Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.
Morning Star, July 16, 2006, pg. 12
Albion once had over a dozen fraternal lodges in existence, most of which met on second floors of downtown Albion buildings. Most of these reached their peak memberships just prior to World War I. Following that War, memberships gradually declined and most groups closed their doors. Today there are only a few of these actively left in the Albion area.
One of them is the Wolverine Lodge No. 406 of the Loyal Order of the Moose. It is located in the historic old Commercial Hotel building at 108 W. Porter St, which they own. In fact, the Moose burned their mortgage there (that means the building was completely paid for) in 1942 during World War II. Fortunately this building has escaped the wrecking ball of contemporary times, unlike other edifices in the same block. Hopefully some day the structure can be brought back to the elegance and prominence it once held in this community, instead of being demolished with the rest of the block.
From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photo of officers of the Moose from the year 1940, courtesy of Dave Eddy, whose father Hewitt is in the picture. We’re using the 1941 Albion City Directory for officer titles to accompany the names. Front row, left to right: E. Kingsley Miller, prelate; Paul P. Nagle, secretary; Hewitt C. Eddy, governor; Victor Doty, junior governor; Henry Scherer, past governor. Next row above: Otis Elliott, William Lutzke, Francis Culver, trustee; William Slaughter, Sgt. at arms; Curt Warstler, treasurer; and Harvey Van Meter. Top row: Mr. Loyal O. Moose facing forward (with antlers).
Officers of the Moose from the year 1940
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