Kansas History and Heritage Project-Clay County Societies

Clay County Societies
Fraternal, Benevolent, Literary and Temperance Organizations


These organizations were an important part of life in small-town America in the late part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. They offered a chance to forge friendships and business alliances, forget their daily cares, and improve their communities. As transportation improved, many farm families joined the organizations in the towns, or started their own, such as home demonstration clubs.

Go to each link below to see memberships and/or activites of each organization.


Oak Hill Lyceum, 1889

Oakland W.C.T.U., 1888

Athelstane Literary, 1887

Wakefield "Band of Hope" 1886

Wakefield Farmers' Club 1887

Wakefield Beta Reading Club 1887

Modern Woodman of America, Morganville Lodge, 1889





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