The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 2, Ed. 1 Monday, February 1, 1909 Page: 1 of 8
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Send all Medli*l Examination! to Dr. El Q. Sharp,
Orand Medical Examiner, Guthrie, Okla.
Send all Report* and Correspondency to TV
Grand Recorder, Guthrie, Okla.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE A.O.U.W.
Eleventh Session of the Grand Lodge Convenes in
Convention Hall, Muskogee, Feb. 5th.
STATE ORGANIZATION PERFECTED
Degree of Honor Organize and Elect Officers for the
Year—Entertainment and Love Feast
Were Attractive Features.
The eleventh annual session of the
Oklahoma Grand Lodge, Ancient Or-
der of United Workmen, held its pre-
liminary session at Convention hall
at 10 o'clock Tuesday Feb. 5, Thomas
B. Smith of Muskogee acting as tem-
Dr. Leo Bennett speaking for the
municipality, made a fine address of
welcome, assuring the 200 or more
ilHcers, delegates and alternates pres-
ent that they were warmly received.
Upon behalf of the Grand Lodge, Att-
orney M. W. Hindi of Kingfisher made
response as did Supreme Master
Workman Narvis of Des Moines.
Mr. Narvis' Address.
Among other remarks Mr. Narvis-
said that if he should endeavor to
amend the marriage laws of the nation
he would make the holding of a ben-
eficiary certificate in an adequate
rate fraternal order a pre-requisite to
the issuance of a marriage license.
Apparently drastic but a provision
that would save many a widow with
children from seeking the wash-tub
or worse means to secure a living for
her llock, and guarantee an education
lor the orphan.
Bereft of both parents and foster
parents before he was a dozen years
of age. Mr. Narvis spoke from his
G. M. W. S. L. Johnson of Okmul-
gee then commenced the routine busi-
ness of the session by appointing com-
mittees as follows:
On credentials—Messrs A. T. Whit-
man of Oklahoma City, H. Bahntags
of Stillwater, and W. E. Imel of Ponca
Committee on Distribution—Messrs.
Pappie of Kingfisher, H. B. Gilstrap of
Chandler, and I. D. Patterson of Hart-
Mr. A. Lowenstein of Arvlmore, was
appointed to fill a vacancy in the fin-
ance committee. Mr. W. J. Leather-
man of Guthrie, was made assistant
Trolly and Theatres.
Adjournment was then taken and
upon reasembling at 1:30 p. m. a trol-
ly ride to Hyde Park and to the city's
western limit was taken, following
which the Yale motion pictures were
visited. After supper the Crystal and
Lyric theatres were visited.
Degree of Honor.
Tuesday at 9 a. m. in the commercial
club rooms convenes the second an-
nual convention of the vlegree of Hon-
or. the ladies- auxiliary of the Work-
man order, of which there are thirty
lodges throughout the state with a
membership of nearly 600.
Mrs. W. L. Hewitt, Mrs. W. R.
Welch of Guthrie, Mrs. \V. E. Imel of
Ponca City are among the store of
delegates present. The sessions of
this body will continue for two 'days.
After having been in annual ses-
sion in Convention hall since last
Tuesday morning the convention of the
Ancient Order of United Workmen
adjourned last night to meet next
February in Sapulpa.
The sessions of the order have been
executive and little has been made
Public concerning the -deliberations but
it was stated yesterday that purely
routine matters were discussed.
I lie annual election of officers was
held Tuesday afternoon and resulted
Grand Master Workman, S. I, John-
son, of Okmulgee.
Past Grand Master, J. M. Wells, of
Grand Foreman. J. A. Davidson, of
Grand Overseer, Thad H. Harbour, of
Gram] Recorder, W. R. Welch, of
Grand Receiver, J. E. Sater of Still-
Grand Medical Examiner, Dr. E. fl.
Sharp, qf Guthrie.
Representatives to the Supreme
Lodge of th.- A. O. U. W. which meets
at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, in 1910, J. M.
Wells, of Kingfisher; E. O. Flood, of
Lawton, and S L. Johnson, of ok-
Board of Directors, S. L. Johnson,
who holds the position of president of
the Board of Directors by reason of
bis position as Crawl Master of the
organization, H. E. Rakeman of Sa-
pulpa. A. T. Whitman of Oklahoma
City, S. F.Allenbaugh of Payson, Har-
ry Donart of Stillwater, A. H. Lyons
of Hennessey, J. P. McLarty of Wil-
burton. Harry Horner of Enid and \\".
1.. Bell of Muskogee.
Re-elected to Office.
of the newly elected officers Gran l
Master Workman S. L. Johnson, Grand
Recorder Welch were re-elected and
Grand Receiver Sater being re-elected
for the seventeenth time to the office.
Itesolutions were adopted expressing
the thanks of the order to the Com-
mercial club, the Elks club and various
committees appointed to entertain the
delegates, and to the citizens of Mus-
kogee who assisted in the entertain-
ment. It was the sense of the order
as expressed in the resolutions that
a most enjoyable time had been spent
in Muskogee and the delegates w* i •
more than pleased with the hospitality
that had been bes ' upon them
within the portals •ty/Syr.
The next annual eoi,. ..
held in Sapulpa on the first iu
in February, 1910.
History of Order.
