Landmark Lodge No. 103. A.F. & A.M. was chartered June 2d, 1857. It in a flourishing condition, and has a membership, at present, of about 140. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month.
Sioux City Chapter, R.A.M., No. 26, was organized April 9th, 1860, and has a membership of ninety-five. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month.
Columbia Commandery No. 18, K.T., holds stated conclaves on the first and third Fridays of each month. The present membership is forty-three.
I.O.O.F. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows has a hall in Hedges’ Block, corner of Fourth and Douglas streets.
Sioux City Lodge No. 164 was organized October 22d, 1868. Meetings are held regularly Monday night of each week. The membership is ninety-five.
Western Star Lodge No. 282 meets every Tuesday night. It was organized October 22d, 1874, and has a present membership of fifty-four.
Sioux City Encampment No. 44 meets regularly the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. It was organized October 20th, 1869, and has how [now] fifty-five members.
Knights of Pythias. Columbia Lodge No. 13 was organized July 10th, 1872, and has a membership of sixty-five. This society has no hall of its own, and meetings are held every Wednesday night in Odd Fellows’ hall.
Endowment Section No. 302 also meets every Wednesday night.
Ancient Order of United Workmen: membership 100; meeting place Odd Fellows’ hall. Officers: T.R. Galbraith, M.W.; Jas. Hutchins, F.; J.T. Orr, O.; Maris Pierce, S.; M.L. Sloan, F.; A.F. Nash, R.; H.A. Lyon, P.M.W., and delegate to State Lodge.
The Sioux City Medical Society was organized November 4th, 1872, and has for its object the mutual improvement of members. Meetings are held quarterly.
The Woman’s’ Christian Temperance Union was organized in 1875, and has a membership of sixty-five. This is a most active organization, and has for its object the suppression of intemperance. The club has inviting and pleasant rooms in Hedges’ Block, and meetings are held every Tuesday afternoon.
The Woman’s Christian Association, was organized in 1875, by the Christian ladies of the city. It has a large and increasing membership, and regular meetings are held quarterly.
The Maennerchor is a social and musical organization with forty-five members. Meetings are held the first Sunday in each month, in the society’s hall on Fourth Street.
Society of United Irishmen This society was organized September 1st, 1880, and has forty members. Meetings are held every Sunday afternoon.
Q.E.D. Club This is a gentleman’s social club, organized November 20th, 1878. The membership is limited to twenty-one.
B. Neque D. Club A gentleman’s social club, with rooms in Hedges’ Block. It was organized September 1st, 1880, with a limited membership of twenty-five.
Woodbury County Agricultural Society
The Woodbury County Agricultural Society was organized in 1870, and the present handsome fair grounds, located one and a half miles northwest of the city, were laid out soon after. Though the organization has met with many discouraging reverses, it has done much to advance the interests of farming, and created a laudable ambition to excel among the agriculturists of the county. Exhibitions have been held annually, with the exception of one or two seasons, when bad weather made it inexpedient to attempt it. Within the past two years unusual interest has been taken in the Society by the farming and stock-raising community, and the organization has been placed in a prosperous condition and on a solid financial footing. Men, identified with the pursuits, whose interests are represented by an association of this kind, have assumed the management, and made the Society in every way creditable to the county. The benefits arising from these annual exhibitions of the agricultural, mechanical, and manufacturing products of the country are being recognized, and the hearty cooperation of all classes is accorded them. The grounds belonging to the Society have recently been improved by the planting of shade trees, and new buildings erected for the convenience of exhibitors. The officers of the association are: G.W. Kingsnorth, President; Craig L. Wright, Vice-President; J.M. Cleland, Secretary; G.W. Wakefield, Treasurer; R. Hall, W.B. Tredway, R.A. Broadbent, J.M. Cleland, G.H. Wright, G.W. Wakefield, G.W. Kingsnorth, C.L. Wright, W.P. Holman, B.P. Yeomans, Directors. The fair for 1882 is to be held September 12th, 13th and 14th.
There are in addition several musical, literary and social organizations holding meetings.
Source: Woodbury County Iowa, History of Western Iowa, 1882