Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges of Matagorda County


La Salle Lodge 47, I. O. O. F.
Matagorda, Texas

 



 


The first lodge of Odd Fellows [in the United States] was organized in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 19, 1819, by Thomas Weldey who had belonged to the organization when he lived England. In February , 1825, he helped institute the Grand Lodge of the United States.

Lone Star Lodge No. 1 was instituted in the Republic of Texas, at Houston, on July 25, 1838.

Matagorda Lodge No. 47 IOOF was organized in the town of Matagorda on November 30, 1854.

In 1903, as members transferred from the La Salle Lodge No. 47 into the Bay City Lodge No. 81, the records indicated T. M. Ramey was initiated into La Salle Lodge on February 13, 1904; Ed Wadsworth, June 10, 1871; George Austin, April 4, 1880; and S. S. Moore, April 4, 1896.

[This article also contained the information in the article below.]

Mary B. Ingram

Historic Matagorda County, Volume 1, p. 451
 



 


La Salle Lodge 47, I. O. O. F.
Chartered November, 1854
Matagorda, Texas

Through the courtesy of Mr. William Walker, active member of the Bay City chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, three age-worn, tattered record books of La Salle Lodge, No. 47, I. O. O. F. lie before us. They are 87 years old. They deserve to be tattered.

One of the volumes is a record of the initiation into La Salle lodge of its various members. A second volume is the minutes of the meetings from Nov. 30, 1854 to 1859, after which the handwriting becomes practically illegible and the latest recordings may be 1869--it is impossible to tell.

We quote from the minutes of the first meeting herein recorded:

The petitioners for charter were called together by Brother W. H. Johnson, acting deputy grandmaster, whereupon all being present the lodge was duly organized and the following brothers elected and installed into their respective offices to serve the ensuing term:

J. C. Perry, N. G.

S. G. Powell, V. G.

J. W. Granger, Sec.

E. B. Condry, Treas.

Bro. W. H. Austin was appointed warden by the N. G.

The business of the lodge being completed it was then resolved into a degree lodge and the five degrees duly conferred on Brother Powell and the Blue, Green and Scarlet degrees on Brother W. H. Austin.

By Resolution this lodge was called La Salle Lodge No. 47 and will be hailed and known by the above title. It was further resolved that the constitution and by-laws of Indianola lodge was adopted for resent use. It was further resolved that the regular meeting nights will be on Tuesday.

The third volume is the treasurer's book. It appears to have been through both fire and flood. Familiar names are jotted on its first pages--William Austin, E. B. Condry, August Duffy, Dr. F. K. Fisher, Galen Hodges, Charles H. Ives, James Selkirk and others. At length, as of December, 1854, entries are more comprehensive and extend more or less completely, it is surmised, to the last, entry, that of Irvin Rugeley, August, 1975.

Then silence.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 23, 1945
 


Members of LaSalle Lodge 47 I. O. O. F.

The following names are from membership records of LaSalle Lodge, 1890-1911, which are housed at the Matagorda County Museum. Members with no additional information joined before this book began. They signed as the member recommending the prospective member or as a member of the investigating committee.

MEMBER PETITION DATE AGE OCCUPATION INITIATION DATE

Austin, George

       

Bell, Frank E.

1905-01-05

21

Boatman

 

Berg, J. H.

 

 

 

 

Braman, William C.

 

 

 

 

Burkhart, Chas. W.

1902-08-23

30

Stockman

 

Burkhart, Geo.

1905-06-09

31

Clerk

 

Burkhart, Harry

1904-04-09

35

Barber

1904-04-16

Calhoun, E. L.

1908-03-02

29

Farmer

1908-03-14

Cookenboo, Henry

 

 

 

 

Cookenboo, Walter S.

1904-03-26

22

Druggist

1904-04-02

Culver, G. B.

 

 

 

 

Culver, John A.

1890-06-28

33

Carpenter

1890-07-19

Duffy, Amos E.

1911-04-08

24

Merchant

1911-04-15

Eidlebach, Chas. P.

1901-06-23

34

Boatman

1900-06-30

Foote, Stephen A.

1901-03-11

31

Physician

1901-03-30

Gilmore [Gillmore], C. M.

1909-08-14

25

Farming

1909-08-21

Gober, J. M.

1895-09-14

36

Physician

1895-09-14

Gottchalk, Gus

1904-02-06

47

Rice Farmer

1904-02-13

Hawkins, James B.

1902-12-13

22

Merchant

1902-12-20

Hill, Stephen D.

1893-01-21

42

 

1893-02-20

Kilbride, Ed

1903-07-16

32

Stockman

 

Lawson, E. L.

1907-03-23

41

Stockman

1907-03-30

McNabb, A. W.

1908-03-13

28

Book Keeper

1908-03-21

McNabb, W. E.

1907-08-24

32

County Official

1907-09-07

Meriwether, G. B.

1903-12-23

32

Civil Engineer

 

Moberly, O. R.

1911-03-11

28

Carpenter

1911-03-18

Moore, Clay M. D.

1907-04-27

33

Physician

1907-05-04

Moore, S. S.

1896-03-28

24

Merchant

1896-03-30

Nolte, Charles

1903-04-18

55

Carpenter

 

Phillips, Ed

1903-06-01

22

Stockman

 

Phillips, John B.

 

 

 

 

Phillips, Robert W.

1900-07-25

30

Boatman

1900-08-04

Phillips, William J., Jr.

1900-07-27

22

Stock Raiser

1900-08-04

Phillips, William J., Sr.

       

Robbins, F[red]. McC.

1905-04-15

34

Stockman

 

Robbins, Fred S.

1904-12-22

46

Stock Raiser

1904-12-31

Rugeley, Frank L.

1901-03-23

46

Clerk

1901-03-30

Ryman, B. A.

1903-02-12

42

Stockraiser

 

Sargent, Geo. T.

1893-01-07

25

Stockman

1893-01-09

Scott. E. E.

1903-12-10

36

Physician

 

Selkirk, James H.

 

 

 

 

Serrill, H. H.

 

 

 

 

Smith, J. M.

1907-05-15

45

Stockman

1907-05-18

Stapp, Howard

1901-03-06

29

Boatman

1901-03-23

Sterne, Goodwin

       

Sterne, W. C.

1907-03-16

42

Fish Dealer

1907-03-23

Stewart, A. C.

1896-03-28

22

Merchant

1896-03-30

Stewart, Greenberry

1902-10-18

30

Stockman

 

Stewart, W. S.

 

 

 

 

Wadsworth, A. H.

1908-04-28

21

Druggist

1908-05-16

Walker, A. J.

1900-12-01

33

Farmer-Hawkinsville

1900-12-08

Walker, H. M.

1905-10-28

38

Merchant

1905-10-04?

Wilkins, C. P.

1906-02-24

32

Druggust

1906-__-__

Williams, W. E.

