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October 15, 2009


Aimee Newell

Hello Anne: Thanks so much for reading our blog and commenting. This definitely sounds like a cane associated with the Improved Order of Red Men. Do you know if your great grandfather was a member? From the inscription, it sounds as though the cane was presented to its original owner for some kind of occasion or recognition. The IORM still exists and has a headquarters in Waco, Texas. They may be able to tell you where St. Tamina Tribe No. 56 was located. Please let us know what you find out, or if we can answer any additional questions. Aimee Newell, Director of Collections

Anne Knott

I forgot to say that Joseph Schweitzer lived in Baltimore, Maryland.

Anne Knott

I have a walking stick that belonged to my great grandfather, Joseph F Schweitzer. The top seems to be gold and is enscribed St Tamina Tribe No 56 Imp'd ORM. Committee C.W.Gilbert, J.G.Murphy,Frank H Jarrett. There is also a crest with crossed sword and hatchet. I wonder if you could give me any information.

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