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  • Alice Samuel Brightman (1864 - 1954)
    Mrs. Alice Brightman, 89, widow of Frank and a resident of this city for many years, died Monday morning at a Republic, O. rest home. Mrs. Brightman was a member of and past Chief of the Pythian Sister...
  • Justine Iola RICE (1892 - 1972)
    RECORD:1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998, data as of 5 January 1998, Family History Library, 35 N West Tem...
  • Sarah Melinda MacDonald (1922 - 2000)
    HALE, Sarah Melinda "Lynn" - 78, South Main Street, Westville, passed away February 22, 2000, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Westville, she was a daughter of the late Purvis and Elizabe...
  • Elizabeth C. Robertson/Brown (b. - 1994)
    BROWN, Elizabeth (Wilkinson)(Robertson) Elizabeth C. (Wilkinson)(Robertson) Brown, 92, 17 Highland Dr., New Glasgow, died *Sunday* September 11, 1994, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Broadwa...
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    Amanda Melvna Buckhart (1850 - 1928)
    Mrs A. Buckhart Taken by Death In WatsonvilleMrs. Amanda Buckhart passed away at the Watsonville hospital yesterday afternoon. She was 79 years of age at the time of her death.She was a pioneer in the ...

The Pythian Sisters are the female auxiliary to the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization and secret society founded in Washington, D.C. in 1864.

The origin of the Pythian auxiliaries for women is rather complicated. In 1888 the Supreme Lodge of the Knights of Pythias approved the creation of a female auxiliary with a ritual written by Joseph Addition Hill. However, there were other women who favored a ritual written by Mrs. Alva A. Young. Two organizations were organized: the Pythian Sisterhood, using Young's ritual in Concord, New Hampshire on February 22, 1888 and the Pythian Sisters of the World, that same year, in Warsaw, Indiana using Hill's ritual. In addition to the differences in ritual, the Concord group did not accept (male) members of the Knights of Pythias as members, whereas the Warsaw group did. In 1894 the Supreme Lodge ruled that its members could not belong to another organization with "Pythian" in its title, so the Warsaw group changed its name to the Rathbone Sisters of the World, in order to keep its male members. In 1906 the Supreme Lodge repealed that prohibition and the two auxiliaries merged into a new order simply known as the Pythian Sisters.

The Pythian Sisters have a youth affiliate, the Pythian Sunshine Girls, started in 1930. It is open to girls 8–20 and has local Councils in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Ohio, Virginia and Texas, with some interest expressed in creating Councils in Kentucky and Michigan.

In 1964 the qualifications for membership included being over 16 years of age, of good moral character, able to speak the English language and be the wife, widow, sister, half-sister, sister-in-law, mother, stepmother or mother-in-law of a member of the Knights of Pythias. Male members who had taken any of the Degrees of the Order were also eligible. Today the membership requirements are only that the candidate be over sixteen, speak English and believe in a Supreme Being.