"Foreman Custodus, in charge of the brick work at the big stack, is in receipt of three car loads of brick which will enable his crew to resume work. Good progress is being made on the big stack as it is now going up at the rate of about one foot per day."
(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, January 22, 1918; page 7, column 3.)
"BRICK SHORTAGE IS CAUSING DELAY."
"Were it not for the shortage of bricks for the construction of the smokestack, the first blast furnace of the United Verde Extension smelter could be blown in sixty days hence, according to A. G. MacGregor, the builder."
"When completed the stack will be 605 feet high. Already it rears up sixty or seventy feet into the air but construction is lamentably slow because the fire bricks that are being used are slow in coming from Gallup, New Mexico, where they are burned."
"'If we could get the bricks, we'd have the smelter going in sixty days,' stated Mr. MacGregor last night."
"'But the bricks may be twice that long in coming?' it was suggested."
"'We hope that it won't be that long,' he replied."
"A good start has been made in building the first furnace, which will be of 800 tons daily capacity. Much of the heavy iron and steel required to complete it is now en route from Pittsburg."
"Three converters are to be used to supplement the first furnace. They will probably be complete before the smokestack is ready for use."
"As soon as furnace No. 1 is completed work will be started on No. 2, which will be a duplicate."
(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Thursday, January 24, 1918; page 1, column 3.)
The great smelter stack, built on top of a hill, dominated the landscape and was the tallest in the world. It was 425 feet tall from the base, which was 49 feet, 11 inches taller in 1918, than the great stack at Clarkdale.
(Verde Copper News; Jerome; September 22, 1918.)