In 1919, in the center of the town, along the Shiawasee River, the Horton's had established and presented to the village of Fenton the Dexter Horton Park, on what had been part of their father's land, and they proposed that the community center be located on adjoining land. Accordingly, on January 20, 1937, the Trustees created a $200,000 trust fund to be used by Fenton to buy and clear the land and build a community house, and any remaining balance to supply income for upkeep. Since clearing the land would involve tearing down the old firemen's hall that contained the cities offices, a new building for the purpose had to be provided, and the Trustees made an additional appropriation of $5,000 toward its construction. The highly prized town clock, nearly seventy-five years old, was to be transferred from the old building to the new City and Fire Hall.
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