It was 1888 and time to add a bell…

The belfry was added atop the entrance and a bell installed in 1888. The bell was brought over the prairie in a Conestoga wagon from the Maryland McShane Bell Foundry (Glen Burnie, Maryland, established: 1856), trademark 1888, bell number 705, and bears the inscription, “I ring for God, home and native land.”

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