1899: A Remarkable Lake

It Rises or Falls Many Feet at Various Times.

(From the Middletown (Conn.) Press.)

Job’s Pond, the remarkable lake in this town which has since early history puzzled scientific men by its phenomenal actions, is again furnishing material for curious speculation. It has no outlet, and in some places is from forty to sixty feet deep. Dr. Field in his history says it rises and falls as much as fifteen feet, but not from such causes as affect other ponds. It is often the highest in dry seasons, and lowest in the wet season of the year.

When it begins to rise it rises regularly for six or twelve months, and then falls for about the same period. Those, however, who are most capable of judging, think there is nothing mysterious about it. It is probably fed by some very deep springs that are not affected by the rainfall until after a considerable time. This beautiful sheet of water, deeply set between the hills, was once known as Waroona Lake. This appropriate name is the Australian word for solitude.

The pond for several years past has given no cause for comment and by some had almost been forgotten. It has now again presented its claims for notoriety in a manner which is certainly as astonishing as had ever been credited to it before. The water has been continually rising for several days, and has reached a mark over its natural heights, and is still reaching out in an effort to cover more territory. The pond is higher, it is reported by residents in the vicinity, than it has been since 1870.

The most peculiar feature connected with the present conditions existing there is the fact that farming land located at a great distance from the lake has been affected. John Strickland, who resides near the Center church, recently ploughed a field located two and a quarter miles from the pond on which he intended to raise a crop of potatoes. He had also completed a large shed on the lot for the reception of the crop when it was harvested. The soil is sandy, but Mr. Strickland had always considered it the most valuable of all his farming land and it has never given him reason to think otherwise. On Wednesday he had occasion to do some work on the lot with an ox team, and great was his surprise to find the soil wet and unfit for working. He drove his team some distance on the field, where one of the oxen sank down to its body in the earth and was with much difficulty extracted from his position.

From The Raleigh Times (Raleigh, North Carolina), Thursday, August 24, 1899.

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