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Chris Hertzler & Water Drilling Rig
Collection: Utilities

Title

Chris Hertzler & Water Drilling Rig

Subject

water

Description

Christ Hertzler & Drilling Rig. The Chris Hertzler family lived at 445 S. Main from where he conducted his water well drilling business. He was often called "Soapy" since he considered finding soap stone a sign he was near water. - typed label on back of photograph

Chris Hertzler and his well drilling Rig Owner: M. Bandy - handwritten on back of photograph

"When one builds a home today, it is routine to connect onto the gas line sewer, and water main. These utilities were not installed throughout Hesston until 1930. Prior to that date, a wise person determined if water existed on his property. In the early 1900's, Jonas Yoder provided the needed service of well driller. ... He left Hesston shortly after 1910, and another well driller, Christian Hertzler, who lived at 425 South Main, moved to Hesston. The drilling equipment used was adequate but by today's standards, it was slow and inefficient." (Bandy, 48)

Creator

unknown

Source

Murray Bandy Hesston Centennial 1886-1986, Hesston Public Library

Publisher

Hesston Public Library

Date

1911

Contributor

Bandy, Murray C.

Rights

used with permission

Relation

Bandy, Murray C., "Hesston Centennial 1886-1896", pg. 48-49.

Format

image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Photographs

Identifier

mb_love_012

Coverage

1910s

Hesston (Kan.)

Kansas


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Citation
unknown, “Chris Hertzler & Water Drilling Rig,” Hesston Public Library, accessed November 23, 2017, http://hesston.digitalsckls.info/item/1672.
Original Format

photograph

Physical Dimensions

5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches