Sunday, March 25, 2007

Trashball 032507: South Dakota Knights Templar—They Run the World

Recovered from a circa 1895 steamer trunk, these cards identify the bearer as a Knight Templar and Royal Arch Mason in good standing with the Chamberlain, South Dakota, Chapter No. 32. This chapter, as is commonly known, was among the most feared in Brule County, and is thought to have played the chief role in instigating the infamous Barley Riots that took place in Chamberlain on May 12, 1923, from 4:45 pm to 5:02 pm. Only a loud and impatient whistle from a passing constable brought the situation under control.

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