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Dahnerts Lake
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Dahnerts Lake

On July 23, 1938 the pond off Midland Avenue (locally called the Pump-House) was dedicated as Dahnert’s Lake Memorial Park in recognition for all that Mayor Ernest B. Dahnert had done for the city.  It was during his term in office that Garfield was charted as a City.  A major proponent of Garfield transitioning from a borough to a city, he rallied the support of the citizens to vote for the change in government in a referendum held on April 17, 1917.  Under his leadership as mayor the sewer system expanded as well as the water system with the erection of the Midland Avenue pumping station.  He oversaw many other infrastructure investments in the city including paved roads, purchasing of snow plows, the first police car, and the running of many communication lines.  He guided the city through World War I.  This photo taken October of 1935.

(From the collection of the Garfield Historical Society)