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Middle Atlantic States Pennsylvania Eldred

Eldred, Pennsylvania

Eldred was incorporated as a borough in 1880.

W. L. Chrisman and Reuben Dennis constructed a system of water-works in 1879.  E.A. Barden started the Eldred Water Works in 1889.

The Eldred Water Company was incorporated on June 5, 1899.  The Pike Mills Water Company was chartered November 1, 1894, for the supply of water to the public in the village of Galeton. On July 19, 1906, this company purchased the capital stock and acquired the franchises and property of the Eldred Water Company and changed their name to the Galeton-Eldred Water Company.


The Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, December 29, 1906, Page 8.

The Galton-Eldred company went into receivership and was sold in 1919 to owners represented by W.S. Taylor of Lancaster.

The water company was purchased by the new Inland Utilities, Inc. in 1929, which was merged into the Southeastern Gas and Water Co. in 1931.  Southeastern sold the Galeton-Eldred Water Company on May 16, 1944 to the Harrisburg engineering firm Gannett, Fleming, Corddry and Carpenter, Inc., which organized the Engineers Waterworks Corporation to own several water works systems.  The Galeton-Eldred firm was sold to the General Waterworks Corporation in 1955, which sold the Eldred system to the Eldred Borough Water Authority around 1987..

The Eldred Borough Water Authority was incorporated on April 24, 1984 and bought the Galeton-Eldred Water Company

Water is provided by Eldred Borough Water Authority


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

1890 History of the counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania, by M. A. Leeson
Page 243:  In May, 1879, W. L. Chrisman and Reuben Dennis constructed a system of water-works, the latter agreeing to connect the dwelling houses with the main pipe and supply water for $1 per month.... The Eldred Water-Works, the enterprise of E. A. Barden, date back only to November, 1889. The water is obtained from the springs southeast of the town, where a reservoir of 3,000 barrels capacity was constructed. Up to March, 1890, pipes were laid on Mechanic street.

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

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

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

1914 Seventh Annual Report of the Commissioner of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Page 1281:  The public water works system in Galeton is owned by the Galeton-Eldred Water Company. This corporation began operations under this name on July 19th, 1909. Prior to this time the Company was named the Pike Mills Water Company. The said Pike Mills Water Company was chartered November 1st, 1894, for the supply of water to the public in the village of Galeton. On July 19, 1906, said water company purchased the capital stock and acquired the franchises and property of the Eldred Water Company, a corporation chartered June 5th, 1899, for the purpose of supplying water to the public in the borough of Eldred, McKean County Also on this date the name of the Pike Mills Water Company was changed to that of the Galeton-Eldred Water Company.

1921 "Eldred's Waterworks," The Buffalo Enquirer, March 18, 1921, Page 11.
Yesterday the business of the Galeton-Eldred Water company, which had been under the charge of C.S. King, receiver for several years, was transffered by him to the new owners, represented by W.S. Taylor, of Lancaster, Pa., who bought the plant in at the sheriff's sale, on August 19, 1919, for $20,000, at that time representing the bond holders.

1929 "Consolidate Eleven Utility Companies in the East," Chicago Tribune, June 22, 1929, Page 3.
Inland Utilities formed to own water gas and water companies, including Galeton-Eldred Water Company.

1955 "Consolidated Water Property Sold; Galeton Property Part of Transaction," The Potter Enterprise, January 20, 1955, Page 1.

1987 "Dissolution Notice," Philadelphia Daily News, November 25, 1987, Page 69.
Galeton-Eldred Water Company.




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