Bay City Chapter No. 380 Order of the Eastern Star
 


Bay City Chapter No. 380 Order of the Eastern Star
By Shirley Haines 

 

Beginning in the mid-1890s, families moved to Bay City to establish homes, operate businesses, join churches and educate their children. Many of the men were members of the Masonic fraternity and their wives were members of the Order of The Eastern Star. On July 8, 1907, fourteen  women and six gentlemen met in the Masonic Lodge Room for the purpose  of organizing a chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

 

For several weeks prior to this time, J. W. Miller, who had been referred to as "the Robert Morris of Bay City Chapter," discussed the proposition with Masons and their wives. He aroused the interest of a sufficient number to warrant application being made to the proper authorities to organize a chapter of the Order of The Eastern Star in Bay City.

 

The request was granted, and Sarah Parker, deputy grand matron, was commissioned to come to Bay City to effect the organization of this chapter. She was accompanied by L. J. Black, Grand Ruth, and Leila Pond of the Orange Chapter; they arrived here on Sunday, July 7,. On Monday morning, July 8, the three women were escorted to the Lodge Room. Upon ascertaining the eligibility of those present to become members of the chapter, they proceeded to initiate the following individuals: Zoe Fowler, Sallie LeTulle, Lorena Gaines, Sallie Matthews, Mae Vaughn, Cora Perry, Mary Baker, Virginia Corbett, Lula Farmer, Lola Brown, Emma Whitehurst, Rose Duller, Pearl Morton, Fannie McDonald, L W. Brown, G. A. Moore, Jessie Matthews, J. W. Miller, J. E. Fowler and Charles E. Duller.

 

The visiting women spent Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday instructing those newly obligated members in the monitorial and esoteric work of the Order. On Tuesday night, July 9, the following were initiated: Bell Scott, Lorena Miller, Katie Vaughn, Cora Moore, John W. Gaines, R. L. Vaughn, A. S. Morton and W. H. Vaughn.

 

The following officers were installed by Sarah Parker and her assistants:

Zoe Fowler, worthy matron
G. A. Moore, worthy patron
Sallie Matthews, associate matron
Emma Whitehurst, chaplain
Virginia Corbett, Adah
Fannie McDonald, RUth
Cora Moore, Esther
Sallie LeTulle, Martha
Pearl Morton, Electa
Mae Vaughn, warder
J. W. Miller, sentinel

 

On October 9, 1907, the Grand Chapter of Texas,   Order   of  the  Eastern  Star,   declared   the  chapter  legally constituted  and issued  a   charter  to  Bay   City  Chapter  No.  380,  Order  of  the Eastern Star.

 

Each succeeding year saw this chapter growing, always striving to become more proficient in its work and to be an active chapter.

 

A pledge of $1000 to the Masonic Building Fund was eventually met through rummage sales, cake sales, and meals served for other organizations.

 

A number of members have served as deputy grand matron and grand representatives, and others have served on grand committees. The   chapterís   50th  anniversary   was  observed   in  1957 with   Mrs. Mary  Ann Morgan as Worthy Matron and Judge Jack Spurgeon as Worthy Patron.

  

Another   25  years  passed   and  on  October  9, 1982,   the  75th  anniversary  was observed.  Ms.  Neva Bunch  was  Worthy  Matron  and  Mr.  Jerry  Thompson was Worthy Patron. 

  

Palacios  Chapter  No. 125  Order of  the  Eastern Star  consolidated with Bay City Chapter No. 380 in March 1996.

  

On October 9,  2007  the chapter celebrated  its 100th  anniversary.   The chapter started with  20 members in 1907 and in 2007 there were 114 members.

