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Girard Lake

Sometimes known as the Upper Lake, the body of water called Girard Lake extends, at its southwest corner, into Vienna Township. The lake was created from farm families' properties. Vassel Dzunda surrendered his 74-acre farm to the Ohio Water Service on February 26, 1930. Frank Bukovac contributed seven acres to the Ohio Water Service on January 23, 1930. By the end of that year, forty more acres had been sold by Frank Terlecky, supplemented by nineteen acres belong to Adam File and by sixty-eight acres sold by Albert Walker. The lake was created in 1931-1933.[1]

The Upper Lake covers a roadbed previously called the Cross-Wartman Road. This roadway extended from Niles-Vienna Road across the field south to Tibbetts-Wick Road in Liberty Township.

Remnants of Cross-Wartman Road, which ran east to west, are visible in this section of the lake.
The Upper Lake was drained in 2017 due to the replacement of the Niles-Vienna Road bridge over Squaw Creek. [2]
Image courtesy of OpenStreetMap.org

A closer look at the remains of a bridge that was part of Cross-Wartman Road.
Image courtesy of OpenStreetMap.org

Lost were the houses on this road. Lost also was the Lowrey Cemetery, so named after Samuel Lowrey (sometimes spelled Lowry), who owned the land.[3] His farm extended from Vienna Township south into Liberty Township where the cemetery was situated.

Description of the Lowrey Cemetery. [4]

The source of water that flows into the comes from the Shoo Fly Mine located behind Mathews High School. As the water from the mine flows south on its way to the Lake, it is joined with five or six springs. This stream flowing into Girard Lake is known as West Squaw Creek.

In July 1995 the City of Girard bought the lakes. The Upper Lake was called Girard Lake and the Lower Lake was called Liberty Lake.[5] Before 1996, the lakes' water was used for industry. The water is now used primarily by the City of Girard.

Updated 8/13/2020

This entry is adapted from Fred L. Martin, "Lakes," in Vienna, Ohio, "Where We Live and Let Live": Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), pp. 252-253.

[1] For more information see http://www.cityofgirard.com/.
[2] Details: ODOT's Valley Construction Plans, https://www.wfmj.com/story/35043593/details-odots-valley-construction-plans, March 31, 2017.
[3] Samuel Lowrey (Find a Grave tribute), who had the first sawmill on Squaw Creek, was buried in this cemetery.  His wife, Ruth Norton (Find a Grave tribute), whom he married in 1803, was also buried in Lowrey Cemetery, as was their son, Richard Lowrey (Find a Grave tribute). Richard Lowrey was a blacksmith and was the husband of Rachel Scovill.
[4] Image from Trumbull County, Ohio Cemetery Inscriptions 1800-1930, Ohio Genealogical Society, Trumbull County Chapter (1983), p. 289.
[5] Warren Tribune-Chronicle, June 23, 1997.