Hospital Efforts by “Secret Societies” in 1896

To Aid in Hospital Work.  Corona Lodge, K. P., Takes the Initiative in Secret Societies The members of Corona lodge, Knights of Pythias, have issued a circular letter to all the other secret organizations of the city suggesting the idea of them, uniting for the purpose in an organization for the purpose of laboring in behalf of the proposed city hospital. The plan is to have each secret order to appoint a committee authorized to represent them, and for these committees to form a central committee whose duty it shall be to formulate plans upon which to proceed. The committee from Corona lodge is composed of Messrs. A. S. Caldwell, Junius Parker, Alex Allison, James S. Lipscomb and Horace Van Deventer.  The idea is meeting with favor with the various other lodges throughout the city, and it is destined to prove of inestimable value in the work for the hospital. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, May 28, 1896, page 4   Brotherhoods.  ... Pythians Inaugurate a Plan To Assist the Hospital ... Knights of Pythias The members of Corona lodge 115, Knights of Pythias, has [sic] inaugurated a plan, which, if it is carried to success will prove a most valuable aid to the furtherance of the hospital movement which has been recently inaugurated in the city. Corona's plan is defined in detail in the following circirlar [sic] letter which has been sent to the various secret organizations of the city. Corona Lodge, No. 115 K. of P. Gentlemen and Brothers:  Corona lodge No. 115 Knights of Pythias desiring to fulfill the true mission of Pythian knighthood by relieving the suffering of our fellow-men, succoring the unfortunate, watching at the bed side of the sick, and soothing the dying, and feeling that a golden opportunity is now offered to all secret fraternal and benevolent orders to exemplify their teachings by joining in a practical, worthy and humanitarian movement, did, at its last regular meeting held on Tuesday evening, May 19, 1896, appoint a committee or five members of the lodge to organize a joint committee representative of all the other secret fraternal and benevolent orders and societies in Knoxville to work and labor in behalf of the proposed city hospital.  The reasons for all such societies joining in this work and laboring with a view to its successful consummation are obvious.  All of us have our sick benefits, and members are often times personally called on to nurse the sick and afflicted by day and by night.  We thus suffer not only a pecuniary drain, which is of no consequence compared with the good we do but our brothers besides being often-times unskilled in the work they are called on to perform, suffer by their devotion to duty a drain on their physical strength, which unfits them for the daily routine of their duties by which they earn their livelihood.  We are not only called on to nurse and care for transient brothers, who may be sick and afflicted in our midst, but we have hundreds of brothers among us who have no homes but hotels and boarding houses and no parents, nor wives, nor kin to relieve their sufferings when ill.  Is it not then our duty to ourselves to spare no efforts which may help build this proposed city hospital, by which we can give all of our members the very best medical attention, care and nursing?  Ought we not prove the worth of the principles of our respective orders, and our faith in our teachings by putting ourselves in the best possible position to help our sworn brothers when they are distressed in body and mind and to give them aid and comfort. The committee appointed by Corona lodge is composed of the following gentlemen:  A. S. Caldwell, Junius Parker, Alex Allison, James Lipscomb and Horace Van Deventer.  Will you be kind enough to appoint a like committee to confer with them, and send me the names of your committee.  