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BACK IN TIME: Mitchell Elks Lodge

This photo, thought to have been taken in June 1912 at the Elks Lodge in Mitchell, of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) and WRC (Women's Relief Corps) at their 29th Encampment. This was the fourth encampment to be held in Mitchell, the first being in the summer of 1886, then the spring of 1892 and the third in 1903. GAR members were veterans of the Civil War and the WRC was its auxiliary. Meetings for the encampment were held at city hall and the newly constructed Elks Lodge. Construction of the Elks Lodge began in 1908 and finished in 1911. (Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Area Historical Society)