A. J. Tuller, Prophetstown, 1840, walnut; Sullivan Jackson, Mt.
Pleasant, 1840, cherry.

FIRST WHITE CHILD IN COUNTY.

In the Whiteside Sentinel of July 25, 1907, we find this reminiscent
sketch :

Mrs. Mary A. McKnight, who is distinguished as being the first white
child born in Whiteside county, is visiting in Prophetstown and vicinity
and expects to spend several weeks in this county. Her home is in Mabton,
Washington.

Mrs. McKnight is a bright and interesting lady, now past the three
score and ten mark but still well and active. Her parents, John W. and
Sarah Bowman Stakes, came to this county in 1834, and settled on the
banks of Rock river near Prophetstown. Mr. Stakes bought the ferry boat
which had been run by a Mr. McClure. This ferry was run across the
river from the mouth of Walker's slough to a point above the present site
of Prophetstown village.

Mary Ann Stakes (now Mrs. McKnight) was born in a cabin located
near where the north end of the Prophetstown bridge now is, October 19,
1835. In 1837 or the next year Mr. Stakes made a claim in Union Grove
Precinct, where the city of Morrison now stands. He put up a log house
on the land occupied by the residence on Grove street owned now by F. A.
VanOsdol. Mr. Stakes returned to Prophetstown and ran the ferry at that
place for awhile, later removing to Morrison, where he died in 1861.

Mary Ann Stakes is now the wife of Geo. McKnight and has resided
in the west for a number of years.

A LETTER FROM VIRGINIA.

Mrs'. A. C. McAllister writes from Fredericksburg, Virginia: In the
Whiteside Sentinel, I note that you ask for information about the first house
built in Morrison. My father, H. S. Vroom, erected the first dwelling in
Morrison proper. Perhaps some dwellings may have been moved before
from Union Grove. He built the house in the summer of 1855, and it is
still standing so far as I know. It has been known in later years as the
Woodruff House, on the corner south of the M. E. church. Lyman John-
son built a house which was used as a hotel across the street east from our
house. It is my impression this building was moved there and added to,
and not built there. My father and mother had rooms in this house with
the Johnsons, until their own was completed. The house may have been
begun in 1854, for my parents were married, and my mother went there a
bride in March, 1855. The house was not finished till fall. I was born
there, Nov. 30, 1855, and was the first child born in the town of Morrison.
The first brick dwelling was the house on the hill where my mother died
in 1893, built by John E. Duffin in the early days. You can now under-
stand my hearty interest in Morrison and Whiteside county.



304 HISTOKY OF WHITESIDE COUNTY

MRS. SIMONSON AT NINETY-THREE.

In January, 1900, the writer had the privilege of calling upon Mrs.
Salvina Simonson, nearing her 93rd anniversary. She was born in 1807,
two years before Darwin, Lincoln, Tennyson, Gladstone, saw the light^ Her
younger days were spent amid spinning wheels, tallow candles, logs on the
hearth. Her father was a carpenter, living at Union, N. Y., between Owego
and Binghamton. She was married at twenty, and began life on a farm.
About 1838 they removed to Illinois, settling on a farm at Round Grove.
First was a log house, then a better building of frame. Here her children
grew up, and this was the family home for a half century.

Although the call was made at an early hour in the morning, the old
lady was moving about, and with a quick step passed to an adjoining room
1o adjust her toilet. Little infirmity. Few wrinkles, a slight deafness, no
hesitation in speech. She retired. at nine, rose at daybreak. Up before the
rest of the family, often emptying the ashes.

Think of it, picture it,
Dissolute man!

Slept well, scarcely waking during the night. Ready for three meals a day.
She thought people used too much rich food, cakes and pastry, preferred
whole wheat bread, enjoyed fruit, avoided tea, put just enough coffee into
hot water to give it color, and took no butter but what was used in cooking
the food.

Her health generally good, occasionally a touch of rheumatism. Neat
in dress. A small black cap over her delicate gray hair, spectacles, a plain
"black shawl, an old-fashioned apron of ample size. She enjoyed reading,
and several books of large print were lying on the table. Beautiful was her
devout spirit in thankfulness to the Lord for his mercy during the passing
years.

Calmly she looked on either life, and here

Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear.

Longevity seems to be a family inheritance, as her mother lived to 95, and
then died from the effects of a fall. When the writer made his call, Mrs.
Simonson was staying with her daughter, Mrs. Peter Bressler, in Sterling,
but she soon went to visit her son Fred in California, and died there.

THE WATER WORKS.

A strong crystal spring, dug up and walled in 1881, was the beginning
of the water supply. An artesian well was bored in 1896 to the depth of
1,645 feet, yielding a daily flow of 300,000 gallons. In 1906 four drive
wells, six inches wide and 75 feet deep, were sunk to supplement the artesian
-supply. One pump has a capacity of a million gallons daily, the other a
million and a quarter. The standpipe, a conspicuous landkark on the hill
on the north side, is 35 feet in diameter and 45 feet high. Surrounding the
works is a natural park of nine acres, the trees forming a dense shade, fur-
nished with seats, offering a tempting resort in the sultry days of summer.



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As you approach the plant is a triangular lawn, embellished with a foun-
tain. I. H. Parrish has been the efficient engineer for nineteen years.

Closely connected with the water works is the fire department. It is
of the volunteer order, receives an allowance of $25 from th%city, and has-
18 members ready to respond to duty. H. T. Berry is Chief; B. P. Hum-
phrey, First Asst. ; W. A. Heiss, Second Asst. ; H. 0. Smouse, Secy. ; R. E.



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