On November 26, 1903, The Green Lake News printed its first anniversary issue. It includes a three-negative panorama of Green Lake photographed that year by the local photographer Asahel Curtis. About one-half of the Curtis work is printed here. The view looks west over the East Green Lake neighborhood, to Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, and the Olympic Mountains on the horizon. If only by evidence of this scene, the enthusiasm of The Green Lake News was warranted. The growth around Green Lake, especially East Green Lake, had been phenomenal. John Martin, a resident writing for the special issue, noted that three years earlier when he moved to Green Lake answering a call "for freedom from the noisy traffic of the city ... not more than 500 people surrounded it. Now there are nearly 10,000." Martin was not complaining. In 1900 he had purchased 20 previously quiet Green Lake lots. Another estimate printed in the anniversary issue put the population of the Green Lake suburb at 8,000 people, with "about 6,200 of these on the east side of the Lake." The residents were connected to the city’s Cedar River water, and they were also powered electrically. W. D. Wood, the "Father of Green Lake," recalled for the News how when he and Guy Phinney first developed East Green Lake and Woodland Park, respectively, in 1890, Phinney had told him that "soon Green Lake would be ringed by electric lights." Wood noted "I thought he was a dreamer then. As I see electric lights everywhere at the lake I often think of this."