University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 81                                     2.  Lime

                  The Brothers on their arrival at the Lake thought that they 
             saw a great advantage to be derived from utilizing the rich banks 
             of their Lakes by making lime out of the marl.  The first years 
             did not pay expenses, either on account of their ignorance of how 
             to proceed, or through mistakes.  In 1845, the idea was adopted 
             that by forming a vast reservoir into which the lime could be 
             drawn directly from the kilns so as not to delay the workmen in 
             the fair season, there would be better prospects of success.  
             About 300fr. were expended on this project.  A shed was even put 
             up for the workmen, but things did not turn out as had been 
                  To make the lime, measure it, sell it, have it paid for, was 
             a constant source of annoyance.  However, it was not until 1847 
             and '48 that it was recognized that the making of lime here was a 
             most unsatisfactory business.  Then at last, that is to say, six 
             years too late, it was resolved to let out the job even at very 
             low rates.
                  No one, however, can fail to see that it is in reality one of 
             the resources of the property, which will always find in it a very 

‹—  Sorin's Chronicles  —›