How the Republic Rubber Company Helped Youngstown
During the recent flooded conditions in Youngstown, O., the Republic Rubber Company came to the rescue of the 100,000 people by providing a water supply for domestic use. More than that, a fire that threatened the business section was checked solely through the same agency. Tuesday morning, March 25, the water works pumping station of the city went out of commission. The Republic Rubber Company at once tendered the use of its private water supply system. The offer was accepted, and in a comparatively short time the company at its own expense made the connections and the water was being sent through the city mains. This water was supplied at the rate of 4,300 gallons a minute, or about 6,000,000 gallons every 24 hours. This was approximately two-thirds of the usual supply, and was ample to relieve conditions. Early Wednesday morning a fire broke out in the business section, damaging property to the amount of $75,000. Had it not been for the Republic Company’s supply, nothing could have prevented a spread of flames to adjacent buildings, and the loss would have been tremendous. The pressure was sufficient and the fire department was able to confine the fire to the one building. This service was continued until Saturday, when the city pumping station was able to resume. During the week the operation of power plants for the lighting and street car companies was made possible by the action of the Republic Company. City council gave the company a vote of thanks, and citizens generally have endeavored to show their appreciation of the company’s enterprise and thoughtfulness.