Fraternal organizations played a major role in Hood River in the early twentieth century. This photo is from "the Ferguson Collection" with Mr. Ferguson being identified as the man in the first row, second from the right.
The Heilbronner Building (Cascade and Third) is also known as the Pythian Building, and originally housed the Pythian hall.
Based on other photos, Mr. Ferguson is Judson Ferguson. We even know he had "auburn hair and blue eyes" and lived at 715 State Street.
Knights of Pythias is one of those so called secret societies, such as the Masons and a lot of prominent people have and do belong to it.
I do know that their so called swords have sort of the same type meaning as the aprons of the Masons. It sounds like they end up the owner of a sword when they are initiated.
I don't think it is a viable organization in H. R. anymore, is it? Like the Odd Fellows in Odell, which was once a very sizeable group. Guess that is one of those things you call change.
Charlott on 6th February 2018 @ 7:14am
Unfortunately, young people do not want to join most organizations. They are very busy with family & work & just do not have the time, as many HR “service club” members in HR will attest to I’m sure.
Judy on 6th February 2018 @ 10:09am
That's a nice wide sidewalk. Any idea where the photo was taken?
Melody Shellman on 6th February 2018 @ 10:51am
While the "fraternal club" plays a smaller role in our community today, we have plenty of organizations and individuals organizing to provide all sorts of volunteer services. Our museum is at least 90% volunteer, our hiking/biking trails are almost 100% volunteer built and maintained, and social service organizations like FISH depend heavily on volunteers. I think the secret handshakes and marching around in uniforms is a thing of the past, but not the concept of service.
Arthur on 6th February 2018 @ 11:13am