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you goes out to prior Lemhi County Coordinators, Trinity Boss and
Alberta Wiederrick. Special thanks also to the Idaho State Coordinator,
Mike St. Clair and Asst. State Coordinator, Mitch Ryder.
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of the Eastern Star
is home to the oldest remaining chapter of the OES in the state
of Idaho. Although it was the second chapter to be organized in
the state, the first chapter, in Mount Idaho, did not last very
long before it was disbanded.
chapter, the Hugh Duncan No. 2, was chartered March 18, 1886, and
the Reverend Hugh Duncan was authorized to institute the chapter.
Rev. Duncan, a native of Scotland, was a resident of Sheridan Montana,
who came to preach once a month to the people of Salmon. He was
a past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Montana
and was the driving force in the creation of this chapter. In honor
of the man who worked so hard to get the chapter started, the charter
members voted to name it after him.
first officers elected to serve the chapter were as follows:
chapter held its meetings for many years in the upper story of a
log building in Salmon. Later as the chapter grew more prosperous
and the Masons moved to larger quarters, the chapter naturally followed.
The meetings were moved to the third floor of the Pioneer Mercantile
building which was owned by and housed the mercantile business of
George L Shoup, the first governor of Idaho. The first story was
expressly built by Mr. Shoup for the Masonic Lodge and OES meetings
and was richly furnished by him and given to the Masons as a gift.
The lodge held there meetings in this location for many years, until
they purchased the property just across the street from it, and
had it remodeled for their needs. There they were housed on the
second floor, until the building burned down in 1931. They lost
all their records in the fire, but managed to salvage the brick
walls, which then went into building their one story building, which
they were still occupying in 1961, at the time this article was
chapter has had a rich and proud history over the past 111 years,
and more information about it can be obtained by contacting: Order
of the Eastern Star, Hugh Duncan No. 2 Chapter, 207 W. 4th St, Salmon
for this page was obtained from the Diamond Jubilee Edition of the
Recorder-Herald newspaper, dated 1961, and used with permission.