Setting the Cornerstone

Report in the Iola Register
September 3, 1903

     "The ceremony of the laying of the cornerstone of the handsome new Presbyterian Church was conducted at the site, corner of Madison and Buckeye streets yesterday at 4 o'clock before a large crowd.

     The service opened with the hymn, "Come Thou Almighty King" sung by the choir.  This was followed by an invocation and appropriate scripture reading. "Rock of Ages" was sung by the choir after which a short address was given by Chas. F. Scott.

     The massive white cornerstone was lifted into place by the mason and sits settled where it is to remain.  In it were placed a large number of articles, a list of which will be found elsewhere in this paper, which will be of great interest to future generations.

     Along with these is a history of the church prepared by Mr. H. W. Ewing and not read because it was desired to shorten the ceremony.  Rev. Dr. L. L. Drake then delivered an address, a very appropriate talk on the value of church work and the pleasure and propriety of having a fine house of worship. After singing the doxology a benediction was pronounced and the audience dismissed."