by Diane Norek Harrison
RAHWAY-The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was instituted June 26, 1907, in Union Hall, at Irving and Cherry streets, with 51 charters members. The first officers were Sidney Harris, exalted ruler; J.H. Crosby, esteemed leading knight; William J. Bickett, esteemed loyal knight; Albert F. Kierstein, Sr., esteemed lecturing knight, Franklin Marsh, sec.; James D. Luther, treas., Edward C. Luther, esquire, J. Willard Urmston, chaplain; George Koehler, inner guard; Charles S. Bush, organist; J. Edward Dann, tyler; trustees-C. Fred Abbott, Charles H. Angelman, Fred W. Schuppman.
The first clubroom was established at 146 Main Street, where the second floor was utilized. The club maintained these quarters until the Business Men’s or Rahway Club, at 10 Fulton Street, dissolved, and these quarters were taken over by the Elk’s Club on Dec. 1, 1910. The meetings of the Rahway Lodge of Elks from the first were held in Odd Fellows’ Hall, 11 Cherry Street, until the lodge purchased the Brickell property, at the corner of West Milton and Jaques avenues in July 1917, which was converted into The Elks’ Home, with meeting room and club facilities.
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