CENTENNIAL LIMESTONE PAPERWEIGHT
A limestone paperweight was designed as a souvenir of the 100th annivesrary of the building of "The Cathedral of the Plains".
This block of limstone is a 1:6 scale model of the blocks used to construct St. Fidelis Church, "The Cathedral of the Plains". The stone is from the quarry on the Huser farm located just east of Vincent, Kansas, 5 miles South and 2 1/2 miles East of Victoria, Kansas. The sonte was quarried by removing the overburden with horse-drawn scrapers, marking 12-inch wide blocks, and drilling holes every 10 to 12 inches using a brace fitted with a 5/8 or 7/8 modified wood bit. Metal feathers and wedges especially manufactured for this purpose by the local blacksmiths were inserted into the holes and tapped with a heavy hammer until the 12-inch width of stone split from the ofrmation. The formation is approximately 8 inches thick, so the stones were dressed to be 8 inches thick, 12 inches wide, and whatever length needed tin the construction.
Daren Lang constructed the Centennial Limestone Paperweights; the metal plate on the block was designed by Connie Windholz; and the photograph was taken by Mitch Weber. Hays Trophies and Engraving printed the plates.