A meeting of all committees of the several orders invited to join with us in the movement, will then be called and permanent organization of the joint committee thus formed effected. Trusting that you will take immediate and favorable action in this very important matter and will inform us of the results thereof, I remain, Very respectfully, Louis R. Fronyeerger [sic], K. R. S. Source:  Knoxville  Daily Journal and Tribune, May 31, 1896, page 5   Hospital Board At a meeting of the hospital building and promoting board yesterday morning the ladies decided to accept the offer of the Pythians and Essenics to furnish them with something to eat at their picnic July 16th. The place at which the picnic is to be held has not yet been selected, but will be named at a meeting of Pythians, Essenics and ladies of the Hospital board Wednesday morning at ten o'clock at Corona hall, Henson building.  Committees to co-operate with the Hospital board in the hospital work have been appointed by the Essenics, Pythians and Odd Fellows. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, June 21, 1896, page 1   Hospital Board Met Yesterday To Consider Offer of Essenics and Pythians The ladies of the hospital board held a meeting in the Young Men's Christian association parlors yesterday morning, at which time the proposition of the Essenics and Pythian Knights relative to the ladies serving the refreshments at the Military Tournament of the orders, was heard.  The ladies took the matter under advisement and a definite decision will be made at the next meeting to be held Wednesday morning of this week. The Knights are desirous that the ladies should take this privilege and offer it to them free of cost.  The ladies are, however, undecided on account of the fact that considerable work will have to be done to prepare for it.  They will canvass the opinion of the board, and, as stated above will decide the matter next Wednesday. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, June 21, 1896, page 11   Hospital Movement Will Be Considered by Secret Societies Tomorrow Night The committee appointed by the various secret and benevolent orders of the city to unite in the work in behalf of the proposed city hospital will meet in Corona Hall, Henson building, tomorrow night at 8 o'clock.  These committees will be organized into one grand committee which will take charge and map out the work to be done. The movement recently put on foot by Corona lodge and it has met with vaor wherever the idea has been suggested.  The sister lodges of the city have taken up the matter with considerable enthusiasm, and the ladies at the head of the hospital movement have reason to expect considerable assistance by means of this united effort on the part of the various secret orders of the city. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, July 1, 1896, page 4   New Hospital.  Representatives of Societies Meet To Discuss Plans.  Permanent Organization Effected by Means of Which Assistance Will Be Rendered the Ladies The secret societies of the city manifested their interest in the new hospital movement at the meeting held at Corona hall last night.  The meeting was composed of representatives from the various fraternal, secret and benevolent organizations of the city, who assembled in response to an invitation from Corona lodge, Knights of Pythias. The idea of these societies aiding in the hospital mvoement [sic] originated with Corona lodge and Mr. Horace Van Deventer, a member of that lodge, was the first to suggest it.  The other orders of the city took rapidly to the idea of rendering assistance to the hospital and the attendance at the meeing [sic] last night was an earnest of the general appreciation of the effort. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Junius Parker who was selected as temporary chairman and Mr. Horace Van Deventer was temporary secretary.  Upon motion a committee on credentials was appointed to report as to who were entitled to sit in the meeting and constituted the members of the joint organization.  The committee was composed of General Alex Allison, L. C. Hessler and W. L. Morgan.  