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AUSTIN EDITION NOTEBOOK Sewing store lets out seam

More than stitches are planned at A Stitch in Time, 506 Oakland Ave. N.W., as the business works to sew up an addition.

The store sells fabric, notions, thread, cross stitch and needleworking supplies, yarn and crochet materials.

A 380-square-foot addition is under way at the back of the store, which opened in March 2002 and used to be a house. Owner Pam Meyer plans to use the additional space mainly for classes, at least initially. Classes on Swedish weaving, cross stitch, quilting, knitting and crocheting will be offered, as well as basic sewing classes, she said.

She expects to have the addition completed by fall. Meyer hopes later to turn an attached garage into a classroom; then the addition would be used to display merchandise.

Meyer has one part-time employee.

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Abundant, pure water

What happened to the City Springs in Austin?

Austin has many natural springs and most accounts describe the local water as extremely pure. The two main springs originally used for drinking water were the Sargent Spring and the Todd Park Spring.

The city's first water source was a well developed in 1887 at the corner of Bridge and Main streets. In 1910, the Sargent Spring was bought, according to a 1941 account.

A 1910 history of Mower County had this to say about the early water sources:

"The city of Austin is supplied with pure water from an enormous spring about three miles distant, from whence the water is piped into the city by gravitation. The flow of the spring is 2.25 million gallons each 24 hours, and the capacity of the reservoir is 1.5 million gallons. This is the largest spring of drinking water in the United States. The water is the finest that can be obtained anywhere and chemical analysis by the State Board of Health shows most excellent physical properties. It is well worth one's while to go out to the city reservoir and view this interesting feature of the city's assets."

The Todd Park Spring was later connected by pipe to the city water supply in 1930 and with the Sargent Spring provided more than 3 million gallons a day back in 1941, according to a history book published in 1941.

A trickle of water and a plaque still commemorate the Todd Park Spring.

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