This bonus photo is the water
bill from Corporation of Alderson to Greenbrier Milling Co. Since
the envelope is sent to itself, the only thing I can surmise is the
envelope was included with payment so the receipt could be mailed
back to Greenbrier Milling. He could have saved the 3 cent stamp by
walking around the corner to get it. A $2.43 cent water bill!
Imagine that. (More information from the History of Alderson, West
On November 8, 1905, Town Council let a contract for installation
of the water works to West Virginia Heating and Plumbing Company,
Charleston, W. Va. The Town bought a pump which was in-stalled and
operated by Greenbrier Milling Company which agreed to pump the
water at sixty cents per hour, providing 10,000 to 15,000 gallons
per hour. The water was pumped from the Greenbrier River. On
December 4, 1905 the Town purchased the reservoir site and
right-of-way from George Alderson for $500. A reservoir was built
with C. M. Honaker as the first Water Works superintendent.