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Several provenance stamps on the reverse of photograph. Date of photo estimated from the dates of his term in office (1903-1905). William Vedder was mayor of Pasadena from 1903 to 1905. Vedder was a retired capitalist especially known in fraternal circles. One of his great accomplishments was getting approval at the polls for a proposition to purchase the various water systems for the in order to form a Municipal Water plant, which could develop the possibilities of water supply to its highest possibilities and distribute it in the most efficient and economical manner. Unfortunately it was nullified by his successor. During this time North Pasadena was annexed by a vote of the citizens, adding over two square miles of territory and an additional population of 2500, which was believed to benefit everyone concerned. Vedder’s administration was also responsible for completing the Library and Central Parks that had been started under Mayor Weight’s administration, as well as adding 160 acres to the City Sewer Farm for a very low price. Vedder was asked to run for mayor for a second term but declined, and instead became the president of the First National Bank which he held for several years, later resigning to become the Chairman of the board of directors of the same institution. Vedder past away in 1923 (Wood, 1917).
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