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Dayton, Ohio

Dayton was incorporated in 1805.

On June 2, 1826, the Dayton common council passed a resolution requesting Mr. E. Brabham and Mr. J. W. Van Cleve "to survey and ascertain the practicability of conveying water from some point on Mad river into the town of Dayton" and to secure assistance if necessary and make a report as soon as practicable. There is no record of anything further being done at this time.

The Dayton Water Company was incorporated in 1845 by Jonathan Haishman, William Eaker, Samuel Forrer, John W. Vancleve, Henry L. Brown, Edward W. Davies, Edwin Smith, David Z. Pierce, David Winters, Horace Pease, Peter P. Lowe, Peter Vorhees, Alexander Swaynie, Thomas Morrison, and D.W. Wheelock "for the purpose of supplying the city with good and wholesome water from Mad River."

The Dayton Water Works Company was incorporated in 1865 by John L. Barker, George Lehman, John L. Martin, T.A. Phillips, D.W Iddings, Robert R. Dickey, John K. Martin and Josiah Gebhart.

City voters approved water works in 1869.  A Holly system was installed and began operating March 31, 1870. The 1876 and 1889 references below include detailed histories of this adventure.

Water is supplied by the City of Dayton.


References
1845 An act to incorporate the Dayton Water Company.  March 1, 1845.

1846 An act to authorize the City Council of the city of Dayton to borrow money for the purpose of supplying said city with water.  January 31, 1846.

1865 "Organized," The Daily Empire (Dayton, Ohio), March 1, 1865, Page 2.
A company has been organized for the construction of Water Works for the city of Dayton.  The title is "Dayton Water Works Company."  The corporators are John L. Barker, George Lehman, John L. Martin, T.A. Phillips, D.W Iddings, Robert R. Dickey, John K. Martin, Josiah Gebhart.  Capital stock $250,000.  The City Council will meet next Tuesday night, to pass the necessary ordinance to put the new enterprise in motion.

1870 By-laws, Rules and Regulations for the Management of the Dayton Water Works as Adopted by the Board of Trustees, April 18, 1870: Laws, Ordinances and By-laws for the Management and Protection of the Dayton Water Works, as Amended and Adopted by the Board of Trustees, April 22, 1875

1870 First Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works, for the year ending December 31, 1870.

1871 Second Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works, for the year ending December 31, 1871

1872 Third Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works, for the year ending December 31, 1872.

1873 Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works, for the year ending December 31, 1873.  Includes report dated May 30, 1873 from committee looking at new pumps that visited Lockport, Rahway, Newark & Belville NJ, Dunkirk, Erie (direct acting Cornish engines)

1874 Fifth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1874.

1875 Sixth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1875.

1876 Seventh Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1876.  Includes Record of Events of the Dayton Water Works

1877 Eighth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1877.

1878 Ninth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1878.
Page 70:  Oct 7. Jose F. Navarro, Water Meter, $150.00

1879 Tenth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1879.

1880 Laws and Ordinances of the City of Dayton of a General and Permanent Nature as Amended and in Force January 1, 1880

1880 Eleventh Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1880.

1881 Dayton, from Engineering News 8:304  (July 30, 1881)

1881 Twelfth  Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1881.

1882 Thirteenth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1882.

1882 Dayton from "The Water-Supply of Certain Cities and Towns of the United States," by Walter G. Elliot, C. E., Ph. D.

1883 Fourteenth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1883.

1884 Fifteenth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1884.

1885 Sixteenth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1885.

1886 Seventeenth Annual Report of the Water-Works Trustees to the City Council of the City of Dayton, for the year ending December 31, 1886.

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

1889 History of Dayton, Ohio: With Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Pioneer and Prominent Citizens, by Harvey W. Crew | also here |
Pages 209-214:  Water Supply 

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

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

1893 "The Source, and System of Distribution of the Dayton Water Supply," by Robert E. Kline, Dayton, Ohio. A thesis presented for graduation from the Department of Civil Engineering at the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard University, June, 1893.

1895 Twenty-Sixth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1895.

1896 Twenty-Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1896.

1897 Twenty-Eighth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1897.

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

1898 Twenty-Ninth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1898.

1901 Thirty-Second Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1901.

1902 Dayton (City) v. City Railway Co.

1902 "Review of the Electrolysis Case," The Dayton Herald, April 5, 1902, Pages 12-13. | Part 2 |
In which the City of Dayton is the Plaintiff and the City Railway Company is the Defendant.

1902 "The Electrolysis Decision in Dayton," Street Railway Journal, 19:451 (April 12, 1902)

1902 "The Decision in the Dayton Electrolysis Suit, Engineering News 47:316 (April 17, 1902)

1902 Thirty-Third Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1902.

1903 Thirty-Fourth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1903.

1904 Thirty-Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1904.

1905 Thirty-Sixth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1905.

1906 Thirty-Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1906.

1907 Thirty-Eighth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1907.

1908 Thirty-Ninth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1908.

1909 Fortieth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1909.

1909 History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio, Volume 1, by Augustus Waldo Drury
Pages 526-530:  Water Works

1910 Forty-First Annual Report of the Trustees of the Dayton Water Works for the Year Ending December 31, 1910.

1919 "Improving Boiler Efficiency at the Dayton Water Works," by H.C. Wright, Journal of the American Water Works Association 6(2):187-189 (June, 1919)

1920 Report on the Electric Street Railways of Milwaukee, Wisconsin: And Other Public Utility Companies for the City of Milwaukee, with Historical References on Street Railways and Electrolysis, Together with Report on a Report Made by the National Bureau of Standards, November 26, 1918, of Electrolytic Conditions in Milwaukee for Railroad Commission of Wisconsin, by Elijah Ellsworth Brownell
Pages 222-224:  City of Dayton, Ohio vs. The City Railway Company

1922 Biography of Dayton, by Joseph W. Sharts
Pages 81-82:  Individual enterprise had theretofore been relied upon for water.  Each house had its own well and cistern.  But individual enterprise is adequate only for small communities.
Seeing a possibility for private profit here, a group of enterprising citizens had obtained a charter from the state legislature, March 1, 1845, for “The Dayton Water Company.”  It was authorized to dig trenches, lay pipes and install a complete plant for securing good and wholesome water from Mad river.  But the venture fell through.
Private enterprise having failed, public enterprise stepped tardily in.  After various abortive efforts to get private capitalists to undertake the service, the City Council on March 18,1869, passed an ordinance to submit to the voters the question of issuing $200,000 in bonds for constructing water works.  April 5, 1869, the people approved it by a vote of 2,769 to 1,936.  A committee appointed by Council recommended the Holly system of direct pressure, while a minority favored a standpipe or reservoir.  January 7, 1870, a Board of Waterworks Trustees was created by ordinance.  March 16, 1870, the works were completed and the machinery put in motion.  Fifteen days later an official test was made by throwing streams of water over a wire 100 feet high at the corner of Main and Third streets, reported as “in the presence of a large multitude of spectators, many of whom being from distant boroughs and cities to witness the first exhibition of the kind in the western states.”



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