The committee reported the following as authorized representatives of the various lodges: Woodmen of the World -- Charles Pittman, John M. Allen, W. T. Newton, R. A. Kellar, J. A. Keener. Y. M. C. A. -- R. A. Keller, J. M. Gallaher, M. F. Flenniken, Y. W. Casteel, W. L. Morgan. Order of Railway Conductors -- W. H. Overman, C. L. Dooly, C. D. Guire. United Order Golden Cross, Peace Commandery No. 1 -- E. H. DePue, H. B. Bayless, L. C. Warner, Alex O. Roehl, J. O. Lotspeich. Catholic Knights of America - Thomas Ashe, Tim Shea, E. F. White, Matthew Senn, D. J. Moriarity. East Tennessee Lodge No. 34 I. O. O. F. -- W. C. Fraser, J. T. Bright, J. E. Wideman. Marble City Council No. 1565 Royal Arcanum -- Charlton Karnes, H. G. Goforth, E. B. Ziegler, H. E. Littlefield, C. H. Hazard. Knox County Humane society -- J. F. J. Lewis, L. C. Shepherd. Knoxville Council No. 95 Royal Select Masons -- George W. Murphy, M. F. Flennikken [sic], M. G. Thomas, John P. Kern, John H. Knox. Irish Mutual Benevolent society -- Jno. Gleason, G. J. Ashe, M. J. Condon, C. C. Driscol, S. P. Condon. Queen City Lodge No. 139 Knights of Pythias -- T. Portlock, C. T. Adams, G. H. Swan, J. M. Starrett, D. A. Griffin. Unaka Council No. 1620 Royal Arcanum -- W. A. Ford, T. F. Ward, Ben Simcox, Jr., D. A. Rosenthal, R. A. Woods. Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers -- J. R. Crittendon, H. B. Taylor, R. B. Holleman, G. W. Clark, T. A. Brokks. St. Andrew's Brotherhood, Chapter No. 1141 -- J. E. Lane, W. Munding, H. W. Lucas. St. Andrew's Brotherhood, Chapter No. 146 -- A. K. Selden, N. B. Morrell, L. B. Froneberger. Corona Lodge No. 115 Knights of Pythias -- Horace Van Deventer, J. S. Lipscomb, Alex Allison, A. S. Caldwell, Junius Parker. Coeur de Lion Commandery N. 9, Knights Templar -- W. A. Francis, A. Ferguson, A. J. Reed, G. B. Davis, J. M. Creamer. Central Labor Union -- W. M. Fitzgerald, Paul Hein, George W. Ford, P. Brennan, J. Robert McCormick. Knoxville Lodge No. 138 I. O. O. F. -- M. M. Harris, W. A. Gage, T. J. Newman Orient Lodge, No. 68, Knights of Pythias -- M. Nicholson, G. C. Childress, A. G. Mann, W. A. Gage, R. L. Loftis. Euneka Lodge, No. 3640, Knights of Honor -- J. P. Kennedy, J. W. Carson, C. Davis, W. W. McIntyre, A. Totdenhausen. Maxwell Lodge, No. 433, Free and Accepted Masons -- D. R. Samuels, L. C. Hesler, W. R. Owens, P. S. Egbert, C. A. Roth. Golden Rule Lodge, No. 177, I. O. O. F. -- J. W. Edelen, Dr. J. L. Howell, C. W. McCall. Oriental Lodge, No. 452, F. A. M. -- S. B. Gettys, W. T. Claiborne, G. C. Childress, S. V. Bowden, J. F. Kelley. Chilhowie Council, No. 1624 Royal Arcanum -- L. David, Dr. W. S. Nash, D. C. Warner, J. C. Hickman, James Wenning. Railroad Employes [sic] Mutual Relief Society -- D. W. Lewis, A. W. Anderson, T. P. Roberts, Dennis Leahy, C. B. Nance. Young Men's Institute, No. 142 -- S. P. Condon, M. R. Grace, J. T. McGrath, R. T. P. McNichols, Jno. J. McDonald. Knoxville, Council, No. 110 Royal Arcanum -- J. A. Armstrong, Alex McMillan, N. D. Burrows, A. J. Douglass, E. H. DePue. Teutonic Lodge, No. 141, Knights of Honor -- H. Young, J. Wenning, D. T. Vestal, A. Lobenstein, L. David. The report of the committee was adopted without discussion.  Several other orders have been invited to join in the movement but have not yet responded.  It is supposed however, that they will do so before another meeting of the organization. The committe [sic] on permanent organization was composed of Messrs. A. S. Caldwell, L. David, R. T. McNichols, and R. A. Keller.  They recommended that the officers of the association consist of a president, two vice presidents, secretary and treasurer.  They recommended for these offices A. A. Francis, president; E. T. White, first vice president; Dr. W. S. Nash second vice president; L. B. Froneberger, secretary; Dr. J. L. Howell, treasurer.  The portion of the committee's report, relative to the appointment of an executive committee consisting of one member from each lodge represented in the association was rejected after considerable discussion, and it was decided to do all the work devolving upon the organization by sub-committees. Messrs. E. T. White and W. L. Morgan were appointed to escort the permanent president to the chair.  Dr. Francis made an appropriate speech of acceptance and assured the gentlemen present that he would make all efforts in his power to further the movement. It was then decided that a way and means committee should be appointed.  The committexe [sic] is composed of Messrs. Horace Van Deventer, J. A. Armstrong, A. S. Caldwell, E. T. White, D. R. Samuels and Dr. A. A. Francis. Dr. W. S. Nash read a clipping from a St. Louis newspaper in which the pavilion hospital was advocated in preference to the conventional ward plan of construction.  