Modern Era of Praetorians Council #675 Fee Book | East Texas Research Center
Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet
Arrangement: One fee book (4 pages).
Date Acquired: 09/00/1984
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, “The Modern Order of Praetorians was a typical fraternal insurance society similar to the Modern Woodmen of America. It was organized in 1898 by Charles B. Gardner, and admitted men and women on equal terms. In 1923 there were 599 lodges and 36,752 benefit members. As a fraternal benefit society, the Praetorians had a secret ritual in the typical fashion of fraternal orders. Local groups were known as Councils, the national governing body was called the Supreme Senate.” 
The organization “converted to a mutual company, The Praetorians, in 1957” and later “merged with the State Mutual Insurance Company.” 
Quoted directly from:
 “The Praetorians,” The Argus Foundation, online at http://www.stichtingargus.nl/vrijmetselarij/r/praetorians_en.html (Accessed 30 June 2014).
 “Name and Status Changes of Fraternal Benefit Societies,” American Fraternal Alliance, online at http://fraternalalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/NAME-AND-STATUS-CHANGES-OF-FRATERNAL-BENEFIT-SOCIETIES-2014.pdf (Accessed 30 June 2014).
Acquisition Source: Panola County
Acquisition Method: Panola County transferred this ledger to the East Texas Research Center in 1984 with RHRD county records. A new inventory of county records at the archives "rediscovered" the ledger in 2013.
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