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Banquet to the Endowment Board. Knights of Pythias

Nashville Globe – February 22, 1907

It is seldom that a more representaive body of Pythians have been assembled in Nashville than that which gathered at Wells’ Cafe Friday night to banquet the members of the Endowment Board of the Order of Knights of Pythias. Men representing the various walks of life from which the membership of this great Order is composed met and vied with each other as it were, in doing honor to the men who have so successfully administered to the endowment funds of the Order as to draw forth the highest encomiums from the state insurance department.

The banquet was under the auspices of the Past Chancellors Council of this city. The guests were seatred around one long table with the toastmaster, Sir E.C. McNairy, and Grand Chancellor, Dr. J.P. Crawford, at the head; Grand Worthy Councillor, Dr. R. F. Boyd, of the Court of Calanthe, at the foot, while the members of the Endowment Board were seated to the right and the left of the head of the table.

The excellent supper, which had been prepared by the Knight Wells in his usual sumptous styel, and served in courses, had about reached the second to the last course, when the toastmaster, in his inimitable style, welcomed the guests of the evening and introduced Dr. J.P. Crawford, the Grand Chancellor, who responded to the toast: “Progress of Pythianism in Tennessee.”

Dr. Crawford eloquently traced the growth of the Grand Lodge from its inception, when there were only eleven lodges in the state, to the present time when the number is near the one hundred mark. He pictured the misgivings which many of the members of the state felt when the Lodge decided to assume the endowment and recited a few figures to show how successful the said department had proven. When he said that the funds of the department had grown to a total in excess of $13,000, his auditors burst into applause.

The next speaker on the program was Dr. R.F. Boyd, Supreme Medical Registrar, Surgeon General of the Uniform Rank, Grand Worthy Councillor of the Court of Calanthe, who responded to the toast, “Success and It’s Attainments.” Dr. Boyd gave some of the early history of Pythianism in Nashville, as he recollected it, and then branching to the Court of Calanthe, he eulogized the work of the women’s department, showing how against handicaps, the department had met such glowing success.

Other responses were made by N.N. Reynolds, Grand Lecturer of the Court of Calanthe, and District Grand Deputy of the Knights of Pythias, of Pulaski, Tenn.: W.F. Reynolds, President of the Endowment Baord, of Franklin; B.F. Johnson, Treasurer of the Endowment Board, Chattanooga: B.J. Fernandis, member of the Endowment Baord, Memphis; Dr. A.M. Townsend, Grand Medical Registrar; J.B. Batte, John Cunnigham. At the conclusion of the remarks of Sir Cunningham, Sir J.O. Battle arose and after a few introductory remarks, offered the following resolutions:

Whereas, We, the members of the Past Chancellors’ and guests assembled to banquet the members of the Endowment Board, note the absence of our dearly beloved brother, Sir W.L. Cansler, Secretary of the Endowment and a pioneer of the work in the state: therefor be it

Resolved, That we hereby express our heartfelt regret that oru true and tried brother is prevented from being with us on account of illness, and we hereby tender to him our sympathy and testify our hope that he will soon be returned to us completely restored in health. Be it further

Resolved. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to our stricken brother and a copy furnished the Nashville Globe for publication.

On motion of Sir S.P. Harris, who also spoke of the work of Prof. Cansler, the resolutions were adopted unanimously by a rising vote.

Sir. A.W. Gleaves, Grand Outer Guard, pronounced the benediction.

Those present were: B.J. Fernandis, Memphis; B.F. Johnson, Chattanooga; W.F. Reynolds, Franklin; N.N. Reynolds, Pulaski; Moses McKissick, Pulaski; Dr. J.P. Crawford, L.O. Battle, S.P. Harris, R.E. Gee, Dr. R.F. Boyd, Porter D. Streator, Daniel Carter, Green F. Anderson, A.W. Gleaves, John Cunningham, J.W. Blaine, J.B. Batte, T. Clay Moore, E.C. McNairy, Dr. A.M. Townsend, R. L. Mayfield.

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  1. Ellen Rebecca Perry Livas

     /  November 7, 2009

    I am trying to find historic infomation on the Colored Knights of Pythias. My grandfather James E Allen of Philadelphia was once Grand Chancellor and I have many pictures of banquets and encampments.
    He died in 1964 and part of his memorial service was a tremendous tribute by the Philadelphia and national members.

    Becky Livas,
    Virginia beach, Virginia

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  2. My name is Lynn Harris. I am the daughter of Zenobia Madry/Marable. Who is the daughter of Kathleen Reynolds/Madry. Who was the daughter of Nelson Nathaniel Reynold’s (N.N. Reynolds). I have for many years been trying to gather information on my great grand fathers history. I have heard so many wonderful stories of his life and I want to put it together in a book and share it with others. If you could help me with my endeavor I would greatly appreciate it. Here is my e-mail address leharris0803@gmail.com.

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