Meeting of Vigo Lodge No 16 B of L. F.
(Terre Haute Ind Thursday Evening July 1st)

Meeting assembled at 8 OClock. The Roll of Officers was called.

Master Blair - V. M. Gould + R. S. Debs + F. S. Miller - Treasurer Ebbage - Warden Southard - Conductor Mullen + I G. Mullen + O G. Kelly + Chaplain Bentz + P. M. Condiff +

The following appointments were made for the evening, by Acting Master Gould the presiding Officer. Bro F. Mullen as V. M. - Bro Debs as FS. and Treasurer - Bro Kelly as Warden Bro White as OG. and Bro Chapel as I. G.

The order of the Ritual were then proceeded with and this being dispersed with the lodge was declared ready for Business. 2d The minutes of previous meeting were read and adopted. Closed. At this time it was reported by the OG that Wm Blaine and Martin Hurst were in waiting for admission. The Master accordingly moved that the Order of Business be postponed until after the initiation, this was seconded and carried. They were then admitted and initiated according to the rituals of the Brotherhood. The order of busniness was proceeded with. 3d - closed - 4th closed – 5th The committee appointed to investigate Charles A. Baker reported that they had not yet obtained all the necessary information in regard to his case, and consequently could make no report. Bro Debs, one of the member of the special committee also reported that he was awaiting a reply addressed to the Chief Engineer of Div. 139 of the B. of L. E. with whom Mr. Baker claimed several years acquaintance. The Master decided that these committees should serve until the next meeting and by that time, to be ready to make a complete report. Closed. - 6th Closed. – 7th The following applications for membership were laid on the table of the R.S and on motion, each was considered as it was read.

No 1 Geo Lyman Age 27
Residence
Paris
Occupation
Fireman
No 2 Allen Walker Age 21
Residence
Effingham
Occupation
Fireman
No 3 Andrew Ospring   "    21
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No 4 Michael Cadden   "    18
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No 5 George Hasbrook   "    21
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No 6 Wesley Warren   "    22
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Terre Haute
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No 7 Harry Barnes   "    29
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Hotel Clerk


Allen Walker was considered well known by all present and was accordingly balloted for receiving 12 white balls. He was declared elected, Andrew Ospring was also balloted for receiving eleven white balls and one black.

Michael Cadden
Received
twelve
white
balls
George Hasbrook
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These four gentlemen were then notified of their election by the R. S.

Bros Bentz, Mullen and White were appointed as a committee to investigate George Lyman and report at next meeting.

When the proposition of Wesley Warren was read, all the brothers present with the exception of Bro Fred Mullen, were in favor of immediate balloting. Bro Debs then referred him to the By Law passed June 25th, which provides that "When a man is well known by the greater part of the Brothers present, his proposition need not be deffered. Bro Debs claimed that all present except one or two were acquainted with Mr Warren, and that to delay the proposition was violating the By Law. Bro Debs being desirious of satisfying all made a motion to ballot for the gentleman, in order to ascertain whether the majority were in favor of immediate ballot or not. The motion was seconded and when question was stated by the Master Bro Blaine made a motion that a committee of three be appointed to investigate and report at next meeting, this he claimed was an amendment. The consequence was that arguments were brought up on both sides, Bro Debs maintaining that this was not an amendment, but on the contrary was intended to squash his motion. At this juncture Bro F. Mullen stated, that if Mr. Warren were immediately balloted for, he would appeal from the action and decision of the lodge, and furthermore enter a protest against proceedings. Master Gould then stated question for the so called amendment and not the main motion, and in the decision, the amendment of Bro Blaine was sustained. This being carried, Bro Debs appealed from the action of the chair, and also from the decision of the Lodge; This proposition was declared closed by the Master.

The proposition of Harry Barnes, was the next, also last read. A great deal of discussion then took place, all the Brothers expressing their desire to have Mr. Barnes in the order as a brother, but under the circumstances it was impossible to admit him. A committee of three viz Bros Gould, F. Mullen and Debs was appointed to see Mr Barnes and express their sympathy for him in behalf of the division, and kindly ask him to withdraw his application. Closed - 8th Closed - 9th Closed - 10th Closed - 11th Bro Debs presented bill bought by Master Blair of Black and Co Indianapolis on acct of Regalias to the amount of $11.23 which was allowed Closed - 12th Closed - 13th Closed - 14th Brother Blaine desired a traveling card, which was unanimously granted Dated July 1st 1875. Closed 15th Closed 16th On motion the meeting was closed in due form at 12.00. M



Close of Meeting No 20


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