The Elks would probably never have existed if the New York state legislature did not pass a law in 1866 which closed all the saloons on Sunday.
A group of sociable actors met on Sundays in their “drinking society” which they called the Jolly Cork. They later changed their name. The order was founded on February 16, 1868.
There is some Masonic influence.
The BPOE used to be limited to white male citizens of the U.S. who believe in the existence of God.
Last updated: November 24, 2012 at 13:36 pm
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