From William G. Cutler's 1883 work The History of the State of Kansas, in the section regarding the town of Pleasanton in Linn County, Kansas.
This is the first encampment of the Independent Champions of the Red Cross organized in Kansas. The order had its origin in the Pacific coast in 1873; in 1875, encampments were organized in Colorado and at Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, and in some other Western States about the same time. The Supreme Commandery is located at Denver, Colo. Both men and women are eligible to membership and to all the privileges of the order. The objects of the order are to promote temperance, to provide literary, musical and other elevating entertainments for its members, and there will ultimately be added to it a life benefit feature.
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