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VOLUME EIGHT. NUMBER 78
AKRON, OHIO, THURSDAY EVENING, J ULY 20, 1899.
PRICE ONE CENT
Justice. Brotherly Love and Fidelity
Men Who Have Aided In Making
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Four Corner Stones of the Benevolent and. i
Protective Order Elks.
How the Great Fraternal Order Was Founded, and
its Noble Mission.
The Phenomenal Growth of the Local Lodge
It's Palatial Quarters.
" Optimum r Hue umustliyito, nam cimtuctwIofacittjueundiitiMum:''
"Choose that course of life which is (he most excellent, ami
custom will render it the most delightful."
Two years ago three citizens of Akron felt vibrating in their hearts
that predominant note of the wml-octavc Charity. They must choose a
course or life which would qualify them bent for promoting the good of
others. In united effort the pursuit seemed noblest. So F. S. Ehlen, C.
U. Suodgrass and II. S. App applied forndmissiou into the Beiie oleiit and
Protective Order of Elks of the I7. S. of A.
ruder dispensation, granted by Meade 1). Detweiler, Grand Kxalted
ltuier, Akron Lodge, Is'o. bKi, -was oigauized. February U, 18S)7, George
Buxton, I). 1). G. K. R., with the assistance of Cleveland, Canton, Youngs
town and Warren lodges, opened the lodge with forty-four charter mem
bers. L. y. Pardee was chosen Exalted Ruler.
AVhat has been the result of that inspiration of ninety-seven? A uni
versal harmony of delight.
On April 1, lb'Jrf, this organization begun its occupancy of elegant
quarters in the Aylille block on East Mill street. The lodge room cannot
be surpassed by any in tlie state. The club rooms are of the Monte Cris
touian type, the pride of Akron. More than $17,000 lias been expended
upon the magnificent reception rooms, parlor, billiard hall and card rooms.
The growth in membership has been phenomenal in fact, unsurpassed
by any subordinate lodge in the history of the Order. Today its member
ship is two hundred aud ninety-six, with twenty persons waiting to be
Akron in possession of sucli n puroly humane organization owes all
gratitude to the fact that euch a national organization was in previous
existence. Tho Benevolent and Trotcctivo Order of Elks is distinctly an
American order an well as a purely charitable organization.
It seeks to do its charity in silence, that the proud spirit that sutlers in
secret, fearing more the blush of shame that comes of asking than the
pangs of hunger may feel that never will Its soro need, nor tho mannor of
its alleviation, bo published to the world, and that tho faults, tho frailties,
the necessities and the help extended will rcmaim as sacred confidences
never to be divulged. This is really the only secret of the noble order.
It is generally accepted that the distinguished honor of forming the
organization is credited to Charles Algernon Sidney Vivian. Vivian was
a ballad singer, and one of the most versatile men in his profession.
At the institution of this Order, it was composed of a few gentlemen of
the theatrical profession, who termed themselves "Jolly Corks," and who
were associated together for social intercourse. From this little band of
"good fellows," who held tlioir meetings on Sundays, they being theatrical
people, and that being the only day they were at liberty, it has become a
powerful Order of Benevolence and Charity, with lodges in over four hun
dred towns and cities of the United States.
Born of brotherly love, and aiming to promote tho brotherhood of man,
it oilers its members the certainty of warm hearts and welcome hearths
in tho vnrioas cities to which business or pleasure mny summon them.
One can readily understand, and appreciate with satisfaction, tho finding
in evory city a little circle of kindred minds; appreciative and intelligent
friends, who, banded together for tho general interest and common good,
are ready to extend the right hand of fellowship and greet you with tho
kindly smile of brotherhood. "One who loves his follow man."
The impression prevails that none nut members of the theatrical pro
fession and its dependencies are eligible to membership in the order, and
while it is truo that a great many of the reputable male portion of the
profession are members, tho grant bulk of tho membership of today ismado
up of prominent olllcinls, merchants, bankers, journal ists, legal and medical
men, and the bright lights of the world in art, literature, scienco andmusio.
Tho foundation of the Ordor is laid upon the four cornor stones
Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. Of theso Charity stands
first, not only in the naming, but shines forth in all tho actions of worthy
members. Scarcely can the cry of distressor the moan of despair summon
assistance, ere the Elks tender the best efforts to aid and relievo, question
ing neither country nor creed, doctrine nor belief, and daily and hourly do
the prayers of the widow and orphan ascend to the "Grand, Exalted ltuier
of the Universe," craving blessings upon the magnanimous and beneficent
Ordor of Elks.
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The Splendid Organization It Is Today
Finest In Ohio.
Officers of the Order and Complete Roll of
Members of Akron Lodge.
The List Contains Names of Many of this
City's Leading Men.
OFFICERS OF AKRON ELKS LODGE: I
I Exalted Ruler : E. C. SHAW
I Esteemed Uwlinj; Knight W3I. JI. IULTABIDLE
f Esteemed Lecturing Knight 0. E. M'MILLAN
Esteemed Loyal Knight 0. H. (JHASE
Secretary EDWIN WAGNER
Treasurer ' G. E. WAGONER
? Vmirn P Ar TTITKRTnKF.T?
I Chaplain J. ED. GOOD
Inner Guard.... R. B. M'NEIL-
Tyler L. K. STONE
' Trustees, '
I J. U. Jl'OKUJI L. S. PARDEE 0. L. SADLER 1
1 JACOB FFEIEFER GEORGE D. BATES.
Andress, H K
Alderfer, K J
Andrew, II L
Artloy, John A
Ault, D C
Armstrong, A T
Anderson, G M
Anderson, Jf F
Dennor, C C
Baldwin, AV 15
Brenlzer, J I
Breckenridgo, M E
Barry, T E
Barry, AV S
Bradley, John A
Burnett, It 1
Barber, O C
Barnes, A G
Bates, Geo I)
Berger, Homer K
Baker, John AV
Breckenridge, 1) I)
Bruner, C I
Butler, F AV
Boucher, V J '.
Beck, J M
Benner, 51 L .
Bolanz, E J
Bunnell, E S
Bigloy, AVm J
Bliss, A '
Bonstedt, F .
Beck, E M
IJienT C A
Burkhardt, G F
Bloomlield, J O
Berry, Geo C
Buel, E 51
Brady, C K
Baker, C II .
Bien, A .1
Curtis, Geo I.
Conner, AV B
Carr, Frank It
Christensen, C M
Grouse, Geo AV
Chase, C H
CaiiTiTbell, J B
Clemmer, G AV
Cahill, H P
Corning, C J
Connor, J H
' Croft, J D
Chapman, J AA
Chandler, B C
Chapman, AV D
Curley. Jas F
Cleaver, J V
Cummins, A J
Clark, B B
Crumb, C D
Cline, S S
Dunn, Edward, Jr
Doran, Jno AT
Doyle," Dayton A
Druckemiller, J F
Davis, C M
Dennple, C B
Durand, AAr A
Eblen, F S
Eichenlaub, AV R
Ebright, L S
Findley, W C
Freso, F G
Foltz, AV K
Foltz, Kent O
French. H A
Frederick, U G
Fletcher, C F
Falor, C B .
Fleischer. Jos S
Frain. C l
Finch, F F
Fauver, AV A
Goodrich, C C
Grafton, T E
Goodhue, N 1
Good AV G
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