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From our archives: Hilltop ‘lake’ disappears in Coloma

What we thought: 100 years ago

Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Caption
(Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society)
The City of Henry pushes a loaded coal barge through the Hennepin Feeder Canal in Montmorency Township, in a photo taken sometime after the canal opened in November 1907. A Gazette editorial on Aug. 19, 1913, noted the upcoming purchase of a 58-ton excavator for canal maintenance.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Gazette on Aug. 19, 1913.

‘Lake Utley’ gone

Disappeared from the face of the earth is the “Lake on Top of the Hill,” on Van Petten Road, lately named Lake Utley.

The Coloma road commissioners yesterday filled the lake, and now Fish Commissioner A.M. Clavin will not be able to place this lake in the fish preserve.

The Coloma commissioners did a splendid job. They hauled 70 loads of cement gravel into the depression, and when this gravel packs, it will be one of the best highways in Coloma Township.

When the Coloma commissioners decide to do work, they do it right. While they can get river gravel cheaper than they can secure Spring Valley material, they adopted the Spring Valley gravel because it makes the best roads.

Coloma taxpayers have reason to be proud of the three men who are in charge of the roads, and some people believe that any one of them would make a good county road commissioner.

Excavator ordered

Assistant Engineer L.L. Wheeler yesterday ordered a 58-ton excavator from the Lidgarwood Mfg. Co. for use in excavating under water and reinforcing banks [of the Hennepin Canal]. The excavator is to cost $9,500, and is to be of the latest pattern of excavator.

The steam barge “Montauk” and consort “Marcella” passed out of the canal Aug. 13, loaded with oats, for Pekin, Ill. Today they are in the canal again loading at elevator on Mile 9 of the feeder.

The salt boats “Niagra” and “Redwing” passed through the canal last week, bound for Davenport, but were detained at Milan on account of an accident to a gate in the lock giving entrance to the Mississippi River.

The trunk cabin launch “Norka,” owned by A. Kron, of St. Louis, with 11 passengers on board, is passing through the canal today on her way to attend the boat races at Keokuk, Ia.

School delayed

It will take a long time to complete the east end school. The superintendent of the Rock Falls school thinks that it will be at least the first of November before it will be completed. The workmen have been delayed.

Prof. Phares stated this morning that he thought the only way out of the situation was to double in the old schoolhouse again and keep them huddled up like sardines until the schoolhouse was finished and ready for school work.

It is thought there will be over 650 pupils this season at school year, and this means a crowding of youngsters for a while.

Spendid light

Last evening at 8 o’clock [equivalent to 9 p.m. daylight time], a Sterling citizen made a test of the distance that the tungsten arc light at the corner of Sixth Avenue and East Fifth Street would throw a ray of light.

The test revealed that it was possible to read a newspaper at a distance of 250 feet, or almost a block.

The candle power of the light is 350, and probably is the strongest light in this city with the exceptions of the flaming arc in front of the Family Theatre. It is said that this light can be furnished cheaper than the present antiquated lights in the business district of the city.

New silos loom

This is the time of year that silos are being erected. Several of them are seen sticking their tops up in various directions from Morrison. There will be an unusual number of them built this summer.

The need of conservation of feed has been brought to the minds of the farmer this season more than usual, from the fact that the drought has affected the feed.

Very fine plums

W.F. Pfulb brought to the Gazette office today a number of Fairbanks plums of his own raising. The plums are delicious and of a very large variety, being about the size of a California plum.

Who’s who?

Who sells the best clothing – the best shoes – the finest flowers – the best drugs?

Do you know?

Do you buy to the best advantage when you buy?

The advertising columns of The Gazette form a live, up-to-the-minute Who’s Who in this town.

Merchants who spend money for advertising are reliable merchants. They expect to be in business for years to come.

They know it pays to keep faith with the public. They have confidence in their goods, in their prices, in their service.

They advertise in The Gazette because they believe they are helping you, and in helping you, are making a friend.

It pays to advertise, and it pays to read advertising. Just run your eye through this newspaper and learn who’s who.

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