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Minnesota and through the West, but soon
returned to Philadelphia where he continued
to act at different theaters until 1862. Mr.
Budd traveled extensively. Although some folk
might think from the variety house he was
playing in here in Washington that he was
a hamfat actor. He was anything else but
that, and before coming here as manager and
a member of the theatrical firm of Budd.
O’Neal & Co., had filled some very important
engagements. For 10 years, from 1865 to 1875,
he was end man and general comedian with
the Buckley Serenaders in Boston, and also
filled other attractive assignments.”
Dennia A. O'NeUl was a clerk, and the city
directory does not give Mr. Shaneor’s name.
When the first meeting of the Elks was held
here Mr. Rathbone was residing at 920 Rhode
Island avenue northwest, Mr. Zebley (or Mr.
Budd) at 1422 E street northwest, in a dwelling
which formerly occupied the south part of the
triangle immediately in front of the new De
partment of Commerce Building. Mr. Warde
lived, as stated, at 917 K street northwest and
Mr. O’Neill at J538 I street northwest.
The mortality among our friends and ac
quaintances in the past 50 years is indeed
considerable, but no more so than we should
naturally expect it to be, and so we note that
of the 39 charier members in 1882 but two
were on the rolls in 1925, these being George
W. Harrison and Michael G. McCormick, and
the writer knows that the latter is still as
enthusiastic for the Elks as he was just a
half century ago. Of course, it is possible
that some other charter members may be
living, but, if so, they have lost their active
• The other charter members of this order
were Benjamin B. Whitney, Louis B. Smith,
Montague D. Jacobs, William B. Crowley, Wil
liam S. Buchly, B. Constantino, Francis H.
Finley, Joseph Y. Potts, William A. Anderson,
Frank K Ward, Joseph Darr, C. W. Lean
narda. Jcseph E. Rawlings, R. F. Cardella,
William O'Neill, Edward Williams, Thomas H.
Rldgate, Charles H. Nabbitt, William H. Dan
vers, Joseph M. Grady, Jg.mes Drew, Joseph P.
Drew, William A. West, Anthony Rodier, Hanse
H. Smith, Joseph W. Denty, Thomas J. Trod
den, Daniel E. Cahill, William E. Shafer, Robert
J. Walker, A. De Grummond, J. Bradley Adams,
William Dickson. William D. Mack, H. J.
Ennis, William F. Parish and .Whitfield Van
IN the 50 years of the history of this organ
' imtion many foremost Washingtonian? have
served at its head as exalted rulers and have
built pp the order here to its present high
standing, and their names can well be re
peated. They, follow: Justus H. Rathbone,
Thad K. Sailer, Benjamin B. Whitney, Hamil
ton E. Leach, A. H. S. Davis. Edward A. Wil
liams. N. B. Fithian, H. H. Smith, Edwin B.
Hay, John C. Maxwell, Richard A. O’Brien,
Thomas J. King, George A. Mason, C. B. Rob
inson, John T. Brady. John C. Scheckells. M.
Emmett Urell, Albert Sillers, Edward J. Shine,
Joseph A. Burkhart, T. Dennis Harper, Robert
C. Mitchell. Charles H. Utermehle, Jesse S.
Jackson. Robert E. Mattingly, Hugh F. Harvey,
Ernest W. Emery, Robert M. McWade. Ross a F.
Downing and James L. Ward
Of these. Hamilton E. Leach, the South
Washington physician of some years ago. and
Edwin B. Hay. the Washington lawyer, also
held the high office of grand exalted ruler, the
only ones to be elected to that office from this
city in the history of the local body. Both
men were unusually popular—they had to be
so in order to secure this national office. The
writer did not know Dr. Leach personally, but
he did have a slight acquaintance with ’’Ed"
Hay, as he was familiarly called. His friends
were legion, his company was sought, and as
a public speaker he stood with the best. He
was the ninth exalted ruler of Washington
Lodge. No. 15. and when he was elevated to
be grand exalted ruler, on March 20, 1891,
just after he had vacated the highest office
In the local body, there was great rejoicing
aunong the Elks of this city, and The Star
Voiced its approval in saying:
“E. B. Hay of Washington was today elected
grand exalted ruler of the Grand Lodge of
Elks. In session at Louisville. The election
was by acclamation and completes the triumph
of Washington Lodge. Washington Lodge
captured the banner for making the best show
ing and secured about all the honors of the
session. ” *
OL. HAY was not a native Washingtonian,
for he first saw the light of clay in 1849
in Norfolk, Va. However, his parents did not
remain long In the Virginia city but removed
here when their son Edwin was but 5 years
old. He attended the schools here and gradu
ated from the fourth district grammar school,
then under John E. Thompson, in 1865. He
was one of the first graduates of the Spen
cerian Business College, in 1866 snd was vale
dictorian of his class. In the class of 187'.! he
received the academic degree from Columbian
College and won the Davis prise. He gradu
ated in law in 1874 and was Immediately ad
mitted to the bar and practiced from that
time until his death
"Through his active connection with the
Benevolent and Protective Order at Elks,” as
stated by The Star at the time of his death,
“he became known in every part of the coun
try. in 1901 he was elected by acclamation
grand exalted ruler of the entire order. He
was an active member of Washington Lodge,
No 15, and at the Grand Lodge of the order at
the time of his death.”
