Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Richmond and O.W. Mason

This block of New Richmond housed The Knights of Pythias Hall (K. of P. Hall or Castle Hall), a dentist (back corner), the "Corn Exchange State Bank, probably a drug store (in the middle), and Mason's Hardware & Furniture (far corner).

photo taken from a postcard dated May 31, 1920.
Orlando Wilson Mason was considered one of Montgomery County's most highly respected citizens and the father of Edwin M. Mason, Supreme Scribe of the Tribe of Ben-Hur. O.W. Mason was engaged in the lumber business, farmed, owned property around New Richmond, served as trustee of Coal Creek Township for two terms, was an active member of New Richmond Christian Church, an ardent Democrat, and also a leader in the Knights of Pythias Lodge. Mr. Mason was born in August of 1860 at the old Mason home north of New Richmond. He married Clara Montgomery Quick in May of 1884.  The couple sadly both passed in early 1930.

The Crawfordsville District Public Library loves receiving photographs which help outline the history of the county. To contact the Local History Department call 362-2242 x 117.

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