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May 22, 1909

CARE FOR DELIRIOUS BOY.

Odd Fellows and Rebeccas Find Ap-
pendicitis Sufferer on Train.

When returning Odd Fellows and Rebeccas boarded a Frisco train Thursday night on their way from a g rand lodge meeting at Springfield, Mo., they found an unconscious boy, John E. Lee, prostrate in his seat. Several doctors on the train cared for the lad, who was about 16 years old, and it was found that he had succumbed to a serious attack of appendicitis.

All the way to Fort Scott, where he was sent to a hospital, he was delirious, but it was learned that he was on his way from his home in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the home of his uncle at Emporia, Kas. Only a few cents were in his pockets, and a collection of $14 was taken up for him and turned over to the Fort Scott Odd Fellows.

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September 13, 1908

SQUARED HIMSELF WITH LODGE.

George Runtz Left Money to the Odd
Fellows Club By His Will.

George Runtz, 35 years old, who came to this city a month ago sufferieng form consumption and apparently penniless, will be buried from Eylar's chapel, Fourteenth and Main streets, this afternoon. After his death Runtz was found to have $340 in a bag around his neck. By his will, which was written shortly before his death, most of this money is given to the local lodges of Odd Fellows, who cared for him throughout his illness when he was thought to be indigent.

What disposition he made of his property at his home in Cincinatti, O., is not known. The Odd Fellows will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows' lot in Union cemetery.

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September 1, 1908

ODD FELLOWS CELEBRATE
SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY.

Wyandotte Lodge No. 35 Was Organ-
ized by Faithful Few When Kan-
sas City Was a Village.

On September 1, 1848, when this city was better known as Westport Landing, a number of members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows gathered in a small room over Shannon's grocery store at Second and Main streets and organized Wyandotte lodge No. 35. Last night nearly 200 members and friends of this same lodge gathered in the large hall at Missouri avenue and Main street to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary.

Judge E. E. Porterfield, who claims to be too young to have been a charter member of the lodge, presided, and made a short address. Judge Porterfield told of the early days when with but a few members the lodge started on its way. He read a few of the names of the early members and among those names mentioned are men who have helped to make Kansas City what it is today.

Among the early members were such men as L. P. Browne, Joseph S. Chick, W. H. Chick, Rev. John T. Peery, Daniel Dofflemeyer, John C. McCoy, Dr. I. M. Ridge, Nehemiah Holmes and James A. Gregory. In 1850 the records of the lodge were destroyed in a fire which burned the grocery store over which the lodge was located, and it is impossible to get the names of all the charter members.

Phillip Bentz, who joined the lodge in 1850 when it was but two years old, was present and gave a short talk on the early history. Mr. Bentz is the oldest living member of the lodge. An address was also made by M. S. Dowden, past grand master, and music was furnished by J. Bales, L. Bales, and Miss Maggie Martin. Misses Elsie Hite and Ruth Markward gave recitations. Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the programme.

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April 10, 1907

HELD AN I. O. O. F. DEGREE.

Only Woman to Achieve This Honor,
Mrs. S. M. Hanna, Is Dead.
Sarah Miles Hanna

Mrs. Sarah Miles Hanna, 82 years of age, the oldest member of the Daughters of Rebekah, and the only woman upon whom the degree of chivalry was ever conferred by the I. O. O. F., was stricken with paralysis at noon Monday and died early yesterday morning at her home, 1808 East Eleventh street.

She was the wife of the late Philip K. Hanna, for years United States representative from the Forty-eight district of Illinois, w3as a cousin of General Nelson A. Miles, and cousin by marriage of General Philip C. Hanna, present consul general to the republic of Mexico. Her father, Solomon Stoddard Miles, was educated in Athens, Greece, and for years was president of the Presbyterian college at Zanesville, O.

The elevation of Mrs. Hanna to an Odd Fellow degree higher than any other woman ever attained occurred in January, 1903, when the sovereign grand lodge of the world met at Des Moines, Ia. To the state lodge of Kansas fell the honor of escorting Mrs. Hanna to Des Moines, as she had been for twenty years the grand chaplain of the state of Kansas. An official from London, England, conferred the honor. A special jeweled emblem in gold and enamel, embracing a heart and crown set in diamonds, was given her at the time.

Fifty-two years ago last month, in Rock Island, Ill,. Mrs. Hanna took the Rebekah degree, though she was a regularly constituted member of the order long before that. Schuyler Colfax, who was an intimate friend of her husband, and who originated the order, gave her at that time a three-link ring, which she wore until her death. It had long since become so thin that it had to be reinforced.

Having grown up with the Odd Fellows, Mrs. Hanna, commencing half a century ago, had been called upon to organize and reconstruct assemblies in every part of the Union, and the names of the lodges for which she has stood sponsor would, it is said, fill a good sized directory.

When she was raised to the dignity of worthy chaplain that was thought to be an innovation. But this was quite of minor importance compared with her elevation to the degree of chivalry. As no other member of her sex may hope to attain this, her career in the mystic order of Odd Fellows is considered most remarkable.

Mrs. Hanna's only surviving relative in Kansas city is her daughter, Miss Nina J. Hanna, with whom she lived, and two children in Moline, Ill., by a former marriage. They are J. C. Fielder and Mrs. Dr. J. H. Sale. The burial will be in Peabody, Kas., beside her late husband and two sons. While living at one of their ranches in the vicinity of Peabody years ago, the family selected a burial plot there.

The time of the burial has not been arranged, as there is a request that the body be allowed to lie in state in the rooms of the Wyandotte lodge, No. 6, to which she belonged. This will probably be arranged and later a special car will convey the body to Topeka, where for a day, in the quarters of the state lodge, it will also lie in state, before being taken to Peabody.

Mrs. Hanna's birthplace was Newark, O. She was born in 1825. She came to Kansas City first twenty years ago and had lived here almost continuously since.

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