Moose meeting hall: A family place
October 2, 2008 · Updated 3:03 PM
Besides meetings and ceremonies, both planned and impromptu
holiday parties, karaoke, steak nights, weddings and even memorial
services are common practice inside today's Moose Hall, according to Moose
Hall Administrator Bill Cavanaugh.
"I don't think there was ever anyone born here," Cavanaugh
admitted, but a lot of other things have occurred over the years. We've held
two memorial services in the past 6 months. This hall is a hub, a safe place
for members, the community and families to meet."
The current brick meeting hall, originally built in 1959, has
experienced various additions and upgrades over the years. A few
notable Valleyites responsible for the current facility were listed in The
Valley Record 25 years ago. Those names included George Siefferman,
Kenny Bowie, "Slim" Berosek, Parney Grina, Wayne Hale, Lee McGill,
John Haglund and Jerry Peoples, to name a few.
The first Moose chapter was officially established on January 4,
1925, and its hall purchased from a Mr. D.O. Reinig. The hall was
commonly known at the time as "The old school house on the North Fork."
According to uncorroborated reports in The Valley News, during
Prohibition years the Sno-Valley Moose Hall housed illegal parties and
dances, involving the consumption of our nation's forbidden refreshment of
the time, alcohol. Moose Lodge members were reported to take turns
standing watch for federal marshals lurking in the Valley. However, those
allegations were never proven and remain simply rumors.
The second home to the Moose was a 5-room home built in 1928
by lodge members just before the Great Depression hit. The total cost for
the structure was $580.