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More Dick Peer --Potholes

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Local newspapers and TV stations have been mentioning recent problems with potholes in the local roads.
While sorting newspaper clippings , found this article from April 1992 by Mr.Peer which gives a little history of road construction and problems in the spring. Guess our potholes are mild compared to the earlier roads... Enjoy.
I have a copy of an article from 1922 which tells about the last 5 miles of Rt.15 from Presho to Lawrenceville being paved with concrete. Since it sounds vaguely familiar to the present financing of Rt.15 /I99, I hope to be able to scan that to the blog. History does repeat..

Some Area Gas Drilling History

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I have been organizing some of my newspaper clippings.
For many years, the Leader carried a column written by a local newspaper man- Dick Peer. These columns often pertained to area history. This particular column was in the Leader November 12, 1992 on page 6 c -just in case this clipping doesn't enlarge so that you can read it on the blog.. (The Leader Archives are on microfilm in Corning Library.)
To summarize briefly, the article says 2,ooo workers moved into the area ,about 66 wells were drilled ,2 million acres were leased in Steuben,Schuyler, Chemung ,Yates ,Tioga counties,NY and Bradford ,Tioga and Potter counties of Penna. Three gas lines were laid to carry the gas to other places. The area was booming !!!
But the boom quickly went" bust" By late 1932 , the once productive wells were no longer providing gas in commercial quantities. Using old Yankee ingenuity and resourcefulness, some of the abandoned wells were revived in 1949 and used to store gas.
To quote Mr. Pe…

From the Historian's Files Winter 1994

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Am wondering if I should show this!!! Let's hope history doesn't repeat in March 3,2011