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California History
Grand Lodge of California instituted on September 28, 1869
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The Pythian Grand Lodge for the Domain of California was organized at a preliminary meeting held at
Congress Hall on Bush Street in San Francisco on September 5, 1869 followed by the formal institution
of the Grand Domain on September 28, 1869 when there were eight Lodges. It was just the fourteenth Domain (i.e., State) to be instituted by the Supreme Lodge of the United States. By the first of January 1870, there
were fifteen lodges in the State with a membership of 1,211.

The Domain's publication, the Sprig of Myrtle reported the number of Lodges at seventeen by 1871.
(History of the Knights of Pythias, Joseph D. Weeks (Jos. D. Weeks and Co., Burlington, Iowa, 1872)

One of the moving forces behind the organization of the Grand Lodge and subordinate lodges in the State was William L. La Rose, who was initiated in California Lodge No. 1 in 1869 and proceeded to organize
Our Lodge No. 5 (subsequently renamed Ivanhoe No. 5) the same year. (Knights of Pythias Complete Manual and Textbook, John Van Valkenburg (Moss and Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1878).) The first Grand Domain officers elected (under titles that were superceded in 1874) were: William C. Mead, Grand Venerable Patriarch; George H. Chard, Grand Chancellor; David Kerr, Grand Vice-Chancellor; R. W. Barclay, Grand Recording and
Corresponding Secretary; George P. Fisher, Grand Banker. (History of the Knights of Pythias, Weeks.)


Notable California Knights

Frank Finley Merriam, was an American politician who served as the 28th governor of California

