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Catalog Number 2011.001.015B
Object Name Certificate, Stock
Scope & Content Verso of Stock certificate No. 2, worth $1.00, made out to William C. Schumm, for 1 share in the Caspar [sic.] Schumm Electric Light and Power Company, August 17, 1912. The certificate is signed by William C. Schumm and Casper Schumm.
The Casper Schumm Electric Light and Power Company provided Gypsum with electric power, the first town in Eagle County to have electric lights. Schumm built two hydroelectric power plans. "What became known as the 'Upper Power Plant' was located about five miles up Gypsum Creek from town. Schumm built a dam on the creek that was intended to hold water to allow the generaion of electricity. The 'Lower Power Plant' was located just west of the town's business district, near the point where Gypsum Creek joins the Eagle River." -- Kathy Heicher
While electric power was erratic (the dam didn't hold enough water to generate electricity 24 hrs. a day), the company provided power for several decades. William Schumm took over from his father. By the late 1920s, the Eagle River Power Company had taken over the Schumm company, with Joe and Dorothy Rule maintaining the plants on Gypsum Creek.
Catalog type Archive
Dates of Creation Aug. 17, 1912
Dates of Accumulation
Title Stock Certificate for the Caspar [sic.] Schumm Electric Light and Power Company, Verso
Collection Eagle County Historical Society, Eagle Public Library
People Schumm, Casper
Schumm, William
Rule, Dorothy
Rule, Joseph
Search Terms Casper Schumm Electric Light and Power Company
Gypsum, Colorado
Gypsum Creek, Colorado
Schumm Family
Rule Family
Subjects Pioneers
Electric lighting
Electric generators
Stock certificates
Power plants
Power industry
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact