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Knights of the Maccabees of Vienna

The Knights of the Maccabees was a fraternal organization that was formed in 1878 in London, Ontario, Canada.  The group's fraternal aspects took a backseat to providing low-cost insurance to members.  Each chapter was referred to as a "tent."

Very little is known of the Vienna order of the Knights of the Maccabees, Tent No. 440.

Vienna residents that were affiliated with the Maccabees circa 1909 were Ira M. Greenwood, O. B. Hasson, Dr. Jeremiah Hawley Leaming, Ambrose Mannix, Septimus E. Scoville, Irvin K. Shoff, and Jesse D. Williams. [1]

The motto of the Knights of the Maccabees was the Latin phrase "Astra Castra Numen Lumen" which means "The stars my camp, the Deity my light."  The phrase is shown on the ribbon below.

Ribbon & pins from Tent No. 440 of the Knights of the Maccabees (FRONT)
From the Vienna Historical Society's collection
Donated by Leslie (Sheridan) Konerth

Ribbon & pins from Tent No. 440 of the Knights of the Maccabees (BACK)
From the Vienna Historical Society's collection
Donated by Leslie (Sheridan) Konerth

Evidence of a women's branch in Vienna was mentioned in the newspaper obituary of Jane Nolan (Find a Grave tribute) indicating that she was a charter member of the in Vienna Ladies of the Maccabees.

Updated 10/14/2020

[1] Membership information from Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio, A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 2.