He expressed himself as being in favor of this plan, and explained that it isolated patients with contagious diseases.  Its cheapness of construction was also mentioned. The meeting adjourned to meet in Corona Hall until Monday, July 13th, at which time plans for further action will be adopted. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, July 3, 1896, page 4   Hospital Enthusiasts.  Secret Order Men Meet Tonight to Discuss Ways and Means The second meeting of the recently organized hospital committee, composed of representatives of the various secret orders of the city will be held in Corona hall, Henson building tonight.  The plan and future work to be undertaken will be mapped out in full tonight and sub committees will be appointed to perform various duties.  The report of the committee on ways and means will be made and it is understood that this convention will recommend the policy to be undertaken by the joint committee. As is already generally known, the object of the organization is to raise funds for and otherwise assist in the building of a new and modern hospital for the city of Knoxville. As a material evidence of the interest being taken in the movement by the secret orders, the Essenics and Pythians have invited the ladies of the hospital board to serve the refreshments at their military tournament to be given at Lake Ottosee next Thursday.  This privilege is given the ladies free of all costs. The initial meeting of the joint committee was largely attended, and it is expected that a still greater number of representatives will be present at the meeting tonight. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, July 13, 1896, page 7   Mean Business.  Secret Orders Again Meet To Discuss Hospital Movement.  Ways and Means Committee Make Report as to Further Procedure.  Roster of Joint Committee The joint committee or representatives from the various secret and benevolent orders of the city met for the second time in Corona Knights of Pythias hall last night.  In the absence of the president Mr. E. T. White, the vice-president, officiated as chairman of the meeting. The only business transacted was that of hearing the report of the committee on ways and means.  The report was adopted without objection.  It was as follows: We, your committee appointed on ways and means to suggest plans, etc., for organization, beg leave to submit the following report.  Recognizing, as we do, the great importance of this work, and also the importance of enlisting as many as possible in the movement, after discussing the matter we bring [?], in order to do this the best way is to organize into sub-committees.  We would, therefore, recommend the following standing committee to be appointed by the president, with the exception of the committee on donations, contributions and subscriptions, which shall be appointed as hereinafter stated. First -- We would recommend a committee consisting of five members, to confer with the hospital board, with regard to procuring a charter and permanent organization of the hospital, further, that this committee be instructed to act as soon as possible and report back to this general committee, so that the other committees may begin active work. Second -- A committee of five to confer with the city authorities, to get their views in regard to establishing a city hospital, etc. Third -- A committee of five to confer with the city authorities of West Knoxville for the same purposes. Fourth -- A committee of five to confer with the city authorities of North Knoxville for the same purpose. Fifth -- A committee of five to confer with the Knoxville Medical society for the same purpose. Sixth -- A committee of five to confer with the Knox county Medical society for the same purpose. Seventh -- A committee of five to confer with the county court of Knox county for the same purposes. Eighth -- A committee of three, of which the treasurer of the joint committee shall be chairman. Ninth -- A committee of five on public lectures for the benefit of the hospital fund. Tenth -- A committee of five on concerts and evening entertainments for the benefits of the hospital fund. Eleventh -- A committee of five on athletics and day entertainments for the benefit of the hospital fund. Twelfth -- A committee on donations, contributions