Transcribed from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward.


Knights of Honor, a fraternal organization, was founded in 1873. Its principles differ but little from those of other beneficent societies, the objects being to care for the sick and pay certain sums to the heirs of deceased members. Some lodges pay sick benefits from the local treasury, but all death benefits are paid by supreme lodge, the headquarters of which are at St. Louis, Mo. The Knights of Honor also hold to the theory that true charity should not be confined to any society or creed, and during the yellow fever epidemics in the '70s and '80s large sums of money were disbursed by the agents of the order to sufferers outside of the organization. The first lodge in Kansas was instituted at Winfield, Cowley county, Feb. 20, 1877. The following September the grand lodge was instituted at Winfield, with W. G. Graham as grand dictator. Two years later, at the annual meeting in June, 1879, the grand dictator announced that there were then 43 lodges in the state, with a total membership of about 1,200. Sixteen of these lodges had been organized within the preceding year, and during the same period the membership had nearly doubled. After a few years there came a lull in the growth, and finally the order actually declined. On Jan. 1, 1910, there were but 1,234 subordinate lodges in the United States, with a membership of 21,603. Up to that time the order had disbursed in benefits $94,945,399.

Page 79 from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward.

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VOLUME I

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INTRODUCTION

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I

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VOLUME III

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEXES


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