1908-08-01

38

Boatman

1908-08-28


 



 

 


Bay City I. O. O. F.  Lodge No. 81
Bay City, Texas

 


1965 located at 1717 Ave C   phone CI 5-8000
 


Bay City IOOF Lodge No. 81 was organized in January, 1903, and the charter was filed April 23, 1903. The charter members were: George Austin, G. B. Culver, A. C. Stewart, S. A. Foote, S. S. Moore, Ed. Wadsworth, William E. Austin, J. H. Selkirk and J. L. Ladd. All were former members of the old Matagorda Lodge No. 47 except for J. L. Ladd.

On January 28, 1903, the following were initiated into the lodge: Amos Lee, J. M. Sims, R. C. Biggs, J. B. Caverley, A. S. Collins, T. W. Bundick, A. R. Benge and E. T. Higgins.

The Bay City Lodge absorbed Palacios Lodge No. 745 on December 12, 1933, and Matagorda Lodge No. 47 on February 14, 1937.

During the first 30 years, some 300 members had signed the register.

The IOOF is a sponsor for the World Eye Bank and Visual Research at Johns Hopkins, the United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth, and the Kidney Foundation.

George Helmecke, 1937

Historic Matagorda County, Volume I, page 458
 


Members of Bay City Lodge 81 I. O. O. F.

The following names are from membership records of Bay City Lodge 81, 1903-1918, which are housed at the Matagorda County Museum.

NAME AGE OCCUPATION ADMITTED RESIDENCE
ADDITIONAL NOTES

Austin, George

 46

County Clerk

1903-01-28

 Bay City

Austin, William E.

48

Attorney

1903-01-28

Bay City

Baker, Sam J.

37

Nurseryman

1910-06-30

Bay City

Bashaw, C. W.

45

Mechanic

1918-02-24

Bay City

Bates, T. L.

49

Farmer

1912-12-20

Bay City

Beach, A. T.

 

 

1912-01-19

Bay City

Bess, Arnold P.

28

Oil Driller

1916-09-07

Clemville

Brooks, T. C. Dr.

40

Physician

1914-12-28

Bay City

Broughton, W. H.

43

Farmer

1918-02-21

Bay City

Buff, B. E.

40

Farmer

1917-11-15

Magnet

Bundick, J. E.

24

Farmer

1903-05-15

Markham

Cabiniss, C. V.

45

Farmer

1916-04-20

Markham

Carr, Bert

46

 

1918-01-03

 

Carr, Jas. F.

 

Meth. Pastor

1913-11-24

Bay City

Carr, S. Lee

35

Farmer

1918-05-02

Bay City

Carr, Theron F.

76

Farmer

1917-01-17

 

Carter, Jas. F.

41

Tax  Asser

1918-05-02

Bay City

Castle, Geo, M.

 

Carpenter

1914-01-26

 

Churchill, Jas. Albert

24

Sec Foreman

1918-04-__

Lane City

Collins, A. S.

31

 

1903-01-28

Bay City

Daughters, C. S.

46

Merchant

1916-06-15

Clemville

Daughters, Harley L.

21

Oil Well Driller

1914-03-30

Clemville, Tex

Davant, W. E.

29

Lawyer

1916-04-20

Bay City

Davison, A. L.

40

Farmer

1917-03-15

Bay City

De St Aubin, C. L.

38

Agt. Wells Fargo

1917-05-31

Bay City

Dienst, Theodore

31

Electrician

1914-06-08

 

Foote, S. A. Dr.

39

Physician

1909-04-02

Bay City

Forstner, Joseph

30

Salesman

1916-03-09

Bay City

Frizzell, L. T.

40

Teacher

1909-06-04

Bay City

Fullingim, G. W.

 

Farmer

1911-02-03

Bay City

Furber, W. A.

43

Banker

1915-03-09

Markham

Gaines, John W.

39

Attorney

1903-05-08

Bay City

Gillett?, W. J.

24

Bookkeeper

1912-11-21

Clemville

Gillette, S. J.

29

Merchant

1914-12-28

Bay City

Gillmore, L. P.

 

 

 

(Listed in the index, but not in the ledger)

Glick, E. O.

 

Day Laborer

1914-03-09

Bay City
Transferred to Pasadena Lodge No. 324, Pasadena, Cal. June 6, 1918

Gottschalk, J. C.

23

Butcher

1917-02-22

Bay City

Grantham, Felix

38

Black Smith

1905-12-11

Bay City

Hamill, C. G.

 

Oil Well Driller

1913-11-15

 

Harper, Filmore

36

Farmer

1917-06-14

Bay City

Harper, V. T.

36

Farmer

1914-07-20

Bay City

Harris, G. F.

 

 

 

(Listed in the index, but not in the ledger)

Hatchett, O. E.

39

Carpenter

1903-09-07

Bay City

Hawkins, Frank

 

Mang. Prtg. Co.

1913-11-24

 

Hawkins, G. A..

 

 

1915-03-15

 

Hawkins, J. E.

 

 

 

(Listed in the index, but not in the ledger)

Hayes, T. H.

24

Oil Well Driller

1914-04-06

Clemville, Tx
Crowley, La

Head, J. E.

40

Farmer

1911-06-19

Bay City

Helmecke, George

25

Tinner

1909-06-11

Bay City

Hicks, W. A.

39

 

1914-09-14

Clemville, Tx
Humble

Hodge, O. J. Jr.

37

Merchant

1917-03-01

Pledger, Tex.

Hopfinger, John

30

 

1917-07-26

 

Horn, Ray

21

 

1918-03-28

 

Hudson, James F.

30

Merchant

1906-03-25

Markham

Huebotter, W. A.

38

 

1909-06-04

Bay City

Jackson, A. L.

 

Contractor

1913-03-31

Bay City

James, J. W.

25

Electrician

1918-02-17

Bay City

Jenkins?, W. L.

47

Carpenter

1918-12-19

Big Hill, Tex

Johnson, George D.

40

Carpenter

1914-11-30

Bay City

Jones, R. E.

34

Contractor

1913-10-18

Bay City

Kirkman, J. H.

43

Statinary Eng.

1913-04-14

 

Kiser, R. O.

32

Lumberman

1916-03-03

Bay City

Klein, Max G.

29

Merchant

1903-05-08

Bay City
Died 1917-04-07

Kleska, R. A.

39

Deputy Tax Collector

1914-12-28

Bay City

Korn, Oskar

26

Merchant

1907-04-29

Bay City

Krebs, Karl G.

 

Farmer

1915-06-07

Midfield, Tex

Landrum, Mack

24

Mechanic

1914-07-23

Bay City

Lee, Amos

37

 

1903-01-28

Bay City

LeMay, H. R.

47

Truck Gardening

1915-05-03

Bay City

LeTulle, J. J.

47

Farmer

1918-06-06

Bay City

Lewis, Richard R.

23

Attorney

1908-03-16

Bay City

Lewis, Thos. H.

42

Lawyer

1918-01-03

Bay City

Livengood, B. L.

 

Homeopathic Phy

1914-05-01

Bay City

Lowe, J. M.

36

Farmer

1913-04-07

Bay City

Lowe, U. B.

29

Farmer

1913-04-07

Bay City

Lowe, W. T.

30

Plumber

1914-11-23

Bay City

Lucas, J. N.

