UTILITIES: One-Man Gas Company

The gas company of Gardner, Mass, (pop. 20,397) has a shiny new truck, a new office on the town square at the corner of Vernon and Parker Streets. It also has a new president and owner: comfortable, pipe-smoking Harold Emerson Greenwood. More than all these it has a new legend for thrifty Gardner folk: how 45-year-old "Bob" Greenwood bought the whole works—the silvered storage tank, the grimy plant down by the Boston & Maine tracks, the mains connecting with 800-odd Gardner homes.

Last week Gardner people who cook with gas were able to...

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