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Grand Lodge Meet

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Parent Issue
Day
3
Month
February
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

Tho 2Ist annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of the A. O. U. W. , of Michigan, will be held in this city on Tuesday, Feb. 31. This is the flrst meeting of tho grand lodge in this city and it was secured only after a hard fight in the Grand Eapids convention between this city, Flint, Port Huron and Ypsilanti. There will be 185 delegates present and they will be accompanied by many others, which will probably swell the numbers to 300. There will be a nuinber who wish to take the grand lodge degree and others will take advantage of the one and a third ronnd trip fare to see the city and nniversity. The Grand Lodge officers and coramittees will be iu the city ou Mouday, i'eb. 20. The meetings of the Grand Lodge will be held in A. O. U. W. hall ou ra. iuain se, wiiicn is bemg titted up especially for their aecommodation. A partition is being torn down to uiake the session room larger and a closet is beiug put in and plumbed. The hall was newly decorated two years ago and the new part of the hall will be decorated to correspond. The sessions of the grand lodge will, of course, be secret, and no member of the order oan get in, unless he is a past niaster or has served three terms in sxiccession as recorder, financier, or receiver. Master Workman Gottlob Luick is the general chairinan in charge of the reoeption and entertainment of the grand lodge. Johnüamngarclner, is secretary and chairruan of the coinruittee on entertainment, George Halier of the university coinmittee, Chas. A. Ward of the committee on printing and Reuben Armbruster of the committee on reception. Some of the other prominent members of the committees are Gottlob Schneider, Johu Kuebler, William Rohde, G. Stark, Emanuel Spring, Christian Martiu, John Mëyer, Chas. H. Mauly, John Kran se, Albert Sorg, George Kusterer, William Jacobus, Engene K. Frueanff and Tom O'Conuor. It is designed to make arrangements if possible to have the delegates visit the university on Washington 's birthday. The delegates will be qnartered atibe various hotel 'of city, the grand lodge allowing its ïnernbers 8 u day for expenses. Everything possible shonld be done to make tbeir stay wit.h us pleasant, for Ann Arbor more than most cities profits by the advertisement ín the proper entertainment of tions. Ihere are two lodges of the A. O. U. W. in this city containiug about 300 .members. Ann Arbor lodge, No. 27, was organized Dec. 15, 1877, with 10 charter members, of whom only jfive are left. The five remaining charter members are Gottlob Lnick, Antón Tuefel,. Dr. Jbhu Kapp, John Heinzmaun and Henry Allmendinger. Since the orgariizatiou of the lodge it has paid out to widows and orphans in this city $56,000, and mnch of this ínoney formed the chief inheritance of those who received it. The ritual of the lodge is in Germán and its proceedings are conducted in that language. This necessitated the organization of an English lodge here and Athens Lodge, No. 49, was organized. Both lodges meet in the same hall. Those members óf the lodge who desire it have joinéd the sick benefit organization, which gives $50 on the leath of the -wife of a member, etc. This is distinct froin the lodge proper, and only those belong who pay the xtra f 3 a year dnes. About a third f the members belong and it has one much good. Last year Ann Arbor Lodge received he banner for its large increase of membership. At the meeting of the grand lodge last year a change was made in the assessment rates, which put the graded assessmeut into force, which it is believed will greatly strengthen the order. It is not known that any contested question will be before the lodge this year.