and subscriptions, consisting of one member from each organization represented in the joint committee, and that each organization name the member to serve on this committee, at the same time notify the secretary of the appointment, and that the member so selected shall have power to select as many as three or five additional members from the membership of his organization to assist him in his work. Thirteenth -- We recommend that all the above committee [sic], excepting the one on permanent organization, organize, but defer active work until we have a report from this committee, and know something about the permanent organization. Fourteenth -- For parliamentary law, Robert's rules of order shall be authority. Fifteenth -- That the joint committee meet on the first Sunday of each month at three o'clock p.m. and called meetings subject to the call of the president, by notice in daily papers. Respectfully submitted, Horace Van Deventer, Chm. E. T. White, J. A. Armstrong, D. R. Samuels, A. S. Caldwell, A. A. Francis, Committee. In accordance with the recommendation of this committee, a committee composed of the following gentlemen was appointed to consult with the ladies hospital board relative to plans for the future: Messrs. Junius Parker, J. M. Allen, J. M. Creamer, A. J. Douglas, and J. P. Condon. It was decided that the regular meetings should be held at 3 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month.  Corona hall was selected as the place of meeting. Secretary Froneberger is in receipt of a communication from the Knoxville Turn Verein, offering the use of Turner's park free of charge for the purpose of a picnic or any other attraction the hospital committee might see fit to use.  It is also understood that Mr. Howell, of the Knoxville Street railway, will give the total receipts on the Turner park line on the day of any attraction at that place given under the auspces [sic] of the joint committee. Reports from several orders were reported as received since the initial meeting, and the roster of members of the joint committee together with the lodges represented now stand [sic] as follows: Coeur de Lion Commandry, No. 9, Knights Templar -- W. A. Francis, A. Ferguson, A. J. Reed, G. B. Davis, J. M. Creamer. Knoxville Council No. 95 Royal Select Masons -- George W. Murphy, M. F. Flenniken, M. G. Thomas, John P. Kern, John H. Knox. Pearl Chapter, No. 24, Royal Arch Masons -- J. M. Creamer, A. A. Francis, H. W. Hall, A. J. Reed and G. B. Davis. Maxwell Lodge, No. 433, Free and Accepted Masons -- D. R. Samuels, L. C. Hesler, W. R. Owens, P. S. Egbert C. A. Roth. Oriental Lodge, No. 453, Free and Accepted Masons -- S. B. Gettys, W. T. Claiborne, G. C. Childress, S. Y. Bowden, J. F. Kelly. Knoxville Lodge No. 138 I. O. O. F. -- M. M. Harris, W. A. Gage, T. J. Newman. Golden Rule lodge, No. 177 I. O. O. F. -- J. W. Edelen, Dr. J. L. Howell, C. W. McCall. East Tennessee lodge, No. 34, Independent Order of Odd Fellows -- W. C. Fraser,  J. T. Bright, J. E. Wideman. Knoxville senate, No. 1068, Knights of the Ancient Essenic Order -- Rev. M. D. Jeffries, Dr. J. S. Clements, R. A. Brown, L.  S. Hall, W. A. J. Moore. Orient lodge, No. 68, Knights of Pythias -- M. Nicholson, G. C. Childress, A. G. Mann, W. A. Gage, R. L. Loftis. Corona lodge, No. 115, Knights of Pythias -- Horace Van Deventer, J. S. Lipscomb, Alex Allison, A. S. Caldwell, Junius Parker. Queen City lodge, No. 139, Knights of Pythias -- T. Portlock, C. T. Adams, C. H. Swan, J. M. Starrett, D. A. Griffin. Euneka lodge, No. 3640, Knights of Honor -- J. T. [?] Kennedy, J. W. Carson, C. Davis, W. W. McIntyre, A. Totdenhausen. Teutonia lodge, No. 141, Knights of Honor -- H. Young, J. Wenning, D. T. Vestal, A. Loenstein, L. David. Chilhowie council, No. 1624, Royal Arcanum -- L. David, Dr. W. S. Nash, D. C. Warner, J. C. Hickman, James Wenning. Knoxville council, No. 110, Royal Arcanum -- J. A. Armstrong, Alex McMillan, N. D. Burrows, A. J. Douglass, E. H. DePue. Unaka council, No. 1620, Royal Arcanum -- W. A. Ford, T. F. Ward, Ben Simcox, Jr., D. A. Rosenthal, R. A. Woods. Marble City council, No. 1565, Royal Arcanum -- Charlton Karnes, H. G. Goforth, E. B. Ziegler, H. E. Littlefield, C. H. Hazard. United Order Golden Cross, Peace Commandery, No. 