My Present Past
A genealogical experience
Sons of Temperance
The order of the Sons of Temperance originated in the city of New York in the year 1842. It is a benefit
society, modeled after the order of Odd Fellows, with the addition of a total abstinence pledge and a
system of discipline adapted to it. The exception, that there are fourteen degrees in the order of Odd
Fellows but only one in the society of the Sons of Temperance. The Sons of Temperance have no mysteries,
ceremonies, or secrets, with which every member is not made acquainted when he is initiated. Meetings are
held weekly, and the officers elected for only three months. The members pay weekly or quarterly dues
and are paid a weekly allowance or benefit when sick or infirm, provided their sickness or infirmity is not
produced by misconduct after they become members. They have standing committees to attend to the sick,
and a regular system of discipline. The amount of their quarterly dues, the amount of benefits, and the sum
appropriated for funeral expenses on the decease of a member, depends on the by-laws of each division,
subject to certain limitations.

Source:
Essays on the Progress of Nations in Civilization
Ezra Champion Seaman 1868
1870 Deputy Grand Worthy Patriarch
D. T. Nichols, Wyanet, Illinois
1856 Daughters of Temperance Poster
Virtue, Love and Temperance
The Temperance movement used posters, fliers and handbills to get
their message to the citizens.

Below is the Inebriates Express poster from 1870
Above:
1851 unidentified woman from Illinois with a copy of
her Temperance Book. Many women who were involved
in the Women's Suffrage movement, including
Elizabeth Stanton, Matilda Gage,
Susan B Anthony and
missionary Ellen Stone  were also directly involved
with the Women's Christian Temperance Movement.
1874 drawing of a meeting with a saloon keeper
1888 Cover of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
Background:
Alcohol, Death and the Devil
George Cruikshank 1835
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