40

Farmer

1918-12-12

Bay City

Lusinger, J. H.

36

Farmer

1914-12-28

Bay City

Manning, W. G.

 

 

1915-01-25

Sinton, Tex.
Box 22

Matthews, William A.

39

Merchant

1915-09-06

Caney, Tex

Maxwell, A. L.

25

Oil Well Driller

1914-04-06

Clemville

McDaniel, C. C.

31

Printer

1916-01-13

Bay City

McIntosh, Geo.

33

Oil Field Worker

1917-06-14

Clemville, Tex.

McKelvey, Edward A.

22

Clerk

1914-10-26

Bay City

McNabb, W. E.

34

W. O. W. Dep’ty

1913-10-20

 

Middlebrook, Otto

 

 

1913-01-25

 

Miller, James E.

 

Plumber

1911-06-09

Bay City

Miller, T. J.

27

Machinist

1914-04-06

Clemville, Tx

Milner, Harris

25

Farmer

1914-11-23

Bay City

Milner, Joe

22

Clerk

1914-10-26

Bay City

Mol, M.

43

Farmer

1916-11-02

Bay City

Montgomery, Otis

23

Laborer

1916-03-16

Clemville

Moore, J. D.

 

 

 

(Listed in the index, but not in the ledger)

Moore, S. S.

31

Farmer

1903-01-28

Bay City

Pack, W. F.

35

Teacher

1916-01-06

Markham, Tex.

Pierce, Jas. W.

26

Bookkeeper

1914-07-20

Bay City

Pile, J. H.

45

Farmer

1909-05-21

Bay City
Holdenville, Okla.

Pile, M. T.

33

 

1909-06-18

Bay City

Pile, W. E.

53

Farmer

1907-12-16

Bay City

Porter, A. P.

25

Oil Salesman

1916-05-04

Bay City

Porter, Vance C.

25

Electrician

1914-07-20

 

Potter, C. G.

 

Jeweler

1915-03-22

Bay City

Powell, Fred F.

 

 

1918-04-30

 

Ramey, T. M.

29

Barber

1903-02-20

Bay City

Reed, George W.

23

Salesman

1915-11-04

Bay City

Reese, C. J.

35

Oil Well Worker

1918-01-10

Clemville

Rodgers, F. C.

26

 

1910-03-25

Bay City

Rumley, W. V.

29

Section 4 man

1916-04-20

Markham

Ryberg, A. W.

51

Rig Builder

1918-10-03

Clemville

Savage, Ed. L.

39

Engineer

1908-06-29

Bay City

Savage, Green. G.

30

Oil well Worker

1916-12-28

Clemville, Tex.

Scofiled, Z. E.

36

 

1905-08-28

Bay City
Houston

Scott, E. E. Dr.

 

 

 

(Listed in the index, but not in the ledger)

Scott, R. E.

35

Supt. Public School

1914-06-24

Bay City

Selkirk, J. H.

56

Dept. Assessor

1903-01-28

Bay City

Sexton, Manly

33

Stockman

1907-12-02

Bay City

Sims, J. M.

48

Sheriff

1903-01-28

Bay City
Died 1915-10-03

Sisk, C. L. J.

51

Merchant

1903-12-07

Bay City

Smith, Robert E.

21

Oil Well Worker

1914-07-13

Clemville

Smithey, W. D.

30

Towerman

1915-08-02

Bay City

Sternberger, M.

60

Merchant

1903-02-20

Bay City
Died 1912-12-23

Stockton, J. T.

33

 

1908-03-16

Bay City
Austin, Tex.

Tabb, J. D.

25

Farmer

1910-04-29

Wadsworth

Taylor, S. S.

31

Merchant

1916-03-20

Bay City

Tew, Charles

37

Drummer

1911-01-27

Bay City

Thebedoux, D.

24

Oil Well Driller

1916-03-16

Clemville

Thompson, T. M.

37

Farmer

1910-04-01

Bay City

Thompson, Wells Judge

67

District Judge

1910-04-01

Bay City

Vestal, W. F.

 

Farmer

1915-03-29

Wadsworth, Tex.

Walker, William

53

Merchant

1905-10-23

Bay City

Warner, W. J.

52

Agent GC & SF

1915-08-23

Bay City

Watkins, J. M.

25

Farmer

1909-07-30

 

Watkins, Sam

44

Farmer

1917-04-12

El Maton
Date of First Degree

White, John W.

45

 

1910-03-11

Bay City

White, W. A.

28

Engineer

1914-10-05

Clemville, Tx

Williamson, D. D.

23

Printer

1917-02-22

Bay City

Winkler, O F.

42

Barber

1914-05-10

Markham, Tex.

 

 


Palacios I. O. O. F.  Lodge No. 754
Bay City, Texas

 



 


Members of Bay City Lodge 81 I. O. O. F.

The following names are from membership records of Palacios Lodge No. 754, 1909-1932, which are housed at the Matagorda County Museum. There are a few entries that predate November 30, 1909 which appear to be members who joined another lodge and transferred to the Palacios lodge.
 

Adams, John H.

43

Farmer

1928-02-21

Palacios

Aldrich, C. L.

37

Merchant

1910-03-22

Palacios

Allen, E. R.

41

Boatman

1928-01-31

Palacios

Anderseen, H.

33

Contractor

1927-11-29

Palacios

Anderson, F. C.

55

Mechanic

1932-09-02

Palacios

Bachen, Carl M

24

Laborer

1910-01-04

Palacios

Bacon, A. J.

23

Stockman

1923-01-18

Palacios

Banks?, J. P.

39

Carpenter

1910-03-22

Palacios

Barber, Oliver L.

41

Painter

1927-07-05

Palacios

Barnard, E. M.

34

Plasterer

1913-08-05

Palacios

Barnett, Guy

33

 

1927-11-08

Palacios

Barnett, J. F.

30

Banker

1913-11-11

Palacios

Bateman, O. L.

25

School Teacher

 

Palacios

Beard, John

45

Farmer

1927-10-18

Palacios

Bingaman, B. A.

24

Locomotive Fireman

1914-10-18

Palacios

Bingham, C. P.

25

Gas Station Agent

1928-04-10

Palacios

Blair, J. L.

47

Contractor

1910-04-05

Palacios

Boyd, H. C.

58

Optometrist & Jewelry

 

Palacios

Boyd, H. C.

45

Jeweler

 

Palacios

Boyd, W. D.

41

Laborer

1927-10-04

Palacios

Boyett, W. N.

33

Section Foreman?

1920-08-31

Palacios

Brousard, Albert

30

Light House Keeper

1914-10-27

Palacios

Brown, Ed

49

 

1910-03-29

Died Oct. 28, 1910
Alton, Ill

Bruce, Max

21

Laborer

1923-03-01

Palacios

Bruse, L.

44

Plumber

 

Palacios

Buffaloe, S. B.

35

Farmer

1929-12-06

Palacios

Burton, Arnold

34

Feed Dealer

1927-03-15

Palacios

Burton, Gilbert

34

Laborer

1928-02-07

Palacios

Campbell, John R.

