Remembering The Past: More On The Rahway Lodge, No. 1075

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By Diane Norek Harrison

RAHWAY-This is continued from my last column: In June 1921, Rahway Elks Lodge No. 1075 purchased the Mershon property adjoining their home to accommodate the fast growing membership, which now numbered 650. Plans were completed for a lodge room 45 by 65 feet that was modern in every detail. The planned club facilities consisted of bowling alleys, billiard tables, library, lounging rooms, a ladies’ parlor, and a dining room.


The officers (circa 1923) were: Charles L. Koops, exalted ruler; Edward Erdle, esteemed leading knight; Fred W. Marsteller, esteemed loyal knight; William F. Weber, esteemed lecturing knight; George L. Kirchgasner, sec; Herman Gries, treasurer; Walter R. Miller, esquire; Harry W. Urmston, chaplain; Carl L. Aszman, inner guard; Charles P. Ryno, organist and Theordore H. Schmidt, tyler.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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