O.U.A.M. Articles, Summer 1890

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Two short articles from the Danbury News regarding the activities of the Order of United American Mechanics, a nativist group which had an office in Danbury.



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Whereas: The Order of United American Mechanics has again been called to lay away in the tomb one of its most earnest and faithful members, and our ranks again broken, be it therefore resolved: That in the death of Frederick A. Patchen of Pahquioque council No. 9 O.U.A.M., this council has suffered an irreparable loss. Although a member of the council only, without official title, he was deeply absorbed in its principles and when health permitted was always found in the council chamber. His heart was always open to his calling and his generosity was beyond his [abilits] True to every principle of an American citizen loyal to the Constitution of the United States and charitable to a fault, he died as he lived, and his best end was one of peace , and in his last struggle so often remarked, "I am so tired" and longed for the end to come that he might rest from his labors. Therefore be it resolved: That this can not condole with the widow and family of the deceased at this time of their sever bereavement and commend them to Him who careth for the widowed and the afflicted, and hope that their trust in an Allwise Being may be to them comfort in the hour of trial and be it farther resolved: that the charter of this council be draped for the period of thirty days, and these resolutions be spread upon the records and a copy presented to the widow of the deceased and printed in the Danbury News,
George S. Purdy
H. H. Purdy
Ira W. Stillman
O.U.A.M. Field Day
It is estimated that 150 Danburians will be present.
The regular state field day of the order of the O.U.A.M. wil be held in Brideport, September 22. Great preparations have been made for the event, and it is expected that about 5000 men will take part in the parade. the different councils will be met at the station by the local committee and will be escorted to the place of formation which will be at Bull's Head. The line, which will consist of five divisions, comprising the fifty-four councils from Connecticut and four from Rhode Island, which are under the Connecticut jurisdiction, will move promptly at 11AM Colonel O.B. Erichson of New Britain council No. 8 will be grand marshal for the occasion. After the parade dinner will be served, after which all members are requested to meet at Seaside Park, where the following progamme will be carried out:

Welcome to the city of Bridgeport by his honor the mayor; response by State Councilor E.L. Pond; an address by Rev. Frank A. Scofield, of Eureka council, No. 43 at the close of whose address the review of the Loyal Legion by the national council will take place, after which exhibition drills will be given by the several commanderies. In the evening a grand ball and banquet will be given by the two councils of Bridgeport, The Waldemere council, No. 6, and Uncas council, No. 5.


“O.U.A.M. Articles, Summer 1890.” WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 18 Feb. 2020.

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