Dedicated September 4, 1939
In Memory of Henry Grah Hershfield
Born in 1876 in St. Louis, Missouri, Henry Grah Hershfield had a an influential role in the early development of Pompton Lakes.
Having served in the Spanish American War and educated at Columbia University in NY he made his way to Pompton Lakes.
Nominated by both parties, he served four consecutive terms as Mayor of Pompton Lakes starting in 1909. Mr. Hershfield was then elected and served eight consecutive terms in the New Jersey Assembly starting in 1917.
Through the efforts of Mr. Hershfield, Pompton Lakes obtained it’s first municipally owned water and electric light plants. He also helped to organize and was board member of the First National Bank of Pompton Lakes and the Pompton Lakes Building and Loan Association.
Mr. Hershfield passed away from a heart attack on May 14, 1937. Referred to as the “Prophet of Pompton Lakes”, at his memorial service, his passing brought the entire community to a standstill. Schools and businesses closed so people could pay their respects.