PERTH AMBOY-In 1898, a handful of men gathered at Thomas F. Burke’s Funeral Home on State Street and decided to form a Council of Knights of Columbus. Interest grew and further meetings were held at the home of James Growney, a former mayor of the city, Arrangements were made by Thomas F. Burke for a committee to meet with members of the New Brunswick Council. John A. Harkins and the Peter F. Daly who became a member Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey were part of that committee.
Institution of the San Salvador Council No. 299, Knights of Columbus took place in January 1898, in ceremonies conducted at New Brunswick Council No. 257. The institution was held at Bragger Hall on Division Street and followed by a reception in Seger Hall, which was also on Division Street. In January 1898, San Salvador Council was officially recognized and chartered by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Meetings were held in the McCormick Building on Smith Street. The Council moved to new quarters in the Middlesex County Savings Bank at the corner of Smith and High streets. In 1909, the Council moved to upper Smith Street. The new headquarters was located in the Boynton Building where the Schindel Department Store was located.
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