05/28 Speakeasy Social
06/18 Veterans Social
07/02 Imperial Session
08/13 Run for a Child
08/18 Golf Tournament
08/28 Family Picnic
11/11 Fall Ceremonial
Turn by Turn Directions
History: The Fez
When I have given talks about the history of
Freemasonry and especially when speaking to
groups that are sponsoring student Football
players at our Shrine Football games, I like to
present some colorful illustrations of the well
known trademark of Shriner’s...the “Red Fez”.
While I am wearing that
“Fez” and attended by
fellow Shriners, it is
always well received
by students when I
explain what the “Fez”
represents and how it
came to be associated
with Shriners. The usual
story is surrounding
the beginnings of the
fraternity back in 1868...
which was just after the
Civil War, but also a time
when much of the world
was very interested in
all things relating to
Egypt at this time was an
and there were well
know pictures of
Egyptian servants and
officials wearing the “Red Fez”.... and from this
Egyptian fascination developed the ritual and
that well known hat. However, even more
interesting is that the “Red Fez” was part of the
uniform of one of the most famous Confederate
Army Regiments....the “Louisiana Tigers”.
This famous New Orleans Militia Infantry
Regiment were part of what were the
“Zouaves” that wore a unique uniform that
included the “Red Fez” complete with tassel...
and of course, a chin strap. At the first battle
of Bull Run, when Confederate troops were
in defensive positions along that small river,
Union troops attempted to turn the left flank
of the Confederates... a young Regimental
Commander, who was also a professor at VMI,
commanded the Confederate left flank and was
responsible for turning his regiment on line to
block the Union advance ... this was of course,
the man who became known as “Stonewall
Jackson” and his brigade gained that name and
kept it throughout the war. On the left flank
of the “Stonewall Jackson” Brigade was a wild
and unruly group of soldiers commanded by an
officer named “Wheat”, and his men were called
Yes, stripped Pantaloons and the Red Fez set these
men apart ... when the
Union Division advanced
on line, they were met
by massed fire from the
Confederate muskets ....
but then, when the lines
were only about 40 yards
apart ... “Wheat’s Tigers,”
dropped their muskets,
and pulled out the short
swords that were also a
part of their equipment ...
and with wild yells, which
later became known as
the “Confederate Yell”
they charged into the
Union lines ... they broke
through immediately and
went into the rear against
the officers on horseback
and circled back against
the Union front from the
rear. The Confederate
Army was saved by this
wild brigade in their Red Fezes, and the Union
attack collapsed and was driven back with heavy
Now ... those early Shriner’s recognized the
importance of the “Red Fez,” but with the Civil War
just over ... it seemed that connecting that emblem
to the Egyptian revival was a lot more politically
correct than reminding the “Northeners” of that
nearly invincible Confederate brigade ... the
famous “Stonewall Jackson” brigade that had
fought to the bitter end. Shriners wear that “Red
Fez” not just as part of the Egyptian ritual of the
fraternity, but also can be proudly aware that they
wear them in memory of that most famous group
of soldiers ... the “Tigers” of Louisiana.
By the way, that is also the reason for the “Tigers
of LSU” the football power of the South – Louisiana
State University Tigers in honor and memory of
the “Stone Wall Jackson” Brigade.
Brotherly Love and the Shriner Ring
Strokes left this once strong WM weak, silent and alone. He struggled to “talk” with his eyes and his few spoken
words could not be understood. For the most part, his family members were his only visitors. His once “strong”
Al Kader memories seemed gone and his wheelchair-confined body looked tired . We often shook hands to “tell”
each other, with Brotherly Love, “Thank You”.
His memory had mostly gone and he likely did not recognize me, so I showed him my Shrine ring – he smiled and
shook my hand, again.
History is more than the past. It is the present and future, too.
Have you seen what’s going on upstairs? The
History corner (office) is a mess, the bookcase
is full, the photos are unlabeled, pins abound,
uniforms hang, etc. In other words, History
needs your help to organize - to identify unknown
Shriners in photos, revise our uniforms, change
the display cases, arrange pins, inventory, prepare
displays for upcoming events, take-on special
projects, and many other jobs.
Call Al Kader if you can help or 503-266-2163.
Recent donations include:
Web Harrington, P.P. - fez, fez case and badges,
courtesy of his daughter
Hal Hermison - photos, pins, 1920 memorabilia
Bob Waliker, P.P. (on loan) - clown plates and clown
Anonymous - photos, books, pins, Rose Festival
"Daddy, Daddy-here come the Shriners"
Marching and playing proudly are the colorful and regal Al Kader Shriners. Bands are playing, Chanters are
singing, horses are prancing and Patrols were drilling – and all for the children who, at least many of them,
could not go to the parade.
