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From the Colfax Messenger archives October 13, 1916: Library now a fact

COLFAX  —  Last Saturday, Oct. 7th, marked the opening of the fine Library room in our new Municipal Building, and the library board had prepared an appropriate program for the occasion, with stories and music for the children in the afternoon and a splendid and very appropriate program for adults in the evening.

The addresses were preceded by several fine selections by the Colfax band, an address of welcome by Pres. Harsh, a piano solo by Miss Ebba Noer, invocation by Rev. M.E. Fraser, and a short history of the Library by Mrs. W. Brooks.

Mr. Vorland’s address was very interesting from start to finish. He brought out many facts and if the people of Colfax and community would all try to live up to his theory, what a great family we would be, and harmony could not help but prevail.

Mr. M.S. Dudgeon, Secretary of the State Library Commission, gave the main address of the evening, and expressed himself most emphatically on the beauty and completeness of our fine municipal building and especially the splendid library room, and said we had certainly obtained a vast amount for the money expended in the entire building.

Thus is the dream of years experienced by the ladies of the Reading Club, henceforth to be known as the Women’s Club, in the consummation of their ideal in a permanent home for the Colfax Public Library, which is second to none to be found in any town of 1,000 inhabitants in the northwest.

Several people from surrounding towns were present to witness the opening and hear the program, and all were loud in their praise of the completeness of our new library home.

Now that our library is comfortably housed in its new home, it is to be hoped that people, not only from the village but the surrounding community, will feel free to make use of this most valuable acquisition and drop in and get a share of the good things to be had for the asking, and not only the library, but the fine rest room in connection awaits your use. Remember these things are not for the people of the village alone, but are intended to be an aid to many.

Come and get your share.