On January 26, 1909, about three hundred representative citizens of Madison met for the purpose of considering the securing of a comprehensive plan for the future growth and development of the city as the capital of the state and the home of its university. The funds needed for the work had been secured and by unanimous vote John Nolen, landscape architect, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was engaged to prepare such a plan. An advisory committee of fifty was named to assist the directors of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association in securing a plan which would be for the best interests not only of the city, but also of the state and of the university. The members of the committee were as follows: James O.Davidson, Charles R. Van Hise, Burr W. Jones, Magnus Swenson, T. E. Brittingham, D. K. Tenney, John Corscot, Frank Gilbert, John A. Aylward, H. L. Russell, F. Warren Montgomery, Joseph Jastrow, George Raymer, T. C. Richmond, Carl J. Hausmann, A. G. Schmedeman, A. F. Menges, Philip Fauerbach, Joseph M. Boyd, John C. Prien, E. L. Case, W. W. Warner, Joseph M. Gannon, George W. Bird, Ernest N. Warner, Ralph W. Jackman, C. F. Cooley,Anthony Donovan, Charles H. McCarthy, E. A. Ross, S. G. Scanlon, A. G. Kroncke, A. M. Stondall, Frank W. Hoyt, Frank W. Cantwell, L. S. Hanks, Robert G. Siebecker, George Curtis, Jr., C. E. Buell, A. H. Hollister, B. H. Meyer, George Riley, T. G. Murray, Carl Johnson, Ellis Proudfit,A. O. Fox, Leonard W. Gay, E. J. Frautschi, George P. Gifford and L. S. Smith.
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