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  • Donald L. Huggins (1938 - 2016)
    Don was a life member of the Owl Creek Church of the Brethren and a 50-plus year member of Thrall Lodge 170 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, York Rite Mason with membership in Clinton Chapter 26...
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    He was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church where he sang in the church choir for many years and had volunteered in the sound booth. He was a 62-year member of Wayne Grange; 56-year me...
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    She was a member and church pianist in First Baptist Church of Fredericktown. After their move to Lexington in 1969, she continued playing piano for worship as a member of Lexington Church of Christ. F...

The Order of the Eastern Star is a Freemasonry-related fraternal organization open to both men and women. It was established in 1850 by Boston, Massachusetts lawyer and educator Rob Morris, a former Freemason official. The order is based on teachings from the Bible,[1] but is open to people of all religious beliefs. It has approximately 10,000 chapters in twenty countries and approximately 500,000 members under its General Grand Chapter.

Members of the Order are aged 18 and older; men must be Master Masons and women must have specific relationships with Masons. Originally, a woman would have to be the daughter, widow, wife, sister, or mother of a master Mason, but the Order now allows other relatives as well as allowing Job's Daughters, Rainbow Girls, Members of the Organization of Triangle (NY only) and members of the Constellation of Junior Stars (NY only) to become members when of age.

The Order was created by Rob Morris in 1850 when, while confined by illness, he set down the principles of the order in his Rosary of the Eastern Star. By 1855, he had organized a "Supreme Constellation" in New York, which chartered chapters throughout the United States.

In 1866, Dr. Morris started working with Robert Macoy, and handed the Order over to him while Morris was traveling in the Holy Land. Macoy organized the current system of Chapters, and modified Dr. Morris' Rosary into a Ritual.

On December 1, 1874, Queen Esther Chapter No. 1 became the first Prince Hall Affiliate chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star when it was established in Washington, D.C. by Thornton Andrew Jackson.

The "General Grand Chapter" was formed in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 6, 1876. Committees formed at that time created the Ritual of the Order of the Eastern Star in more or less its current form.

Emblem and heroines

The emblem of the Order is a five-pointed star with the white ray of the star pointing downwards towards the manger. In the Chapter room, the downward-pointing white ray points to the West. The character-building lessons taught in the Order are stories inspired by Biblical figures:

   Adah (Jephthah's daughter, from Judges)
   Ruth, the widow
   Esther, the wife
   Martha (sister of Lazarus, from the Gospel of John)
   Electa (the "elect lady", from II John), the mother