Elks History

Early 1900s

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Many of the Elks Meetings from 1912 until 1920 covered such items as announcing who was ill, who had passed away, possible new members, initiation of new members, repairs needed to the Elks home, developing a constitution and by-laws, keeping the old coal furnace running, and deciding how much to charge for dues. Donations to charitable causes were also important as they still are today.
One of the interesting things the minutes of each meeting show is the location of members. Each time a member joined, resigned, took a leave of absence (called a dimit), moved to another town, moved to another state, joined another Elks lodge, got married, or died - it is recorded. Our records actually offer a complete history on hundreds if not thousands of men that have been members during our 100 years.

Officers were nominated every year in late March or Early April. Election of Officers was held each April and installation was held shortly thereafter. The installation of officers was a bid affair for all involved. Formal dinners for all of the men were held after the installation was over.
The treasury was a constant concern. At one time, a type of stock was sold to members to help build up funds for the Club. In later years, members or their widows were permitted to cash in their stock and be paid interest on it.
On occasion, one of the brothers would get out of line in the social rooms and have to be reprimanded. One such incident started when one of the brothers threw a missile across the room at another member. The brother was ordered to make an apology in the lodge room to other members.

Ladies were not permitted in the Elks home until the mid 19 12’s. At that time an annual ladies evening was held, where dinner was served and musical entertainment was provided. Of course the ladies in attendance were the wives of members, this was not for single women. In later years the club allowed women to enter the club on the first Tuesday of each month. 1917 shows the concern the men had for their community when they voted to donate $500 to the New Castle Tornado Relief Fund.

1917 also shows the patriotism the lodge brothers had. When World War I broke out, the lodge collected funds, sent packages to service men, helped families here at home, and help pay for funeral for those who didn’t have the money to do so. After the war was over, the lodge continued to help children with medical needs, donated regularly to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army and was one of the first to donate a substantial amount of money to the New Y.M.C.A.