These two early 1900's postcards show what is referred to as the "New Reservoir" of Mt. Vernon, Ill. Postcard number one was postmarked July 5, 1909 and features a horse and buggy crossing over the spillway of the reservoir.
The back was addressed to Mrs. J. G. Kramer, 1110 Powell Av, Evansville, Ind. and appears to have been from a daughter.
"Dear Folks, Am having a fine time. All o.k. Was talking to papa this a,m. over the phone, Hope you all are having a nice time. _____ said not to look for me till you see me. Will write later. Please write soon. Love to all."
The second postcard, which shows the bridge and driveway over the new reservoir (in color), was postmarked May 29, 1914 and sent to Miss Bertha Zinc in Centralia, Illinois from Lilly E. Johnson,
"Dear Bertha: How is everyone? Would sure love to see you again. Hazel Hester was in Mt. V. this week. I had quite a chat with her. I have been working for a long time. Like my position fine. pardon my delay? and not forget to write to your old friend."
According to Thomas Puckett in "Mt. Vernon A Pictorial History" there were three reservoirs in Mt. Vernon. Number one was a small reservoir that held a capacity of about 10 million gallons of water and was formed by building a dam across a small ravine on the west side of the city. Another reservoir was built in 1893 across Casey Fork Creek north of town on Tolle road with a small, steam-pumping station on the creek bank. The city's third reservoir , the "new reservoir" was built on the property of the Strattan family and is now known as Jaycee Lake.