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Argentine, Kansas
Tirzah Chapter #85 Order of Eastern Star
On March 6, 1890, a meeting was held for the purpose of organizing a Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
J.A. Westmoreland was appointed chairman of the meeting and J.B. Marshel as secretary. The name of "Leah"
Chapter was unanimously chosen. Mary O. Bliss was elected Worthy Matron; J. A. Westmoreland, Worthy Patron; Louise
Marshel, Associate Matron,
Clara Crawford, Secretary and Kate Kilmer as treasurer.

On March 20, 1890, the newly installed Matron appointed four Star Points, Warder and Sentinel. In 1891, the
first by-laws were passed and it was unanimously decided to change the name to Tirzah, Ben Hur's sister.
Tirzah Chapter's first Grand Chapter appointment was Sister Lucas, Chairman of Nechroloty. In 1903 the
flood touched many of their members and the Grand Chapter appointed a relief committee to see to their needs.
Sister May Crawford was appointed as Grand Marshall.

In 1908, a great honor was paid to Tirzah Chapter when Sister May Crawford was elected WSorthy Grand Matron of the
Grand Chapter of Kansas. The first mention of The Pal's Club (Past Matrons and Patrons) of Tirzah Chapter appears in the
minutes as early as 1920. It was in 1923 that Tirzah started meeting in the new Temple building at 30th and
Connor, previous to that, they met in the old hall over McGeorge's Drug Store, 22nd and Metropolitan.
Tirzah Chapter sponsored the Jobs Daughter Bethel, working under dispensation, October 22, 1924.
The Advance Nights were started in the 1931 to 1940 period. Brother Thomas Finigan was elected
Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Kansas.

Tirzah Chapter continues to be blessed with quality leadership in meeting the demands of change and progress.

Submitted by: Wanda Lee Strader, Worthy Matron

Source: Centennial History of Argentine; Kansas City, KS 1880-1980
1903 Relief Committee Appointment
May Crawford  Grand Marshall O.E.S. Argentine Kansas
1908 WSorthy Grand Matron Grand Chapter of Kansas O.E.S.
May Crawford  Argentine, Kansas
Past Matrons and Past Patrons
Tirzah Chapter #85 O.E.S.    
1903 O. E.S. Resolution for Hulda Nichols.
Mother of Sadie Nichols Engel
March 1926 Tirzah Chapter #85 O.E.S. Receipt
1908 Meeting Announcement