Newark Water Works
By Andrew L. Browne
Kendall County Record, August 15, 1894
Edited and compiled by Elmer Dickson
It is known that Newark is among the most enterprising villages in Kendall County. It has a successful telephone line to Millington. The various shops and stores always do a good business. Now with the completion of their latest enterprise, the waterworks, the people of Newark will have an abundant supply of water.
The town well was drilled and completed last winter by C. E. and Flavious J. Sleezer. It is 140 feet deep and has 100 feet of water standing in the casing. The well cost the village $360, including the windmill and tower. The well is located on a prominent corner in the business district of the village. About a month ago, George H. Nichols, the well known prohibitionist house mover, proposed to convey the water from this well to all parts of town by building a large elevated reservoir, and installing underground pipes. The suggestion was looked upon with disfavor by many that thought the plan impractical. However, Mr. Nichols persisted and went around town raising a subscription of $400 as a beginning. O. G. Worsley, the hardware man, soundly seconded him.
Mr. Nichols then went to the village trustees and obtained permission to dig trenches in the streets to lay the pipes. The digging began around July 25th and the main line is now completed. Each resident who wished to tap the pipe and convey the water to his premises will be charged from $10 to $20, according to the distance from the main to the house. The length of the main line from the well to the reservoir is 2350 feet. The main line is one and a half inch diameter galvanized pipe.
The reservoir is in the southeastern part of town on a spot twenty feet higher than the pump. It was constructed with 10,000 bricks. It is fifteen feet in diameter, fourteen feet high from its bottom to the beginning of the arch, and its bottom five feet below ground level. The reservoir has a capacity of 500 barrels of water. The brickwork will eventually be covered with sod.
Mr. Nichols and Mr. Worsley are justly proud of their success. The people of Newark are now becoming quite enthusiastic about the system. So much so that $1200 to $1500 will probably be spent piping the water about town.