1894 Energy Crisis


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/23/1894.

Fuel for this town this year has not cost less than double what it usually does. We have been suffering from a coal famine and had to burn wood or go cold. All because a useless nuisance of a mill dam is in the river at Glenville. We are compelled at best to pay 17 cents per bushel for coal, at least double what it ought to cost on account of that obstruction. To be fenced out entirely is a little too strong for our patience. If ever a mob was justified it certainly would be to go and tear out that old dam. We are a christian and not in the least addicted to profanity, but it is difficult to write on this subject and keep the dam in the proper place. Bro. Channing, where is your railroad?