Grantsville Gets Gas Lights and Heat in 1899

(07/05/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/22/1898, 1/10/1899, 1/17/1899, 1/24/1899, 2/21/1899.

11/22/1898
We are authorized to state positively that, barring accidents, this town will be abundantly supplied with gas by next Tuesday.  A plumber will follow immediately after the laying of the line and by the time the December snow begins to fly, some of our citizens, at least, can roast their (illegible) by a red-hot gas fire.
R.N. Miles has all the material for piping gas to this town now on the way, and as soon as it reaches here, work will be commence and pushed to an early completion.  He has bought the very best material; so no uneasiness on account of explosions need be felt.  It will furnish the cheapest fuel this town has ever been blessed with, to say nothing about the convenience.  May the Lord give his servant, Miles, more power to hurry the matter up.

1/10/1899
Look at our beautiful gas lights.

1/17/1899
Grantsville is now illuminated by the use of natural gas.  The town is now wanting a bridge across the river at that point and is reaching out eagerly for a railroad.  Grantsville is an enterprising little town. - Ritchie Standard.

1/24/1899
The work of plumbing has actually begun in this town, and we can hardly keep cool enough.

2/21/1899
We now have the gas in all its beauty and the comfort it brings.

2/21/1899
Natural gas was used as fuel in the town of Grantsville Feb. 14, 1899, bear this in mind.


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