Natural gas lines were just coming to Fairport a hundred years ago.
THE FAIRPORT HERALD
Wednesday, March 21, 1917
Information Given at Chamber of Commerce Meeting Held On Monday Evening
Now aren’t you sorry you were not at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in the town hall Monday night?
Some of your neighbors were there, and some other of your neighbors met members of the Chamber on the street next morning and said: “Why didn’t you tell me about the meeting; I hear it was a mighty interesting session and that much important was given out about gas and its use?”
Both Fairport papers have carried announcements of this meeting the last three weeks, and last week the Herald used an illustration to emphasize the importance of it. And yet only a handful gathered, around 50 in number.
Frederick Fisher of the Rochester Railway & Light company gave an illustrated lecture on gas, its manufacture and use. The pictures thrown on the screen were remarkable for their perfection. The stages in the development of gas manufacture, from the gas that would give only 3 candle power to that of the present days of scores of candle power were delineated on the screen, together with views of coke ovens, scrubbers, condensers, retorts, pipe laying, etc. were given, with detailed description.
Perhaps the greater interest attached to the round table following the lecture, in which a large number of questions were asked of Mr. Fisher and of Mr. Montignani, the new manager of the Despatch Heat, Light & Power Co. From the questions and answers it developed that the company will commence trench digging as soon as the frost will permit, which may be in two weeks, they probably will have several gangs at work in all parts of the village at the same time, as they are anxious to get the gas to here at the earliest possible time.
One of the canvassers ventured the prediction that gas would be placed in 80 percent of the residences of the village. Any householder wanted gas may have the service pipe laid from the street to the meter in the cellar without charge, providing he has a gas stove. It is not obligatory that the stove be purchased of the company. All stoves purchased of the company will be connected free of charge, but if the company is asked to connect stoves bought of other dealers, a charge of 11 cents per foot will be made, that is, from meter to the stove.
The meters belong to the company. The use of gas in furnaces is not recommended, and as a general proposition electricity is to be preferred to gas for lighting.