In the late 1940's and early 50's, people were beginning to move from the metro areas to the country life in Germantown Hills. With the comforts of rural living were the party line telephone, coal furnaces for heat, bottled gas for cooking, and cistern or shallow wells for water.
With some hot dry summers and bitter cold winters, it forced people to have water brought in by truck and dumped into the cisterns or shallow wells. At this time, a few residents decided to plan and construct a public water district for a more reliable, not to mention cleaner, service.
HERB'S FARM MARKET
1ST GAS STATION
The first customers (c.1956) included about 110 homes, 1 motel, 2 gas stations, 2 churches, and the Germantown Hills Public Grade School. While the 120 customers was a huge undertaking at the time...the originators did plan for 250 customers considering some expansion growth.
Today, the Caterpillar Trail Public Water District (non-profit) is serving over 1,800 customers and development in this area is still growing.
DO YOU REMEMBER ?
Average yearly income was $4,454
A gallon of milk was $.97
First class postage stamp was $.03
Gas was $.23/gallon
#1 Billboard song was "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley
Chuck Pot Roast was $.33 lb.
Ford car: $1,748-$3,151
"The Wizard of Oz" had its 1st TV airing
Best Actor Oscar went to Ernest Borgnine in "Marty"