1905-1915

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  • 1898
    • The Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star began discussing the need for a home that was either Masonic in name or in both the names of the Grand Lodge and The Order of the Eastern Star.
  • 1900-1910
    • In 1900 the first donation of a $5.00 gold piece from Sister Martha Yerkes was received to start a building fund.
    • Enthusiasm from both the Grand Lodge and Grand Chapters grows as they seek to provide for the needs of indigent Masons, their wives, widows, mothers, and orphans.
  • 1905
    • Fundraising continues with the most significant donation of a 300 acre farm, mansion, and buildings from Willard Van Brunt.
  • 1906
    • The mansion on the farm was remodeled to accommodate guests with the first arriving by the fall of that year.
  • 1907
    • During the annual Grand Chapter Meeting, the Eastern Star initiated a five cents per capita tax on its members for support of the home.
  • 1910
    • The home is at capacity with ten residents.
    • Expenses were $8,324 and income was $9,332.74.
  • 1911
    • The Van Brunt manufacturing facilities in Horicon were sold to the John Deere Company.

World War I Begins

San Francisco Earthquake

Boy Scouts Founded

First Mass Produced Automobile

Sinking of the Titanic

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