1 -- E. H. DePue, H. B. Bayless, L. C. Warner, Alex O. Rochl [sic], J. O. Lotspeich. Woodmen of the World -- Charles Pitman, John M. Allen, W. T. Newton, R. A. Kellar, J. A. Keener. Catholic Knights of America -- Thomas Ashe, Tim Shea, E. F. White, Matthew Senn, D. J. Moriarity. St. Andrew's Brotherhood, Chapter No. 1141 -- J. E. Lane, W. Munding, H. W. Lucas. St. Andrew's Brotherhood, Chapter No. 146 -- A. K. Selden, N. B. Morrell, L. B. Froneberger. Y. M. C. A. -- R. A. Kellar, J. M. Gallaher, M. F. Flenniken, Y. W. Casteel, W. L. Morgan. Knox County Humane society -- J. F. J. Lewis, L. C. Shepherd. Irish Mutual Benevolent society -- John Gleason, G. J. Ashe, M. J. Condon, C. C. Driscol, S. P. Condon. Post C, Travelers' Protective association -- W. E. Gibbins, J. F. Chumbley, E. R. Wade, W. F. Trent and J. H. Broyles. Youn Men's Institute, No. 142 -- S. P. Condon, M. R. Grace, J. T. McGrath, R. P. McNichols, John J. McDonald. Railroad Employes Mutual Relief society -- D. W. Lewis, A. W. Anderson, T. P. Roberts, Dennis Leahy, C. B. Nance. Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers -- J. R. Crittendon, H. B. Taylor, R. B. Holleman, G. W. Clark, T. A. Brooks. Order of Railway Conductors -- W. H. Overman, C. L. Dooly, C. D. Guire. Central Labor union -- W. M. Fitzgerald, Paul Hein, George W. Ford, P. Brennan, J. Robert McCormick. Local union, No. 38, Journeymen Tailor's union -- W. M. Haley, G. Shettler, W. J. O'Donnell and A. Totdenhausen. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, July 14, 1896, page 4   Hospital Board Met Yesterday To Confer with Representatives of Secret Orders The ladies of the hospital board met the conference committee of the secret organizations at the Y. M. C. A. rooms yesterday morning.  The meeting was purely informal and was the first conference that has been held by the ladies of the board and the gentlemen of the secret orders committee. The various plans for future work were discussed and it was finally decided to arrange for a series of lectures, entertainments, etc., to be given this fall and winter for the purpose of raising funds for the hospital.  Plans looking to this have already been partially arranged and a formal announcement of the series will be probably be made at an early date. It was decided yesterday that all funds should be deposited with the ladies board as fast as raised and that the societies should assist in every way possible the efforts that will be made by the ladies. It is probably that the hospital board will be incorporated.  This was suggested yesterday but no definite action was taken in the matter. There is a spirit of unity characterizing the efforts of both the ladies board and the conference committee and it is generally conceded that working together as they are the movement is destined to be a success. The ladies are congratulating themselves over the success of their efforts at the military tournament last Friday.  They succeeded in raising about $130 for the hospital fund. Another meeting of the two committees will be held next Tuesday morning at ten o'clock and it is probable that in the meantime the joint committee of representatives of the orders will meet and hear a report from the conference committee. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, July 23, 1896, page 6   Hospital Committees Meet Yesterday Afternoon and Transact Regular Business A meeting of the representatives of the various societies that have interested themselves in the hospital movement was held in Coronal hall yesterday afternoon at three o'clock. Twelve representatives were present when the meeting was called to order by Dr. A. A. Francis.  Secretary Froneberger read the minutes of the previous meeting and they were adopted without amendment. Junius Parker, as a member of the committee to confer with the board of control of the hospital promoting board reported that his committee had made out a written report but that Mr. White in whose possession it is was out of the city and the report would have to be made orally.  He stated that the committee met the governing board of ladies and conferred with them.  The ladies explained their object, read their constitution and by laws and promised to send a copy of same to the body of representatives. The report gave an idea of what has been accomplished thus far by the ladies.  