A society of The Elks will be organized in Greenwood at an early date. Elegant rooms will be arranged for the club to meet in, and other features of interest will be provided.
From The Greenwood Enterprise, October 18, 1895
Elks Buy a Home
Greenwood Lodge No. 854, B. P. O. Elks have bought the old Selliger residence property and will convert same into a Home. This property is admirably located, and we congratulate the Elks upon acquiring same.
From the Greenwood Enterprise, January 22, 1904
Greenwood Elks' Lodge No. 854, B.P.O.E., has purchased the handsome John McLemore home at the corner of Washington and Main Streets. The purchase price was $6,000. The building will be completely remodeled and refurnished to meet the requirements of the lodge and when completed will be one of the handsomest club buildings in the state. It is estimated that the building, when completed, will represent an expenditure of not less than $15,000, and it will be a credit to Greenwood.
Greenwood Lodge No. 854 now has a membership of nearly 100. It has been organized less than a year and is conceded to be one of the foremost lodges of the state.
From the Greenwood Commonwealth, January 23,1904.
The handsome McLemore residence, which was recently 3 purchased by Greenwood Elks, will be occupied by the lodge as a club building as soon as the necessary repairs and alterations can be made thereon.
From The Commonwealth, February 29, 1904
The Local Lodge of Elks in a Flourishing Condition
At a meeting of the Greenwood Lodge B.P.O.E., held at their new club building last night, the following officers were installed: W. M. Hamner, Exalted Ruler; W. S. Vardaman, Esteemed Leading Knight; C. W. Crockett, Esteemed Loyal Knight; G. B. Stewart, Secretary; R. H. Barrett, Trustee; S. S. Steele, Tiler.
There is not a more enthusiastic body of Elks in the State than Greenwood Lodge No. 854, which now has a membership of nearly one hundred. The new club building will soon be entirely completed and will be a very handsome and well-appointed home.
From The Commonwealth, April 16, 1904
ELKS CLUB SELL THEIR HOME
Despite reports given out that the Elks Club had sold their present home on Washington Avenue, it was only last week that the sale was consummated, J. T. Dean purchasing it for $500.
Mr. Dean will move the building to some of his property near Carrollton Avenue as soon as he can be given possession, which will be the first of November.
Everything is in near readiness for the building of the new $25,000 home of the Elks Lodge, and H. L. Walden & Company, who have the contract for the building, state that their actual construction work upon same will start about the last week in this month.
During the period of construction, the Elks will probably secure quarters in the old Greenwood Hotel building, or some apartments as convenient, until they can occupy their new home.
Messrs. Walden & Co. have the contract for the opera house, too, which has already been started and will be erected on the lot just west of the Elks Club site, and they expect to place extra crews on these two buildings to effect their completion as soon as possible.
From the Greenwood Commonwealth, October 4, 1912
The contractors have begun work preparatory to moving the old Elks Club building to the lot of Mr. R. W. Scales on Main St. As soon as the ground is cleared, construction work will be begun on the New Home for the Lodge.
From the Greenwood Enterprise, January 17, 1913
Traffic on Main and Washington streets has been blocked all this week by the old Elks home which is being moved to Mr. R. W. Scales lot on Main Street.
Saturday one week ago the contractor moved the house in the street and there it has sat all this week without a single hour’s work being done towards moving the house and clearing the street.
Meanwhile, the streets are closed, the electric light wires down and the service impaired. Mr. Scales’ family is occupying the residence in the street and their servant uses the crossing at Washington Street as a sewer in which to empty dish water.
None of the city officers seem to be doing anything toward having the house moved. Perhaps we’ll be able to announce next month that the streets are open.
From The Greenwood Enterprise, February 14, 1913Home | Next