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Good Templars Lodges of Colorado ~  1870

This most excellent and well known order is represented in Colorado by the Grand Lodge of the Territory, and sixteen subordinate lodges, from which we have no statistics. The number of lodges at this time must be more numerous, but we have no recent data, on account of the remoteness of our place of publication from the Territory.

The first annual session of the Grand Lodge was in 1867, and since that time the growth of the order, in number of members and general usefulness, has been ' uninterrupted, and it 'already includes among its members the greater number of our prominent citizens, both male and female.

The efforts of this order to reclaim the victims of intemperance, and place about them influences likely to prevent further attacks from this insidious monster, are well known and deservedly commended by all respectable members of society.

At the third annual session of the Grand Lodge of Good Templars, which was held in Georgetown, in September, 1869, the number of members of Colorado lodges amounted to 1,051. Since that time they have increased steadily, and no doubt the actual number of the order at present is not far short of 1,500.

The interest taken in this order, which has for its object the alleviation of the worst form of human suffering, by the best citizens of Colorado, is strong evidence of the high moral tone of public character, generally, in the Territory.

We regret our inability to give complete statistics of the different lodges of this order, but it has a strong hold in the Territory, and its success is beyond question.

Rocky Mountain Directory & Colorado Gazetteer

Source: Rocky Mountain Directory and Colorado Gazetteer, 1871, S. S. Wallihan & Company, Compilers and Publishers, Denver, 1870.

 

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