Independent International Order of Owls
Organized by William Richardson, G. A. Meacham, and others, Freemasons, at St. Louis, Mo., in 1890, a secret society having sociability and recreation for its objectives. Only Freemasons (Master Masons) are eligible for membership. The presiding officers of subordinate bodies are called Sapient Screechers, and instead of Lodges, places of meetings are called Nests, the govering body being the Supreme Nest of the World. The Order numbers about 2,500 members.
Source: The Cyclopaedia of Fraternities, Albert C. Stevens, 1907.
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