Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 15, 2014

AC history


The Daily Iowegian

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Jan. 15, 1902: Hundreds of people arrived in town for the dedication of Drake Public Library. From Des Moines, two special trains traveled the Wabash and Central train tracks. One carried Iowa’s governor, Albert Baird Cummins and 300 state officials. The other brought 500 Drake University students, including their band and glee clubs. Guests were served food at the Armory Opera House, at the Presbyterian church and at another building given by Drake to the town, the Central Church of Christ on Drake Avenue. One thousand bronze medals were sold at 25 cents each. On the steps of the library, Gov. Cummins gave a speech. Ex-governor Drake lifted a key. He unlocked the door and handed the key to Mayor Callen. People cheered. Unknown then, the opening of Drake Public Library would be Drake’s last public event. (142)