30

Ministry

1928-09-11

Palacios

Cline, W. L.

25

Farmer

1927-03-22

Collegeport

Clinkscales, Lucien H.

21

Farming

1922-04-18

Palacios

Coffin, R. E.

32

Teaching

1923-05-10

Palacios

Cope, J. H.

46

Real Estate

1910-12-06

Palacios

Copeland, C. W.

 

 

1914-08-18

Transferred to Knox City, Tx

Cox, J. A.

21

Stenographer

1910-01-25

Palacios

Cox, L. B.

27

Carpenter

1909-11-30

Palacios

Crain, J. H.

36

Mechanic

1910-02-22

Palacios

Curtis, G. W.

42

Farmer

1922-08-24

Palacios

Danials, Edward S.

39

Boatman

1910-01-18

Palacios
Seadrift, Tex

Davis, A. B.

44

Storekeeper

1917-09-14

Palacios
Houston

Davis, Gordon

34

Merchant

1918-04-09

Palacios

Deutsch, J. L. Jr.

22

Clerk

1928-02-14

Palacios

Deutsch, J. L. Sr.

58

Oyster Merchant

1928-03-27

Palacios

Doss, G. W.

28

Water Works Sup.

1909-11-30

Palacios

Dunbar, J. H.

22

Carpenter

1910-03-22

Palacios
Refugio, Texas

Duncan, B. P.

65

Merchant

1931-03-24

Palacios

Elder, James A.

50

Veterinarian

1918-03-12

Palacios

Eldridge, T. S.

43

Dentist

1914-03-03

Palacios

Elliott, E. B. E.

42

Dairyman

1913-11-11

Palacios

Ellis, J. P.

36

Contractor?

1928-02-28

 Palacios

Ellis, W. L.

56

Carpenter

1928-06-06

Palacios

Emonds, Chas. F.

39

Contractor & Builder

1910-01-18

Palacios

Evans, W. H.

24

Clerk

1915-10-19

Palacios

Farris, C. D.

 

 

 

 

Ford, E. L.

31

Plumber

1912-06-24

Palacios

Franz, P. F.

39

Real Estate

1910-10-25

Palacios

Franz, Sam

43

Barber

1910-01-04

Palacios

Freeman, Virgial A.

24

Merchant

1909-11-30

Palacios

Freeman, W. S.

45

Merchant

1910-02-08

Palacios

Frey, John

 

Hotel Prop.

1910-01-04

Palacios

Frick, T. D.

 

 

 

 

Glaros, Manuel

40

Ice Manufacturer

1926-05-20

Palacios

Glosup, J. A.

33

Painter & Paper Hanger

1911-01-24

Palacios

Gordy, L. E.

 

Carpenter

 

Palacios

Gray, W. C.

41

Lawyer

1918-04-02

Palacios

Green, J. N.

40

Farmer

1910-01-11

Palacios

Grimes, James W.

40

Farmer

1910-10-25

Palacios

Grogan, R. A.

24

Machinist

1912-01-02

Palacios

Hackey, G. G.

34/39

Well Driller

1927-10-11

Palacios

Hagler, J. A.

21

Student

1925-06-25

Collegeport

Hale, Thomas P.

21

Student

1925-06-25

Collegeport

Harris, Earnest

21

Mechanic

1928-04-10

Palacios

Heartt?, C. W.

51

S. Light House Keeper

1913-01-24

Palacios

Henry, B. F.

47

Farmer

1909-11-30

Palacios

Herman, Joseph P.

41

Farmer

1913-10-21

Palacios

Hobbs, John M.

35

Mechanic

1910-01-11

Palacios

Hoffman, Drew

50

Mechanic

 

Palacios

Houghton, Julius Hazel

58

Truck Grower

1910-12-27

Palacios

Houston, F. H.

52

Farmer

1922-08-24

Palacios

Huddleston, J. M.

33

Teamster

1911-97-11

Palacios

Huddleston, J. M.

50

Running Engineer

 

Boling

Hudson, Z. B.

31

Carpenter

1909-11-30

Palacios

Huffman, J. H.

43

Oil Dealer

1928-09-11

Palacios

Hughes, G. H.

23

Farmer

1910-08-09

Palacios

Ifland, C. F.

53

Merchant

1918-05-14

Palacios

James, William A.

33

Laborer

1929-04-17

Palacios

Jensen, Ellis

36

Gen. Mechanic

1928-03-20

Palacios

Josserand, S.

49

Farmer

1910-04-26

Palacios

Julian, R. E. L.

37

Farmer

1913-08-26

Palacios

Kirkpatrick, R. M.

26

Bricklayer

1909-11-30

Palacios

Kress, John A., Jr.

29

Real Estate

1909-11-30

Palacios

Lane, F. R.

35

Mechanic

1928-03-06

Palacios

LeCompte, J. M.

31

Farmer

1918-04-23

Palacios

LeCompte, O. P.

37

Carpenter

1915-11-02

Palacios

Legg, E. R.

 

Drayman

1927-10-18

Palacios

Legg, R. K.

37

Engine Watchman

1923-06-03

Collegeport

Love, J. M.

 

 

1911-05-23

Palacios

Mangum, O. B.

38

Salesman

1926-03-18

Palacios

Mapes, J. C.

52

Farmer

1909-11-30

Palacios
Ava, Ill.

Mapes, P. P.

22

Farmer

1909-11-30

Palacios

Maples, Floyd M.

29

Laborer

1927-09-06

Palacios

Margerum, L. G.

28

Carpenter

1928-04-24

Palacios

Margerum, Robert W.

31

Oil & Gas Dealer

1928-04-10

Palacios

Martin, Warren E.

22

Clerk

1914-12-14

Palacios

McCoy, J. J.

28

Laborer

1915-01-12

Palacios

McDonald, S. J.

35

Carpenter

1911-04-11

 

McGlothlin, R. J.

23

Mechanic

1928-03-27

Palacios

McLanahan, S. B.

34

Farmer

1911-09-19

Palacios

McNeil, T. G.

28/38

Exp. Messenger

1925-02-25

Collegeport

Melberg, V. E.

29

Merchant

1910-03-29

Palacios

Milam, C. W.

51

Electrician

 

Palacios

Miller, J. T. H.

52

Preacher

1910-01-18

Palacios

Miller, R. J.

22

Carpenter

1913-01-21

Palacios

Milton, J. H.

26

Restaurant Man.

1913-07-15

Palacios

Moffit, Arthur

28

Farmer

1928-02-28

Palacios

Moore, C. H.

27

Well Driller

1909-11-30

Palacios

Moore, Clay

36

Physician

1910-10-04

Palacios

Moore, W. A.

22

Clerk

1910-02-22

Palacios

Morris, Chas.

44

 

1910-04-19

 

Moyors, W. L.

27

Meat Cutter

1927-11-08

Palacios

Munson, J. C.

37

Drayman

 

Palacios

Musgrave, Thos. J.

21

Clerk

1910-02-08

Palacios

Nelson, Axel

46

Carpenter

1910-01-25

Palacios

Nelson, M. R.