To look back into the past and recall such
sterling people as Col. Hay is one of the great
est pleasures of those who are growing old.
His thoughts were elevating and his sunny dis
position contagious wherever he went. His last
letter, written to George W. Evans, while he
was fatally stricken, regretting his inability to
attend an anniversary banquet of the National
Rifles, breathes the real true spirit of the man.
not only as he appeared when about to cross
the brink, but as he had always lived. He said:
"My Dear Evans and Comrades:
“Strong oaks must totter and mountain tops
be slrattered and great cities be desolated in
a twinkle by the twitching of the earth; yet
we will realize our infinite littleness only when
a pain strikes one of our vital parts and we
are brought down. Never missing, always hop
big. ever looking forward to our anniversary of
Group of members at Elks' Hall, ltX)6 E street northwest, taken about 1896. Left to right, front row: Theodore Lowmeyer,
Patrick F. Carr (with cane), Frederick Wagner, T. Dennis Harper (in white coat), Joseph A. Burkhart (on step with hat in
hand), John C. Sc heck ells (coat on arm), Frederick Giesking (wearing fedora hat). Others in the group are: Henry Fa E•
Dismer (on steps in white coat), man back of him with beard, Moses Morris; b rank Clarkson, Borman Pruitt, Joseph Watson,
Edward G. Shine, Dr. Roth and Michael G. McCormick. .
the N.. R.’s. I had no expectation of having
my place vacant, but the Divine Creator has
ordained otherwise, and so. tossed by the way
side, I am really and truly wrecked upon a
moss bed of regret that I cannot be there to
night—except, with all my heart and In scin
tillating spirit.
"The song about 'Let Me Like a Soldier Fall'
must mean as with a pop and off; but the
meaningless struggle, with groans, grinds and
spasms, that a retired soldier must undergo
would be a sort of cowardly thing that a com
rade dislikes to confess. We are no more than
a bubble—a puff—burst!
"Enjoy the feast. Keep the memory of those
who have gone before and never forget the old
days in our command, so full of happiness to
us all.
‘T’se done."
Over his grave, in Rock Creek Cemetery,
there is erlcted a bronae portrait bust by
Vinme Ream- Hoxie. but the biggest monument
of ail reposes in the hearts of his fellow citizens.
The writer also knew Albert Sillers, who was
exalted ruler in 1899. and a nephew of Daniel
E. Cahill, an unusually able member of the
bar, and a charter member. Preceding Mr.
Sillers in office was that able soldier. Col. M.
Emmett Urell, veteran of two wars—the Civil
and the Spanish-American—and for many
years identified with tire District National
Guard. When he passed away he was buried in
Arlington National Cemetery. The writer also
knew Frank Kidd, now deceased.
/'"NF the past exalted, rulers still with us,
whom the writer knows—and for that
reason may be pardoned for singling them out
—are Robert E. Mattingly and William F. Gude.
Mr. Gude is a typical ‘'jiner," and besides hav
ing been exalted ruler of the Elks has served
in the highest office in a number of other local
fraternal bodies and in civic organizations
as well.
His honor Robert E. Mattingly, the popular
judge of the Municipal Court, who is ocoasionly
detailed to preside over one of the branches in
the Police Court, is a native Washingtonian
and 100 per cent for the District of Columbia,
Besides being an active member of the Elks,
Judge Mattingly is a member of the Associa
tion of Oldest Inhabitants, and a year or so
ago told the old-timers of the mischievous
things he did when a youngster living on "The
Island.'' But whatever pranks Judge Mattingly
may have played when a lad. those who know
him as a man know one of the best judges who
ever sat upon the bench.
Back in February, 1907, when the twenty
fifth anniversary of the Elks was celebrated
here, Judge Mattingly was occupying the office
of exalted ruler. It was the first big celebra
tion of the kind this organization had had, and
that it was a big success was no doubt due in
a large measure to his capable and efficient
way of handling things.
JUST what happened at this celebration is
best told in the words of The Star in its
issue of February IS. 1907, which said:
“In honor of their silver anniversary, the
members of the Washington Lodge of the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks met
and dined last night at the Masonic Temple.
There were a little less than 4<X) members
present, the five past exalted rulers of the
society and. as the guest of- honor, Henry A.
Melvin, judge of the Superior Court of Cali
fornia and grand exalted ruler of the order.
R. E. Mattingly, the present exalted ruler of
ths District, was toastmaster, and the only
two set speeches in the program were from
Joseph A. Burkhart, who responded to the
sentiment, ‘Our Be loved Order,’ and Prof. J.
C. Monoghan of the Department of Commerce
and Labor, who spoke of ‘Our Country’s Flag.’
