Elks Lodge


Local Lodgemen Hear Plea For Home


Stage Banked With Flowers

[1925, New Philadelphia newspaper article]


Declaring that the age in which we live, although characterized by the spirit of unrest in social, industrial, political and religious circles, is the greatest and best of all time, J. M. Richardson, prominent local attorney, eloquently addressed a banner crowd that attended the annual memorial services of the New Philadelphia Lodge number 510 B. P. O. Elks, Sunday afternoon, at the Union opera house.

Richardson's address was a fitting climax to the impressive services eulogizing the forty deceased brothers of the local lodge. The officers of the lodge, Rev. J. S. Herold, pastor of the Lutheran church, Attorney J. M. Richardson and G. F. Ackerman occupied seats on the stage which was beautifully decorated with ferns, chrysanthemums and roses. Two honor roll tablets bearing the names of deceased Elks, draped in black and American flags were prominent on the stage.

G. F. Ackerman, a member of the local lodge, eulogized their dead with beautiful words of condolence which tugged at the very heart strings of his many listeners.

Miss Georgia Hill, Dover, played three pleasing pipe organ selections.

The members of the lodge, headed by the officers and past exalted rulers, each wearing a carnation, the symbol of the lodge of Sorrow, filed into the opera house to the [can't read] played on the pipe organ by Miss Georgia Hill, Dover. Rev. J. S. Herold pronounced the invocation.

Ritual Impressive-

The memorial ritual of the lodge was impressively carried out by the officers.

Two pleasing numbers were rendered by the Chamber of Commerce quartette composed of Don Miller, A. C. Whitmer, W. L. Kennedy and E. E. Wilson.

Miss Hill played an organ selection, "Fantasie" by Gustav Merkel.

The service was closed by the Elks and the audience singing the doxology. Rev. J. S. Herold pronounced the benediction.

Miss Hill played the exit march, "Marche Pompous."

Following are the high spots of Richardson's address:

"The age in which we live is characterized by the spirit of unrest in social, industrial, political and religious activities. Statesmen and philosophers apparently are busy with the solution of problems arising out of present turbulent conditions, seeking to re-establish equillbrium. We have witnessed the toppling of thrones, the crumbling of political institutions, the self imposed tyranny of the people and the upheavals of religious controversy. But the situation is not without hope. The world is not stepping backward. Progress and advancement are being made, and adjustment will follow in its natural sequence.

War Gives World Jolt.

"The world has received a tremendous jolt from the greatest war ever known. Inventions following in rapid succession influencing civilized life. Purification of national as well as individual life has been attempted by wholesale legislation. Old religious doctrines are struggling to maintain supremacy over modern ideas and innovations. But enlightenment and common sense will pour oil on the trouble waters of controversy, and all will be well with the world.

I would not speak of an institution that was old at the time Jacob had his wonderful vision as he slept on the desert at night; that was ancient before laws were ordained or governments were established; where precepts of righteousness were taught before temples were dedicated; that possessed a government before kings, princes, potentates and prelates were known -- the home.

Hearthstone Was Shrine

"In this institution the hearthstone was the shrine and the family board the alter. From it has emanated all the social, political, industrial and religious life the world has ever known. Surely the integrity of such a grand old institution should be maintained and perpetuated. The maintenance of such an institution is given to each and every father and mother in the world. In the keeping of it there is a divine trust.

The influence of the home has been impoverished and weakened by our modern tendency to shift responsibility; to turn over the matter of education wholly to the public schools, and the moral training and development to the church.

What has become of the idea of daughters learning the lessons of womanly virtue from their mothers, or sons receiving instructions in maims of moral integrity from their fathers. There are such good old fashioned homes still in existence, without doubt; but there are not enough of them.

Good Character Necessary.

"The purity and integrity of all our institutions rest upon the character of the individual as one of the collective units of the whole. A single piece of defective steel in a great bridge may threaten the collapse of the entire structure. The safety of the structure decends on the building material put into it. This is true of our social structures as it is of the mechanical ones.

The good or evil in the world depends upon the standards established from time to time in various places. There is too much of a tendency to set up our own ideas of living as standards of conduct of others. There is only one test, the right or wrong; and therein there may be great diversity of opinion."

Eulogy Beautiful

In his opening remarks G. F. Ackerman stated that the Elks lodge is not made up of the gloomy and the despondent, the solemn and the sorrowful, the churlish and the pessimistic; but rather of the happy and the joyous.

"Yet once each year the Elks the world over are gathered in a solemn session to intermingle their sorrows and to pay some tribute of respect to their departed brothers," he said.

"Two times within the year, the grim reaper has entered our fold. The missing brothers have passed to their silent resting place and grief that filled their homes has found its echo in our hearts.

"Of these I have been asked to speak briefly.

"Brother Elmer Morgan was born September 11, 1887, and died January 22, 1925, at the age of 37 years, four months and eleven days. He was admitted to our order March 30, 1920.

"Brother Charles H. Fox was born March 2, 1885, and died July 11, 1925, at the age of 40 years, four months and nine days. He joined the Elks lodge May 9, 1911."

The speaker concluded by stating, "the things spoken of the, are all well known to you, but the thousand good, unselfish deeds, acts and thoughts, done in the privacy [end of copy]