Monday, July 9, will see the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the cornerstone dedication at the Cooper County Courthouse. The ceremony, presented by Cooper Lodge #36, will include an address by Presiding Commissioner Eddie Brickner.
The event, scheduled to take place between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., will include old-fashioned root beer floats and cookies. A powerpoint presentation featuring historic pictures will be joined with an open house, available for tour by the public.
"We're planning for somewhere between 100-200 guests to show up. As far as we can tell, there has not been any other marker-type events like this that have celebrated with cornerstone dedication at 50 or 75 years. This is the first, and we hope to see a good public turnout," said Brickner.
Boonville's courthouse was built in 1912 by Robert G. Kirsch Jr. The architect was responsible for the construction of several courthouses throughout Missouri. The counties of Carroll, Adair, Vernon and Polk all bare structures by his name. Additionally, Kirsch built courthouses in Texas and Illinois.
Kirsch was also responsible for building the Miner's Theatre in Collinsville, Illinois, and his name is attached to the National Register of Historic Places through his design work.