"Judge Melvin spoke briefly of the order, Its
aims and its accomplishments, but the main
object of the gathering was not to listen to
‘serious’ speeches. The members were there
to be entertained. There was a regular vaude
ville program, and Prcf. Santelmann of the
Marine Band, who is a member of the order,
and a number of his men were present as
an orchestra.
“George Golden, the professional monologist,
from Chase’s, who is himself an Elk, came to
the meeting as soon as he completed his stunt
at the theater and entertained the company
wtth a comic homily in which the serious and
the comic were so mixed that it was hard
to distinguish between them. A number of
the prominent local members were caricatured.
“One cf the features of the entertainment
Jacob Budd Zebley, a founder of Wash
ington Lodge, No. 15, of Llks, and a
well known actor.
was the singing by the Elks' quartet, consist
ing of Charles E. Meyers, W. D. McFarland,
R. R. Rodrick and D. Holland. Prof. Koehler
of Washington gave several recitations, and
there was a display of modem magic by Wil
liam Cissel Jones. Roe Fulkerson told a num
ber of stories, interspersed by local hits, under
the head 'Chestnuts Roasted Over the Char
coal,’ and there were songs by Albert Fennel
and Master Peter Becker. Eric Hath was the
accompanist of the evening, and the whole of
the vaudeville show was under the stage man
agement of John C. Maxwell.
"Judge Melvin was the speaker of the eve
ning. Coming as he did from San Francisco,
he referred particularly to the earthquake and
Are that devastated the city and told how some
of the mo6t effective help given in that time
of stress and darkness was from members of
the order all over the country. He said it
was the sort of assistance that made the sur
vivors of the disaster feel that they had the
most powerful order In the world behind them,
for from every big city in the land came al
most the same message, 'Draw on us for what
you want; we have physicians and supplies
on the way to you.’ ’’
TWENTY-FIVE years ago the Reception Com
mittee consisted of Henry J. Allen, chair
man; F. B Clartion, Dr. G. W Emerson, E. W.
Emery. W. A. Engel, J. X- Feeney, George A.
Garner, C. F. Herrmann, Dr. J. Franklin Hil
ton, Thomas O. May, M. A. Lynch, F. J. Mer
shcimer, W. W. Meyers, Lieut. Col. R. A.
O'Brien, J. Fred Rupert us, E. P. Schwarts,
C. H. Utermehle, Dr. A. Thomas Utz, A1
Hutchinspn, Jr., and A. W. Barron, and the
Committee on Arrangements included M. O.
McCormick as chairman; John C. Maxwell,
secretary; Henry J. Allen, treasurer, and
Joseph P. Fegan.
Of course, the Elks are making big prepara
tions for celebrating their golden anniversary
during the coming month and intend devoting
February 11- to initiating a class of candidates,
to be known as the "Fiftieth Anniversary
Class," after which a banquet will be held.
On the following evening a ladies’ night is
planned, and the celebration will undoubtedly
be one of the outstanding events of the year
in local fraternal organizations. The commit
tee having the matter hi charge consists of 37
members, with Michael G. McCormick as chair
man; James G. Colliflower, vice chairman;
Joseph Bittoni, secretary; James J. Murray,
assistant secretary, and Nathan Weill, twas
THERE are many people who have not even
' the slightest idea as to the origin of the
Elks, nor of the good work its various lodges
are doing. To the first statement the writer
confesses that until recently he was cm of
the many who did not know. But he wanted
to know, and he proceeded to search the files
of The Star to find out, and back in 1919 he
found just what he wanted. Here it is:
“The Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks owes its existence to one Charles Vivian,
the son of an English clergyman, who landed
In New York in the Fall of 1867. The new
arrival found his way to a chop house on Lis
penard street, near Broadway. Richard Steiri*
was the pianist of this place and while he
engaged In playing for the singing of some
persons who were preaent Vivian volunteered
to sing a song. The proprietor, after hearing
Vivian, sent for the owner of the Americas
Theater, who was delighted with the superig*
voice of the stranger and immediately engage#
Kteirly invited Vivian to dinner at ma
boarding house and introduced him to W. L.
Bowron, another Englishman. This house was
at that time a favorite resort of the theatrical
profession. The excise laws of New York wer#
then very stringent, in consequence of whicS
Vivian and a number of congenial associates
were in the habit of assembling in the board
ing house parlors on Sunday afternoon for the
puipcse of indulging in social Intercourse. On
one of these occasions Vivian suggested that
the association be given a more permanent and
tangible form, which proposal was enthusiast
ically received.
“The organization was formed in the Winter
of 1867-68 and was given the name of the ‘Jolly
Corks,- an allusion to a trick Vivian and Bow
ron had learned in England which they had
practiced to the great amusement of their
"The popularity of the new organization soon
caused it to overtax the capacity of the board
ing house parlors. New quarters were secured
in Delancey street. The ‘Jolly Corks’ grew in
numbers and financial strength until steps were
taken for placing the society on a more endur
ing basis. It was deemed necessary to adopt
a more dignified title and the proper selection
became a matter of careful consideration.
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