Laying of the Corner Stone (Part 2)

The stone was slowly lowered over the casket, the band playing the melody of “Pleyel’s Hymn”. The Most Worshipful Grand Master spread the mortar on the foundation stones, and the cornerstone was lowered in place, adjusted by the Square, Level, and the Plumb. The Masonic Emblems of Corn, Wine, and Oil were poured over it. Between each act the Masonic Quartette sang a verse of the Masonic Ode, “Master Supreme to Thee the Day.”

The Most Worshipful Grand Master made an appropriate address and invocation with the strokes of the Mallet and Public Grand Honors, declared finished the laying of the corner stone.

The Grand Marshal announced that owing to the extreme heat and intense glare of the sun, the service would be closed in gray Chapel University Hall.

TheGgrand Lodge and a large audience assembled at Gray Chapel. The Quartette sang several selections, and Most Worshipful Brother Past Grand Master Alan Andrews of Hamilton, Ohio, delivering an intensely eloquent and interesting address using as his theme “The Relation of Masonry to Religion and Society”.

At close of the program, the Grand Lodge returned to the Hall of Hiram Lodge and was declared closed in ample form. The Lodge of Master Masons was then closed in due form.

Thus ends the ceremonies of the laying of the Corner Stone of Sidney Moore Masonic Hall.

Many hundreds of families of Masons picnicked on the University grounds, the University buildings being open and at their disposal.

A free lunch and restrooms were provided at 4 N. Sandusky St., and the brothers of I.O.O.F, K of P, and B.P.O.E. held open house and refreshment tables in their Halls.

The streets of the city on the line of March were beautifully decorated, and the windows of the business houses were elaborately decorated with Masonic emblems and designs. The weather was warm, but today was a faultless June day.

At the next stated communication votes of thanks are extended to the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University, the I.O.O.F, K of P, B.P.O.E., and the Citizens of Delaware, Ohio for the splendid cooperation and the many kindnesses shown to Hiram Lodge on the occasion of laying the Corner Stone for their new Temple.

Thanks of the Lodge was also tendered to Mr. M. Reichert, Master Mechanic of the Big 4 R.R. Shops, on account of the favor shown by closing the shops on June 23, 1899.