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I have a Red Men pin that belonged to August Haas - Acc000112  I2,

Ed Dowling, good friend of August,  looks to be wearing a Red Men Pen in this Photo


Muncie Meetings 1936-1937 - [S6, p 27]
"Improved Order of Red Men's Hall, 3d floor, Neely Block  [Neely Block, n.w.c. Main and Mulberry]  [S6, p44]
        Indiana Hayloft No. 3-1/2 -- Meets every Monday evening at Neely Block
        Indiana Tribe No. 1 -- Meets every Monday evening at Neely Block" 
"IMPROVED ORDER RED MEN/ Indiana Tribe No 1 124-1/2 E Main 3d fl/ Pocahontas/Seneca Council No 150 124-1/2 E Main 3d fl/ Washtella Council No 37 102-/1 N Walnut"  [S7, p 553]
Page 25: "Neely Blk 124-1/2 E Main"  S8,


Lafayette Monroe McCormick“For twenty years he was a member of De Ember Tribe #30, Order of Red Men, a popular Fraternal at that time.”
TOTE on the breast of the Eagle   ". . .is supposed to be secret, but most think it stands for Totem of the Eagle."  S3,
I had sent an image of the pin I2, that I have to the director of the Red Men Museum and this is his response:
These were emblems from the late 1800's and early 1900s used as pins and watch charms.  They could have been used for other things, depending upon the state or tribe.   Once (1884) they were given as awards in a contest for those who signed up subscribers to the IORM newsletter - Council Brand.  Freedom, Friendship, and Charity - are the precepts or motto of the Improved Order of Red Men.  S3,
Who are the Red Men? S2,
History of the Red Men S2, S4
Customs S4,
- [FTmag May 2007, p 30]
- Cyndi's List category:
- Family Chronicle Article "Fraternal and Benevolent Societies" -
- Fraternalism in America Article:
- Some Search Terms:  benefit society - immigrant society - brotherhood - fraternal - the order of - ancient order
Red Men Info - Eaton, Riverside Park - S9,
Red Men Info, Delaware County, 1881 - S10,

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Stoeckel Archives - BSU
Stoeckel Archives of Local History Collection
MSS 10 - Fraternal Orders Collection, 1846-1976 - 1 box, .2 cu. ft
"Scope and Content:  The collection contains items relating to the formation of the following local lodges . . . and the Redmen."
"The first wigwam of a thoroughly American Order, The Redmen, was instituted August 26, 1873.  Metings were held in the Wysor Grand Opera House hall for about six years and in 1879, took up quarters on the east side of Walnut, just north of Jackson.  The officers were given names of supposedly Indian origin, such as Sachem, Sagamore, Prophet, and Keeper of Wampum."


Red Men Web Site
Freedom * Friendship * Charity
Who Are The Red Men?
The fraternity traces its origins back to 1765 and is descended from the Sons of Liberty. These patriots concealed their identities and worked "underground" to help establish freedom and liberty in the early Colonies. They patterned themselves after the great Iroquois Confederacy and its democratic governing body. Their system, with elected representatives to govern tribal councils, had been in existence for several centuries.

After the War of 1812 the name was changed to the Society of Red Men and in 1834 to the Improved Order of Red Men. They kept the customs and terminology of Native Americans as a basic part of the fraternity. Some of the words and terms may sound strange, but they soon become a familiar part of the language for every member. The Improved Order of Red Men (IORM) is similar in many ways to other major fraternal organizations in the United States.

The Improved Order of Red Men is a national fraternal organization that believes in…
  • Love of and respect for the American Flag.
  • Preserving our Nation by defending and upholding the principle of free Government.
  • America and the democratic way of life.
  • Preserving the traditions and history of this great Country.
  • Creating and inspiring a greater love for the United States of America.
  • Helping our fellow men through organized charitable programs.
  • Linking our members together in a common bond of Brotherhood and Friendship.
  • Perpetuating the beautiful legends and traditions of a once-vanishing race and the keeping alive some of the traditional customs, ceremonies, and philosophies.
Legally, The Improved Order of Red Men is a patriotic fraternity chartered by Congress. It is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring a greater love for the United States of America and the principles of American Liberty.


History of the Red Men

The Improved Order of Red Men traces its origin to certain secret patriotic societies founded before the American Revolution. They were established to promote Liberty and to defy the tyranny of the English Crown. Among the early groups were: The Sons of Liberty, the Sons of St. Tammany, and later the Society of Red Men.

