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Tunkhannock Knights Templar, 1902

An article from The Scranton Tribune. (Scranton, Pa.), 27 May 1902, p3

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR OF STATE THRONG CITY

Every Train Arriving in the City During the Day Brought Large Delegations

Three thousand strangers are within the city’s gates in attendance upon the forty-ninth annual conclave of the grand commandery, Knights Templar of Pennsylvania. They came yesterday and will remain with us until Wednesday evening.
They are from all parts of the state and among their numbers are many of the commonwealth’s most representative citizens. With them are many ladies. A large number of the commanderies brought along bands of music…

SKETCHES OF THE COMMANDERIES

Temple No. 60, of Tunkhannock

Temple commandery, No. 60, of Tunkhannock, held its first meeting on March 5, 1883, under a dispensation from the grand commandery of Pennsylvania, with the following officers: Frank H. Piatt, eminent commander; Draper Billings, generalissimo; Ames W. Piatt, captain general. The commandery was formally constituted on July 18 following with a membership of twenty-seven. It has now entered on its twentieth year and has a membership of seventy-four. During the past year is has knighted sixteen members.

Among the members who accompanied the commandery are:
Hon. Frank H. Piatt, ex-member of the Pennsylvania legislature
Hon. George W. Cooke, ex-member of the Pennsylvania legislature
H. W. Bardwell, ex-postmaster of Tunkhannock
Robert W. Bannatyne, the present postmaster
George S. Baldwin, editor of the Tunkhannock Republican
George B. W. Ward, editor of the Messenger
Prof. Jacob P. Breidinger, principal of the Wilkes-Barre schools
Edwin V. Stone, cashier of the Wyoming National bank
J. Selden Swisher, assistant passenger agent of the Central Railroad of New Jersey
George F. Alteman, superintendent of the Montrose railway
Attorneys James W. Piatt, C. A. Little, Asa S. Keeler, Bradley W. Lewis, Judge Frank M. Vaughn, of the Wyoming county courts
Frank H. Jarvis, county superintendent of schools of Wyoming county
Dr. A. B. Woodward, of Tunkhannock
Dr. Frank W. Watkins, of Wilkes-Barre
Dr. N. E. Dornsife, of Centermoreland
Dr. F. J. Bardwell of Tunkhannock
Dr. Dennis W. Sturdevant, of Laceyville
Dr. George M. Kinner, of Meehoopany [Mehoopany]
Sir Knight Rev. H. H. Wilbur, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Tunkhannock, is also present.

Other members of Temple commandery attending the conclave are:
Edgar Harding
Draper Billings
Lewis E. Hewitt
George W. Cooke
S. Judson Stark
S. Tracy Roberts
Nathaniel A. McKown
Truman B. Vosburg
Leroy T. Burns
Roscoe T. Handrick
Moses Shields, jr.
Charles M. Barlow
Charles E. Space
John B. Jennings
Edgar A. Adams
Nelson L. Walker
Henry F. Metcalf
Dexter W. Stark
Charles G. Brown
John B. Fassett
Isaac E. La Barre
Ruel E. Billings
Wellington L. Clifford
Harry L. Johnson
Harry D. Billings
Fred J. Billings
Aaron Brown
Orrin V. Love
Spencer D. Reed
Oscar H. Kennedy
Edwin N. Stone
J. Howard Hungerford
Charles Fredenburgh
Loren L. Travis
Maurice L. Jennings
Charles E. Goodrich
Charles P. Shaw
Percy S. Stark
Fred B. Jennings

The officers of Temple commandery are:
E. Sir Charles E. Space, eminent commander
Sir. Asa S. Keeler, generalissimo
Sir Nathaniel A. McKown, captain general
E. Sir James W. Piatt, treasurer
E. Sir Bradley W. Lewis, recorder
Sir Henry H. Wilbur, prelate
Sir Oscar H. Kennedy, senior warden
Sir Frank H. Jarvis, junior warden
Sir Charles E. Goodrich, standard bearer
Sir Aaron Brown, sword bearer
Sir George F. Alleman, first guard
Sir Fred Billings, second guard
Sir F. Judson Bardwell, third guard
E. Sir Frank H. Piatt, warder
Sir Percy S. Stark, sentinel
Trustees:
Sir Aaron Brown
Sir Charles M. Barlow
Sir John B. Fassett
Auditing committee:
E. Sir George S. Baldwin
Sir Edwin N. Stone

The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.), 27 May 1902, p3 & p10. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026355/1902-05-27/ed-1/seq-3/>