A treasure trove of vintage photos has revealed a glimpse of our
community over 75 years ago. A packet of negatives donated to the
Museum, when printed, gave us a photo record of activities of the
Marysville Elks Lodge in the 1920s and 1930s. The Elks were an
active lodge with a huge membership, so a look into their world is
a look into the social and fraternal life of our larger community.
Some of their activities took place in their building, which stood
on D Street where the Tower Theatre is today. The first floor was
rented to an undertaker, the second and third floors were used by
the Elks for their meetings and events, and, on the very top, was
a roof garden for alfresco events. This handsome building burned
in 1926, when the Atkins Theater next door caught fire.
The Elks at Large exhibit is up at the Museum through Sunday,