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Title: Otterbein Site of Huge Peat Moss Plant;Construction Work Started
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Many hunters who come to this area to hunt will be quite surprised to find one of the favorite grounds, the so called "Cranberry Marsh", 4 miles southwest of Otterbein, full of bulldozers, caterpillar tractors, cranes and heavy earth moving machinery. What once was a dense undergrowth of weeds, brush and water is now geared up to modern industry.

The cackle of the pheasant, has given way to the chug of heavy machinery as efficient methods for the gathering and digging of peat moss have started. The top soil, rich in humus will be sold to cover lawns and newly landscaped areas. The peat moss is found to be from 5 feet to 38 feet thick which will be the main product.

This is used by greenhouses, home owners and others for yard work, care of evergreens and in some cases for poultry operations. The area covering about 150 acres will take at least 15 years to complete the project. A high voltage line has been brought 20 miles to operate the electrical pumps that will lower the water level to permit working. After completion, water will cover much of the area.

A huge warehouse has been erected in Otterbein by the Milburn Peat Company for the shipping of the finished product. It will be dried by a huge commercial dryer at the place it is dug up and prepared for shipment in the warehouse. A railroad siding has been added to facilitate shipping all over the country. The operators are a well established business firm from Chicago who are well experienced in huge excavation operations and the project will mean employment for many people.

The 150 acre tract is said to contain the richest peat deposit in the United States.

[Date of 1957 was handwritten on article}

Date: 9/1/1957
Origin: unknown
Record ID: 00000075
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 1/16/2002
Collection: Medina Township File
Entered By: Louise Jewell

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