Tuesday, February 16, 2016

History of Elks Building

Bridgeport Leader November 14, 1963
Lawrenceville Elks Plan Building Program

The membership of Lawrenceville Lodge No 1208, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, voted Monday night to expand the facilities of their club room and grill at the corner of 12th and Walnut streets in Lawrenceville. The present structure will be renovated and modernized.

Bids for the present home of the Elks of this area was opened by the building committee on Monday, March 26, 1917 according to the history of the Order. Contracts were awarded and construction started the same year. The total contract price was reported at $26,746.

There were 300 members belonging to the local order when the three floor building was occupied on April 15, 1918, at a reported cost of $45,000. May 15 was the day of dedication with a massive parade through the streets of Lawrenceville attracting hundreds of visitors. The building has served the membership well over the past 45 years and according to architects is solid and sturdy enough for many more years of service.

Curtis A Hill is chairman of the Board of Trustees that will have charge of the rebuilding project. Plans call for enlargement of the grill room and kitchen while improving other facilities.


            To commemorate the 207th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln this month, the Lawrence County Historical Society will feature noted Illinois author and lecturer, Tom Emery, at its meeting on Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. at the museum in Lawrenceville.

            Emery will speak on “Abraham Lincoln and his Family.”  The program will discuss the family life of Lincoln, including his wife, Mary, and four sons.  The personal lives of the Lincoln family are among the most debated topics in all of Lincoln studies.  Emery’s program will emphasize the everyday life of Lincoln – rather than his political career – his role as both father and husband, and the personality traits of his wife and children.

            Emery, who lives in Carlinville, is the author of more than twenty books and articles, has written a regular newspaper column on Illinois history, and has been recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society for his programs and lectures.  Two of his recent publications, “The Civil War in Illinois,” and “Eddie:  Lincoln’s Forgotten Son,”  will be available for sale.  The program is free and open to the public.