 

Historic Matagorda County, Volume I, pp. 460-462

Submitted by Kenneth L. Thames                                            V. G. Burchfield, Worthy Patron 1945 & 1946 - Photo courtesy of Blessing Masonic Lodge No. 411
 

 

Past Worthy Matrons & Worthy Patrons
Bay City Chapter No. 380 Order of the Easter Star  
         

 

Matron

Year

Patron

Zoe Fowler

1907

G. A. Moore

Eula McDonald

1908

Jessie Matthews

Lola Brown

1909

G. A. Moore

Annie Lee

1910

G. C. Bland

Lorena Gaines

1911

E. E. Scott

Pearl Morton

1912

E. E. Scott

Cora Moore

1913

Amos Lee

Edna Reynolds

1914

J. E. Grace

Beulah Eidman

1915

E. N. Gustafson

Maud Gustafson

1916

G. A. Moore

Azalea Lloyd

1917

W. G. Street

Tenie Holmes

1918

Carroll M. Gaines

Georgina Burnett

1919

Seth Taylor

Carrie Erikson

1920

W. C. Carpenter

Sallie Williamson

1921

C. A. Erickson

Bobbye Harris

1922

A. Harris

Rose Williams

1923

Walter C. Lloyd

Tenie Porter

1924

J. A. Williams

Imogene Castleton

1925

Charles V. Yeamans

Jessie Wilkins

1926

W. H. Kelly

Ora Secrest

1927

W. F. Tetts

Helen Howard

1928

Frank S. Taylor

Jeanette Yeamans

1929

John F. Frick

Eunice Hamel

1930

F. A. Fowler

Ida Morehead

1931

W. E. McNabb

Alice Leach

1932

E. M. Williamson

Maggie Hensley

1933

T. A. Williams

Gladys Helmecke

1934

Charles Duller

Virginia Hutcheson

1935

Charles Duller

Keye Ingram

1936

C. A. Erickson

Mary Wilson

1937

J. J. Spurgeon

Naomi Davant

1938

J. A. Williams

Maurine Cole

1939

Aaron Greenberg

Josephine Williams

1940

Charles Newman

Estelle McPeak

1941

Luther Bunch

Louise Amos

1942

J. F. Ward

Bess Early

1943

J. A. Williams

Rose Newman

1944

J. A. Williams

Shirley Haines

1945

V. G. Burchfield

Helen Kasman

1946

V. G. Burchfield

Lula Mae Oliver

1947

R. C. Crocker

Margaret Rooth

1948

Van J. Simmons

Marion Amos

1949

William Amos

Pearl Alexander

1950

J. E. Jordan

Helen Rooth

1951

Charles Wolf

Nannie Burchfield

1952

Eugene Long

Ollie B. Holmans

1953

William P. Holmans

Helen Gasaway

1954

Kenneth O'Connell

Myrtle Davis

1955

E. C. Davis

Korah Belle Taylor

1956

J. A. Taylor

Mary Anne Morgan

1957

J. J. Spurgeon

Frankie Ruth

1958

Hughes Cox

Fern Quinn

1959

Sam A. Quinn

Jewel McElrath

1960

Fred Friday

Edna Lou Brown

1961

George R. Brown

Evelyn Mielsch

1962

John Paul Mielsch

Louise Matthews

1963

J. C. Glover

Opal Oates

1964

Carl Oates

Maxine Glover

1965

J. C. Glover

Billie Jean Reynal

1966

Paul Wakefield

Orene Davis

1967

E. C. Davis

Johnna Ruth Norris

1968

Russell Matthes

Hazel Sparks

1969

J. L. Townsend

Alma Wakefield

1970

Paul Wakefield

Ola Merle Powell

1971

Ben Powell

Maxine Glover

1972

J. C. Glover

Margaret Coyle

1973

Irl Coyle

Annette Cook

1974

Alfred Lee Cook

Lorene Wells

1975

Douglas B. Wells

Karla Nash

1976

Paul Wakefield

Thelma Sutton

1977

Lewis L. Sutton

Carolyn Hale

198

J. C. Glover

Juanita Matthes

1979

Russell Matthes

Myrtle Davis

1980

Ed Reynal

Cathey Lynne Sawyer

1981

Boyd J. Sawyer

Neva Bunch

1982

Carl Oates

Neva Bunch

1983

Carl Oates

Juanita Matthes

1984

Russell Matthes

Christine Cook

1985

Ed Reynal

Maxine Glover

1986

J. C. Glover

Patricia Knight

1987

Douglas B. Wells

Patricia Wehmeyer

1988

James Wehmeyer

Maggie Estlinbaum

1989

J. C. Glover

Carolyn Hale

1990

David Cockrell

Gayle Shelley

1991

Ken Shelley

Lorene Wells

1992

Douglas B. Wells

Shirley Terry

1993

Douglas Matthes

Maxine Glover

1994

Russell Matthes

Donna Harrington

1995

Sul-Ross Harrington

Susan Ashbrook

1996

Victor Ashbrook

Gerry Sturtz

1997

Bill Sturtz

Gayle Shelley

1998

Ken Shelley

Gerry Sturtz

1999

Russell Matthes

Kerry Brenner

2000

John Woolsey, Jr.

