Knights of Columbus
Plymouth Council 1789
Plymouth, WI 53073
HISTORY OF Plymouth COUNCIL 1789
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, PLYMOUTH, WISCONSIN
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
Plymouth Council 1789
Plymouth Council 1789 was chartered in 1915 by Supreme Council in New Haven, Connecticut. The founding charter officers were: Grand Knight, Hugh J. Rooney; Deputy Grand Knight, Henry Ross; Financial Secretary, Charles O. Quackenboss; Recorder, Henry M. Zeigler; Treasurer, Edward P. Hand; Advocate James Leahy; Lecturer, William Birkle; Chaplain, Rev. Edward J. Meyer; and Physician, Dr. G Edmund Knauf. Today's council no longer elects or appoints a Physician.
First Grand Knigh Hugh J. Rooney served for one fraternal year, 1915 - 1916. William W. Birkle followed and served as Grand Knight for two years 1916 - 1918. Charles O. Quackenboss was elected as the third Grand Knight, but resigned the office at the first meeting following his election because he was transferred by his employer to Janesville, Wisconsin. Deputy Grand Knight, Francis Burke was elected to the office of Grand Knight and served from 1918 - 1919.
More to come about our Council's history later.