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Democratic Watchman January 8 1904, page 8

The New Pump Works

"The new Phoenix pumping station of the Bellefonte water department is almost an assured success. In fact an unexpected success, a great triumph for these who advocated it and a greater saving for the taxpayers of Bellefonte.

In a two hour trial yesterday the pumps showed a delivery at the reservoir at she rate of 1,269,000 gallons per day and when they are started regularly, as they will be today, it is expected that they will run up to 1,400,000.

This unexpected performance was done without even splash boards on the dam and the water in it was not lowered more than an inch.

To-day the steam pump will be stopped and the new one put to work regularly in delivering Bellefonte's water supply."

Democratic Watchman January 8 1904, page 8

"It is rumored that the Jackson, Hastings & Co. bank in this place is soon to become a national hank."

Democratic Watchman January 8 1904, page 8

"A slight fire at the P. R. R. round house in this place last Saturday evening called the department out in the deep snow, but the flames were extinguished before the apparatus got to the scene or very little damage was done."

Keystone Gazette January 8 1904, page 8

"Among the funny things that happen in Bellefonte Council meeting, was a resolution at their last session, offered by Mr. Fenlon and seconded by Dr. Kirk, instructing the fire and police committee to investigate the opera house and Petrikin hall, and see if laws are fully kept and all safeguards taken to prevent catastrophes such as occurred in Chicago. This sounds metropolitan, but is most ridiculous. With the windows and doors as exits from Petrikin hall it could be cleared of all the people it can hold in five minutes without endangering any one, while Garman's opera house has no less than a dozen windows and doors within five feet of the ground to release its seating capacity of 800. They should pass an ordinance to that effect so that some Democratic sucker can make a little more money from the borough."

Keystone Gazette January 15 1904, page 1


Works Like a Charm, but Needs More Power


If It can be Made to Do the Work Without the Aid of Steam It Will Mean a Great Measure of Economy to the Borough - Its Record is at the Rate of 1,500,000 Gallons In Twenty four Hours - Col. W. F. Reynolds Active In Efforts to Make the Pump Give Satisfaction

"One of the guest local expenses In Bellefonte is the pumping of water to supply the needs of the town. Experts who come here say that the people of Bellefonte are using twice as much water per capita its they should, which has for years been a continual drain upon the finances of the town. Last year, when coal was high, is cost this borough nearly five thousand dollars for fuel alone. How to lessen this expense has been the subject of deep study and much comment. With the excellent water power at our command it seemed foolish that this part of the borough's affairs should become so costly.

Several months ago Col. W. F. Reynolds, himself a member of council, made a proposition to the borough officials to the effect that he would put in a pump at the Phoenix still that would pump al l the water needed, and should it give satisfaction he would further agree to pay $1,000 toward the laying of the water pipe from the spring to the new station. When it was completed Col. Reynolds was to furnish the water to the borough for $1,500 annually. Anybody can see that such a proposition meant t he saving of several thousand dollars to the borough each year. Under the successful operations of a contract like t his t he borough could liquidate its heavy debt in twenty-five years.

The proposition was accepted by council and Col. Reynolds, through J. Howard Lingle, proprietor of the Bellefonte machine shops, placed in the basement of the mill a Triplex Simple Acting Pump, manufactured by the Dean Steam Pump Manufacturing Co. of Holyoke, Mass. It has three fourteen-inch plungers w it h a twelve inch stroke. Every time it makes a stroke it forces twenty- four gallons of water into the reservoir. In a two hours' trial Thursday afternoon of last week the pump showed a delivery of water to the reservoir of 1,269,000 gallons per day. Friday morning Bailey, the chemical engineer for the Dean Pump Company, arrived on the scene and gave the pump a fair test, the results of which (as long as they had the power) were very gratifying. With the pump making 18 strokes a minute it pumped 1065 gallons per minute, or 1,533,600 gallons per day. (The old steam pump only averaged 1,250,000 gallons per day at its best.) This was more water than necessary and they lowered the number of strokes to 31 per minute with the result that it pumped 1,008,000 gallons per day. We have given a fair and impartial account of the proceedings connected with the pump thus far. Bit in all great undertakings the projectors are liable to encounter unexpected difficulties, and so it was in this instance. While it is true that the meter and the stroke of the pump registered 1,065 gallons a minute yet it has been thoroughly demonstrated that the water is insufficient to keep that up for twenty-four hours - much less for a year. It is claimed - probably with truth that the water is now lower than for years, and this fact affords proof of what the pump can do under unfavorable circumstances. Not having power enough to force a continuous stream through the pipes for the supply of the town, another claim is made for the pump. It is that as the old pump at the water works pumps 1,125,000 gallons in a day and the new pump, under a good bead of water, furnishes to the town 1,500,000, the new pump can be made to run full power for five hours and then be stopped for fifty-five minutes until the dam fills up and then be started again thus keeping an even supply of water. If this can be done the pump may be considered a success. The pump will do the work if the proper amount of power is furnished. Col. Reynolds is now making improvements to the dam and wheel with the idea of improving the power. Everybody hopes that it will prove a success."

Democratic Watchman January 15 1904, page 8

"The Bellefonte Central was so badly drifted yesterday morning that the regular train could not get in to Pine Grove at all."

Keystone Gazette January 15 1904, page 8

The Match Factory

"The Pennsylvania Match Factory located in Bellefonte is an industry that is running along without making a big splurge, but it is doing far more work then our citizens imagine. Samuel Donachy, the superintendent, is rushing out matches at the rate of five car loads a week, sent to every part of the Union. The facts are that the company is behind with their orders. If Bellefonte had several industries like this the town would boom."