Shirley Arnold

2001

Wayne Arnold

Maxine Glover

2002

Russell Matthes

Elaine Day

2003

Russell Matthes

Elaine Day

2004

John Woolsey, Jr.

Lisa Remmy

2005

Russell Matthes

 

 


Eastern Star Elects Officers For Ensuing Year

It takes more than "weather" to keep the officers and members away from a Star meeting when we have an initiation and election of officers scheduled. There were __ members who braved the rain and lightning on Tuesday night, May 6, to attend the meeting and confer the degrees of our beautiful order upon three candidates: Miss Nola White, Mrs. Francis Watkins and Mr. Leslie Watkins, who received the degrees as calmly as though the elements were at peace outside. The hall had been decorated profusely with larkspur and Sweetheart roses in wall pockets and floor baskets by Mrs. Mollie Horn and Mrs. Annas Horn. The star point stations were especially lovely with small baskets of sweet peas and fern in the appropriate colors of blue, yellow, white, green and red. Each officer gave the initiatory work in a most effective and impressive manner as though they remembered that this was to be the last initiation of the officers of this year.

Report of the Mother-Daughter banquet which was served by the ladies of the Eastern Star, was made by the general chairman, Mrs. Sallie Williamson. The report was received and thanks tendered "Sister Sallie" and her efficient committees for the pleasing manner in which the banquet was served.

With the Worthy Patron, J. J. Frick presiding, the following officers were elected for the incoming year:

Worthy Matron, Mrs. Eunice Cates
Worthy Patron, F. A. Verser
Associate Matron, Mrs. Ida Morehead
Associate Patron, W. E. McNabb
Secretary, Mrs. Sallie Williamson
Treasurer, Mrs. Olga Matchett
Conductress, Mrs. Alice Leech
Associate Conductress, Mrs. Maggie Hensley

The other offices are appointed and will be filled by the Worthy Matron Elect. Immediately after the election had been declared the present Matron, Mrs. Jeanette Yeamans, asked that our newly elected Matron, Mrs. Eunice Cates and Patron, F. A. Verser, be escorted to the East where they were given a hearty welcome by the chapter. The gavel was extended to Mrs. Cates and in courtesy she was asked to close the chapter. We were then invited to the club room for refreshments, consisting of brick ice cream in pink, white and lavender and Angel Food Diamonds in pink and lavender, graciously served by Mrs. Daisy Lewis, Mrs. Allick and Mrs. Porter.

Daily Tribune, May 14, 1930
 


Bay City Eastern Star Installs Officers

Tuesday night of this week was the time set apart for Bay City O. E. S. to install its officers for the coming year, and it was a very beautiful service. Mrs. Ida Morehead, the now Past Matron, opened the chapter in regular form, and the business of the chapter was soon dispatched, and "for the good of the order," installation was begun. Sister Jeanette Yeamans, serving in her capacity of D. Grand Matron was installing officer and Sister Carrie Erickson, Grand Marshal; Sister Annie Lee, Grand Chaplain; Sister Cora B. Moore, Grand Organist, were the officiating members.

The newly elected and appointive officers were called, and after the ritual addresses, each officer was presented at the altar where he or she, was accepted the station for which each had been elected.

