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This Day in Norwood History-November 13, 1927-NORWOOD TOWN HALL CORNERSTONE IS LAID

Lieut Gov Allen Among Speakers of Occasion

Norwood Municipal Memorial Town Hall GroundBreaking September 1927
Municipal Building Ground Breaking Ceremony September 1927

NORWOOD. Nov 13—Thousands of Norwood residents witnessed the laying of the for Norwood’s $350,000 this afternoon.

For more than 25 years successive committees have been working on plans for a municipal building, and during these years the municipal affairs have been carried on in a , marked “temporary.”

Under the chairmanship of , the present committee, consisting of Mrs. , , Gladwin W. Nead, and Judge , brought the matter before the town, the money was appropriated and William G. Up- ham, local architect, was engaged to draw up the plans for the present building.

Judge , town counsel, and moderator presided as master of ceremonies today. , the pastor of St Catherine’s , offered the prayer.

.Francia J. Foley, of the , thanked those who f had assisted his committee. During the program, the Chorus, under the direction of Prof Jean Dethier, sang several selections.

, chairman of the , congratulated the building committee. Rev . Nead, the 83-year-old commander of the Bird Post, G. A. R., pointed out the value of the new building as a war memorial.

, acting of Massachusetts and a Norwood citizen, in an address, said the erection of the new building was the culmination of a movement “to effectuate a fitting memorial to our citizen soldiery of all wars by the erection of a Municipal dedicated to the pursuits of peace.”

Mrs. Nellie P. Morrow, past of the , deposited the zinc box containing valuable records in the cornerstone. Francis J. Foley then placed the mortar about the stone. Rev John D. Brush, Chaplin of the local Legion Post, invoked tho benediction.

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