Societies and Incorporated Companies
Memorials of the Grand River Valley, by Franklin Everett, A.M. Chicago Legal News Company, 1878.

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SOCIETIES AND INCORPORATED COMPANIES IN GRAND RAPIDS:

Hebrew Benevolent Society, 1869
Kent Scientific Institute, 1865
Public Library, 1872
St. Mark's Home, 1872
Old Residents' Association, 1858
Medical and Surgical Society, 1864
Kent Sportsman's Club, 1875
Ladies' Literary Society, 1873
West Side Ladies' Literary Society, 1875
Grand Rapids Lodge, No.34; instituted March 19th, 1849
Valley City Lodge, No. 86, 1856
Humboldt Lodge, No. 276, 1869
Grand Rapids Chapter, No. 7; chartered 1851
Tyre Council, R. & S. Masters, No. 10, 1876
Masonic Mutual Benefit Association, 1875
Knights Templar, De Molai Commandery, 1856
A. A. Scottish Rite, Moriah Lodge of Perfection, 1869
Cyrus Council of Princes, 1869

KENT COUNTY CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN SERVICE:

ODD FELLOWS:

The Pioneer Lodge was Irving Lodge, No. 11, of Michigan, chartered in 1846. It had an active existence for a number of years, when, owing to some unpleasant feeling, indifference to the lodge succeeded, and it ceased to be an active body. In 1858, it was, under fairer auspices, re-organized as "Grand Rapids Lodge," and continues to be a live institution. Its present membership is 102.
Enterprise Lodge, No. 212. Organized 1873. Membership, 70.
Walhalla Lodge (German), No. 249. Members, 40. Organized, 1875
West Side Lodge, No. 250. Organized, 1875. Members, 60.
Grand Rapids Encampment.

INCORPORATED COMPANIES:

Berkey & Gay, Furniture Company, 1873. Capital, $500,000.
Capon & Bertsch, Leather Company, 1875. Capital, $200,000.
Grand Rapids Broom Co., 1870. Capital, $50,000.
Grand Rapids Brush Co., 1873. Capital, $100,000.
Grand Rapids Gas Light Co., 1857.
Grand Rapids Chair Co., 1872. Capital, $300,000.
Grand Rapids Manufacturing Co., $84,000.
Grand Rapids Novelty Works, 1874. Capital, $100,000.
Grand Rapids Plaster Co., 1856. Capital, $500,000.
Michigan Barrel Co., 1875. Capital, $300,000.
Michigan and Ohio Plaster Co., 1875. Capital, $100,000.
Phoenix Furniture Co., 1872. Capital, $300,000.
Street Railway (first) from the head of Monroe Street to the D.& M. Railroad, 1868.
Union Stave Co., 1874. Capital, $50,000.
Widicomb Furniture Co., 1865. Capital, $150,000.


Transcriber: Ronnie Aungst
Created: 25 April 1999
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