Campbell Eben Beaumont (1883-1954) also known as Campbell E. Beaumont of Fresno, Fresno County, Calif. Born in Mayfield, Graves County, Ky., August 27, 1883. Democrat. Lawyer; Fresno County District Attorney, 1918-21; superior court judge in California, 1921-39; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California, 1939-54; died in office 1954. Presbyterian. Member, Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Phi Alpha Delta; Freemasons;
Knights of Pythias
. Died November 19, 1954 (age 71 years, 84 days). Burial location unknown. Relatives: Son of Edgar Samuel Beaumont and May Viola (Wortham) Beaumont; married, December 6, 1915, to Lucy Madden Hughes.
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Edward Clark Bellows (1856-1929) also known as Edward C. Bellows of New Hartford, Butler County,
Iowa; Washington; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Janesville, Rock County, Wis., May 8, 1856. Republican. Banker; member of Washington state legislature; U.S. Consul General in Yokohama, 1900-05;
California Corporation Commissioner, 1918-22. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Knights of Pythias.
Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., December 27, 1929 (age 73 years, 233 days). Burial location unknown. Relatives: Son of Charles Bristol Bellows (born 1822; disappeared 1870) and Eusebia (Dickinson) Bellows; married, August 28, 1883, to Ida Isabel Perry (1859-1952).
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Benjamin Franklin Bledsoe (1874-1938) also known as Benjamin F. Bledsoe of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, Calif.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, Calif., February 8, 1874. Democrat. Lawyer; superior court judge in California, 1900-14; U.S. District Judge for
the Southern District of California, 1914-25; resigned 1925; candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1925. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Knights of Pythias; American Bar Association; Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Upsilon; Phi Delta Phi; Sons of the Revolution; Native Sons of the Golden West. Died in Crestline,
San Bernardino County, Calif., October 30, 1938 (age 64 years, 264 days). Burial location unknown.
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Jesse Washington Carter (1888-1959) also known as Jesse W. Carter of Redding, Shasta County, Calif.;
San Anselmo, Marin County, Calif. Born in Carrville, Trinity County, Calif., December 19, 1888. Democrat. Lawyer; Shasta County District Attorney, 1919-27; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932; member of California state senate, 1939; justice of California state supreme court, 1939; appointed 1939. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Delta Phi; Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Rotary. Died in 1959 (age about 70 years). Interment somewhere in Trinity County, Calif. Relatives: Son of Asa Manning Carter and Josephine Amanda (Sweet) Carter; married, August 7, 1910, to Tiny Elva Gish; married, February 9, 1941, to Thelma H. Williams.
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Edward Augustus Ducker (b. 1870) also known as Edward A. Ducker of Winnemucca, Humboldt County, Nev.; Carson City, Nev. Born in Visalia, Tulare County, Calif., February 26, 1870. Democrat. Lawyer; Humboldt County District Attorney, 1905-10; district judge in Nevada 6th District, 1911-18; justice of Nevada state supreme court, 1918-31; chief justice of Nevada state supreme court, 1929-31. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Royal Arch Masons; Order of the Eastern Star; Knights of Pythias; Eagles. Burial location unknown. Relatives: Son of Benjamin Franklin Ducker and Augusta (Woodward) Ducker; married, March 30, 1903, to Dollie B. Guthrie.
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Harry Luther Gandy (1881-1957) also known as Harry L. Gandy of Wasta, Pennington County, S.Dak.;
Rapid City, Pennington County, S.Dak. Born in Churubusco, Whitley County, Ind., August 13, 1881. Democrat. Newspaper editor and publisher; member of South Dakota state senate 40th District, 1911-12; U.S. Representative from South Dakota 3rd District, 1915-21; defeated, 1920. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died in Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, Calif., August 15, 1957 (age 76 years, 2 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City, S.Dak. Relatives: Married, October 30, 1909, to Frances Keiser.
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Newton Whiting Gilbert (1862-1939) also known as Newton W. Gilbert of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Worthington, Franklin County, Ohio, May 24, 1862. Republican. Member of Indiana state senate, 1897-99; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 1901-05; U.S. Representative from Indiana 12th District, 1905-06; resigned 1906; delegate to Republican National Convention from Philippine Islands, 1916. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Phi Kappa Psi. Died in Santa Ana, Orange County, Calif., July 5, 1939 (age 77 years, 42 days). Interment at Circle Hill Cemetery, Angola, Ind. See also congressional biography
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William Kettner (1864-1930) of San Diego, San Diego County, Calif. Born in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., November 20, 1864. Democrat. U.S. Representative from California 11th District, 1913-21; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1916, 1924 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization; speaker), 1928 (alternate). Member, Odd Fellows; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died
in San Diego, San Diego County, Calif., November 11, 1930 (age 65 years, 356 days). Interment at Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, Calif.
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Goodwin Jess Knight (1896-1970) also known as Goodwin J. Knight of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Provo, Utah County, Utah, December 9, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; superior court judge in California, 1935-46; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1947-53; Governor of California, 1953-59; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956, 1960 (member, Committee
on Permanent Organization); candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1958; Presidential Elector for California, 1960. Protestant. Member, American Bar Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Eagles; Elks; Odd Fellows; Order of Ahepa; Alpha Delta Phi; Phi Alpha Delta; Sigma Delta Chi; Delta Sigma Rho. Died in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, Calif., May 22, 1970 (age 73 years,
164 days). Originally entombed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.; re-entombed in 1971 in mausoleum at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif. Relatives: Son of Jess Knight and Lillie J. (Milner) Knight; married 1925 to Arvilla Pearl Cooley (died 1952); married, August 2, 1954, to Virginia (Piergue) Carlson.
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Meredith Pinxton Snyder (1859-1937) also known as Meredith P. Snyder; Pinky Snyder of Los Angeles,
Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., October 22, 1859. Democrat. Mayor
of Los Angeles, Calif., 1896-98, 1900-04, 1919-21. Protestant. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died of bladder cancer, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 7, 1937
(age 77 years, 167 days). Interment at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif. Relatives:
Son-in-law of William Wallace Ross (1828-1889); married to May Ross; father of Capt. Ross Snyder (killed in
World War I); nephew by marriage of Edmund Gibson Ross.
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James Boyd Utt (1899-1970) also known as James B. Utt of Santa Ana, Orange County, Calif. Born in
Tustin, Orange County, Calif., March 11, 1899. Republican. Appraiser; lawyer; member of California state
assembly, 1933-37; U.S. Representative from California, 1953-70 (28th District 1953-63, 35th District 1963-70); died in office 1970; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956. Presbyterian. Member, Knights of Pythias; Elks; Izaak Walton League; Lions; Native Sons of the Golden West; Freemasons; Shriners. Suffered a heart attack during religious services at a church in Washington, D.C., and died soon after
at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., March 1, 1970 (age 70 years, 355 days).
Interment at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Calif. Relatives: Son of Charles Edward Utt and
Mary M. (Sheldon) Utt; married, May 7, 1921, to Charlene Elizabeth Drips.
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