Sister Alice Leech was escorted to her station in the East, as Worthy Matron and Brother E. M. Williamson took his station at her left, as Worthy Patron for 1932 and 1933. A very attractive plan had been chosen for the Star points, and as each one was escorted to her station, the Grand Marshal pinned a lovely corsage in the color appropriate to her station, upon the shoulder, each the gift of the new Matron to her official family. The following were installed at this time:

Worthy Matron, Mrs. Alice Leech
Worthy Patron, Mr. E. M. Williamson
Associate Matron, Mrs. Mattie Hensley
Associate Patron, Mr. T. A. Williams
Secretary, Mrs. Sallie Williamson
Treasurer, Miss Eula Mae Noster
Conductress, Mrs. Gladys Helmecke
Associate Conductress, Mrs. Virginia Hutcheson
Chaplain, Mrs. Eunice Bussell
Organist, Miss Bernice Milner
Marshal, Mrs. Eunice Cates
Adah, Mrs. Minnie Fields
Ruth, Mrs. Roberta Watkins
Esther, Mrs. Keye Ingram
Martha, Mrs. Maurine Reed
Electa, Mrs. Mary Martin
Warder, Mrs. Bonnie Young
Sentinel, Mr. Chas. V. Yeamans.

Visitors present from other chapters were Mrs. Roberts of the West Columbia chapter, and Mrs. Jessie Clark of Oklahoma City Chapter, who each brought greetings to the Bay City Chapter.

The newly installed officers at once assumed the duties of her station. Sister Leech, who is one of the "A" members of the chapter, asked the co-operation of the chapter, and the support of her officers in their various stations, for she realized that it takes "team" work to put anything across, and with the assistance of all, the year promises much good for the Bay City Chapter O. E. S. and she closed the chapter in regular form.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 16, 1932
 


Mrs. Korah B. Taylor To Be Installed Worthy Matron

Mrs. Korah Belle Taylor will be installed Worthy Matron of Bay City Chapter 380 at the Masonic Hall Thursday evening at 8. Other officers to be installed are John A. Taylor, Worthy Patron; Mary Anne Morgan, Associate Matron; J. J. Spurgeon, Associate Patron; Ila Mae Simmons, Secretary; Jewel McElrath, Treasurer; Frankie Ruth, Conductress; Shirley Schulz, Associate Conductress; Marguerite Sirman, Chaplain; Pearl Friday, Marshall; Edna Lou Brown, Organist; Lorene Wells, Ada; Della Mae Ruth, Ruth; Louise Cantrell, Esther; Evelyn Mielsch, Martha; Katybel Wade; Electa; Maine Glover, Warder, V. C. Burchfield, Sentinel.

The meeting will be open.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 6, 1956
 


Front row l to r: J. C. Glover, Maxine Glover, Billie Jean Reynal, Paul Wakefield
Second row l to r: Johnna Ruth Norris,
Third row l to r: Marguerite Sirman, Bobbye Taylor
Fourth row l to r: Alma Wakefield, Bill Sirman, J. L. Townsend


Eastern Star Has Installation Here

In an important and meaningful ceremony, recently, Mrs. Maxine Glover was installed as Worthy Matron and J. C. Glover, Worthy Patron, of the Bay City Chapter #380 Order of Eastern Star.

Also installed as officers of the chapter were Mrs. Billie Jean Reynal, associate matron; Paul Wakefield, associate patron; Ila Mae Simmons, secretary; Marguerite Sirman, treasurer; Orene Davis, conductress; Johnna Ruth Norris, associate conductress.

Appointed officers installed were Hazel Townsend, chaplain; Juanita Matthes, marshal; Bobbye Taylor, organist; and Star Points are  (Adah) Shirley Schultz, (Ruth) Mary Ashby, (Esther) Peggy Henderson, (Martha) Mattie Conroy, and (Electa) Alma Wakefield. Bill Sirman is warden and J. L. Townsend is sentinel.

The Chapter Room was decorated for the event with the East banked with appointed pot plants and beautiful greenery.

Colors of the Worthy Matron were pink and white and were also carried out around the Chapter Room as bouquets of flowers graced the piano, secretary's desk, and the five officers stations. The Star Points stations were marked by end vases containing flowers of their appropriate station's color.

The registration book was presided over by Mrs. Susie Dickerson and the two sons and niece of the Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron-elect, George William and Gary Glover and Cindy Gosling. The Holy Bible and the Square and Compasses were placed on the altar by two lovely little girls, Debbie and Becky Gosling, nieces of the WM and WP-elect.

