New Ownership Stockbridge Water Company
The ownership of the old-time Stockbridge, Mass., Water Company has been formally transferred to a new and resident régime. For a number of years the Stockbridge Water Company has been a bone of contention. The controlling stock has been held by the trustee for an estate, which non-resident arrangement has been sorely criticized for its inefficiency. The recent purchase of the controlling stock by William H. Clarke, a cottager, of Stockbridge, immediately paved the way for further and new development. Mr. Clarke was made president of the new company, and Ralph E. Heath was chosen treasurer. On the board of directors are Edward B. Owen, Bernard Hoffman and Mr. Clarke. Stephen C. Burghardt was chosen as resident representative and collector. Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Clarke have been instructed to employ expert engineers, and have taken steps to do so. They will overhaul entirely the present obsolete system and will advise whatever will tend toward the achievement of the highest efficiency and service obtainable.
In order to purchase a new pump and install some new mains, the city trustees have increased the water rates of the municipal system 10 per cent in the town of Wheatland, Calif.