SECRET ORGANIZATIONS
Transcribed from the book
"Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland"
Originally published 1884
by F.A. Battey & Co. Chicago, Ill.

The great benevolent societies have representative lodges in all of the principal villages of the county. At Neoga, the Masonic Order is represented by Neoga Lodge, No. 279, with seventy mem­bers. This lodge meets in a pleasant hall once a month, and is in a flourishing financial condition. The Independent Order of Odd-Fel­lows has a representative in Neoga Lodge, No. 347, of about forty members. The insurance organizations, Knights of Honor and American Le.gion of Honor, have each a flourishing lodge here. At Toledo, the Order of Free and Accepfrd Masons has a Lodge, organ­ized October, 1868. It is known as Prairie City Lodge, No. 578, and has some forty or fifty members. There is also a Chapter of the Eastern Star, Prairie City Lodge, No. 179. The Toledo Lodge, No. 355, Independent Order of Odd-Fellows, also finds a home here. It was organized in 1868, and now has forty members. This Order is in a flourishing condition, and owns the hall it meets in, valued at some $500. At Greenup are lodges of both the great fraternities. Greenup Lodge, No. 125, of Free and Accepted Masons, was char­tered October 3, 1833, with THOMAS COULSON, CHARLES NISEWANGER  and S. W. HUFFCUT. The lodge has increased to twenty-two mem­bers. The lodgeroom is in the old building on the west end of Main Street, where the first meetings were held thirty years ago. Some twelve years ago, the lodge occupied a more modem building, but being burned out, it returned to the old building. A lodge of the Eastern Star was chartered here November 13, 1873, with LUCY P. NISEWANGER, ANN M. QUINN, ELIZABETH JONES, SARAH  EWART, ESTHER  B. TUTEWILER, ISABELLA  H. MONOHON, SARAH  J. SHULL, MARTHA  J. MARKWELL, MARTHA E. STARBUCK, NANCY  JONES, MARY  J. LEE  and others, as charter members. Atalanta Lodge, No. 116, of the Independent Order of Odd-Fellows, was chartered here October 14, 1853. The charter members were JAMES  EWART, PHILIP WOLCHEIMER, WARREN X. COVELL, S. M. SMITH, B. C. TALBOTT and A. N. WARD. The lodge meets in the same building with the Masonic Lodge, and own it in company with that fraternity. The lodge is in a flourishing condi­tion, and has forty-four members

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