21

Carpenter

1910-06-07

Palacios

Nester, C. W.

46

Druggist

1921-12-29

Palacios

Nester, J. M.

67

Farmer

 

Palacios

Oneal, R. H.

33

Merchant

1910-07-12

Palacios

Ottaway, C. L.

32

Farmer

1915-01-05

Palacios

Parker, J. L.

47

Merchant

1914-03-10

Palacios

Parker, T. H.

35

Farmer

1918-10-01

Collegeport

Parks, Clyde

42

Photographer

1913-07-29

Palacios

Paulk, D. D.

 

Drayman

1927-10-18

Palacios

Perry, Guy F.

27

Real Estate

1909-11-30

Palacios

Perry, James C.

27

Real Estate Dealer

1911-03-07

Palacios

Perry, John F.

32

 

1910-02-15

Palacios

Pfeiffer, William B.

21

Plasterer

1910-05-10

Palacios
Died 1910

Pierce, J. B.

21

Banker

1914-08-09

Transferred to Harrison Lodge No. 208, Harrison, Ark.

Pitts, O. W.

31

Barber

1906-03-__
1910-01-11

Palacios
Transferred May 7, 1912

Powell, Ernest

21

Tailor

1910-06-07

Palacios

Powell, F. F.

33

Well Driller

1910-07-12

Palacios

Powell, M. H.

25

Tailor

1910-06-14

Palacios

Presslar, N. P.

56

Barber

1928-03-20

Palacios

Pridgen, J. H. Jr.

26

Druggist

1910-04-05

Palacios

Prunty, J. O.

40

Section Foreman

1921-02-08

Midfield

Rae, William B.

52

Hotel Keeper

1913-03-31

Palacios

Ralston, F. H.

41

Farmer

1906-04-06

Palacios

Reddock, E. B.

34

Clerk

1916-05-16

 

Reid, F. G.

32

Painter

1914-02-17

Midfield, Tex

Rice, J. J.

26

Minister

1912-01-06

Palacios

Richmond, Joe

32

Laborer

 

Palacios

Rittenhouse, D. D.

42

 

1911-__-__

 

Rittenhouse, O. A.

22

Carpenter

1909-11-30

Palacios

Rittenhouse, W. B.

21

Undertaker

1913-12-30

Palacios

Robinson, J. E.

40

Barber

1913-08-12

Palacios

Rogers, J. W.

19

Clerk

1928-02-07

Palacios

Rubottom?, J. U.

57

Laborer

 

Palacios

Ruthven, D.

48

Merchant

1918-02-05

Palacios

Sadler, Sherman

37

Farmer

1928-10-30

Palacios

Salsbury, Guy A.

44

 

1918-12-03

Palacios

Sanders, H. M.

32

Farmer

1911-07-11

Palacios

Schroeder, T. S.

26

Merchant

1909-11-30

Palacios

Sexton, Manly

39

Farmer

1913-04-22

Palacios

Shamble, Clifford

24

Filling Station

1928-02-14

Palacios

Shuman, H. L. B.

33

Teaching

 

Palacios

Shuman, Leroy

21

Livery man

1909-12-28

Palacios

Shuman, Roy

34

Oil Field Worker

 

Damon, Tx

Singer, John A.

52

Laborer

1928-02-14

Palacios

Sisson, F. A.

44

Merchant

1913-04-01

Palacios

Smith, A. G.

22

Barber

1928-05-15

Palacios

Snodgrass, W. W.

27

Mechanic

1910-05-14

Palacios

Spidle, J. T.

34

Bricklayer

1910-04-26

Palacios

Stallard, F. E,

33

Farmer

1928-06-06

Palacios

Stephens, J. C.

27

Liveryman

1914-03-10

Palacios

Stewart, J. W.

 

Merchant

1909-__-__

Palacios

Stump, F. G.

23

Printer

1910-04-05

Palacios

Swinford, G. F.

48

Farmer

1910-04-26

Palacios

Tate, D. N.

34

Conf. Business

1929-07-02

Palacios

Tatum, A. J.

 

 

1916-03-14

Palacios

Teller, Cecial M.

18

Clerk

1928-04-10

Palacios

Teller, Charles M.

52

Lighthouse Keeper

1925-02-05

Palacios

Tipps, J. R.

46

Farmer

1918-01-08

Palacios

Tompkins, W. P.

22

Liveryman

1913-11-11

Cisco, Tx

Tucker, W. C.

35

Laborer

1921-02-08

Palacios

Tuld?, Grover

23

Clerk

1910-03-22

Palacios

Underwood, V. C.

21

Well Driller

1910-06-07

Palacios

Walter, M. O.

24`

Clerk

1913-01-14

Palacios

Watkins, D.

48

Carpenter

1921-07-28

Palacios

Webb, Henry Mack

22

Merchant

1910-01-04

Palacios

Weeden?, C. C.

 

 

1922-09-21

Palacios

Whitney, W. A.

65

Mechanic

 

Palacios

Wickham, A. E.

55?

Plumber

 

Palacios

Williams, Russell

21

 

1910-10-04

 

Wolf, J. C.

39

Farmer

1911-07-11

Palacios

Wolfe, J. H.

 

 

1920-07-12

Palacios

Wright, R. M.

 

Barber

1927-10-25

Palacios

Wyche, George G.

21

Student

1911-10-31

Palacios
Nashville, Tenn

Wyche, Regan

24

Student

1911-12-26

Palacios

Wyley, Ernest

48

Blacksmith

1921-12-29

Palacios
Aztec, New Mex
Box 212

 



 

 


The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association of Texas Minutes
 


Bay City, Texas, July 12th, 1915

Mass meeting of Bay City and Palacios Lodges held on July 12th, 1915, for the purpose of organizing an Odd Fellows Association.

Sam J. Baker was elected Temporary Chairman and George Austin was elected temporary Secretary.

Motion made and seconded that this Organization be made permanent, and carried.

Motion made and seconded that this Organization proceed to elect officers, consisting of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chaplain, motion carried.

Motion made and seconded that a Vice-President be elected from each Lodge, and carried.

The following Officers were then duly elected: - Viz -
Brother W. B. Rae – President, Palacios
Brother W. R. Williams – Vice-Pres, Palacios
Brother Sam J. Baker – Vice-Pres, Bay City
Brother, Jas. W. Pierce – Secretary, Bay City
Brother R. A. Kleska, Treasurer, Bay City
Brother Boyd – Chaplain, Bay City

Motion made and seconded that the chair appoint a committee to three members from each lodge to draft By-Laws and Constitution. The following members were appointed: H. R. LeMay, Sam J. Baker, and Theo. Dienst, from Bay City Lodge and Robinson Perry, and Sisson from Palacios Lodge.

Motion made and seconded that this Organization be named Gulf Coast Association, and motion lost. Amended motion and seconded that chair appoint a committee of two from each Lodge to select a name for this Organization, and motion carried. The following were appointed, Brother Pierce and Porter from Bay City Lodge and Brothers Boyd and Sisson from Palacios Lodge. The Committee recommended that the Association be named “The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association of Texas” and said name was then adopted.

