I recently heard the phrase “The Mendham Aqueduct.” Aqueducts make me think of Roman mega-structures. If Mendham had one of those, I’ve certainly missed it.
Turns out, the Mendhams only gained a public water system and a reservoir when Henry Cooper Pitney — at various points, founder and President of the National Iron Bank, of Morris County Savings Bank, and Vice Chancellor of the Court of New Jersey — donated the water rights and land in 1906 to build the “Mendham Aqueduct.” Having its own source of water was one of the chief factors that allowed the creation of Mendham Borough, originally part of Mendham Township.
The gentleman in the center of the photo, the one in the tie and cap with a notebook, is Frederick V. Pitney, brother of J.O.H. and Mahlon Pitney III. I am told he was an engineer and worked on many projects around Morris County. Now I just have to take a hike and find out what’s still left of these first Mendham waterworks.