Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912
In "the pool" for self-protection, pp. 53-55 PDF (632.1 KB)
55 ORRIN HENRY INGRAM people who have been doing business in Eau Claire may be thankful to the few men who spent their time and money in bringing about what was done in order to keep our homes here. The city of Eau Claire was bonded for $100,000 to aid in getting the dam and power for waterworks. Many of our citizens who are not familiar with the situation here as it was before we got a charter for this dam have been laboring under the impression that they were paying taxes on those bonds more for the benefit of the lumbermen than for the general benefit of the city and those doing business here. The lumber- men here who had the benefit of the dam have always paid the boomage fixed by law just the same as if they had no in- terest in the investment the city had made; and the further fact that they organized the Dells Improvement Company, with a capital of $100,000, and paid in full towards the construction of the dam, shows that everybody living in Eau Claire, and doing business here, has received the same benefit as the lum- bermen from the dam. We had a hard fight before different legislatures to get the franchise. The Chippewa people opposed it, and the Mississippi Logging Company opposed it. I made a number of trips to Washington to head off movements of the Mississippi Logging Company and the Chippewa Falls people who were doing all they could to oppose the building of a dam across the Chippe- wa below Chippewa Falls, which they called the head of nan- gation. A few steamboats' previous to our getting the dam, had in high water run up as far as Chippewa Falls, and I think only once since I came to this country was a steamboat able to run up there, and that was when the water was very high for a very short time.
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