According to an article from The Courier News of Monday, March 5, 1962, “Watchung Hills Elks Lodge 2252, BPO Elks, was instituted at ceremonies yesterday in the Watchung Hills Regional High School.” That would place the date on Sunday, March 4, 1962.

You can read more about the history of BPO Elks Lodge #885 (and #2252) at the “Our History” page.

Here’s a link to an excerpt of the original newspaper story (click on the image below to see it full size)

"ELKS LODGE INSTITUTED" - From Left, Edward J. Hann, past state president; James M. Tumolo, exalted ruler; Dr. Chester B. Ralph, district deputy and grand exalted ruler, and Harrison Barnes, past district deputy and grand treasurer. (Photo by Ted Fogel)
“ELKS LODGE INSTITUTED” – From Left, Edward J. Hann, past state president; James M. Tumolo, exalted ruler; Dr. Chester B. Ralph, district deputy and grand exalted ruler, and Harrison Barnes, past district deputy and grand treasurer. (Photo by Ted Fogel)

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