Societies, Unions, etc.

SOCIETIES & UNIONS


AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
I. R. Nov. 4, 1852
County Agricultural Society. (AD) A meeting of farmers, manufacturers, mechanics and others favorably disposed, will be held in the Court house in Ironton, on the evening of Nov. 8th next (first day of court,) to devise ways and means for the formation of an efficient and permanent County Agricultural Society, in this Lawrence county.
A full attendance is requested.
Oct. 28, 1852.

I.R. Jan. 5, 1888
The Directors elect of the Agricultural Society of Lawrence County, are hereby notified to meet at the Exchange Bank, Ironton, on Thursday, January 12, 1888, at 1 o’clock ,p.m., to organize for 1888. Nelson Cox, President.


AMERICAN MECHANICS
 I.R. Jan. 5, 1871

The following shows the results of the recent annual elections in various secret societies and building associations: (I have broken this column down by name – smk) American Mechanics

  • Councillor W. P. Harris
  • Vice Councillor Jesse Able
  • Rec. Sec’y T. G. Williams
  • Ass’t Sec’y W. P. Gibson
  • Financial Sec’y E. A. Gower
  • Inductor Phil. Widler
  • Examiner Jas. McDaniel
  • In. Prot B. F. Chinn
  • Out. Prot J. N. Gibson

BLAST FURNACE WORKERS AND SMELTERS OF AMERICA
I.R. Apr. 3, 1903
District Organizer Charles Hardy of the Blast Furnace Workers and Smelters of America organized a local union Friday night, composed of the employes of Sarah Furnace. The union starts with a membership of 65. Frederick Clay was chosen President and Frank Coe, secretary of the local.


CENTURY CLUB
In existence in 1887
I. R. Oct. 10, 1889 – The Century Club held its first meeting for the year at O. B. Gould’s, at Franklin Furnace, last Saturday. The members and guests went down on the morning train and returned at night. The day was beautiful and all enjoyed the social features of the occasion, one of which was a fine lunch on tables set about under the trees. The business meeting of the Club occurred before lunch, when the programme for the Winter was adopted. The Seventeenth Century is the year’s topic, which embraces the stirring times of the Stuarts in England, of Louis XIV in France, of Frederick I in Germany, &c.; The officers elected for the year are: R. S. Page, Pres.; Miss Lillian Neal, Vice Pres.; Miss Kate McGugin, Sec’y’ B. S. Garvey, Treas. Next regular meeting at J. W. Campbell’s, Oct. 15th.


DAUGHTERS OF VETERANS  DISSOLVED 1892
The Daughters of Veterans have surrendered their charter in order to ally themselves with the organization of “The Ladies’ Aid Society,” an organization auxiliary to the Sons of Veterans. In doing this, their aim is to enlarge their membership and to increase their membership, as in their old organization none but daughters of veteran soldiers were eligible. In the Ladies’ Aid Society, daughters and wives of veterans and wives of Sons of Veterans are eligible.


ELKS
I.R. March 19, 1903 – OFFICERS ELECTED
By the Ironton Lodge of Elks, Monday Evening.
The Elks at their meeting Monday evening elected the following officers for the ensuing year: Exalted Ruler, Edgar T. Belcher; Esteemed Leading Knight, O. G. Stacy; Esteemed Loyal Knight, R. W. Pritchard; Esteemed Lecturing Knight, D. H. Clark; secretary, A. M. Collett; Treasurer, C. B. Egerton; Trustee, Charles Lintner; Tyler, John Lowe, Representative to the Grand Lodge, H. R. Brown.

The newly elected officers will be installed at the first meeting in April and on the second Monday in April a number of candidates will be initiated, which will be followed by a banquet and smoker.


IRONTON ZOUAVES
Ironton Register, Aug. 19, 1875
Another Military company, the “Ironton Zouaves” is organized. Jacob Weddle, Captain; Evan W. Jones, 1st Lieut.; William J. Mulvey, 2nd. Lieut.; Benj. Bentine has been chosen Orderly Sergeant. It will make a splendid company.


