Historical Media

Boston Mayor James Michael Curley
Welcomes the Elks to Boston

Here is Legendary Mayor of Boston, James Michael Curley (1874-1958) Welcoming the members of the BPOE to Boston on July 7, 1924, A Gennett Record.

James Michael Curley's 11 O'Clock Toast
at the 1924 Convention

If you would like to read the words to the toast, click here.

Nat M. Wills sings “BPOE”

“A master of satire, Wills tells the satirical story here of his initiation and subsequent experiences with the ‘Best People on Earth’ The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks! Wills entertained [and] delighted audiences for many years with his own unique brand of singing these kinds of songs, until his tragic accidental death in 1917.”

The California Elk, September 21, 1901

Eight-page newspaper of the California Elks, September 21, 2001. (4MB, PDF format)

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