WILL LET CONTRACT
FOR HAMLIN PARK LAKE DAMS THIS MONTH
TRANSFER OF HERZOG ISLAND AND WATER RIGHT
McKean County Democrat July 11, 1929
Hamlin Park and Lake will be an actuality before fall.
Final transfer of the deeds to the beautiful Marvin Creek Island, the
Marvin Creek mill right and abutting real estate was made Monday by
the former owners, the Herzog Estate, to the descendants of Byron D.
Hamlin and Henry Hamlin, prominent Smethport financiers, who are making
the magnificent gift of a park and artificial lake, located in the very
heart of Smethport to the town as a permanent memorial to the two illustrious
The new memorial will be fittingly named Hamlin Park.
At an adjourned meeting of the borough council held Monday evening that
body accepted the terms of the agreement suggested by the donors of
Hamlin Park by which the borough will take charge of the construction
and maintenance of two new dams at the Marvin Creek mill pond which
will impound sufficient water for a sizeable artificial lake for boating,
etc., in return for the fire protection which the lake, thus created,
will provide the town and with full control of the water rights and
future power development possibilities.
The council promptly voted to advertise for bids for the construction
of the two dams on plans approved by the State Water Commission which
give an estimated cost not exceeding $3,500 for the work. Bids will
be opened Monday, July 22. The advertisement appears elsewhere in today's
Democrat. It will be the endeavor of the borough to have the dams completed
The money for the construction of the dams is being furnished the borough
by the donors of the park and lake.
The beautiful island, with its majestic verdant trees and restful landscape,
together with all other real estate, is being deeded by the park donors
to Bucktail Post, American Legion.
The local World War veterans' organization will be permanent custodian
of Hamlin Park during the life of the organization and afterwards the
property will pass to the control of Smethport borough.
The local Post is planning to build a footbridge from the mainland,
near the former Kushequa railroad depot, to the island, also a bridge
from the island to new McCoy Athletic Field.
The donors of this magnificent gift to Smethport are Mrs. Laena Hamlin
Rose, Mrs. Eugenia Hamlin Merrell, Orlo J. Hamlin, Jennette Hamlin Hammer
and Paul D. Hamlin. The subscribers to the project appropriated the
sum of $10,000, the sum of $6,000 covering the purchase price of the
Herzog Estate property, while the sum of $4,000 has been appropriated
to pay for the two dams now to be built under borough supervision.