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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912
(1912)

Paper-mill experience,   pp. 73-75 PDF (641.6 KB)


Dells dam power,   pp. 75-76 PDF (420.5 KB)


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ORRIN HENRY INGRAM
my stock. The widows who had held that paper for several
thousand dollars were grateful to me for what I had done for
them.
                  DELLS DAM POWER
   The Dells Improvement Company, which rented the power
from the city, sold power to the paper mill company, and a
company was formed to put in electrical machinery. The Dells
Improvement Company sold or gave that company a long-time
lease for 650 horse-power. Meantime the Dells Improvement
Company sold what power it had left and gave a long-time
lease to the paper mill company, with all the rights it had for
booming logs; and soon after that, as president of the Empire
Lumber Company, I sold the Eddy mill property to the paper
mill company. That property of about one hundred acres was
on the same side of the river as the paper mill, and extend-
ed up into the bend of the river. The paper mill company
needed that land, and we didn't, and I sold it to Mr. Davis for
about $14,000. That gave them the rights they needed and a
large amount of land on the bluff, including Mount Tom. The
quantity of logs being driven down the river then was very
much less than formerly, but it devolved upon the Dells Paper
& Pulp Company to handle the booms and sorting works. The
price of paper kept up well for some years and the Dells Paper
& Pulp Company had spent the money there it has made, and
borrowed a good deal more, enlarged the plant, until it is a
fine property, requiring more power from the dam than it owns,
so that it has been obliged to install a large steam plant with
large engines, to help do the work, and during the dry season
it has been obliged to depend largely on the steam plant for
power. Under its lease from the city the city reserves the right
to all the power it may require for water works purposes. The
electric company owns about 650 horse-power and the paper
mill the balance, which is an uncertain quantity in low water.
In the course of the events I have been writing about the Mis-
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