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Elmer, Missouri - Early History
Order of the Eastern Star, Elmer Chapter
On May 23, 1922, Elmer Chapter #516 was instituted by the LaPlata Chapter. The chapter charter was received in October of that same year.. Due to an insufficient number of resident members, the chapter was surrendered in February of 1971, and the Elmer chapter consolidated with Callao Chapter #44.
Record books reveal the following:
Charter members in 1922 were Jennie Grubbs, Chloe Rice, Ada Grace, Honor Bailey, Ethel Agee, Gertrude Prentice, Alme Elliott, Bertha Atteberry, Thelma Agee, Orin Atteberry, Mary Dale, Lora Smith, Emma Murry, Daisy Blackledge, Mae Riley, Ethel Murry, Marty Schindhelm, Clyde Murry, Ben Blackledge and Harve Riley.
Serving as Worthy Matrons and Worthy Patrons of the Elmer Chapter were the following:
Worthy Matrons: Daisy Blackledge, Ethel Murry, Lora Smith, Gertrude Prentice, Bertha Atteberry, Jennie Grubbs, Naomi Wood, Gertrude Clinkenbeard, Blanch Whitman, Ethel Agee, Ada White, Gineth Allen, Ethel Bailey, Ina Mock, Mae Moore, Millie Cochran, Lulu Gunnels, Eutopia Bailey, Bessie Meeks, Esta Elliott, Pearl Parker, Gladys Mock, Lucille McCollum, Gertrude Wigal, Miriam Jones, Fern Mathis, Daphne Howerton, Wanda Cain, Carrie Wiggans, Alpha Soupas, Juanita Carter, Myrna Newlin and Eva Dean Sevits.
Worthy Patrons: Ben Blackledge, Clyde Murry, George Elliott, Orin Atteberry, Ivy Grubbs, J.L. Wood, Charles Clinkenbeard, Ed Whitman, Willie Agee, Jim Mock, Willard Gunnels, George Meeks, Swanson Smith, Paul Bailey, Bernice Mock, Clyde McCollum, Clyde Murry, Harry Richmond, Lester Carter, William Newlin, Glenn Cain, Larry Fletcher, and Willis Greenstreet.
Serving as District Deputy Grand Matron: Ethel Murry, Lora Smith and Wanda Cain.
Wanda Cain was appointed Grand Representative to Oklahoma in 1963.
Pictured above: OES members, Circa 1960: FRONT ROW: Left to Rigit, Ina Mock, Millie Cochran, Edith Fletcher, Gladys Mock, Alpha Soupas, Wanda Cain and Lucille McCollum. MIDDLE ROW: Gertrude Wigal, Larry Fletcher, Fern Mathis, Lora Smith and Pearl Parker. BACK ROW: Swanson Smith, Gertrude Milner and Glenn Cain.