Greene County Arkansas

Paragould, AR

Centennial Edition

                                                                                                                                                                      

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Church Work in Paragould Has Kept Pace With the Commercial Progress of the Town

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Fraternalism is Rife in Paragould and the Societies are Strong

Paragould is strictly a fraternal town, The spirit of fraternalism pervades the people and all the popular fraternal orders maintain their organizations here. Below we give a list of the orders and the names of the officers.

 

     PARAGOULD LODGE NO. 1080 B.P.O.E., Elks; J.H. McPherson, Exalted Ruler; Joe T. Trice, Esteemed Leading Knight; Jason L. Light, Esteemed Loyal Knight; W.P. Barton, Esteemed Lecturing Knight; E.N. Hartman, Secretary; Cliff Markham, Treasurer; M.B. Hatfield, Inner Guard; Eli Meiser, B.H. Crowley, A. Bertig, Trustees. The Elks have a handsome home and occupy two entire floors of an elegant three story brick.

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     KNIGHTS OF HONOR:  Started 1892. 50 members. Among the charter members were John M. Davis, S.L. Joseph, Rufus Hammond, F.M. Hargraves, Wm. T. Witherington, Henry Bolk, Malden, Mo., John C. Ritter, Robert S. Thompson, F.M. Richter, A.D. Dickson, E.J. Winton and J.A. McNeil.  L. J. Empfield, leading officer.

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     CATHOLIC KNIGHTS:  Henry Kueter, president; N. Stout, vice president; J.B. Kirchoff, treasurer; J. Kirchoff, recording secretary; Mr. Alvey, financial secretary. 31 members.

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     FRATERNAL UNION OF AMERICA:  Mrs. Nora Johnson, fraternal worshiper; Mrs. Lillie blount, justice; Geo. W. Johnson, secretary; John C. Honey, treasurer; W.T. Gaston, guide; Mrs. Mary Young, truth; Mrs. M.E. Dickson, Mercy. 85 members.

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     DEGREE OF HONOR: Mrs. Ella Whitsitt, past chief of honor; Mrs. Minnie Hays, chief of honor; Mrs. Nora Johnson, lady of honor; Mrs. Ida Stuart, lady of ceremonies; Miss Reilly, usher; J.V. Landrum, recorder; Rudolph Hasley, financial secretary; Arthur Stuart, inner watch; Mrs. Carrie Foxford, outer watch; Miss Lillie Landrum, organist. 85 members.

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     I.O.O.F. DIAMOND LODGE NO. 237:  W.W. Highfill, noble grand; Chas. Wood, vice grand; Sam Pruit, recording secretary; J.C. Bone, financial secretary; A.C. Neely, treasurer. 203 members.

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    PARAGOULD LODGE I.O.O.F. NO. 13:   S.W. Patterson, noble grand; B.E. Kelley, vice grand; A.W. Fligor, recording secretary; J.T. Hester, treasurer. 340 members.

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     VICTORY REBEKAH LODGE NO.163:  Mrs. Etta Hightfill, noble grand; Mrs. Luzetta Swihart, vice grand; Sam Pruit, rec. secy.; Bill Highfill, financial secretary; John Carpenter, treasurer. 40 members.

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    W.O.W. WOODMEN OF WORLD NO. 32: W.D. Newsom, pst commander; E.M. Fligor, lieutenant; W.A. Michael, clerk. 330 members.

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     NATINAL ANNUITY LODGE NO. 137:  Mrs. Kipple, past president; Mrs. Welch, president; Mrs. Ferguson, vice president; Mrs. Kipple; secretary; Mrs. Greathouse, watch; Mrs. Bryant, guide. 90 members.

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    BEN HUR LODGE: Mrs. Maggie Fletcher, chief: G.M.Clark, judge; B.W. Hale, scribe; Ed Blake, guide. 72 members.

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KNIGHTS & LADIES OF HONOR NO. 2416: Mrs. L.M. Reeves, past protector; Mrs. Nora Johnson, protector; A.T. Reeves, vice protector; E.S. Heaton, secretary; Mrs. Maggie Blunk, treasurer; Mrs. Abbie Freeman, chairman; Mrs. Edna Trail, guide; Mrs. Vail McCullough, guard; Louis Atchinson, sentinel. 80 members.

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     NATIONAL ANNUITY: J.W. Smith, V.P.; Mrs. Essie Pruit, sec.-treas. 32 members.

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     MIRIAM REBEKAH LODGE NO 11: Mrs. Verna Fligor, noble grand; Mrs. Minnie Piper, vice grand; Mrs. Phoebe Wachmouth, recording secretary; Miss Nellie Haynes, financial secretary; Miss Armon Truly, treasurer. 91 members.

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     K.O.T.M. PARAGOULD TENT NO. 6: A. Hammond, commander; S.L. Head, lieutenant commander; J.V. Landrum, recordidng secretary; W.C. Thompson, chaplain; Guy O. Piper, sergeant; F.M. Parrish, master ceremonies; Luther Vaughn, master of guards. 245 members

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     EASTER HIVE NO. 3: Mrs. M.E. Dickson, past lady commander; Mrs. Ella Johnson, lady commander; Mrs. Dr. Sims, lieutenant commander; Mrs. Ida Bandy, record keeper; Mrs. W.H. Wycott, chaplain; Mrs. VanTassel, sergeant; Mrs. Mattie Thompson, master of ceremonies. 100 members.

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     O.E.S. ORDER EASTERN STAR NO. 297:  Mrs. Sam Shane, worthy protector; Mrs. L. Dillman, worshiper; Mrs. A.C. Neely, assistant worshiper; Mrs. Edwards, secretary; Mrs. J.A. Smith, treasurer; Mrs. Jap Edwards, commander; Mrs. Sam Shane, assistant commander; Mrs. J.A. Smith, worshiper. 40 members.

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     A.O.U.W.: Rudolph Hasley, master workman; W.C. Thompson, past master; Henry Foxford, foreman; Jno. Stull, overseer; Tom Welch, recorder; J.V. Landrum, secretary and treasurer. 286 members. This lodge owns its own handsome two story brick building, one of the finest in the state.

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     PARAGOULD COMMERCIAL CLUB: J.H. McPherson, president; C.W. Stedman, secretary-treasurer; L.C. Thompson, 1st vice president; I.C. Leggitt, 2nd vice president.

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    LADIES CIRCLE W.O.W. PINE GROVE NO. 22. Callie Wright, pst guardian; Mrs. T. Worley, advisor; Mrs. Annie Newsom, clerk; Mrs. Cora Bryant, banker; Mrs. Nora Johnson, chaplain; Mrs. Livie Coffman, attendant; Mrs. R. Purvis, sentinel. 177 members.

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     PARAGOULD LODGE NO. 368 F. & A.M.:   J.H. McPherson, worshipful master; Cicero Thompson, senior warden; J.M. Futrell, Junior warden; J.A. Edwards, senior deacon; Mack Cothren, junior deacon; Sam Shane, secretry; B.H. Crowley, treasurer; J.A. Smith, tyler.

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     METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF NEW YORK opened a debit in Parragould in 1902 and has at present 1058 policy holders in Paragould. We would like to have the assistant superintendent's office located in Paragould. R.H. Jacques, agent.

 

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There can be no stronger bond of union to unite a people than the spirit of fraternalism and there are few towns where the spirit is more manifest than in Paragould. The people of Paragould are lodge and church goers.

PARAGOULD SCHOOLS

 

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