Publication: The Muncie Daily Herald
Muncie, IN, United States
In the great and rapid progress of growth in wealth and population the citizens have more than kept pace in erecting dwellings that are a credit to places many times larger than Magic Muncie, but being of an active disposition they could hardly do otherwise.
Muncie points with pride to her residences owned by J. H. Smith, W. W. Shirk, Dr. J. W. Garner, James Boyce, Charles Boldt, G. W. Maring, W. E. Hitchcock, C. E. Adamson, J. J. Hartley, H. A. Winans, M. D. Goodlanders, W. M. Marsh, C. H. Church, D. A. McLain, Jacob . . . [illegible text] . . ., A. A. Wilkinson, J. W. Heath, and dozens of others, all of which are beauties.
Again it is but proper to speak of the many business blocks, collectively, that have been built since the king of fuel was first brought into active use in this city.
Who would have thought sixty months ago that there would be erected in Muncie “The Anthony” at a cost of $85,000, the Willard, Troxell, Central, Smell, Galliber, Seitz, Winans, Wise, Lawrence, Larph, McKinley, Goddard, Long, Turner, Bower, Klopfer, Boyce, Branch Bros., Little, and dozens of other blocks, and besides Wysor’s new opera house that will be when completed one of the most magnificent structures of its kind in the country. While our growth has been phenominal, it first must be attributed to natural gas, and next to the locating of Ball Bros., Maring Hart & Co., Hemingray, Port, Over, Nelson and the Muncie Glass Works; also to the Muncie Nail Co, and Novelty Works, the Pulp Mills, Kelly Hominy Company, Architectural Iron Company and other good factories. Do you wonder why Muncie has become one of the best cities to Indiana, and by far leads the procession of any town in the gas belt? A place of one-third its present also five years ago, with every prospect of trebling its population during the next two years! It is simply wonderful and is hardly to be believe to be so, yet it true.
The cost of improvements since natural gas was first discovered amounts to far up in the millions, with the outlook for the future far better than any time since the discovery of natural gas.
Muncie is not given to boasting but we make the assertion that when any other city in the gas belt makes the improvements Muncie has in sewers, streets, sidewalks, electricity for lighting purposes, and water works, it will cost the tax payers at least $1,000,000.
It is calculated that the money put in dwellings and business houses that have been built in this city during the year 1891 will amount to more than $1,000,000, which if placed on top of each other in silver dollars, would make a pile more than six miles high, or if laid side by side would reach about forty-five miles.
|Researcher:||Roger Lucas / Bob Stahr|
|Date completed:||October 16, 2011 by: Deb Reed Fowler;|