Motion made and seconded that President after receiving the report of the committee on By-Laws appoint Palacios as the next place of meeting, and carried.

The President then appointed Pierce, McKelvey, Robinson, Perry and Austin, as a committee on Ways & Means, after which the meeting stood adjourned until the President called another meeting.

(The original copy of these minutes was signed by George Austin as Secretary Pro Tem.)
 


Palacios, Texas, August 3rd, 1915

The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association of Texas met in special session President W. B. Rae, presiding. Roll of Officers called and Treasurer R. A. Kleska noted as absent.

Minutes of meeting held July 12th, 1915 at Bay City, Texas, read and approved.

Committee on By-Laws reported and motion made by Sam J. Baker and seconded by W. R. Williams that the report of the committee be accepted and the committee discharged. Motion carried.

Motion made and seconded that a finance committee be elected from Bay City Lodge, amended to read that a finance committee be elected and the motion was lost.

Motion made and seconded that we elect a finance committee of one member from each lodge in this Association and motion carried. Nominations being in order for finance committee, Brother Sisson was nominated from Palacios Lodge and Brother Winkler was nominated from Bay City Lodge, it was then moved and seconded that nominations be closed and motion carried.

Motion made and seconded that the two nominees be elected by acclamation, motion carried, and they were duly elected by acclamation.

Finance Committee reported that they would pass the hat to obtain the necessary funds to purchase stationery and stamps which for the present until further arrangements could be made. Motion made and seconded that the report be accepted. Motion carried. Hat was passed and the sum of $7.10 was obtained.

Motion made and seconded that we adjourn, the next meeting being subject to the call of the President, motion carried.

Jas. W. Pierce, secretary
 


Matagorda, Texas, November 27, 1915

The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association of Texas met in special session, President. W. B. Rae, presiding. Roll of Officers was called and the following officers noted as absent. Vice-President, W. R. Williams; Treasurer, R. A. Kleska and Chaplain Boyd.

Minutes of Preceeding meeting held at Palacios, Texas, on August 3rd, read and approved.

Motion made and seconded that Bay City Lodge #81 extend an invitation to Matagorda Lodge #47 to attend some future meeting of our Lodge, motion amended to read that the next meeting of the Association be held at Bay City, Amendment seconded, and motion as amended carried.

Motion made and seconded that Matagorda Lodge fix the date of the meeting to be held next at Bay City. Motion Carried.

Motion made and seconded that we adjourn. Carried.

Jas. W. Pierce, secretary
 


Bay City, Texas, January 13, 1916

The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association of Texas met in special session, Vice-President Sam J. Baker, presiding.

Roll of Officers called, and the following noted as absent:--President, W. B. Rae; Vice-President, W. R. Williams and Chaplain Boyd.

Minutes of meeting held November 27th, 1915, at Matagorda read and approved.

Representatives of Matagorda Lodge being present, stated that it was the intention of Matagorda Lodge to become a member of the association.

Nominations for Vice-President from Matagorda Lodge being in order, Brother W. S. Stuart was nominated. Motion made and seconded that nomination for Vice-President from Matagorda Lodge be closed, and brother Stuart be elected by acclamation. Motion carried, and brother Stuart was declared duly elected.

Nominations being in order for a member of the finance committee from Matagorda Lodge, Brother A. C. Stuart and Brother A. W. McNabb were nominated. Motion made and seconded that nominations be closed. Carried.

Ballot being taken it was found that Brother McNabb had received 16 votes and brother Stuart had received 1 vote, thereupon Brother McNabb was declared duly elected as a member of the finance committee from Matagorda Lodge.

Several Brothers made excellent talks after which the Association adjourned to meet again at Bay City on Thursday evening, February 17th, 1916, and the brothers present then repaired to the Alcove where a substantial luncheon was thoroughly enjoyed.

Jas. W. Pierce, Secretary
 


Palacios, Texas, March 13, 1916

The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association met in special Session and was called to order by President W. B. Rae.

Roll of officers was called and the following were noted as absent: Vice-President, W. R. Williams; Vice-President, Sam J. Baker; Vice-President, W. S. Stuart; and Treasurer, R. A. Kleska.

Minutes of meeting held at Bay City, Texas, on January 13, 1916 were read and approved.

Election of officers being in order, nomination for a President were declared in order and brother Pierce of Bay City and brother Culver of Matagorda were nominated. The nomination of brother Pierce was withdrawn and a motion made and seconded that nominations be closed and brother Culver be elected by acclamation. Motion Carried, and brother Culver was declared duly and constitutionally elected President of the Association.

Nomination for one Vice-President from each lodge in the Association being next in order, Brother Sisson was nominated for Vice-President from Palacios, and brother W. F. Pack as Vice-President from Bay City. Motion was made and seconded that nominations be closed and the brother elected by acclamation. Motion carried, and they were declared duly and constitutionally elected as Vice-Presidents of the Association.

Nominations being then in order for Secretary, brother Pierce was nominated for re-election. Motion made and seconded that nomination be closed and brother Pierce be elected by acclamation. Motion carried, and brother Pierce was declared duly and constitutionally elected.

Nominations being then in order for Treasurer, Brother J. C. Perry was nominated and motion made and seconded that nominations be closed and brother Perry be elected by acclamation. Motion carried, and brother Perry was declared duly and constitutionally elected.

Nominations for Chaplain being next in order, brother Robertson was nominated and motion made and seconded that nominations be closed. Motion carried, and brother Robertson was declared duly and constitutionally elected.

Nominations for door-keeper being next in order, brother Glick was nominated and motion made and seconded that nominations be closed and brother Glick elected by acclamation. Motion carried, and brother Glick was declared duly constitutionally elected.

Nominations for finance committee to be composed of one member from each lodge being next in order, Brother Parks of Palacios was nominated and Brother Dienst from Bay City were nominated. Motion made and seconded that nominations be close and the brothers elected by acclamation. Motion carried, and brothers Parks and Dienst were declared duly and constitutionally elected as members of the finance committee.

Motion made and seconded that President-elect be authorized to call the next meeting of the Association on the date and at the place of his own choosing, with the restriction, however, that same is to be called within three (3) months from date. Motion carried.

Motion made and seconded that a committee of five be appointed to construct an order of business to be used by this Association. Motion carried, and President appointed brothers Pierce, Tatum, Skinner, Glick and Pack.

Motion made and seconded that a program Committee be appointed from each lodge represented in this Association to be composed of the Vice-President as Chairman and two members of his selection, their duty being to provide program for the Association when same meeting in their city.

Matagorda Lodge not being represented at this meeting, it was the sense of the Association that Matagorda Lodge be notified to elect a Vice-President, member of the finance committee, and a Program Committee as provided above and the record of such election be added to these minutes before next meeting.

There being no further business to come before the Association the meeting adjourned to meet again no later than 90 days from date, said meeting date and place being left for selection to the President -Elect.

Jas. W. Pierce, Secretary

Appendix to Minutes of March 13, 1917.

In accordance with the provisions of these minutes Matagorda Lodge reported the election of W. S. Stewart to the office of Vice-President and F. L. Rugeley as a member of the finance committee.

