Richland County Shelby Chapter
Of The Ohio Genealogical Society
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INDUSTRIES - - -
March 11, 1898
Shelby Water Works Company represents an enterprise that originated
Mr. J.C. Fish who, about three years ago, in conjunction with
M. H. Davis, began to take steps to furnish Shelby with a first-class
works system. The company was incorporated February 10th, 1896,
the laws of Ohio, with a capital of $80,000. The following officers
Davis, president; G.M. Skiles, vice-president; J.C. Fish, superintendent;
Williams, secretary and D.V. Wherry, treasurer; the other stockholders
W.W. Skiles, B.J. Williams and W.E. Miller.
year was spent in developing the water supply; 20 wells sunk,
some to a
of 400 feet, without results. Finally, the Wagner Water Supply
Dayton, succeeded in getting an underground reservoir at the
the plant. Here 12 wells were sunk to a depth of 67 feet, the
last 30 feet of
is a bed of coarse gravel the best known filter for water.
inexhaustible. Machinery used consists of two compound duplex
furnished by the John H. McGowan Co., of Cincinnati, of two million
daily capacity each, and a battery of two boilers of 60 horse
of these pumps has a capacity to meet the requirements of a city
the size of Shelby.
pressure may be applied by these pumps to the mains in case of
to 150 lbs to the square inch, as was shown at the test made
was accepted by the village in 1897.
card ca. 1907
Water Works & Stand Pipe
standpipe is 140 feet high by 10 feet in diameter, is always
water, maintaining a constant pressure on the mains of from 50
to 60 pounds
the square inch. It was demonstrated at the test that this was
six streams simultaneously a distance of 200 feet. The standpipe
quadruple riveted at the base, weighing nearly 100 tons, with
solid masonry 350 tons in weight. No town in Ohio Shelbys
size has such
water works, which would supply a city of 50,000 people with
are nearly 12 miles of mains, from 14 to four inches in size;
affording ample fire protection to all sections.
contract enables the village to buy the plant outright within
will be made in the plant as the village grows.
company has 300 subscribers, and they will probably number 600
the end of present year.
of the water shows it to be absolutely free of any organic matter,
proving it to be far superior for drinking purposes to ordinary
steam purposes it is far superior to river water, since it contains
but a small
percentage of scale producing elements.
rate as to consumers are much less than in much larger cities,
so that it
possible for them to have the purest water at a cost less than
is to be hoped that the owners of business blocks as well as
avail themselves of the privileges of the abundant water supply
to the end that we may have our sidewalks and streets kept clean
water, beautiful lawns and cleanly thoroughfares are possibilities
by few cities the size of Shelby. With an installation of a complete
system, the full benefit of our water works system will be more
contributed by Ruby Bonecutter
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