Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic States New York Hornell

Hornell, New York

Hornells was incorporated as the village of Hornellsville in 1852 and as a city in 1888.  The name was changed to Hornell in 1906.

The Hornell Water Company was incorporated on May 23, 1873, and built a system that began service on December 1, 1882, largely with the financial support of Nimon M. Crane..  $50,000 of the company's $125,000 capital stock was included in the formation of the American Water Works and Guarantee Company, Limited in 1886.  The remainder of the company's stock was acquired by the American Water Works and Guarantee Company around 1891.

The city bought the water company on September 10, 1901 for $300,000.

Water is provided by the City of Hornell.

1873 An act to incorporate the Hornellsville Water Company, May 23, 1873.

1883 Hornellsville, Engineering News, 10:10 (January 6, 1883)

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

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

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

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

1899 An act to establish and maintain a water department in and for the city of Hornellsville.  May 25, 1899.  Accepted by the city. 

1901 "Well Sell its Plant," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 20, 1901, Page 1.
Hornellsville water company agrees to on sale to the city for $300,000.

1901 "City Assumes Control," Elmira Star-Gazette, September 11, 1901, Page 8.

1910 Application of the City of Hornell to make extensions to its present water system. Approved August 24, 1910.

1911 A history of Steuben County, New York, and its people, Volume 1, by Irvin W. Near
Page 276:  General Niron M. Crane.  He advanced funds for the development and construction of the water works.

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