The report closed with a commendation of the work already done and recommended that all aid possible be given. Mr. Van Deventer suggested that it would be a good idea if the movement should take on a more permanent form that a charter should be secured, a board of trustees elected and the affair conducted on a business basis. The next business of importance was the changing of the time of meeting from Sunday afternoon until the first Wednesday night in each month at eight o'clock. Dr. Francis appointed the committees that had been decided upon at a previous meeting.  They are as follows: Committee to Confer with Hospital Board -- Junius Parker, John M. Allen, J. M. Creamer, A. J. Douglas, S. P. Condon. Committee to Confer with City Authorities of Knoxville -- Alex Allison, W. A. Gager, J. P. Kennedy, G. J. Ashe, J. F. J. Lewis. Committee to Confer with the City Authorities of West Knoxville -- Horace Van Deventer, Y. W. Casteel, M. F. Flenniken, N. B. Morrell, D. C. Warner. Committee to Confer with City Authorities of North Knoxville -- T. Portlock, D. W. Lewis, A. G. Mann, E. H. DePue, J. H. Carson. Committee to Confer with Knoxville Medical Society -- J. A. Keener, W. H. Overman, D. A. Rosenthal, G. C. Childress, Charlton Karns. Committee to Confer with Knox County Medical Society -- J. M. Starratt, C. B. Zeigler, E. T. White, W. M. Fitzgerald, R. B. Holleman. Committee to Confer with County Court -- M. J. Condon, G. W. Murphy, J. P. Kennedy, R. A. Woods, Alex McMillan. Committee on Finance -- J. L. Howell, J. O. Lotspeich, D. R. Samuels. Committee on Public Lectures for Benefit of Hospital Fund -- J. P. ern, D. J. Vestal, M. R. Grace, J. S. Lipscomb, A. K. Selden. Committee on Certs and Evening Entertainments for Benefit of Hospital Fund -- M. Nicholson, M. F. Flenniken, H. B. Taylor, J. A. Armstrong, A. J. Reed. Committee on Athletic and Day Entertainments for the Benefit of the Hospital Fund -- W. T. Claiborne, Rich McNichols, C. F. Adams, J. C. Hickman, W. L. Morgan. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, August 3, 1896, page 7   Arcanum Aid Society Will Hold Their Picnic at Fountain City August 25th The Arcanum Aid society will hold their second annual picnic at Fountain City, August 25th.  The following committees have been appointed which insure the success of the affair: Executive committee -- E. B. Zeigler, chairman; W. A. Davis, A. V. Fern, J. H. Herne, E. C. Barnes. Prizes and amusements -- E. C. Barnes, Geo. Kitchen, J. A. Armstrong, Frank May, Chas. F. Epps, J. L. Deaver. Dancing and music -- J. H. Herne, Carl Kader, J. M. Norton, Ross McClellan, R. K. Johnson, A. V. Fern. Gates and order -- E. C. Barnes, C. C. Anderson, H. R. Goforth, S. C. Fox, John Hubbs, B. R. Childress, E. J. Pope. Committee on tickets -- E. C. Barnes, W. C. Webb, J. T. Rountree, J. Blaufield, D. G. Leathy, Chas. Hazzard, D. A. Griffin, D. A. Rosenthal, L. David. The Royal Arcanum like all Knoxville is interested in the hospital movement and the ladies of the hospital board will probably be invited to take charge of the refreshment stands thus affording them another opportunity to increase the fund they are laboring so hard to raise.  The Royal Arcanum is one of the largest and strongest secret organizations in the city and any thing they undertake is always a success. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, August 12, 1896, page 2   Hospital News.  Secret Order Committee Will Meet Today The various committees of the secret orders of the city, recently appointed to participate in the hospital movement will meet in Corona hall to-night at eight o'clock. The meeting is the first held for several weeks and will be of considerable importance.  At the last committees were appointed to perform various duties.  These committees will be ready to report to-night. Their reports will be of interest and importance to every member of the general committee. It is therefore desired that a large and enthusiastic attendance turn out to the meeting to-night. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, September 2, 1896, page 5   Secret Orders Committee.  