Schmitt 5 Oct 1899
B. I. A. CORNER STONE. The members of the B. I. A., and a goodly sized crowd of friends attended the exercises and corner stone laying at the new building in City Hall court at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The programme opened with a selection by OPppenheim's orchestra and invocation. The members of the association then sang a hymn in good voice. Scriptural l eading followed. Hen Vanderfoot of the ?. I. A. leading, and reading from Matthew, IS. 1 - 0. After the reading a duet was rendered by Reese Reese and Charles Carey. They were well received. Then followed ihe presentation of the lease by Mayor Nichols. The Mayor's address was an appropriate one and he held the attention of all within hearing distance. Thomas Morgan of Lafayette delivered the address of acceptance in behalf of the B. I. A. The kindness of the city fathers and the benefits to be derived from the gift of the city and friends were dwelt upon at length and the address was well delivered. The association then sang "We're Coming City Fathers." and the corner stone was then put in place by employes of Contractor Schmitt.