Inaugural Proceedings at the Opening of the New City Hall

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Page 54 - MY DEAR SIR: I have the pleasure of acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the...
Page 19 - Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, The Governor of this State, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are, may above all things seek...
Page 54 - ... my doing so, as I have already written Mr. Munroe. I take the deepest interest in the Institute, and it would be a pleasure to assist in any way I might, but your invitation catches me at a very unfortunate time. Governor Roger Wolcott, of Massachusetts, telegraphed the following : Regret extremely that my engagements are such as to make it impossible for me to comply with your request on the evening of February 3d. Present the greetings of the Commonwealth to the Alumni of the Institute. The...
Page 52 - MY DEAR SIR: I take pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of your favor of recent date concerning the establishment of the university of the United States.
Page 50 - I regret exceedingly that absence from the state will prevent my accepting your kind invitation to be present at the dedication of your new City Hall.
Page 26 - ... appointed a special committee from the Common Council to look up a suitable site for a city hall, which committee on June 18th, following made report recommending the purchase of the Spaulding lots and on July 2nd, 1883, the Common Council authorized the purchase. On July 12th, 1883, the Common Council for the last time declared the erection of a city hall a necessary public improvement and requested the Board of Public Works to procure plans for a building to cost from $100,000 to $150,000....
Page 13 - Our furniture and other steam and water power factories give employment to upward of 10,000 operatives, whose products are shipped to almost every civilized country in the world. Our business blocks and private residences are among the finest to be found in any city of equal size in the country. Our magnificent river, flowing through the heart of the city, one fifth of a mile in width, is spanned by eight splendid bridges, of which six are new iron structures of the latest and most improved design....
Page 29 - I am pleased to accept this handsome and commodious edifice, and as chief executive of this city I hereby declare it open for public use. It is a grand monument to the generous enterprise of our citizens; to the taste, the ability and the integrity of the Board that built, the architect who planned and the contractor and superintendent charged with its erection. Graceful in design, solid in construction, ample in accommodations. it stands a source of pride to every one of our 7"i,0()(l inhabitants.
Page 12 - ... municipal election under the new village charter, which incorporated them as the village of Grand Rapids, in the township of Kent, county of Kalamazoo. Four years previous, April 3, 1834, the township of Kent held its first election at the house of Joseph Guild, where the National City Bank building now stands, when nine voters were present to elect seventeen township officials. Every voter obtained one oflice, four received two, and two were compelled to take three each.
Page 29 - ... inhabitants. For the first time our city government owns it.s home. Following the practical conservatism which has ever characterized the administration of our municipal matters, we first provided ample and elegant school structures ; a complete system of necessary public improvements ; and now, in the full tide of prosperity, when the tax is scarcely felt, we build an official residence creditable to our rank among cities, when' we can dwell in comfort and entertain with pride.

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