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Title: The Corner Stone Day
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A Large Attendance of Warren County Citizens Are Expected to be Present--The Date is on Saturday, October 12th, at 2 P.M.

Tell Your Friends All About It.

Everybody Will be Welcomed And a Pleasant Time is Anticipated for all Those Who Enjoy a Day off For Pleasure.

For the third time in 36 years the people of Warren county will witness the interesting ceremonies of laying the corner stone of their Courthouse at this place. Away back yonder in the dim past there was a corner stone laying of the old foursquare brick under the hill, costing at that time $1500, with its court room on the first floor and the second floor divided into offices. It was a model building in that day and was the pride of the county. The roof a hip and from the center a tall cupola and spire extended sky-ward, embellished at the very top with a gold fish which acted as a weather vane. There are some yet in the county who remember the first substantial Court-house, but the attorneys and judges and officials of tht day have passed from the stage of action.

In 1871 the second building was erected, new from foundation to top, and crowned the hill over looking the old public square. This stood until 1886 where for convenience to the public it was moved to the present site. The building at the new site was occupied in December, 1886 and stood intact until the fatal morning of Sunday, January 20, 1907, when from some unknown cause, it caught fire and burned, leaving little more standing than the grim walls. After many delays the contract was let by our commissioners to Messrs. Jahr & Cope, of Champaign, Ills., for the sum of $68,050, for the rebuilding of the destroyed house, and they began active work at cleaning away the debris, getting in new material, digging the trenches, laying the foundations, repairing the walls damaged, etc. It was found that everything could be gotten ready for the ceremonies of laying the corner stone on Saturday next. The Commercial Club took the matter in hand ot once and now everything is in readiness for the event. The Masonic Order of this place will have charge of the exercises, and the master of ceremonies will be Grand Master of the State of Indiana, Walter O. Bragg, of Greenfield, at the northwest corner of the new extension on the north side. Good band music will be on hand during the day and evening. An interesting program will be found in another column of THE REPUBLICAN this week. The lodges of the county and neighboring towns have been invited to attend. Probably a parade will be made prior to the ceremonies in which the Lodges, school children and citizens will take part. It is desired that everybody in the county attend on that day.

Date: 10/10/1907
Origin: The Warren Republican
Record ID: 00002543
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Court House
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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