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Dexter Community Building


Splendid Building, Destined to Become
Center of Community Life,
Is Completed.

The "Dexter movement' toward larger interests in community affairs, received a lasting impetus when the new Dexter Community House was dedicated on Washington's birthday. The idea of such a structure grew out of the general use made of a tabernacle erected for evangelistic meetings two years ago. When the tabernacle was torn down, the pastors of Dexter inaugurated union meetings to further a community house. From a dream, the plan grew to reality, until a structure has been built costing in all $10,000. Made of hollow blocked, elliptical in shape, with a dome shaped roof and seating capacity of 1,000, with a stage fitted with artistic scenery, dressing rooms, a library room and two coal bins, the building is adapted to all sorts of enterprises. The interior, with sandstone finish, electric lights and comfortable furnishings, is attractive. Two programs were given Ex-Governor Clarke being the speaker on Thursday evening, with the dedicatory exercises occurring on Friday afternoon. Of the $10,000 needed to cover the cost, all but a few hundred dollars has been subscribed.

Dr. Chas. E. Schaible, who was present at the dedication, stated that in his extensive experience in this line of work, the Dexter community house is the first of its kind on the American continent. Such an enterprise is carried out only by great expenditure of time and money, hence our neighbors are to be congratulated upon the local pride and unity of spirit.

Wednesday, March 7th, 1917
Winterset Madisonian, page 1
Winterset, Iowa

Transcribed and contributed to Dallas County IAGenWeb by Conni McDaniel Hall, May 2019.

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