VASSAR LODGES AND SOCIETIES
Taken from The History of Tuscola County, Biographical Sketches and Illustrations, H. R. Page Co., Chicago, 1883. Thanks to Bonnie Petee.
Cass River Lodge, No. 163, F. and A. M., was granted a charter by the Grand Lodge at its session of January, 1865, with J. J. Wilder, W. M.; I. C. Kibbe, S. W.; B. A. Wood, J. W.; H. P. Atwood, secretary. In February the following officers were elected: I. C. Kibbe, W. M.; H. P. Atwood, S. W.; I. Killam, J. W.; J. H. Grinnell, treasurer; W. Lake, Jr., secretary; J. Gould, S. D.; L. F. Hinson, J. D.; P. D. Bush, tyler. Monday evening, February 20, the lodge was duly constituted and the officers installed. The officers in 1883 are as follows: W.M., J. A. Trotter; S. W., J. R. Bancroft; J. W., L. C. Merritt; treasurer, M. L. Gage; secretary, E. A. Bullard; S. D., C. H. Richardson; J. D., Jas. Stewart; stewards, T. H. Lake, E. J. Hovey; tyler, M. P. McHose.
A few years after its organization the name of the lodge was changed to Vassar Lodge. The lodge is building a new hall on Pine Street which when completed, will provide it with desirable apartments.
Vassar Lodge, No. 264, I. O. O. F., was organized in February, 1876. The charter members were P. D. Irons, H. B. McHose, J. H. Wagner, H. N. Montague, P. L. Varnum, John Clark and A. H. Wilber. Principal officers were: N. G., P. D. Irons; secretary, J. A. Clark; treasurer, H. B. McHose; V. G., J. H. Wagner; present officers: N. G., J. A. Clark; secretary, P. L. Varnum; treasurer, J. H. Wagner; V. G., C. D. Bennett.
The Vassar Library association was organized in January, 1882, largely through the instrumentality of Mrs. Anna Oakley. A village library has been established which now contains 268 volumes. The officers in 1883 are: President, Horace A. Miller; vice president, P. L. Varnum, secretary, Rev. E. P. Clark; treasurer, Geo. E. Williamson.
Knights of Honor
Eureka Lodge, N. 869, Knights of Honor, was organized with about eighteen members, in September, 1878. The present dictator is D. G. Whitcomb; reporter, Horace A. Miller; finance reporter, M. P. McHose, medical examiner and treasurer, Dr. L. C. Davis.
Vassar Lodge of Good Templars, No. 431, was organized in May, 1882. W. C. T., W. E. Clough; W. V. T., Mrs. W. H. Dack; secretary, Mary E. Kesseler; treasurer, Mrs. A. Hartman, P. W. C. T., W. H. Dack. The lodge had had a succcessful career thus far, and is a present in a flourishing condition.
A lodge of the order of Chosen Friends was organized in March 1883, with twenty-two members. The following were the officer elected; Chief councilor, W. E. Clough; vice councilor, G. W. Laking; secretary, G. R. Wightman; treasurer, J. H. Wagner; medical examiner, Dr. T. A. Cullis; probate, Wm. Kenyon; marshal, John Scott; guard, M. Fogler; warden, John Parker; sentinel, E. Adams.
Knights of the Maccabees
Vassar tent, No. 66, Knights of the Maccabees, was organized in December, 1882. Sir Kt. C., Frank L. Fales; S. K. L. C., Horace A. Miller; R. K., H. S. Hadsall; F. K., T. Lane; P. S. Kt.; C., S. A. Lane; prelate, D. C. Atkins.
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