The Ridgewood News from Ridgewood, New Jersey on March 10, 1976 · 2
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Wednesday, March 10, 1976
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Page 2 THE POST Water company grew during Bergen's boom March 10, lWt booming By GORDON MURPHY (Second of three parts) BERGEN COUNTY -Rocked by the financial failure of its founder, Charles Voorhis, Hacken-sack Water Co. was taken over by the engineers who built the system, Bacot & Ward, in 1880 and hastily reorganized. William Banta was president and Garret Ackerson, long-time rival of Voorhis, was named one of two outside directors. The com pany's first challenge was to look to meeting water supply demands of a Bergen County. The small and struggling company began successfully dickering in 1881 with bustling Hoboken to sell that city on a ten-year water supply contract. Continuing the Paterson influence on the works, the Silk City's Garret Hobart, destined to become vice president of the United States, was asked to join the board of directors during this period. Robert DeForest, a singular character and genuine dynamo, was named a director along with Hobart, DeForest, a leading member of the N.Y. Bar and a shrewd businessman, financier and philanthropist, would serve as president from 1885-1927 while also serving as general counsel for the Central Railroad of N.J. He would successfully pilot the infant waterworks into its beginnings of greatness. The new management purchased 11 acres of land and a pre-Revolutionary mill owned by New Milford's Jacob Van Buskirk for $50,-000 cash in 1881 - a site located in the present borough of Oradell. Following surveys, pians were to run pipes along the Bergen Turnpike and build a large reservoir at VVeehawken from which water would rush downhill to Hoboken. It has long been an article of faith among older water company people that the reason the line ran from New Milford to Hoboken along the railroad right-of-way was that a crowd of farmers with pitchforks stopped the digging along Kinderkamack Road where the line was originally intended to be laid, according to Leiby. The New Milford works went up at a cost of $537,500, trenches and channels were dug, and on Nov. 1, 1882, Hackensack River water began flowing by pipe to Hoboken. The tiny Hackensack Water Co. had come of age. A new 15-million-gallon reservoir and a 175-foot-high water tower, 30 feet square, went on line in Weehawken in 1883 where it towers today a bit of Florence, Italy, in Hudson County, alongside present general headquarters. The company experienced its first complaint over the taste of its water in 1885, according to the Hackensack Republican newspaper which said: "The reporter never drinks raw water, but the delicacy of his olfactory nerves enables him to assert boldly that this water has an ancient fish-like smell that is very offensive. One gentleman likens it unto the liquid that is used for freshening salt mackerel." But when Hoboken residents complained of the water's taste, the Bergen Democrat snapped: "The Hoboken people are kicking up a row over the Hackensack River water which they are given to drink. We wonder what they want. Do they expect the company to furnish them beer at the rates they pay for water?" Suburban growth was mushrooming and in 1886 the water company added Englewood to its rolls. Oradell joined the following year. Towns including River Edge, Ridgefield Park, Ridgefield, Fairview, West New York and Union Hill along the first transmission line, and Dumont, Bergen-field, Tenafly and.Leonia along later lines naturally joined. Other towns hooked up as demand became sufficient. During the expansion of the late 1800s, each shovel of dirt in each foot of main was hefted from six-foot deep trenches by men with long-handled shovels, standing knee-deep in water. Each length of pipe was let down into the trenches on ropes by hand, connected by hand, and the trenches backfilled with the same shovels that dug them. Rates were determined and set by the company itself for the service provided. Lack of pressure was a constant challenge, relieved partially by a high-pressure jjs. W3.s - , -k !. I A Budget cuts pressure Paramus soccer team WEEHAWKEN WATER TOWER pumping station built at Demarest Avenue, Englewood, in 1893 - but it was continued county growth that posed the overriding challenge to Bergen's private regional water purveyor. By 1903 trolleys ran from Hoboken to Hackensack over the old Bergen Turnpike and north to Fairmount. The Hudson River Line was extended through Maywood and Areola to Paterson, and (Turn to Page 8) PARAMUS A municipal budget crunch could squeeze out the Paramus Arsenals, an adult soccer team, but squad captain Anton Mast Jr. says his 21-member team will be ready anyway to face challengers at opening game scheduled March 28. The team is in financial trouble, needing funds to pay for uniforms and officials, he said Monday. The team, one of 20 in the Bergen County Amateur Soccer Assn., has been sponsored by the borough's Recreation Commission and is covered by its insurance policy, but no funds have been offered to offset costs. "We have no money to sponsor the team financially," Howard Gorman, Paramus recreation director, said yesterday. "The budget was cut and we were told not to start new programs." The Board of Education has given the team permission to use the Westbrook Junior High School field for its Sunday games and the Eastbrook Junior High School gymnasium and the old Westbrook gym for indoor practice. Gorman said the Recreation Commission will provide soccer balls and line the field for games. Mast said the team will have to lay out approximately $500 for this, its first year of competition, including the cost of uniforms jersey, shorts, socks and of ficials, paid $10 per game Players pay $3 to enter tht county league, Mast In dicated adding Paramus team members may be charged an additional fee, to make up for scant funds. Mast said he will purchase 21 jerseys for the team tomorrow, at a cost of $240. As of Monday, be had only $200 to meet that price. 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