Keystone Gazette January 22 1904, page 1

A Good Thing

"The days of toll-gates are a thing of the past and it will not be long before there will be none in Pennsylvania. We understand that there is a vigorous effort being made to have the toll-gate abandoned between Bellefonte and State College. The farmers along the route are up in arms and are now signing a petition to have it abandoned. The farmers claim that paying toll adds greatly to their regular assessed township taxes, which in many cases are burdensome. They also believe that the township could support the road more economically and justly than it is now being done.  A petition will be presented to the court asking for its abandonment."

Democratic Watchman January 29 1904, page 8


"Conductor Joe Kelleher, engineer Claude Thompson, fireman, Boas and trainmen, Scheckler, Watson and Spicer, constitute the crew that does the shifting in the Pennsylvania yards at this place, will likely never forget Saturday, January 23rd, as long as they have memories.

That the men were not all pinioned under their engine in the swollen waters of Spring creek, seems more of miracle than anything else.

Just at noon on the eventful day the entire crew were on the engine backing over the trestle that spans Spring creek at the American Lime and Stone Co's pike kilns. The trestle had been swept away by the flood of two years ago and afterward rebuilt. No one of the railroaders thought for a moment that the structure might have been weakened by the battering of the great cakes of ice that rode the top of Friday night's flood until the engine was right on the middle of it. Then there was a perceptible shivering and swaying and the piles on the up stream side began to sink. The men, for a moment at their wits end to know what to do, jumped for the tender. The piles went lower and lower until the engine careened almost eighteen inches and would probably have gone over into the swollen waters with her hum an freight had engineer Thompson not jumped to the throttle and reversed it wide. The engine responded to the call and fairly lifting itself from the track shot back over the trestle and banged into some cars standing on the C. R. R. of Pa.

They were damaged to some extent, but the lives of five men had probably been saved."

Democratic Watchman February 5 1904, page 8


"James Noonen, for so many years head mixologist at the Bush house, will embark in the hotel business for himself on April 1st. He has purchased the Brant house from its present proprietor, George Doll, and will take charge of it in person.

Both Mr. end Mrs. Noonen have had years of experience in the hotel business and they will undoubtedly meet with success in running the Brant house."

Keystone Gazette February 5 1904, page 1


Col. Reynolds Turns It Over for Three Months' Trial


As to What it Will Do Should There be an Insufficient Quantity of Water to Run it Twelve Mouths in the Year - In Any Event It Means a Saving to the Borough of from $1,000 to $1,500 a Year - It is Running All Right at Present.

"Probably the most important item of business transacted was the turning over to the borough the new pumping station at the Phoenix mill by Col. Reynolds. The contract is that the borough is to have it on trial for three months from Feb. 1st, and if it pumps sufficient water for the town the borough shall pay Col. Reynolds a rental of $1,500 a year. This proposition is certainly one of the best ever offered to the borough, and should it give satisfaction it will be a paying investment. During the last ten days the Colonel has been spending considerable money in putting up a frame work over the wheel to make it work steady. In this he has been successful.

Last Saturday the pomp was started, after the improvements were made and it worked like a charm. It has been running along, pumping 1056 gallons a minute which means 1,500,000 gallons in twenty-four hours. It is claimed that after the meters are put on the consumption of water will be less. In some cases this might be true, but where water is used for filling boilers the contraction will not be very much. So that the pump dare not fall below 1500000 gallons.

The water in the dam is now holding out remarkably well, but whether it will continue year in and year out is a question yet to be solved. Should it do the work for eight months in year it would still be a saving to the borough according to the following conservative estimate: In the first place let us see what the saving would be to the borough by running the new pump eight months in a year and using the steam pumps four months.

When the steam pump is running at the water works it costs $11.60 a day outside of Supt. Rine's wages and the night man which very likely would be needed at the new pumping station and for four months at this rate it would cost $1380. Add to this the $1500 rental for the pump and $300 exoneration of the mill property from taxation you have $3180. Upon the same basis it would cost the borough $4140 to run the pump at the water works, thus the saving with the new pump would be $970 or about $1000. If the new pump would require steam for only two mouths the saving to the borough would be about $1500.

Keystone Gazette February 12 1904, page 1

New Engine House

"The new engine house of the Central Railroad of Pennsylvania, Bellefonte, is just about completed and for a structure of that kind it is one of the best to be found in this section of the state. It is practically fire proof and will have every convenience of a round-house. The brick work was done by Frank Wallace and Son's, of Milesburg, and considering the cold and inclement weather they have rushed her up fast and made a good job. The steel roof was put on by William School and his men."

Keystone Gazette February 12 1904, page 8

"Robert Cole of Bellefonte has accepted the agency for the sale of over 200 farms in Oklahoma. It is a beautiful and fertile country and contemplating investing in any part of the West will do well to consult him."

Democratic Watchman February 26 1904, page 8

"It is quite probable that during the spring the Bellefonte school board will erect a small school building on the Spring Street front of the North ward school grounds. It will be built to take the place of the present building on Howard street, rented from M. I. Gardner."

Democratic Watchman February 26 1904, page 8

"The N. Y. C. R. R. is said to be preparing to erect a new and very commodious station at Mill Hall. It will be designed especially to add more comfort to passengers of the C. R. R. of Pa making connections at that point."

Democratic Watchman February 26 1904, page 8

"Nehaene, the big passenger locomotive on the C. R. R. of Pa., got tired pulling the train east on Monday night and deliberately stopped working when some where near Nittany. It was nearly an hour before engineer Gilmour and fireman Royer could coax her bank to her work and the one driving rod had to be taken off altogether."

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