Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic States New York Fredonia

Fredonia, New York

Fredonia was settled around 1804 and incorporated as a village in 1829.

The Fredonia Gas Light and Water Works company was incorporated in in 1857 by Rosell Greene, Orson Stiles, Thomas W. Glisan, Isaac George, Stephen Palmer, Preston Barmore, and George W. Lewis "For the purposes of collecting natural or hydrogen gas, and supplying the said village of Fredonia with the same, and also with pure and wholesome water." The company did build a natural gas system (the first in the United States), but no evidence has been found that it built a water works.

The village of Fredonia built a gravity water works in 1884.

Water is provided by the Village of Fredonia.


References
1857 An act to incorporate the Fredonia Gas Light and Water Works company.  April 15, 1857.

1884 "Fredonia," from Engineering News 12:143 (September 20, 1884)

1888 "Fredonia," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1890 "Fredonia," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "Fredonia," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1897 "Fredonia," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1999 "Rev Isaac George Performed the Ceremony," by Lois Barris, The Chautauqua Genealogist 22(3):5 (August 1999)
Several years ago my curiosity led me to research the Fredonia Gaslight and Waterworks Company established in 1856 and incorporated in 1857.

History of the Fredonia Gas Light and Water Works Company, by Lois Barris.   This has been referenced on several web sites that include quotes from the work, but no other evidence of its existence has been found (yet!).





2007 Morris A. Pierce