tomtst wrote:I have 2 pictures that my grandfather is in.
Picture 1 was a banquet at the Boston Tavern 1926 they are the Knights of Progress.
Picture 2 is of a group of about 50 men and it is titled Park Associates 1916.
Does anyone know anything about these two organizations?
Tom As far as the Knights of Progress -the organization was started in Boston on April 2, 1907 (the date the city issued the group a certificate of organization). I also found that it was referred to as a Fraternal Beneficiary Organization and that it had a fund for widows and orphans. The money for this fund would therefore have come from its members (probably dues its members paid) and would help the member's widow and/or children in the instance of the member's death. In Sept of 1937, there was an article about this organization in the NT Times, but you need a paid subscription to access it. All I can see from the google search link is that it was designed to "promote Americanism, resist subversive...." I also found that there were branches of this organization in other major cities like Wash DC. Go to googlebooks.com and do a search of this organization name to see the various references that I found.
In one googlebooks reference, address is given as 122 Salem Street, Ward 6. In a Jan 10, 1910 Boston Evening Transcript, address is given as 28 Foss Street, so I don't know if there was more than one of these organizations with the same name in the city of Boston.