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Welcome to Pan Handle Lodge # 74
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 21 January 2007

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Panahandle Lodge #74

1819 Jacob Street

Wheeling, WV 26003

 

 

THE IMPROVED BENEVOLENT AND

PROTECTIVE ORDER OF

ELKS OF THE WORLD
  


INTRODUCTION

The improved benevolent protective order of elks of the world, (I. B. P.O.E. of W.) has been called the largest fraternal organization in the world.  It has been reported to have in excess of 500,000 members world wide.

The order was founded in 1898 by attorney, Benjamin Franklin Howard in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He became the first Grand Exalted Ruler of the first Elks lodge of this order.  This lodge was named Cincinnati Lodge Number 1.  Since that time there have been many other lodges formed throughout the country and in foreign nations, and each has been assigned a number.

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