Prospects at Zukey and Portage Lakes.
VERY LARGE MARL BEDS
Capitalists Becoming Interested in Pushing the Work
The Beds at Zukey Lake are Practically Inexhaustible. - Ernest Mann, One of the Promoters, has been in the City.
Ernest Mann, superintendent of the American Radiator Co., Detroit branch, was in the city Friday for an hour. He is largely interested in the marl beds at Zukey Lake.
He was very non-commital as to the plans of himself and Titus F. Hutzel.
So much, however, was learned that Detroit capitalists are looking into the deposit at the lake and that within 10 days some decisive move may be made.
He feels very enthusiastic about the outlook. He feels that the deposit controlled by Mr. Hutzel and himself is of great value as it is so deep and covers so much ground.
A factory with 300 barrels a day capacity will not exhaust it in several generations. Of all the deposits of marl found in Michigan that at Zukey Lake is among the best, being so very thick. In other words it is almost inexhaustible
The capitalists who are looking up the investment, are men who, if convinced that the marl is what Messrs. Hutzel & Mann know that it is, will not hesitate to invest all the money necessary to develop the industry. It will not be very long before something can be said upon the future definite plans of Messrs. Hutzel & Mann.
In this connection the following telegram from Munith in Saturday Free Press may be of interest: "It is reported that a firm known as the Michigan Portland Cement Co. has contracted for about 1,000 acres around Portage Lake and will establish a branch factory at that place. It will also build a private railroad from Grass Lake to Munith.
Several investigations have been made. Large deposits of marl of superior quality are found in the bottom of the lake.
The land surrounding the lake also contains large deposits of the material.
Many farmers are disposing of their farms at fabulous prices.
Thos. Raidy sold his portion of the lake and his farm for 15,000.
It is estimated that there is 175,000 worth of marl under Thomas Raidy's farm which in some places comes within a few inches of the surface.