Jas. W. Pierce, Secretary
 


Matagorda, Texas, June 13, 1917

The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Assn met in Regular Session with President G. B. Culver presiding.

Role of Officers called and Vice-Pres. F. A. Sissons noted as absent.

The minutes of the preceeding meeting held at Palacios on March 13th, 1917, were read and approved.

The Committee appointed to draft an order of Business reported the report being adopted and the Committee discharged

Tthe following Resolution was presented by Past President W. B. Rae.

“Whereas, this Association is striving to build up the local lodges of this District, and whereas, in order to accomplish something that will be of some material benefit, be it therefore, Resolved: That on the death of any brother in good standing who is a member of this district that we each subscribe the sum of Five ($5.00) Dollars to the remaining heirs, this to be a voluntary subscription.”

After discussion and amendment was offered changing the amount from Five Dollars to Two and one-half Dollars. The amendment was lost for the want of a second, and after a somewhat thorough discussion the resolution was tabled until next meeting.

Bay City Lodge # 81 presented the following Resolution:

“Resolved: that the Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association create a Committee whose duty it shall be to devise ways and means for the holding of a Semi-Annual Picnic of Odd Fellows and their Families and Matagorda County, said committee having repaired to name the place and date of first Picnic.”

Resolution was amended creating a Committee of two from each Lodge and making the President of the Association Chairman of the Committee. The Resolution as amended carried in the President appointed Brothers J. M. Sutherland and J. M. Williams from Matagorda Lodge and A. J. Tatum and F. A Sisson from Palacios Lodge and Theo Dienst and R. A Kleska from Bay City Lodge.

An exhaustive discussion as to the best method of financing this organization was entered into, and while no definite action was taken on this proposition, it seemed to be the sense of the majority that ample finances could be secured by taking up a collection at each meeting. A collection was then taken up and $4.07 was the amount received.

Motion was offered at the next meeting be held at Bay City, the date being left with Bay City Lodge, Motion..

No further business appearing the meeting was declared adjourned to meet again at Bay City no later than 90 days from date.

Jas. W. Pierce, Secretary
 


Bay City, Texas, September 10, 1917

The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association met in regular session with President G. B. Culver presiding.

Minutes of preceding meeting were read and approved.

Role of officers called and the following noted as absent.

Vice-Pres. F. A. Sisson
V. P. W. S. Stewart
Treasurer J. C. Perry
Chaplain J. E. Robertson

The following Resolution was presented by Bay City Lodge #81, and was unanimously adopted.

WHEREAS: The by-laws of this Association provide no equitable means for the selection of delegates from the Subordinate Lodges to the meetings of this Association, be it therefore

RESOLVED, that section 3 of Article 1, of our by-laws be, and hereby is, I amended to read:- Each Lodge represented in this association shall select its delegates on the basis of one delegate for each 10 members or majority fraction thereof.

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Motion made and seconded that the resolution tabled from last meeting night be tabled indefinitely. Carried.

Brother W. H. Walker, Grand Secretary of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Texas, being president was introduced by President G B. Culver, after which he made an extensive talk covering all branches of Odd Fellowship.

It was moved and seconded that the next meeting place be designated as Palacios, with Palacios Lodge reserving the right to name the day and date on which said meeting shall be held; provided however, that said meeting be called within ninety days from this date. Carried.

There being no further business the Association was adjourned to meet again in Palacios on the day and date as specified by Palacios Lodge.

Jas. W. Pierce, Secretary.
 


Palacios, Texas, November 13th, 1917

The Mid-Coast Odd Fellows Association met in regular session with Pres. G. B. Culver, presiding.

Minutes of the preceding meeting read and approved.

Role of Officers called of the following noted as absent.

Secretary Jas. W. Pierce
Treasurer J. C. Perry
Chaplain J. E. Robertson

The Secretary being absent, the Chair appointed Bro. Sisson, secretary pro tem.

Bro. Jas. W. Pierce, having moved out of the District, it was moved and sec that the Association go into the Election of a secretary. Mo- carried.

R. O. Kiser, was elected to fill out the unexpired term of Bro. Pierce.

The following resolution was presented by Bay City Lodge, and was unanimously adopted.

Where our Country has been forced into a terrible War with a foreign land, and many of our members and sons of members have been called to the colors, and who will need all of the moral and financial support that we as citizens and Odd Fellows are able to give, and Whereas, The Grand Lodge Officers are trying to conserve all the resources in their power in order that they might help the cause by extending financial aid to the soldiers in the Camps and trenches, therefore be it,

Resolved:

That we use our best efforts to get the Three Lodges and Matagorda County to send one Representative to the Grand Lodge and that we pay that representative mileage and per diem which is to be prorated between the Three Lodges in the County according to the numbers of members of each Lodge.

The Representative to make a written report to each Lodge as soon as possible after his return from Waco.

General discussion on mode method of selecting a representative, Mo- and sec that each Lodge elect representatives and the Three representatives elect-select a representative among themselves to represent the district of the next session of the Grand Lodge, Mo Carried.

General discussion:

The President called on Bro. Dienst, to explain to the Association the plan of organizing a Canton at Bay City, Bro. Dienst, explain this matter in detail, both in reference to the Camp at Matagorda in organizing the Cantons at Bay City.

Bro. Ray Skinner, Daughters and Hays, made good and interesting talks along the line of promotion and the benefit of Odd Fellowship. Mo and sec that the next Session of the association meet with Matagorda Lodge the day and date to be named by that body not later than 90 days from this date. Mo Carried. Collection $2.26 . Bal in the Hand of the Treasurer last report $6.50 making total of $8.76.

Mo to adjourn. Mo carried.

The Palacios Bros. having prepared an elegant supper, all Present repaired to the Tables and enjoyed a feast of Oysters, Pies, Cakes and other good Things to eat.

Signed R. O. Kiser Secretary.
Mid Coast IOOF Assn.
 

 


Palacios Odd Fellows Visit Bay City Lodge

In commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of America, the Bay City Lodge No. 81 gave an entertainment and chicken supper on Tuesday night, April 23, to which members of the lodges of adjoining towns were invited. Odd Fellows from Palacios in attendance were L. Bruce, W. L. Ellis, F. R. Lane, D. D. Paulk, G. G. Hockey, A. E. Wickham, S. H. Baldree, Fred Anderson, J. C. Munson, Robert Church and L. G. Margerum, and Mrs. L. Bruce and Mrs. Gladys Grissett represented the Palacios Rebekahs. All report an excellent time.

Palacios Beacon, April 25, 1929
 

 


Canton No. 29 of the Ladies' Auxiliary of Oddfellows
 


I. O. O. F. Auxiliary Has Ice Cream Social

Canton No. 29 or the Ladies' Auxiliary of Oddfellows met Wednesday night at the local lodge for an ice cream social and supper.

Cake and ice cream were sold to those present, including many out-of-towners from Freeport, Liverpoole, Brazoria, and Velasco.

