Lieut Gov Allen Among Speakers of Occasion

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

Thousands of Norwood residents witnessed the laying of the cornerstone for Norwood’s $350,000 Memorial Municipal Building 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 Town Hall, marked “temporary.”

Under the chairmanship of Francis J. Foley, the present committee, consisting of Mrs. Nellie P. Morrow, Francis E. Bernier, Gladwin W. Nead, and Judge Clifford B. Sanborn, brought the matter before the town, the money was appropriated and William G. Upham, local architect, was engaged to draw up the plans for the present building.

Judge James A. Halloran, town counsel, and moderator presided as master of ceremonies today. Rev James F. Doherty, the pastor of St Catherine’s Church, offered the opening prayer.

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

Thomas B. Mulvehill, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, congratulated the building committee. Rev George W. 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.

Frank G. Allen, acting Governor 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 Memorial Building dedicated to the pursuits of peace.”

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Mrs. Nellie P. Morrow, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, 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.