St. Louis: 1932. Unbound. The two-page letter, dated March 28, 1932, was written on official Hoo-Hoo letterhead featuring the organization’s logo, a black cat with its tail curled in a figure-nine. It, along with a “duplicate” membership card for 1931, is enclosed in a business envelope franked with a 2-cent carmine Washington coil stamp (Scott #599) canceled with a St. Louis machine postmark also dated March 28, 1932. The letter, card, and envelope are all in nice shape; the card has a paperclip stain at the top edge. The letter responds to Brother Voorhees purchase of a fraternal insurance policy and his dues for 1932 which were in arrears. Very good. Item #008949
The Order of the Hoo-Hoo was a fraternal organization, founded in 1892, composed of white males over 21 who were engaged in the lumbering as lumbermen, newspapermen, railroad men, and saw mill operators. The organization is still in existence, however, membership requirements have been revised: membership is now limited to people 18 years and older of good moral character who are engaged or interested in supporting the forestry industry. The order, headquartered at the Arcade Building in St. Louis, was less formal than other secret societies of its day, but still included some typical trappings. Its executive committee was known as the Supreme Nine and consisted of the Snark, the Senior Hoo-Hoo, Junior Hoo-Hoo, Scrivenoter, Bojum, Jabberwock, Custocatian, Arcanoper, and Gurdon. Judicial affairs and care of the emblem were delegated to a House of the Ancients that served for life.