Hospital Movement Given Another send off last Night The joint committee of hospital board, representing the various secret orders of the city, met in Corona hall, Henson building last night. The assembly of the committee was in the nature of a regular meeting, and nothing but routine business was transacted.  The various committees recently appointed made reports concerning the work now being done by them.  The most important committee report was that of the committee on evening entertainments. Mr. M. F. Flenniken, as chairman of that committee, stated to the meeting that the ladies of the city had arranged two concerts, to be given Friday afternoon and evening. The committee had volunteered its service to the committee, and had rendered valued assistance in appointing gate keepers for the occasion. It was decided that hereafter all meeting [sic] of the joint committee be held on the first Thursday in each month, beginning with the first Thursday in October. President Francis announced the standing committees as follows: Committee to confer with hospital board:  Junius Parker, Jno. M. Allen, J. M. Creamer, A. J. Douglas, S. P. Conden. Committee to confer with city authorities of Knoxville  Alex Allison, W. A. Gage, J. P. Kennedy, G. J. Ashe, J. F. J. Lewis. Committee to confer with city authorities of West Knoxville:  Horace Van Deventer, W. Y. Casteel, M. F. Flenniken, N. B. Morrell, D. C. Warner. Committee to confer with city authorities of North Knoxville:  T. Portlock, D. W. Lewis,, A. G. Mann, E. H. DePue, J. H. Carson. Committee to confer with Knoxville Medical Society:  G. C. Childress, W. H. Overman, D. A. Rosenthal, J. A. Keener, Charlton Karns. Committee to confer with Knox county Medical Society:  J. M. Starrett, E. B. Zeigler, E. T. White, W. M. Fitzgerald, R. B. Holleman. Committee to confer with county court:  M. J. Condon, G. W. Murphy, J. P. Kennedy, R. A. Woods, Alex McMillan. Committee on finance:  J. L. Howell, J. O. Lotspeich, D. R. Samuels. Committee on public lectures for benefit of hospital fund:  J. Parker, D. T. Vestal, M. r. Grace, J. S. Lipscomb, A. K. Selden. Committee on concerts and entertainments for benefit of hospital fund:  M. F. Flenniken, H. B. Taylor, J. A. Armsarong [sic], A. J. Reed, J. M. Creamer. Committee on athletic and day entertainments for the benefit of the hospital fund:  W. T. Claiborne, Rich McNichols, C. F. Adams, J. C. Hickman, W. L. Morgan. It was decided that at all subsequent meetings the roll of members of the committee will be called and all absentees will be reported to the lodge from which they are appointed.  This is done to the end that a good attendance may at all times be secured. This completed the deliberations of the body, after which the meeting adjourned. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, September 3, 1896, page 4   Hospital Movement.  Ladies' Board and Conference Committee of Secret Orders Meet Today. The ladies' hospital board and the conference committee from the joint organization of secret societies of the city will hold an important meeting in the Y. M. C. A. rooms this morning at ten o'clock.  The meeting is for the purpose of united upon plans for the future development of the hospital movement.  The ladies have already collected a considerable amount of money and are now in fair shape financially to begin the preliminaries incident to the work which they have undertaken. It is the plan of the conference committee to secure a charter, making the affair a chartered institution, and put it upon a thoroughly business basis.  Whether or not this plan will be thoroughly enforced remains for the ladies to decide this morning. Other matters of importance to the movement will be brought up, and the meeting bids fair to be one of unusual interest to all concerned. Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, September 19, 1896, page 6   The Frats ... Pythians Aid the Hospital Movement ... The local Knights of Pythias lodges are forging to the front... Corona lodge has very generously offered the use of its lodge room to the ladies of the hospital board for the rehearsals for the carnival ball.  This is a material evidence of Corona's interest in the hospital movement. ... Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, October 11, 1896, page 1

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