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From our archives: Restore pleasant taste of city’s water

What we thought: 125 years ago

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
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William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) He became president in 1841 but died one month after taking office.
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Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) He was elected president in 1888 and served from 1889 until 1893. A Gazette editorial in 1888 called for the names of voters who voted William Henry Harrison and also intended to vote for his grandson.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Gazette on July 20, 1888.

Water tastes unpleasant; why?

Having had occasion frequently to compliment the efficiency of the Sterling Water Company and to praise the excellency of the water, we may be permitted to invite attention, without being accused of growling or of disposition to do injustice, to the present condition of the water.

Rather, in order to be precisely correct, we would say that the sweet taste of the water at the hydrants in our office has given place to what is anything but pleasant. 

Desirous of finding out whether this was due to some fault in the pipes within our premises, we drank water at three other places, and detected the same unpleasant taste. Two or three parties have also complained to us that the water for the past week or two has been unpalatable.

Of course, this may not be general, but may be due to some foreign substance in a single main, or, may be in the private pipes of the several places where we made test.

We are satisfied the the Company needs but this suggestion, in order to investigate and determine the matter.

We are partial to the water furnished by the Water Company, and have heard several strangers praise its pleasant taste. So we are anxious to have it restored to its former degree of excellence, as quickly as may be.

Bench mutilation

Look at Central Park any time in passing and see how inviting and pretty it is. Passing there late Sunday afternoon, we observed that nearly every seat was occupied.

Would one think there could be any persons who would seek to mar or deface its beauties?

Yet there are such; for already the keen knife of whittlers has entered the wood of the bright red benches, and if continued, they will be like those of the old country school houses of the long ago.

To mutilate these benches is a violation of law, as well as a violation of good taste. If one sees another engaged in the business of cutting up the seats, he should promptly report the offender to the city marshal.

Harrison voters

Several have requested the Gazette to publish the names of Whiteside County men who voted for Harrison in 1840 and who will vote for his grandson in 1888.

This request we will comply with cheerfully, if those who so voted and will vote, or their friends for them, will send us in their names and the township in which they live.

What’s wrong with Dixon?

What is the matter with our Dixon friends? We see by the Telegraph that an anti-housebreaker and anti-burglar society has been organized there. Why anti-burglar, if anti-housebreaker? Isn’t one term enough?

And why the society anyway? Are not the officers of that city famed for their skill in the capture of criminals, and does not terror of them deter men from committing crime?

Why, then, we say, why the anti-burglar society? An extra watchman may be all right, but what the need of getting up a society to help the watchman?

Horse market

Again would the Gazette call up the matter of a horse market for Sterling. Beyond question it would prove decidedly profitable to any responsible man or men who will take hold of it and push it.

It would also be profitable to all growers of horses; likewise to our city by attracting owners of horses here from a distance, as well as purchasers.

Several times has the Gazette alluded to the matter, and recited the certain benefits. It trusts that this suggestion will lead the proper man or men into taking hold of it and pushing it right ahead. The Gazette will be pleased to do all it can to aid in establishing the market here.

Corn excels

The growth of the corn this year excites general remark. It is never well to say, that some present happening excels any that has gone before; but remembering there was a frost as late as June 3, and that much corn is now tasseling and all making a good ready for it, it is safe to say that one would have to go back 3 or 4 years to find so rapid a development of the corn-king.

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