"Now in early April the city council plans to close the nearly Olympic-sized pool built in the 1930s if funds are not raised. The tiny town has other expenses, like maintaining the infrastructure.
The jewel of a pool where generations of families swam from area towns was made possible through a financial gift from Jacob (Uncle Jake) Achenbach. Looking back to an article this reporter wrote on the 50th anniversary of Hardtner's Fourth of July celebration in 2008 found a fun story about the pool:
"Lifelong Hardtner resident Norma Wilhite told the story about Jacob Achenbach, who paid for the pool to be built in 1937. He was critically ill and wanted to see the pool used before he died. Norma's late husband "Speed" was 13 at the time and always told he was the first to swim in the pool in the cold month of October."
Achenbach was a successful Barber County pioneer – farming vast amounts of land and ranching with thousands of cattle. He was a chief investor of the Kiowa, Hardtner & Pacific Railroad that caused Hardtner to surge about 1910 and he helped establish the Hardtner State Bank that same year. In his estate, Achenbach left a gift of $125,000 for a hospital that was built about 1940, according to information in genealogytrails.com"
From: Alva Review Courier, Yvonne Miller
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