Knights of Pythias (scrapbook); The knights of Pythias Boston and The Official Pythian Lodge Directory 1909 (three works together)
AZ. Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and secret society founded in Washington, DC, on 19 February 1864. It was the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the United States Congress. Offered here is a marvelous scrapbook of the Knights of Pythias in Arizona by John M. Aitkens. John M Aitken was initiated in the Prescott Lodge April 23 1891. He served four terms as Master of Exchequer for the Prescott Lodge. He became a Past Chancellor January 1, 1893, and in 1894 was a representative to the Grand Lodge. In 1897 he transferred his membership to the Phoenix Lodge, of which he has been trustee since July 1, 1901. He was later unanimously elected Grand Chancellor and served from June 13, 1902 to May 15, 1903. His wife was Grand Chief Georgia W. Aitken, a native born Arizonan who whose parents were Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Weaver, both upstanding pioneers of Prescott. This book is filled with history on the Pythians of Arizona and its members from various cities across Arizona. Includes programs, dates and information on various conventions and Lodges, letters and photographs of lodge members dating 1894, 1896, 1902 and 1903. Also, a photograph of President McKinley greeting people at one of his stops while traveling through Arizona from the back of his Presidential train. There is an article about the only female Pythian, Miss Calanthe, visiting Phoenix. Offered together with two books title, The knights of Pythias Boston 1908 presented to J.M. Aitken, Arizona bound in a deep purple suede lettered in gilt and with the Pythian coat-of-arms and The Official Pythian Lodge Directory 1909, Tenth Year bound in green cloth lettered in gilt with the Pythian coat-of-arms. A fine collection.
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