The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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others.  The charter was granted by M. W., Geo. C. Kenyon, February 20, 1889.  The officers for this year are: J. W. Dole, W. M.; J. W. Thomas, S. W.; Geo. M. Elson, J. W. and thirty-five members.

Lenora lodge No. 181, was instituted by Master Workman M. M. Miller, May 14, 1885.  The officers were: Louis Mall, W. M.; J. E. Wright, S. W.; J. Green, J. W. and six others.  The charter was issued by Master Workman S. E. Sheldon, on February 18, 1886.  The present officers are Chas. F. Goodman, W.M.; E. H. Darnell, S. W.; Lincoln Lee, J. W. and twenty-four members. 

A great many members of this order hold their membership in the east and it is estimated that there are three hundred Masons in the county. 

Norton lodge No 157, I. O. O. F., was organized April 12, 1879.  The charter members were: Reuben Rowley, David Reagan, John Wallace, Julian DeJean, A. G. Chambers, W. E Case and A. F. Harmer.  The first officers were David Reagan, N. G.; A. G. Chambers, V. G., W. E Case, secretary; Reuben Rowley, treasurer. 

The records burned January 2, 1886, and the lodge did not hold a meeting for several years.  It was reorganized with thirteen members on April 1, 1893, since which time the growth has been steady until the present membership is fifty-one.  The present officers are Samuel Teaford, N. G.; John G. Stapp, V. G.; Granville Sheley, secretary; A. J. Thompson, presiding secretary; R. A. Mather, treasurer. 

The Odd Fellows have a lodge at Almena with thirty-two members; they were organized in 1883.  They also have a lodge at Lenora with nineteen members. 

The Ancient Order of United Workmen also have a strong organization in this county; also the Modern Woodmen. 

The following history of the Norton post was furnished by F. M. Snow: 
"Capt. Jarvis Post No. 209 department of Kansas G. A. R. was organized and mustered in as a post May 8, 1883, by Captain McGill, of Logan, Kansas, (now deceased) as mustering officer. 

The charter members were as follows: Wilson Adams. Lewis C. Baur, W. J.  Bower, I. P. Burk, A. N. Clawson, E. E. Dopps, Samuel Edenfield, F. L. Eibert, Enoch Fackler, J. W. Graves, Truman J. Gilbert, Luther C. Havelin, George N. Kingsbury, Peter R. Mittan, C. W. Posson, Cyrus Ramage, Reuben Rowley, John R. Rule, Francis M. Snow, D. E. Stevens, Granville Sheley, Frank Stoddard, R. H. Seymour, A. J. Rhodes, Samuel Means, Samuel Witt, Emerson White, G. A. Bronson and Isaac B. Hardy. 

The first meeting was held in the old court room.  The first officers of the post were: J. W. Graves, post commander; F. M. Snow, adjutant; Samuel Means, senior vice commander; D. E. Stevens, junior vice commander; W J. Bower, quartermaster; L. C. Baur, chaplain; Emerson White, surgeon; A. N. Clawson, officer of the day; G. N. Kingsbury, sergeant major; E. E. Dopps, quartermaster sergeant. 

The following comrades have filled the office of post commander since its organization: J. W. Graves, J. R. Hamilton, George N. Kingsbury, J. Bridegroom, Wilson Adams, Joseph Greenwood, F. M. Snow, and J.  E. Davis, the present post commander. 

Capt. Jarvis Post was named after William Jarvis, captain in the 13th Ohio cavalry, a pioneer in the early settlement of Norton county, a man of ability and culture and one whom the post is proud to give its name. 

The descriptive book contains the names of one hundred and seventeen on its rolls, fourteen of which are known to have died.  

On January 2, 1886, the post passed 

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