From History of Clarion Co., Pennsylvania, edited by A. J. Davis, 1887.
Patrons of Husbandry
The first grange in Clarion county was organized in 1874. In less than four years there were twelve subordinate granges and a Pomona, or county grange, within this county; the number of members was about six hundred. In 1879 the patrons organized a mutual fire insurance company, insuring only farm property.
This order has taught the farmers to reduce expenses,
both individual and corporate, to buy less and produce more, to sell less
in bushels and more on hoof, to discountenance the credit and mortgage
systems, to avoid litigation, and politically, to let the office seek
the man, and not the man the office.
Clarion Lodge, instituted in 1853; Canby Lodge, St.
Petersburg; Edenburg Lodge, New Bethlehem Lodge. The district deputies
were R. L. Brown, Robert Thorn, C.
L. Lamberton, W. W. Barr, M. M. Meredith,
and William B. Meredith.
I. O. O. F.
Clarion Lodge, instituted in 1847; Sligo Lodge first
organized at Curllsville as Hobah Lodge; Iron County Lodge, at Rimersburg;
Ming Lodge, at Strattanville; West Freedom Lodge, New Bethlehem Lodge,
East Brady Lodge, Fox Lodge, at Foxburg; Yokohama Lodge, at Lickingville;
Callensburgh Lodge, Blair's Corners Lodge, Allegheny Valley Lodge, at
West Monterey; Elk City Lodge, Knox Lodge, at Edenburg; and West Millville
Lodge; there is one encampment - Clarion, No. 9; Oil Dorado Lodge, at
Perryville, and Shippenville Lodge are defunct. The district deputy
grand masters were Enoch Alberson, John L. Sample,
R. Ruloffson (fifteen years), Charles Kaufman,
J. E. Wood (seven years).
Grand Army of the Republic
There are thirteen posts in the county, viz.: "Colonel George Covode," No. 112, Edenburg; "Captain J. B. Loomis," No. 205, Clarion, "Captain Thompson Core," No. 239, Porter township; "Foxburg," No. 249, Foxburg; "Colonel William Lemon," No. 260, New Bethlehem; "E. D. Sharp," No. 267, Rimersburg; Thomas M. Sedwick," No. 294, East Brady; "Adjutant John E. Myers," No. 386, Sligo; "Major Henry Wetter," No. 391, Strattanville; "Lookout," No. 425, St. Petersburg; "Amos Kiser," No. 475, Shippenville; "Captain Charles E. Patton," No. 532, Greenville; "John C. Pollock," No. 278, West Freedom. The last named post takes the number of "Lucas" Post, Snow Shoe, Centre county, which is defunct. There are about four hundred members of the G. A. R. in Clarion county.