Here is the article from the week before the dedication of the Veterans Memorial Clock which now stands in front of the TD Bank on Main Street.
These might be run in the Sentinel in future issues, we’ll see. Any errors are those contained in the original copy where I tried to stay true to any misspellings contained in the old copy.
Old Sentinel Clock Articles
Dateline: Granville, New York, Thursday, September 23, 1943
Headline: Granville’s Memorial Clock To Be Dedicated Sunday – Fraser Speaks
The big Memorial Chime Clock attached to the corner of The Washington County National Bank is to be dedicated Sunday, September 26, in memory of those who served in World War II.
Leon Fraser, president of the First National Bank of New York, will deliver the dedication address.
This clock is over eleven feet high by three and one-half feet square. It is made of steel, brass and copper, finished in dark statuary bronze.
The most distinctive feature of the clock other than its unusual artistic appearance and the perfection of its construction and mechanism, is the complete set of Westminster chimes with which it is equipped. These sound every quarter hour, and may be heard practically as far as the clock may be seen.
The big clock is operated by electricity from a master clock inside the bank building, in the main banking room. This is an especially handsome structure of walnut and plate-glass construction, with a 12-inch dial and guaranteed to keep practically perfect time. Every minute the hands of the big clock are sent ahead one minute by electricity governed by the master clock within the connection between the two instruments being perfect and insuring correct time on the large dials on the outside as well as on the master clock inside.
All four faces of the clock case are alike, and above two of the 30 inch dials are the most fitting words: “Lest We Forget (World War II)” and above the other two dials are the words: “Those Who served (World War II).”
These presentation plates are made up in Art Glass of a very rich and dignified color combination. The dials are also Art Glass in a color combination to harmonize with the memorials plates. The dials have clear glass over the to protect the hands against snow and rain.
The Granville Memorial Chime Clock is ready to serve you just as so many fine men and women are giving their service in our present World War.
Every time you hear the chimes and are served the correct time by this new Memorial Chime Clock, breathe a prayer of thanks for the many who have served you in the war and will continue to serve you as long as there is fighting to do.
Every quarter hour its chiming should remind us all that Time is fleeting, and if we are to serve our present age as others have done and are doing, we must be constantly alert looking for some opportunity and not seeking to avoid it.
The Message of the Chimes
At first these bells may be to you simply a pleasing harmony, but as you hear them daily and listen for their musical sound and live by their well-times chiming, they may become to you a real thing – a message – just what you make it.
To one who labors, the sound may become a vital message. He may hear it as a promise of his task accomplished and his purpose achieved. To the dreamer, the stroke of the chimes may be a reveille, calling to action the latent forces of his nature. To the genius, the music of the bells may be a touch to the silent chord, bringing forth harmony to enrich the world.
May each one heart in these tones the song of work well done, of satisfaction, of happiness.
“Lord thru this hour, Be Thou our guide So be Thy power So by Thy power No foot shall slide.”
For this Granville Memorial Chime Clock we must not forget the untiring efforts of our chairman, Michael T. Minogue, in raising the additional funds to give to the community this very beautiful and useful Memorial Chime Clock. We also appreciate the efforts of the firemen, in putting on the carnival, the solicitors who worked with Mr. Minogue, and all individuals who made contributions to this Memorial Chime Clock for our community. Everyone is cordially invited to attend this dedication ceremony to be held on the plaza in front of The Washington County National Bank.