The evening's entertainment included the showing of a motion picture entitled "The Womanless Wedding," and a series of 42 games.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 23, 1956
 

 


Bay City Rebekah Lodge No. 79
 


Columbia Rebekah Lodge was instituted in the town of Matagorda January 10, 1918, with twelve charter members. The charter members were Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Pack, Mr. and Mrs. William P. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Thompson, Mrs. Joe Clark, Lottie de St. Aubin, Edwin Savage, T. F. Carr, Hattie Carr, S. Lee Carr and Lela Carr. Only five new members were added that year.

As most of the members were living in Bay City, both the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges were moved to Bay City in 1919. The Columbia Rebekah lodge was renamed the "Bay City Rebekah Lodge." The lodge met above the Oshman's Sporting Goods store in the Boney building. A dark stairway and a semi-lighted hallway led to the lodge room. In 1953 the Odd Fellow Lodge purchased a building on Avenue F from a Mr. Blankenship and converted it into a lodge hall. The officers of the Rebekah Lodge consist of the noble grand, presiding officer, vice grand, secretary, financial secretary, and treasurer. There are also 14 appointed auxiliary officers.

The lodge is a non-profit fraternal organization, and any monies (less the expense of maintaining the hall) derived from fund-raising projects go for charity. The Rebekah Lodge donated annually to the World Eye Bank where the organization has sponsored a chair at the John Hopkins Hospital for Research; to the education fund from which children can borrow money for college; a home in Ennis, Texas for aged members, and a home in Corsicana for children.

The Bay City Lodge donated chair scales to the dialysis unit at the Matagorda General Hospital. There were many other civic projects in which the members were involved.

Each year the local lodges sponsored one or more high school students on a United Nation's Tour. The students observed a day's operation of the United Nations and visited many historic sites such as Niagara Falls, Canada; New York Harbor; and the Statue of Liberty. Before being selected, the youths wrote essays on "Why I would like to go to the United Nations."

On the first Sunday of each May, the Rebekahs were sponsored by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and the head officer of each unit placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.

Bay City Rebekah Lodge No. 79 continued to grow, and in 1986 it had 90 members who believe in the motto "Work for a Better World" and who practiced "Friendship, Love and Truth." Membership is open to anyone who is 18 years of age, of good moral character, believes in a Supreme Being, and is loyal to our country.

Historic Matagorda County, Volume 1, pp. 464-465, 1986
 


Mrs. Nell Kennedy Elected Noble Grand

The Bay City Rebekah Lodge No. 79 met Thursday night with Noble Grand Tina Keith presiding.

Sisters Connoly and Reba Brown were reported ill. Mrs. Mary Horn will enter a Houston hospital Wednesday for an operation on her hip.

Mrs. Nell Kennedy was elected Noble Grand and Mrs. Julia Lowe, Vice Grand for the coming term.

After a brief business meeting the Lodge adjourned to honor the Past Noble Grand with a square dance and 42 party.

Cake and punch were served to Past N. G.'s, Lorene Reese, Eugene Laird, Orene Davis, Bethel Bryant, Peggy Frisbie, Mary Keller, Lillie Lowe and 25 members.

The hostesses for this occasion were Lillie Lowe, Nell Kennedy, Jane Beuford, Irma Grimes and Lucy Jones.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 7, 1956
 


Rebekah Members Recognize Anniver.

Mrs. Tina Keith, N. G., presided over the regular meeting of the Bay City Rebekah Lodge No. 79 Thursday evening.

Mrs. Ruth Graham's daughters, Jan and Gene were reported ill. Mrs. Mary Horn, confined in a Houston hospital, after a hip operation, is progressing well. Mrs. Bertha Bruce is in Bayview hospital at Palacios after suffering a heart attack. Mr. George Pruett's friends will be happy to hear he is doing well following an operation at Matagorda General Hospital. Mr. Randal Webb's mother was reported in serious condition. We all pray for a speedy recovery for our members and all people sick or in distress.

Mrs. Bethel Bryant was presented a gift of four plates to her crystal as our appreciation of her excellent work as Lodge Deputy. Mr. James Cheatham, Lodge Sweetheart, was honored with gifts for Father's Day.

The meeting closed with a special prayer by Brother C. B. Jeanes.

The thirty-sixth anniversary of the Bay City Rebekah Lodge was recognized with an enjoyable program. Mrs. Nell Kennedy presided over the program, giving the anniversary address. Mrs. Keith pinned a pink carnation on each Past Noble Grand as they were introduced by Mrs. Jessie Legg. P. N. G's. present were, Claudia Lucas, Minta Bess, Bethel Bryant, Orene Davis, Peggy Frisbie, Leona Jeanes, Mary Keller. Lillie Lowe and Ella Theller. Each of the above officers gave a short talk on happenings during their term. Several songs were sung and the program closed with a prayer by Mrs. Elsie Reid.

Refreshments of cake and soft drinks over lime sherbet were served to 53 members and two guests, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Smith of Freeport Rebekah Lodge.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 21, 1956
 


IOOF, Rebekahs Spaghetti Supper

The annual Odd Fellows and Rebekah chicken and spaghetti supper will be held in the auditorium of the Service Center at 5:30 p. m. Tuesday, February 17.

Mrs. C. M. Laird of Wadsworth will prepare the meal.

"When Mrs. Laird cooks chicken and spaghetti everybody knows," commented C. B. Jeanes.

Tickets may be obtained from any Odd Fellow or at the door. Proceeds will be devoted to the buildings fund.

George Pruett is noble grand of the Odd Fellows while Mrs. Lucy Jones is noble grand of the Rebekahs.

Matagorda County Tribune, February 12, 1959
 


Gladys Denn Named Noble Grand Local Rebekah Lodge

The following officers and supporters were installed for a six months period, at the meeting of the Rebekah Lodge Thursday the direction of Hazel Barber, night at the I. O. O. F. Hall, under district deputy president of Angleton: Noble Grand, Gladys Denn; supporters, Lois Webb and Edith Hearn, Vice Grand, Lala Kenner; Artie Mae Baker and Ada Bridges; Past Noble Grand, Lucy Jones; Eunice Bittner, Bertha Tillman.

Chaplain, Jane Burford; Mattie Conroy and Rhoda King;

Officers elected yearly: Secretary, Elsie Reid; treasurer, Alma Crow; financial secretary, Tina Kieth; Conductor, Pat Cheatham; Musician, Jessie Mae Ponder; Warden, Helen Strunk; Outside Guardian, Letha McKelvy; Inside Guardian, Pauline Eidlebach; Flag Bearers: United States Flag, Mae Uher; Texas, Nell Kennedy; Rebekah, Rose Pruett.

The installing staff were as follows: Deputies: Marshall, Guardian, Lois Webb; Outside Tina Kieth; Chaplain, Mary Keller; Inside Guardian, Lois Webb; Outside Guardian, Julia Lowe.

Following the installation, a business meeting was held at which time the semi-annual minutes were read and approved, auditing reports were read and approved.

During the fellowship hour, refreshments were served to the group which included a number of members and visitors from Freeport and Angleton

Daily Tribune, July 17, 1959
 

 

 

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