Omaha Bee News
March 17, 1902

Columbus Knights Organize

First Nebraska Council of Catholic Order
Installed in Omaha


Large Delegations from Other Western
Cities Attend the Inaugural Ceremonies
Held at the Millard Hotel.

    The first council of the Knights of Columbus organized in Nebraska was instituted yesterday afternoon in the Temple of the Ancient Order of United Workmen with a total of fifty-two charter members.  The installation exercises occupied the entire afternoon, and part of the evening, and only a little time elapsed between the conclusion of the ceremonies attending the institution of the council and the assembling of guests and members at the banquet given in the Millard at 9 o’clock.  All the proceedings were secret, as well were the formal and informal exercises at the banquet.  Since the first council of the Knights of Columbus was instituted in New Haven, Conn. about twenty years ago, a total of 650 have been established with a membership of nearly 90,000.  It is a beneficiary organization although this is not the dominate feature, it being only incidental to the social character of the council’s work.

Only Catholics Eligible

    Only Catholics are eligible to membership and any Catholic ecclesiant is entitled to admission to the meetings of the councils regardless whether he is a member or not.   It is a rule of the order that repre-sentatives of two or more councils must be present at all initiations.  About 100 members are required to do the work and hence councils having candidates for initiation attend the institution of a new council almost in a body.  Much progress has recently been made in the institution of councils in the middle West.
    It was expected that a delegation from Denver would be present at yesterday’s proceeding, but the Coloradoans went instead to Texas, where a council is beeing organized.  There were large delegations from other cities present in Omaha yesterday, forty from Chicago, thirty from St. Joseph, twenty-five from Kansas City, twenty-five from Fort Dodge, and fifteen from Davenport and Dubuque.

Charter Member List

    The names of the charter members of the Omaha Council are as follows:
William J. Brennan		C. J. Smyth
R. J. Bourke 			R. E. Welsh
Rev. Thomas Walsh		P. H Johnson
C. F. Crowley			J. A. C. Kennedy
J. F. Coad			J. H. Hopietz
Count J. A. Creighton		Thomas F. Larkin
Blank      	                T. J. Mahoney
E. A. Cudahy			F. J. McShane
C. B. Dugdale			J. W. Murphy
I. J. Dunn			Rev. P. A. McGovern
J. P. English			F. J. Moriarty
Thomas Flynn			W. P. McDevitt
J. J. Fitzgerald 		Rev. D. W. Moriarty
T. J. Fitzmorris 		J. S. Monaghan
John Flynn			Dr. W. J. McCrann
J. N. Frenzer			M. R. Murphy
J. F. Gibbons			E. J. McAdams
A. M. Gallagher			T. J. Nolan
James Hayden			J. E. O’Hearn
Edward Hayden			W. R. O’Shaughnessy
P. C. Heafy			D. J. O’Brien
Rev. D. P. Harrington		John Power
John S. Jenck			W. P. Russell
Dr. Robert P. Jensen		John Rush
Dr A. W. Riley			P. J. Sheehy
E. W. Simeral			T. F. Swift
J. H. Schmidt

Mass at the Cathedral

    The program yesterday began with attendance in St. Philomena’s Cathedral of the visiting knights, where a special mass was celebrated.  The work of instituting the council began at 1:30 o’clock and was concluded about 8:30. District organizer M. W. Gleason was master of ceremonies, assisted by the thirty knights from Chicago. Although the charter members only number fifty-two, a large number of persons are awaiting the institution of the council to make application for election to membership.
     The banquet room in the Millard was draped with numerous American flags.  There were four tables extending the entire length of the room with a connecting table along the Thirteenth Street side.  Covers were laid for 300.  The tables were beautifully decorated with ferns and roses.  The proceedings at the banquet were behind closed doors.

Program of Toasts

    The program of toasts was as follows: E. W. Simeral, acting as toastmaster:
C. J. Smyth, “Our Guests;” F. L. McArdke of Chicago, “Our Order;” Rev. D. W. Moriarty, South Omaha, “The Church;” T. J. Nolan. Deputy supreme knight of Illinois “The Catholic Citizen;” T. J. Mahoney, “Columbus;” James Manahan of Lincoln “ The Future of our Order ;”
    The toasts were followed by informal talks. Count John A. Creighton contributed to the special entertainment of the guests in the suite of rooms he engaged in the Millard.

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