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AC100_E_J_DIFFENBACHER_BROADSIDEDescriptive Sheet J. Diffenbacher, Broadside AC -100 General Type: Papers Physical Description: 1 Linear Ft. Inclusive Dates: 1916 Donor: Mildred Yates DESCRIPTION Dr. E. J. Diffenbacher (1864-1959), a graduate from Northwest Dental College, began his dental practice in Beaumont in 1905 at the age of thirty-one. He became involved in local civil matters where he became parade chairman for the Rice Fair in 1906-1908; he was the exalted ruler of the Beaumont Elks Lodge in 1912; and was President of the Eagles Aerie in 1915-1916. In 1916, Dr. Diffenbacher entered city politics where he became a candidate for alderman, 3rd ward, position No. 1, opposing Mr. S. G. Burnett, who accused Dr. Diffenbacher of anti -union sentiments; Dr. Diffenbacher was successful in winning all three precincts in the third ward. On April 2, 1918, Dr. Diffenbacher became Beaumont's fourteenth (14th) mayor succeeding the ever popular Emmett E. Fletcher. During his tenure as mayor, Dr. Diffenbacher's Administration was successful in the inauguration of the finger print bureau in the police department, creating free garbage collection, and was credited with purchasing the water system from a private interest. No restrictions apply.