• Creator
  • Harry Lemen, photographer
  • Created Date
  • 1944-06-04
  • Description
  • In September, 1937, the City Council agreed to buy the former Trow's Perfection Flour Mill building which had been damaged by the 1937 flood. The original plan, pushed by local businessmen, was to lease the building to a business concern from Akron, Ohio. By September 29, 1937, the local paper reported, "The city and and the W. Trow Company jointly sold the building and machinery to Mr. Selig for $5,000. The pool committee, working with the ci... more
    In September, 1937, the City Council agreed to buy the former Trow's Perfection Flour Mill building which had been damaged by the 1937 flood. The original plan, pushed by local businessmen, was to lease the building to a business concern from Akron, Ohio. By September 29, 1937, the local paper reported, "The city and and the W. Trow Company jointly sold the building and machinery to Mr. Selig for $5,000. The pool committee, working with the city, recently purchased the Trow buildings and contents for $7,000, but thru the sale of the property to Selig, the cost to the city will be $2,500 for the property. Purchase of the property was made when approval was given a WPA project for labor on the pool proposal." George Shafer, local WPA director, had been retained by the WPA to complete the pool with a crew of 45 men. Construction began in December of 1937. By August the rafters were being constructed in the bath house and cement was being poured for the deep diving pool. A Mr. Hunter designed the 800,000 gallon capacity pool which called for a system of flood lights under and over the water and a sterilization and circulation system. The salvaged stone from the old mill was used to build the bath house and recreation center. There was a contest to name the new pool and on March 11, 1939, Ella Van Tyle won with her submission of "Crystal Beach". The prize was $25.00. On May 28, 1939 dedication ceremonies took place. There were dignitaries, bands and exhibition swimming and diving to celebrate the day. The pool was indeed a success. less
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