Area 2-D 1954 Conclave Pocket Patch

Just over two years ago, I wrote about the 1954 Area 2-D Conclave. At the time, I was only aware of the neckerchief, but there was also a pocket patch issued for the event.

Area 2-D 1954 Pocket Patch

I’ve updated the original post with this information.

According to the OA Section List the lodges in the Area at this time were:

  • Sisilija Lodge #19
  • Half Moon Lodge #28
  • Wakpominee Lodge #48
  • Mahikan Lodge #181
  • Mohawk Lodge #267
  • Ta-Oun-Ya-Wat-Ha Lodge #268
  • Loon Lodge #364
  • Onteroraus Lodge #402
  • Thay-En-Da-Ne-Gea Lodge #418


“There are certain principles that are inherent in man, that belong to man, and that were enunciated in an early day, before the United States government was formed, and they are principles that rightfully belong to all men everywhere. They are described in the Declaration of Independence as inalienable rights, one of which is that men have a right to live; another is that they have a right to pursue happiness; and another is that they have a right to be free and no man has authority to deprive them of those God-given rights, and none but tyrants would do it. “These principles, I say, are inalienable in man; they belong to him; they existed before any constitutions were framed or any laws made. Men have in various ages striven to strip their fellow-men of these rights, and dispossess them of them. And hence the wars, the bloodshed and carnage that have spread over the earth. We, therefore, are not indebted to the United States for these rights; we were free as men born into the world, having the right to do as we please, to act as we please, as long as we do not transgress constitutional law nor violate the rights of others… “Another thing God expects us to do, and that is to maintain the principle of human rights… We owe it to all liberty-loving men, to stand up for human rights and to protect human freedom, and in the name of God we will do it, and let the congregation say Amen.” – John Taylor, 1882, Journal of Discourses, Volume 23, p. 263


Onteroraus Lodge #402N1 or 1952 2-D Conclave Neckerchief?

An auction recently ended on eBay for what was listed as a 1952 Area 2-D Conclave Neckerchief.

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction for the next few months.

The seller added:

This is a very rare neckerchief from Area 2-D in northern New York. At the first and second conclave for this Area, the neckerchief just had the 3 W’s, the 1951 had flocked W’s and the 1952 had 3 silk screened W’s and an arrow. You have to accept my word on this, only because I was there.

But to me it looked like the 402N1

Onteroraus Lodge #402 N1

Image Courtesy OA Images

So I went to Don Txxxxx the Lodge 402 historian for the rest of the story:

It is most definitely NOT an Area 2-D Conclave neckerchief; I have in the lodge’s archives the original mimeographed program for this conclave held at Crumhorn Mt. Camp and there is no mention of a “generic” neckerchief of this type for sale then. This neckerchief  is oversized (35x35x51in) SSC’d in RED on what appears to be cotton sheeting (not lightweight cotton yardgoods commonly used for commercial screen printed neckerchiefs in the 1950s. Over the years I have accumulated almost a dozen of this neckerchief, all originally from the Onteroraus Lodge area only. Several have badly misprinted screenwork (one has the printing off by almost 1 1/2″ from the margin), which leads me to believe it was locally made and not ordered from a commercial supplier. While this neckerchief could conceivably still have been available at the 1952 conclave, I have never got information that it was made for that event.

Crumhorn Mountain Scout Reservation is the home of Onteroraus Lodge, so it is likely that the neckerchief was available at least for trade from some of the early Lodge 402 brothers.

Don adds:

” Onteroraus Lodge N1 1948-1950. This is a unusually large Order of the Arrow neckerchief, 35x35x51in., red screened WWWs pierced by a red right-facing arrow, red bands on white cotton sheeting. According to charter lodge member Ken Bxxxxx, this neckerchief was made available to all of the 40 new brothers inducted in 1948. The neckerchief carries no specific Onteroraus Lodge designation and may have been locally handmade.”

So that’s the rest of the story. 1952 Area 2-D Neckerchief or 402N1.  You decide.

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Table of contents for Rest of the Patch Story

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