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  • Carrie Baker (1927 - 2017)
    Carrie was an elementary school teacher for 35 years. She was a past Matron of the Ohio Eastern Star.
  • Neva Nell Chastain (1928 - 2014)
    She was born in James, Texas on March 20, 1928 to Floy May and Jackson Monroe Baker. She entered Heavens gates on May 4, 2014. Neva Nell had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of Smyrna Metho...
  • Alva Esther Newell (1903 - 1990)
    Mrs. Alva Esther Newell, 87, Valley Falls, died late Monday, October 22, 1990, at a Winchester hospital. Mrs. Newell worked for Kansas Social Services from 1953 to 1968. She was born July 28, 1903, at ...
  • Kenneth Adner Newell (1898 - 1969)
    OBIT--Kenneth Adner (Bill) Newell, 70, Route 2, Valley Falls, was dead on arrival at a Winchester Hospital Monday following an apparent heart attack in Valley Falls. He was born May 9, 1898 at Junction...
  • Ellen Viola Forristall (1918 - 2007)
    Ellen Viola Forristall, one of eight children of Eva Mae (Booten) and Mark Adolph Davenport, was born at Grove Township near Carson, Iowa on October 31, 1918. Ellen attended country school and graduate...

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