Thursday, June 5, 2014

1913 Carnegie Library, Wauseon, Ohio

[LIB11068] - In April, 1903, C.J. Biery, superintendent of schools, wrote to James Bertram, private secretary to Andrew Carnegie. After three petitions, Carnegie agreed to furnish $7,500 if the community provided a suitable site and assumed maintenance of the structure at a cost of no less than $750 a year. Later, these amounts were raised to $8,000 and $800 a year. The board of education levied a one mill tax on property holders to satisfy Carnegie's conditions. The present site was purchased in January, 1905 for $1,100; and on May 26, 1906, the Wauseon Public Library opened with 1,800 volumes, donated from the Citizens Library Association. [Website]

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