The Vidette-Messenger Centennial EditionThe 1936 special edition celebrating Porter County's centennial year . . . .

The following article has been transcribed from the August 18, 1936, issue of The Vidette-Messenger, published in Valparaiso, Indiana. This particular special edition focuses on Porter County's centennial celebration and contains a 94-page compendium of Porter County history up to that time.

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Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Section 2, Page 13.


Valparaiso Lodge Loyal Order of Moose Founded In 1913 By 49 Members

The Loyal Order of Moose is a great international fraternity engaged, in a humanitarian mission, of which Valparaiso Lodge is an integral part. It is the youngest yet one of the largest fraternities in the world. Valparaiso lodge was instituted in 1913 with forty-nine charter members, and the present membership is 225.

In the early days as well as the present, Valparaiso Lodge was prominent, and considered leaders in all social and community welfare movements. Unknown to the outside world, hundreds of families have been aided and thousands of dollars have been expended to alleviate suffering of those less fortunate. During the economic crisis of the winter of 1929 and 1930, Valparaiso lodge alone expended over $2,000 for food, clothing and other necessities of life for the needy of Valparaiso, besides sums of money for services, they, themselves, were unable to render.

At Mooseheart, "the school that trains for life," are more than 1,000 orphan children ranging in age from infants to those ready for college. They are given a home, a high school education and instruction in a trade or profession. Those desiring a college education are loaned the money to assist them. The aged and infirm members are not forgotten. At Moosehaven, Fla., a home is provided for them.

Charter members of the Valparaiso lodge are: Hollis P. Billings, Joseph Decker, George Dixon, Robert B. Ford, John Schumacher, James Young, Fred Post, Glen B. Crisman, Gust Kinder, William Coyer, Charles Specht, George King, George Coyer, Frank B. Fabing, John Deardorff, John T. Scott, Arthur G. Bruns, Joseph Kelley, George W. Shuey, Floyd Foster, Gus Long, Walter Foster, W. B. Williams, Joseph Garshman, Rudolph Will, William E. Wansbrough, George Kindt, John F. Take, Bert Mitchell, Joseph T. Glinski, A. R. Gray, Herman J. Marks, Frank Horak, William E. Crews, Ellis A. Mittenthal, Frank E. Bai, Roy R. Pierce, Max Seidel, Louis Vitner, William Golden, William Reinert, Bernard Claney, Walter J. Fabing, Bert Drake, Dale Barnes, Fred Wiencken, Edward C. Hill, Theobald Erler and Harry Meeks.

In 1932 the Valparaiso lodge was host to the tenth annual state conclave of the Loyal Order of Moose. A big street parade, a band concert by the Mooseheart band, and a football game between Valparaiso university and Mooseheart were features of the two-day meeting.

Past Dictators of the Valparaiso Lodge have been: Edward Shinabarger, E. O. Goodrich, A. R. Havens, A. R. Gray, George Coyer, Jesse Edwards, C. E. Norton, Harry Deu, Charles E. Plummer, Chester D. Anderson, Merlin Snyder, Harry Walker, and Fred Holst. O. E. Norton is the present dictator of the lodge.

Article transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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