The retiring WM and WP, Opal and Carl Oates opened the meeting and welcomed the guests of the installation. The Deputy Grand Matron of District 4, Section 9, Grand Chapter of Texas, Wilma Franke was introduced and welcomed in the East.

Worthy Matron Opal Oates then introduced the installing officer, Helen Gasoway, Past Deputy Grand Matron, District 4, Section 9, Grand Chapter of Texas. Sister Helen in turn introduced her assistants for the evening. They were all past Matrons of the local chapter--Mrs. Myrtle Davis, installing marshal; Mrs. Evelyn Mielsch, installing chaplain; Mrs. Edna Lou Brown, installing organist; Mrs. Nannie Belle Burchfield, installing secretary.

Dismissal was to a rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" sung beautifully by Mrs. Louise Cantrell. Everyone then retired to a lovely decorated club room for refreshments. White cake with the OES Star emblem on top, pink punch, assorted nuts, and mints were served from crystal and silver appointments.

Candelabras with pink candles and lovely pink carnation arrangements were lovely on the table, which was laid with an exquisite white cloth over pink taffeta. This carried out the color scheme of pink and white which was followed by the incoming Matron and Patron. Mrs. Bonnie Gosling and Mrs. Linda Perry served the guest and a joyous fellowship was had by all.

Daily Tribune,
 



 

 

 
             


Bay City Assembly No. 119 Order of the Rainbow For Girls
 


Senior Rainbow Girls Honored At Party

The senior members of the Rainbow Girls were honored with a coke party Thursday afternoon with the advisory board of the assembly as hosts,

The table was laid with white organdy over yellow and held a central arrangement of yellow lilies and purple larkspur.

Refreshments of fancy sandwiches, assorted cookies, mints, cokes were served.

The honorees received ear screws as gifts from the assembly all arranged in a lovely basket. Mother advisor, Mrs. Jewel McElrath also gave them gifts.

Senior girls honored were Nancy Webb, Norma Jean Meinke, Ann Holmans, Paula Rogers, Betsy Coleman, Julia Salter, Peggy Schulz, Cynthia Hatchett, Lois Bickham, Leah Harrington, Shirley Lenderman, Judy Cox, Barbara Sue Brown and Barbara Jean Morehead.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 24, 1956
 


Rainbow Girls Initiation Meeting

Bay City Chapter of the Order of Rainbow for Girls will have their initiation meeting Tuesday night, May 22nd, at 7:00 p. m. at the Masonic Hall.

Three more girls will be accepted into the Order.

All officers and members of the order are urged to attend since this will be the last meeting for the present group of officers.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the meeting.

All Masons and Eastern Stars are most cordially invited to attend.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 24, 1956
 


Miss Julia Salter To Be Installed Worthy Advisor

Miss Julia Salter will be installed as Worthy Advisor of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls in a public installation service. The service will be held in Wesley Hall Sunday, June 3 at 2:30 p. m. Miss Salter is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Salter.

Other officers to be installed are Sallie Milner, Nancy Seerden, Betty Jean McKelvey, Nancy Newman, Carole Sue Hildreth, Kathleen Meinke, Dorothy Jane Willis, Margie Gavender, Kay Franz, Pat Simpson, Annette Bunk, Paula McCullough, Jane Morris, Beatrice Miller, Dorothy Burr, Barbara Miller.

The public is cordially invited to attend.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 7, 1956
 


Local Girls Attend Instruction School For Rainbows

Thirteen girls and three adults from the Bay City Assembly No. 119, attended a school of instruction in El Campo, Jan. 17. Conducting the school was Mrs. Martha Marie Whitfield, Supreme Inspector, Supreme Order of Rainbow for Girls.

The following local girls each holding an office in the school were in attendance: Rachel Harrison, Dorothy Burr, Oralee Hurst, Annette Bunk, Irby Curtiss, Barbara Miller, Janice Schimek, Shirley Kinard, Harriett Brady, Joyce Lawrence, Jean Roberts, Carolina Bearse, Julianne McAllister.

Adults attending were, Mrs. E. L. Gentry, Mrs. Lorene Wells and Mrs. E. E. Brooks.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 29, 1959
 

 

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