Laying of the Corner Stone

at 1:00 P.M. on June 23, 1899, The Grand Lodge of Ohio convened at the Masonic Hall of Hiram Lodge. A Lodge of Master Mason was then opened in due and ancient form, followed by The Grand Lodge of Ohio F.&A.M. being opened in ample form. The Grand Lodge was formed in procession by the Grand Marshall and joined the procession formed by 115 Members of Hiram Lodge, who were in turn were joined by the brethren of the following lodges:

  • Marion Lodge, 70, Marion, Ohio
  • Urania Lodge, 311, plain city, Ohio
  • Cardington Lodge, 384, Cardington, Ohio
  • Sparrow Lodge, 400, Sunbury, Ohio
  • Ashley Lodge, 407, Ashley, Ohio
  • Prospect Lodge, 444, Prospect, Ohio
  • Oliver Lodge 447, Caledonia, Ohio
  • Science Lodge 50, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Latham Lodge 154, Kenton, Ohio
  • Palestine Lodge 158, Marysville, Ohio
  • Thrall Lodge 170, Fredericktown, Ohio
  • Warpool Lodge 170, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
  • Mount Gilead Lodge 206, Mount Gilead, Ohio
  • Evergreen Lodge, 222, Conneaut, Ohio
  • Mount Caramel Lodge.333, Richwood, Ohio
  • Blendon Lodge, 339, Westerville, Ohio
  • Reynoldsburg Lodge, 340, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Sharonvillel Lodge 204, Sharonville, Ohio
  • Halcyon, Lodge 497, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Yandota Lodge 572, East Toledo, Ohio
  • Columbia Lodge 534, Pacific, Missouri

In all there were about 800 Masons in the procession. Led by the band, the Grand Lodge and others, escorted by Sir Knights of Marion Commandery No. 36, Knights Templar of Marion, Ohio, marched North on Sandusky St. to Lincoln Avenue, West on Lincoln Ave. to Franklin Street, South on Franklin St. to Winter St., West on Winter Street to Liberty Street, South on Liberty St. to William Street, East on William St. to the site of the Masonic Hall on the Southwest corner of William and Franklin Street.

The grand Marshall proclaimed the object of assembling. The Hiram Lodge Quartette sang an Anthem – “ Remember now thy Creator”. The grand chaplain made a suitable invocation and the cornerstone in position was elevated.

By order of the Grand Master, the Grand Treas. deposited the casket containing Masonic Memorial’s. The casket was made of solid tin 1/2 inch thick, 9 x 7 x 3″ in size and hermetically sealed with pure tin. It contained the following;

  • Report of the grand Lodge of Ohio for 1898
  • Masonic calendar for Hiram Lodge No. 18 FAM of Delaware Ohio for the year 1899
  • List of officers and members of Hiram Lodge No.18
  • List of officers and members of Delaware Chapter No. 54 R. A. M., Delaware, Ohio
  • Card of invitation of Hiram Lodge to Masonic Brethren
  • General and descriptive letter of invitation
  • Program of ceremonies of the laying of the Corner Stone
  • India proof engraving of Brother Sidney Moore 33rd degree
  • Photograph of Mrs. Sarah Cunningham Moore
  • U.S. silver coin of the year 1899
  • Copy of the Delaware Gazette and Delaware Herald of June 22, 1899, containing a Masonic sketch of Worshipful Brother Sidney Moore and his father Brother Sidney Moore Sr.