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The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
Volume III. Number 6 (March, 1875)

Chippewa Dalles. End of the fifteen years' struggle regarding the improvement,   pp. 480-482 PDF (1.1 MB)


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poration and authorized it to construct a
dam and other works, but at the general
election or 1871 the people voted to amend
the constitution of the state so that the
legislature was prohibited from granting
corporate powers or privileges except in
cities.
In 1872 the city of Eau Claire was in-
corporated. In this act of incorporation
the city was granted the exclusive control
overthe waters within its limits, and given
the power to condemn property for streets,
public improvements, etc. In fact, the
charter was so drawn that the anti-Dalles
men objected to its passage, claiming that
by its terms the city would be authorized
to construct this dam or any other within
its corporate limits. To avoid this objec-
tion a section was added providing that
nothing therein should be construed as
authorizing said city to construct a dam
across the Chippewa river, but in 1874 this
section was repealed.
In 1875 the city asked the legislature to
grant it the right to construct the dam and
make the improvements as contemplIated
by the former bills heretofore mentioned
for hydraulic purposes. This is deemed
A MATTER OF PUBLIC NECESSITY,
and a right which the city can justly exer-
cise, The bill passed by a large majority.
As a consequence the people of this city
are in high spirits that success has finally
crowned their efforts after 15 years of en-
deavor, and not a citizen, from the mayor
down to the common laborer, but delights
to show the -urious stranger the vast ad-
vantages to be derived from the proposed
improvements.
No sooner had the bill passed than cap-
italists were-looking the ground over selec-
ting sites for proposed manufacturing pur-
poses. Arrangements have alhe been
made with a gas company for lighting the
city. With a view of ascertaining the
opinions of the leading lumbermen in re-
gard to the proposed improvement, your
correspondent called upon the following
gentlemen:
aX-SENATOR THORPE,
the president of the Eau Claire lumber
company, said he had just returned from
Washington. He did not know what the
feeling of the People was since the pas-
sage of the bil. In his opinion it was a
grand enterprise, and would benefit the
entire northwestern part of the state. Eau
Claire was bound to be the inland city of
the state.
DANIEL SHAW
expressed hinself as warmly in favor of
the proposed improvement. It would be
the making of Eau Claire, and would be
of vast benefit to Chippewa Falls. Al-
though some partiesat the Falls had op-
posed the bill bitterly it would be money
in their pockets. He was in favor of
of pushing the work along as fast as pos-
sible, and get in shape to handle their loge.
Mr. S~haw did not think there was a mill
on the river but would be benefited by the
improvement. He also thought that some
of the lakes which are the head waters of
the Chippewa should be damned so as to
control the supply of water in the river.
MAYOR PORTER,
of Porter, Moon & Co., took a great deal
fo interest in the matter.  He went down
to Madison and explained the aims and
purposes of the bill to members who did
not understand them. He expressed him-
self in strong terms on the immense water
power it would have, and the unrivalled
facilities for manufacturing purposes. We
have a tremendous water-power, but here-
tofore it has been impossible for us to util-
ize it.
OTHER OPINIONS.
G. A. Buffington, another prominent
mill man, expressed himself in similar
terms. Frank Moore, C. R. Gleason, 3en-
ator Graham, L   M. Vilas, G. B. Chap-
man, W. P. Bartlett, M. B. Bailey, and
others, all expressed the same opinion-
that it was a benefit, and a grand thing
for the whole valley.
On Thursday evening a grand ball was
given in Music hall in honor of the event
by Mr. Newton, of the Eau Claire house.
The mnsi-, which was furnished by Vin-
ton's band, was excellent. Mirth and
enjoyment reigned supreme into the "wee
ama' hours of the night."
At a meeting of the leaiing citizens to
take steps to have the work commencsd at
the earliest possible moment, a vote of
thanks was given to The Times for the
interest manifested in the matter.
AMBOYNE.
The Beecher trial will be rivaled by a
professional billiard tournament in Brook-
lyn on and after April 1.
General Harding, of Tennessee, has
agreed to -furnish the Blooming Grove
Park associatipn wifh thirty or forty fawns
from his deer park on the Bell Meade
estate.
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