The A. o. F. W. of the Oklahoma
jurisdiction was organized in 189J in
Guthrie and in 1N9N was reorganized
under the authority of the Suprem
Lodge or the rnited States and Can
ada. From official reports supplied to
members during the convention it wa ■
shown that the membership has in-
creased within recent years, reducing
the age average and adding a large
sum to the reserve funvl.
The principal feature of the organi-
zation is the fraternal insurance de-
partment. During the past year, as
shown by reports submitted in con-
vention, benefits aggregating $50,000
have been paid out. Even during the
three days the convention was in ses-
sion two warrants were drawn for
payment of death claims in the stall
amounting to $.4,000 and were paid,
within one week of the time of the
The membership of the state
ported by the grand recorder
The convention adjourn*'.1 la-st night
after the installation of the newly
elected officers and then the dele-
gates, numbering about 175, were ten-
dered a farewell reception in the au-
ditorium of Convention hall
Muskogee lodge members.
A number of the delegates
ed to their homes last night
majority remained over until
SECOND ANNUAL SESSION
OF DEGREE OF HONOR.
Women's Auxiliary of A. O. U. W.
Meets in Turner Hotel —
The second annual session of t!• <
state convention of the Degree of
Honor, auxiliary to the A. O. IT. \.
met yesterday afternoon in the Com-
mercial club rooms at the Turn
Hotel. Mrs. Alice Welch, of Guthrl ■,
state president, presided. Mrs. Wi
liam L. Hewitt of this city 'ieliven I
the address of welcome in well chose o
words, and was responded to by Mr;.
Welch and Mrs. Mae Heixlerson, sup-
The order then proceeded to bus -
ness and elected officers for the eon
ing year. Mrs. Welch was re-eleet< d
president. Mrs. Cora Meeker of S:
pulpa, vice president, was also chos-
en to succeed herself. Miss Doi a
Gibbs of Enid was elected Record, r
to succeed Mrs. Martha Pitts.
An hour was then spent in exect
tive session in general 'discussion of
subjects of interest to the order. Pi
pers were read by the following d -
egates: Mrs. W. L. Hewitt on "How
to Obtain Members"; Mrs. Welch en
"How to Do Official Lo:lge Work:"
Mrs. Meeker on "Should Lodgt Din
Be Sufficient to Sustain Lodges?" ai 1
by Mrs. Pitts on "A Model Lodge."
The session was one of interest an 1
benefit to the lodges all over the slat
and after the installation of officer-
adjourned to meet the first Tuesday in
February, 1910, in Sapulpa, at which
time and place the Grand Lodgt1 of the
A. O. U. W. will meet.
Representatives present from lodges
-or the state are as follows: Lodge
Ty o. 1, Ponca City, Man Intel; No. 4
Guthrie, Alice West; No. 8, Cameron
Mrs. M V. Harbour; No. 9. Lamont,
E. W. Elsfelder, alternate; No. 11.
Kingfisher, Clannis M. Brown; No. 12.
101 Reno, Martha Pitts; No. 14. Enid,
Dora E. Gibbs; No. 21, Wilburton,
Fannie Pettijohn; No. 23, Davis, Sarah
Sanders; No. 24, Sallisaw, Dorice
Smith; No. 27. Adair, Luella Whitney;
No. 31, Chickasha, Mary E. Darnell;
No. 33, Sapulpa, Cora Meeker; No. 40,
Dowe, Jennie Shores; No. 41, Choteau,
Grand Lodge Notes.
A net gain of over 400 members is
shown by the Grand Recorder's an-
nual report. Present total, 3810.
During the past year thirty mem-
bers have passed away an\1 $54,000 in-
surance has been paid to their wid-
ows and orphans.
Nearly $15"),000 totals the amount of
money handled by the order during the
The reserve fund of the order
amounts to nearly $65,000. or a per
capita reserve of over $1(1. )i. a. llatUir-
ing showing tor a fund so lately be-
J. E. Sater of Stillwater has been
grand receiver of the order for so
long that nobody seems to remember
when lie was first elected. He says
that the reserve funds of the oi'Jer
are invested wisely in county school
and municipal bonds an,1 farm mort-
There are present at the meeting
t ight past grand master workmen who
have served the order during pasi
Harry Gilstrap of the Chandler
News and postmaster there, seems to
be the sole representative of the
press in attendance, although Whit-
man of Oklali ima City admits that he
is a reformed newspaper scribe.
The present administration has
seemingly been so satisfactory that
but little change will be made inn the
"The order starts the year 1909 with
a good feeling among the members,"
said J. A. Davidson, Oklahoma City's
representative, "that I am predicting
an unusually prosperous year."
Be it Resolved, That the royal wel-
come extended to this Grand Lodge
last year, held in the city of Enid, in
behalf of the citizens of Muskogee and
Muskogee Lodge No. 43. through Bro-
ther Bechtel as- an inducement to sel-
ect the city of Muskogee in which to
hold its next regular annual sessioi?.
which was accepted with some mis-
givings that tile hospitality of the city
of Muskogee anvl Muskogee Lodge
would not lie equal to meet such ex-
travagant pledges of kind and charac-
ter. and warmth of hospitality that
would he shown, but after a three
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Leatherman, W. J. The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 2, Ed. 1 Monday, February 1, 1909, newspaper, February 1, 1909; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc274529/m1/1/: accessed December 10, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.