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The Wapato Showdown is organized by the Gaston Oregon Pythians. We are a non-profit organization. Our purpose is to promote good will between men to help strengthen man-kind for the future. You can find more details about our organizational structure. Look in the Gaston Oregon Pythians Gallery, Lodge # 104. -Oregon State Pythians

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Abraham Lincoln and Our Ritual The Order began, of course, during the Civil War, and its founder believed that it might do much to heal the wounds and allay the hatred of civil conflict. President Abraham Lincoln, being advised of the contents of the ritual and its teaching, said: "The purposes of your organization are most wonderful. If we could but bring its spirit to all our citizenry, what a wonderful thing it would be. It breathes the spirit of Friendship, Charity and Benevolence. It is one of the best agencies conceived for the upholding of government, honoring the flag, for the reuniting of our brethren of the North and of the South, for teaching the people to love one another, and portraying the sanctity of the home and loved ones. I would suggest that these great principles by perpetuated and that you go to the Congress of the United States and ask for a charter, and so organize on a great scale throughout this nation, and disseminate this wonderful work that you have so nobly started. I will do all in my power to assist you in this application and with your work." The suggestion made by the President was adopted. An application was made to Congress for a charter, and the Order of Knights of Pythias was the first American Order ever chartered by an Act of the Congress of the United States. In the Order's ritualistic work, every sentence has a meaning and every paragraph a beautiful and inspiring lesson. The flag of the country has an honored place at every meeting and the Holy Bible is the supreme Book of Law. The Order does not seek to shape any man's creed, but Pythianism is the practical application of religious and charitable principles to every day life. We have a heritage of which we are proud and our precepts and teachings lead men to higher ideals of life. We invite like minded men of good character to join us in making these ideals the dominant factor in modern living.


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Justus H. Rathbone

Founder of the Kights of Pythias - Feb 19, 1864


Born October 29, 1839, in Deerfield, New York - Died at the age of fifty on December 9, 1889, Lima, Ohio. He was the founder of the international fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias. He graduated from Colgate University and attended Carlisle Seminary. He was a music composer and actor. In 1863 he moved to Washington D.C. as a government clerk in the United States Treasury Department, where he founded the Knights of Pythias on February 19, 1864. Rathbone wrote the ritual for the Knights of Pythias which is based on the mythological friendship of Damon and Pythias, while he was a school teacher at the Eagle Harbor Schoolhouse, in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, and was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress. It's aim was to heal the wounds of the Civil War between the North and South and promote friendship among men and relieve suffering. Today in addition to supporting our military they do charitable work, sponsor dances and do fundraising events. Original Five Members: Justus H. Rathbone, Robert A. Champion, William H. Burnett, David L. Burnett, Edward S. Kimball The Building where the first K. of P Lodge was Institued (Marinis Hall 1876) Family: Daughters References: http://books.google.com/ Eagle Harbor Schoolhouse - www.mcgi.state.mi.us/hso/sites/8121.htm Pythian History by William D. Kennedy, Chicago, Pythian Publishing Company, 1904. 


The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, DC, by Justus H. Rathbone and was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress. Domains of the Order exist in most states and provinces, and subordinate lodges are located in many cities and towns across the United States and Canada. Please take a look around our website. If you are interested in joining, please use the “Ask About Membership” link and someone will be in contact with you shortly.


The Grand Charter for the State of Oregon is dated October 11, 1881. Gaston's Lodge # 104 is dated November 12, 1908.

the 4 original members were Joseph H Westcott, Charles Westcott, Rock Hull and Dr. James A. Baker all joined on Nov 12, 1908 Ed


Knights of Pythias Lodges In The State Of Oregon.

Ivanhoe Lodge #1 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 5400 Se 84th Ave Portland, OR 97266-4825 / Al Meska 503-659-7943 / 2nd Tuesday 7:30pm


Damon Lodge #4 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 11 Se 8th St Pendleton, OR 97801-2317 PO Box 413 Pendleton, OR 97801 / Ben Anderson 541-310-1578 / Monday 8:00pm


Glencoe Lodge #22 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 31520 Nw Commercial St North Plains, OR 97133-7101 PO Box 231 North Plains, OR 97133 / Russ Sheldon 503-647-2985 / 2nd and 4th Wednesday 8:00pm


Talisman Lodge #31 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 2301 Upper River Rd Grants Pass, OR 97526-8242 / Thomas Folk 541-479-6897 / 1st and 3rd Sunday 1:30 pm


Helmet Lodge #33 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 420 W 12th Ave Eugene, OR 97401-3448 Jerry Girard 503-640-8349 / 2nd and 4th Monday 7:30 pm


Phoenix Lodge #34 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 151 Se 2nd Ave Hillsboro, OR 97123-4026 /Charles Van Domelen 503-554-0349 2nd Monday, Potluck 6:30pm - 3rd Monday, Meeting 7:00pm


Delphos Lodge #39 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 1924 Pacific Ave Forest Grove, OR 97116-2326 / Kurt Mueller 503-357-6807 / Thursday 8:00pm


Hermes Lodge #56 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 14979 2nd St Ne Aurora, OR 97002-9220 / Brian Perkins / 1st Wednesday 8:00pm


Diana Lodge #63 - History - Website / Blog / twitter / facebook / LinkedIn 324 Ne 3rd St Mcminnville, OR 97128-4729 / Lee Vasquez 503-472-0172 / 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7:00pm


Gaston Lodge #104 - History - Website / facebook /  210 Front St Gaston, OR 97119-9244 / Stan Shope 503-648-9350 / Wednesday 7:00pm



The Wapato Showdown is organized by the Gaston Oregon Pythians. We are a non-profit organization. Our purpose is to promote good will between men to help strengthen man-kind for the future. You can find more details about our organizational structure. Look in the Gaston Oregon Pythians Gallery, Lodge # 104


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Notable Knights


 Hugo Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Jennings Bryan, U.S. Secretary of State and presidential candidate Robert Byrd, U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardozo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Leopold Caspari, member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature Carl Hayden - U.S. Senator (Arizona) - 50 year member Warren G. Harding, U.S. President Hubert Horatio Humphrey, U.S. Vice President Peter T. King, U.S. Congressman Richard Irvine Manning III, Governor of South Carolina Freddie Martin, musician, band leader John Ellis Martineau, Governor of Arkansas, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas William McKinley, U.S. President Frank Finley Merriam, was an American politician who served as the 28th governor of California Sun Ra, jazz musician, composer, and band leader Nelson A. Rockefeller, U.S. Vice President Joe Rollins, Texas Attorney General, Houston Asst. City Attorney, prominent private practice attorney Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Bob Jones, Sr., founder of Bob Jones University, prominent evangelist J. Millard Tawes, Governor of Maryland Lee Emmett Thomas, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana and Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Lew Wallace, Territorial Governor of New Mexico, Major General (U.S. Army), diplomat Francis E. Warren, first governor and long time senator of Wyoming James E. West, first professional Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America Frederick Hinde Zimmerman - banker, businessman, and founder of the Grand Rapids Hotel.


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