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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 9, 1920

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Nov. 9, 1920

WILL MANUFACTURE CARBONIC ACID GAS AT ASHLAND SPRINGS

Ashland, Nov. 9. — Now that the election is over, with the maximum of hot air either released or undergoing that process, another form of gas is to be in evidence here, but this will be an actual physical product, also something tangible and in line with the development on a big scale of an important industrial pursuit, namely the manufacture of carbonic acid gas on a commercial basis.

For years, Harry Silver, of the Pompadour Mineral Springs Co., the bottling plant of which is located east of town in the old familiar lithia and soda springs locality, has been quietly engaged in perfecting an organization, which would liquefy natural carbonic acid gas for commercial purposes, and has worked both in and out of season in behalf of this specific purpose. The result is the incorporation of the Ashland Natural Carbonic Co., capitalized at $25,000. Portland parties being at the head of the financial phase of the enterprise in the persons of C. J. Young, Andrew Koerner and Geo. L. Buland. The head offices will be located directly on the springs premises, convenient to town as far as transportation problems are concerned. Dispensing agencies for marketing the product on a scale involving both the home and foreign markets will be afforded by the Liquid Carbonic Co., of Chicago, the distribution by this firm being world wide in extent of territory supplied. Arrangements to perfect this new industry are already under way, and the corporation will erect the plant on the Pompadour Mineral Springs site.

After the installation of the mineral springs pipelines, parties bottling the waters for domestic use and export gradually went out of business to such an extent that this burg faced the condition of being advertised as a mineral springs resort at the expense of being unable to “furnish the goods,” except insofar as the pipeline met the demand, the supply from the source being rather lukewarm and lacking pep in the good old summertime. Mr. Silver realized the need of supplying a bright, sparkling, cool water for the transient trade, on tap at all hours, also to meet demands of the domestic and export market, hence acted accordingly by establishing a center in town, where a cool, refreshing drink can be supplied at any time, and where orders for export can be filled on short notice, and quite a business has resulted from shipping these spring waters, attractively bottled, to many other localities.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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