Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 16, 2019

September 11, 1889 - The Daily Nonpareil

Laying the Corner Stone

Yesterday afternoon marked a very interesting era in the history of the Methodist Episcopal society in the western part of the city, the occasion being the laying of the corner stone of their new church edifice.
At 1:30 o'clock, the hour announced for the exercises, an assemblage of probably two hundred had assembled, including a large number of Methodist ministers, en route to their district conference in Denison.
The exercises began promptly on time by the singing of a hymn, and an invocation by one of the visiting clergymen, after which presiding Elder Smith read an extract from the church discipline, and then introducing Bishop Warren, who delivered an excellent address, which was listed to with marked attention by the assembly audience.  At the conclusion of the Bishop's address, Mr. Geo. W. Dillinger placed the mortar in position, and the corner stone was lowered to its proper place, Bishop Warren placing in the cavity a tin box containing a Methodist Discipline, copies of the Central Church Stone Advocate, and the Church Stone Advocate with a statement showing the beginning of the organization named of the building, copies of the District Methodist and copy of the Council Bluffs daily paper, while Jon. P. Weaver applied the level and pronouncing the stone well and truly laid, and the exercises closed with the singing of the doxology and the pronouncing of the benediction.
It is barely a year ago since Rev. S. Alexander was appointed to organize a Methodist mission in the west end, yet in this short space of time Mr. Alexander has succeeded not only in organizing a society but in starting what promises to be one of the handsomest houses of worship in the city.  It is located on the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and 18th Street.  The 18th Street front of the cornerstone is inscribed "Fifth Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, 18th Street," while the Fifth Avenue front bears the inscription "1889, Fifth Avenue."