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Civic Organizations of Bay City, MI in 1875.
Source: History & Commerical Advantages & Future Prospects of Bay City, by Henry S. Dow (1875)

Note: In 1875 the geographical area Bay City represented only the east side of the Saginaw River. At that time the west side communities were the villages of Wenona, Banks, and Salzburg. In 1877 these villages merged to create West Bay City, which in 1905 merged with Bay City to create the city's present geo-political area.

We give below a list of the various Masonic and other societies of Bay City. This list includes all the most prominent organizations, though there are several of less importance which are not noted:


The hall of the Masonic Societies is in the McCormick block, water streets. The societies are:

Bay City Commandery, No. 26, K. T.
Blanchard Chapter No. 59, R. A M.
Joppa Lodge, No. 315, F. A. M.
Bay City Lodge, No. 129, F. A. M.
Portsmouth Lodge, No. 190, F. A. M.

There is also a lodge of colored Masons.

I. O. O. F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows)

The following are the organizations:

Bay City Lodge No. 204.
Humboldt Lodge No. 154.
Kenonda Encampment.
Grace Lodge No. 19, D. R.
Valley Lodge No. 109.

I. O. G. T. (International Organization of Good Templars)
Bay City Lodge No. 104.
Portsmouth Lodge No. 109.

I. O. B. B. (International Order of B'nai B'rith, "Sons of the Covenant")
Independent Order of B’nai B’rith.

Peninsular Military Company, of Bay City. (Co. E., Second Reg’t Mich. Infantry).

Bay City Typographical Union, No. 153.
Bay County Bar Association.
St. Andrew’s Society.
St. Patrick’s Society.
Bay County Medical Society.
Regular Bay County Medical Society.
Homeopathic Society.
Lafayette Temperance Society.
German Workingmen’s Society.
St. James R. C. Total Abstinence Society.
St. Joseph’s R. C. Benevolent Society.
Teutonia Society.
Bay County Agricultural Society.
Bay City Turner’s Society.
Bay County Board of Fire Underwriters.
I. K. U. K. Club, (a social club of Bay City).
Bay City Boat Club.
St. Stanislaus Koska Society (Polish).
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