On December 16, 1773 a group of men, all members of the Sons of Liberty, met in Boston to protest the tax on tea imposed by England. When their protest went unheeded, they disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians, proceeded to Boston harbor, and dumped overboard 342 chests of English tea.

During the Revolutionary War, members of secret societies quenched their council fires and took up muskets to join with the Continental Army. To the cause of Freedom and Liberty they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors. At the end of the hard fought war the American Republic was born and was soon acknowledged among the nations of the world.

Following the American Revolution many of the various secret societies founded before and during the conflict continued in existence as brotherhoods or fraternities.

For the next 35 years, however, each of the original Sons of Liberty and Sons of St. Tamina groups went their own way, under many different names. In 1813, at historic Fort Mifflin, near Philadelphia, several of these groups came together and formed one organization known as the Society of Red Men. The name was changed to the Improved Order of Red Men in Baltimore in 1834.

At Baltimore, Maryland, in 1847, the various local tribes came together and formed a national organization called the Grand Council of the United States.

With the formation of a national organization, the Improved Order of Red Men soon spread, and within 30 years there were State Great Councils in 21 states with a membership of over 150,000. The Order continued to grow and by the mid-1920s there were tribes in 46 states and territories with a membership totaling over one-half million.

Today, The Improved Order of Red Men continues to offer all patriotic Americans an organization that is pledged to the high ideals of Freedom, Friendship, and Charity. These are the same ideals on which the American nation was founded. By belonging to this proud and historic organization you can demonstrate your desire to continue the battle started at Lexington and Concord to promote Freedom and protect the American Way of Life.


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Some of the materials available for your research include county and town histories, indexes to birth, death and marriage records, and city directories. Archival materials include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, records of clubs and organizations, maps, diaries, records and advertising materials from area businesses, school yearbooks, and military records. In addition, Minnetrista has an electronic subscription to the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.
Between ID0001 and Minnetrista, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, July 2008. Subject: Red Men Organization.  Acc001159/Doc2329.pdf


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Correspondence:  Emails 23 and 27 July 2008 - Acc001161/Doc1110.txt

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S1 MSS010.pdf -  
S2 Red Men Information - Official Web Site  
S3 Emails from the Director of Red Men Museum dated 7 July and 8 July 2003  - Acc001155 Doc0443.pdf
S4 Improved Order of Red Men - Wikipedia  
S5 Minnetrista, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana - Library and Archives  
S6 Emerson's Muncie Directory 1936-1937.  Cincinnati, Ohio:  The Williams Directory Co. viewed 23 Jan 2009.  
S7 Polk's Muncie City Directory, 1943.  Detroit, Michigan:  R L Polk & Co.  viewed 23 Jan 2009  
S8 The Baldwin and Commercial Muncie Indiana ConSurvey Directory 1937, Vol 1 No. 53. Springfield, Illinois: Baldwin ConSruvey Company, 1937.  
S9 BookGaslight Memories: A History of Eaton's First Hundred Years. Eaton, Indiana: Eaton Centennial Committee, 1954. Bk3001

Book Notes - Doc1115.pdf

S10 Book:  Helm, T. B. (Thomas B). History of Delaware County, Indiana: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. Kingman Brothers, 1881 (Reprint, 1976), Bk1595 - Doc1114.pdf  
S11 Book:  Lindsay, George W. and Charles C. Conley and Charles H. Litchman. Official History of the Improved Order of Red Men. Boston: Fraternity Pub Co, 1893. Bk3002. 623 pages    Google Books

Page 471, 472:
- Biography of Ralph S. Gregory, Muncie
- De Ember Tribe No. 30 of Muncie

S12 Document: Membership Application for Degree of Pocahontas of the Improved Order of Red Men. Repository: Minnetrista Archives, accessed and copied 29 July 2008. Acc001164/Doc1113.pdf  (Scanned from Photo Copies)  
S13 News Article: "Millgorve Redman Lodge has reached 100-year milestone". Hartford City Times (Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana), 16 March 1991. Minnetrista Archives, accessed/copied 29 July 2008. Acc001163/Doc1112.pdf  (Scanned from Photocopy)  
S14 News Article: "Red Men End Meet; Indorse Program of 'Americanism' ". The Muncie Morning Star, (Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana), Friday 16 Sept 1938 (Front Page). Minnetrista Archives, accessed/copied 29 July 2008. Acc001162/Doc1111.pdf  (Scanned from Photocopy)  
S15 Web Page: Improved Order of Red Men - IORM: A nation of Red Men. By Kathleen O'Connor.  - COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Bk3706  (Link Ok 5 April 2015)  


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