KNIGHTS OF PHYTHIAS
Ironton Register,Jan. 5, 1871
The following shows the results of the recent annual elections in various secret societies and building associations:  Knights of Phythias

  • W. P. Jas. A. Cochrane
  • W. C. W. S. Merrill
  • V. C. J. C. Owery
  • R. S. E. M. Davis
  • F. S. D. R. Williams
  • Banker Geo. Carps
  • Representative D. T. Davis

LADIES’ AID SOCIETY – ORGANIZED FROM DAUGHTERS OF VETERANS-
Ironton Register, Mar. 3, 1892
DAUGHTERS OF VETERANS – DISSOLVED 1892
The Daughters of Veterans have surrendered their charter in order to ally themselves with the organization of “The Ladies’ Aid Society,” an organization auxiliary to the Sons of Veterans. In doing this, their aim is to enlarge their membership and to increase their membership, as in their old organization none but daughters of veteran soldiers were eligible. In the Ladies’ Aid Society, daughters and wives of veterans and wives of Sons of Veterans are eligible.


MYRTLE LODGE K. of P
Ironton Register, June 18, 1896 – Myrtle Lodge K. of P. conferred the Esquire degree on A. H. Mittendorf, Clay Henry, G. W. Trumbo, and J. P. Canterbury, Tuesday night, and the Page degree upon the last named. Next Tuesday, they receive the 3rd degree, for which special preparations are being made, as it is the close of initiatory team work for the season.


NATIONAL UNION (SOUTHERN OHIO COUNCIL)
Ironton Register, Jan. 5, 1888
At the annual meeting of the National Union, (Southern Ohio Council), the following officers were chosen:

  • E. Manring President
  • R. S. Page Vice President
  • S. G. Gilfillan Secretary
  • E. Bixby Financial Secretary
  • F. C. Tomlinson Treasurer
  • Henry Blake Speaker
  • Dan’l Beckett Chaplain
  • Jas. Hill Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Wm. Arthurs Doorkeeper
  • C. L. Pixley Trustee
  • J. R. C. Brown Trustee
  • F. E. Hayward Trustee

A committee was appointed to arrange for a feast for the lodge.


ODD FELLOWS
Ironton Register, Nov. 21, 1889 – At the Odd Fellows Hall dedication next Friday night, J. L. McKinney, Grand Master of Ohio, will preside. A. C. Cabel, Grand Warden, will also be present. The ceremonies will continue for an hour or more, and the grand master and probably others will speak. A choir under Geo. B. Davies will furnish music. All Odd Fellows, their wives, widows, and older members of their families are invited to be present. 
Odd Fellows’ temple built in 1892

Ironton Register, Sept. 22, 1892 – The brick work of the Odd Fellow’s temple is up to the second floor.


ORDER OF TWELVE
Ironton Register, Feb. 09, 1888 A lodge of this secret society has been organized in Ironton, and last Monday night the first officers were publicly installed. The ceremony took place in the G. U. O. O. F. Hall. The Order of Twelve is a colored organization exclusively, based upon the secret order that was formed in 1852 to operate the famous underground railway system, and operated since the emancipation upon beneficiary principles similar to many other orders. It has separate departments for men, women and children. The lodge just formed belongs to the second class, though some gentlemen belong to it, and is under the direction of W. A. Craig, who joined the order in Arkansas and bears the title of National Deputy and Grand Mentor. It is the second lodge in Ohio, and has been named “Pride of Ohio Tabernacle, No. 384.” Following were the principal officers installed: Mrs. M. J. Poage, Preceptress; Miss Callie Scott, Vice P.; Mrs. Caroline Scott, Priestess; Mrs. Mary Peebles, Inner Sentinel; Mrs. Annie Watkins, Outer Sentinel; Mrs. Kate Fossett, Chief Recorder; Miss Lena Tyler, Vice R.; Charles Peebles, Chief Tribune; Levi Mitchel and Henry Watkins, assistants.


RED MEN
Ironton Register, Jan. 5, 1871
The following shows the results of the recent annual elections in various secret societies and building associations:
RED MEN

  • Sachem J. H. Gholson
  • Sr. Sagamore Geo. W. Soles
  • Jr. ” Geo. Crawford
  • Chief of Records W. S. Merrill
  • Ass’t Chief of Records Geo. B. Cochrane
  • Keeper of the Wampum Leo Ebert
  • Prophet A. T. Dempsey
  • Representative Jas. A. Cochrane