Rochester, NH Elks and boxes they packed for GIs during World War II. This was taken on the front steps of the old Wallace Mansion which served as the Elks Lodge for 40 years. Back row, from left are George Nadeau, Georgie Hayes, Pete Lachapelle, Norman Hayes, Bert Bryant. Seated on left, Mayor Walter Wood, right Mayor John Shaw.
Original Home of the Rochester, NH Elks Lodge #1393, located on South Main Street in Rochester. This 20 room mansion was constructed in 1896 for shoe manufacturing magnate Albert Wallace. Albert died in 1916. Rochester Elks received its charter in 1920 and purchased this home in 1926 for use as their lodge. Around 1966 the Lodge sold this house and built a new facility directly out back of this building on Columbus Avenue. This beautiful mansion was demolished and a bank constructed on the site.
The Rochester, NH Elks Lodge #1393 and Rochester Emblem Club #40 send representatives to coordinate a scheduled bingo night twice a year for the residents of the NH Veterans Home, located in Tilton, NH. For more than a century, the New Hampshire Veterans Facility has been a home and a health resource for granite state armed forces veterans. Established in 1890 as the Soldier's Home for Civil War Veterans, it has provided care and comfort for thousands who have served our country and fellow citizens.Located in the heart of the Lakes Region and the foothills of the magnificent White Mountains, the scenic beauty surrounding the Home - combined with the warm fellowship shared by residents, staff, and volunteers - creates a unique environment for those who have made personal sacrifices in the military and now need assistance to care for themselves. The mission of the New Hampshire Veterans Home is to provide high quality, professional, long-term care services to the granite state's elderly and disabled veterans with compassion, respect, and dignity. The Rochester, NH Elks Lodge 1393 and Emblem Club #40 are dedicated to the support of this mission and representatives attend and coordinate two bingo nights, support a Christmas party and a summer cookout. Other Elks Lodges and auxiliaries also support this effort with separate bingo nights scheduled by our State Chairman, Jim Stewart, who works with the staff at the Home to coordinate various activities and initiatives. Picture Caption: Back Row, l to r, Linda Gaskell, Past President, Rochester Emblem Club #40; David Keller,PER,PDD (Rochester Elks) and Arlene Fall, Past President, Rochester Emblem Club #40. Front row center: Calling numbers for the evening bingo games and doing an outstanding job with this assignment was resident Andy Pare, age 90!
The 2008-2009 District Deputy Suite for Dan Bernard,PER,PDD was totally comprised of Rochester Elks Lodge Past Exalted Rulers and Past District Deputies. L to R, Don Chesnel, PER,PDD,PSP,PGLC, Esquire; Dan Bernard, PER, PDD; Leo McCluskey, PER, PDD, Lodge Chaplain and Gerard Gravel, PER,PDD,PSP,PGLC and Lodge Treasurer.
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