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Peat Beds In Washtenaw

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It has been known for upwards of 40 years, saya the Manchester Enterprise, that there were valuable peat beds in Washtenaw county In the winter of 1867-8, Henry Goodyear who owned nearly 1,000 acres of land in Sliaron and Freedom, and who built what is now called the Freeman house and the arbeiter block in this vlllage, had some pent ent and pressed and 'after it was dry. ho brought a quantity to town and some was burned in el stove and some was given to ïis io burn in the stove at the Enterprise office. There was a talk at that time of organizing a stock company to manufacture pent blocks for fuel, but liko many other schemes of that day and neo. it feil through. The scarcity of har' coal and we might say, wood thls winter has caused people to devise all sorts of schemes to find means of suplying the denïand for fuel, and machinery lias been invcnti'd, some of which is now in operation, for pressing peat into cakes or Dloeks suitable for use in furnaces and stoves. It is said ihat peat, if stored in a dry place or in a cellar not too damp, will koop for months. Ir inakes a hot fire with but little sinoke or ashes. The cost of getting it out and making it into shape to burn, it is claimed will not be as much as coal. A company of Detroiters has organized, capitaiized at $1,000,tXK) to opérate in the vicinity of Ohelsea and if they go to work at once, we inay flnd in this a solution of the fuel problem for us, as it is quite evident that the coal trust, so called, will not give us a supply of hard coal for next wiuter's in