Today, many of us are too old, too busy, etc. to take part. Shriners, until 1920, got together to have “fun”,
only. Parades were a great and appropriate way to do this.
How exciting it was to hear the distant sounds of the Shriners band then catch a first glimpse of their
beautifully decorated horses. Then, in the back of this mind whispered the idea – I want to be a Shriner
They are just memories now. The vibrant colors replaced with the plainer, cooler and less expensive shirts,
pants and shoes Shriners from foreign lands I had only heard stories of, such as Salem, Linn County and
Eastern Oregon rarely come anymore. But I still thinks as though they all were marching as one just for me!
“Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children”
Born: June 23, 1920
Birth City: Portland, Or.
Host: Al Kader
46th Annual Imperial Council Session, A.A.O.N.M.S
Parents: All Nobles attending the meeting at which
the vote took place.
1920 Imperial Session Questions
Clues are underlined
1. What local Shrine Temple hosted the session where
the concept of a Shriners Hospital was adopted?
2. At what annual (after #46) Imperial Session was the
Shrine Hospital system adopted? Where?
3. About how many were predicted to attend the
Session? How many actually attended? How many of
the 145 Temples were represented?
4. Was I.S. W. Freeland Kendrick the Imperial
Potentate that year?
5. What was named after him? Where were they
6. Name the park (now a sports field) at which many
1920 shows were held.
(1) Al Kader (2) 47th, Des Moines (3) 60,000, 75,000+ , 145
(4) Yes (5) Rose, Rose Garden (6) Multnomah Field
About the photo: from
This elaborate Arch of Welcome was constructed in
the intersection of SW 6th and Alder for the Imperial
Session of Shriners in 1920. At that event, members
unanimously passed a resolution to establish the
Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children system. This
view is to the north; the top of the Wells-Fargo building
can be seen in the distance over the arch.
Centennial in 2020
Was Rome built in a day? Did the pyramids
just appear one day? They took years – and
The idea of a Shriners Hospital for Crippled
Children took years before it came true. So
we should start years before to celebrate the
Centennial of that awesome event.
Astoria Shrine Club sent 20 men to the 1920
Pendleton Shrine Club sent 25-50 mounted
Over 60,000 Shriners from all over were
2020 is Coming to Al Kader!
2020 marks the 100th anniversary since a Shrine
Hospital was first approved by the Nobles attending
the 1920 Imperial Session hosted by Al Kader. The
Temples in Tacoma and Spokane helped. The
Shriners “foot was in the door” for healing many
“friendless and crippled” children, regardless of
race, religion, creed, sex, etc.
Al Kader thus has the responsibility, duty and honor
to celebrate that event. That will come in 2020.
Some 1920 items are on display upstairs. Donate
or loan 1920 Imperial Session items to Al Kader c/o “History”.
1920 Secret: The first Shriners Hospital began in St. Louis but its construction was delayed so the
first to open was in Shreveport.
This is the first in a series of Al Kader History Museum articles.
What ever type of Shriner you strive to be, these pages will lead you on a journey across our story in search
of those wonderful “Temple Treasures” that help tell Al Kader Shrine’s tale.
You may discover them in a vintage picture (a), a meaningful item (b) or in a revealing text (c).
Regardless of where you may find them, your quest for that elusive final AL KADER SHRINE “oasis” will
stop at many refreshing spots along the way. You will find different “stories” at each one. At the end of your
caravan across our “desert”, you will discover the place where Al Kader Shrines treasures hide.
The Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine was founded in 1872 by a group of 13 men
belonging to the Masonic Order. It was originally established to provide fun and fellowship for its members.
Al Kader Past Potentates
Al Kader History Slide Show
On January 3, 1888, Imperial Potentate Sam Briggs granted the dispensation for Al Kader Shrine. On February 15,
1888, members of Islam Shrine conferred the Shrine degrees in Portland, Oregon. There were fourteen original members.
Irving W. Pratt was elected the first Illustrious Potentate on February 15, 1888. Al Kader was the 46th charter
and the first in the Pacific Northwest. Pratt’s great grandson, Noble Ard Pratt, is today an active Al Kader Shriner.
By 1900, over 80 Shrine chapters had been established. Since that time, 191 Shrine Centers have been established throughout the
United States, Canada, Mexico, and Panama.
The Imperial Council met in Portland, Oregon, in 1920. Al Kader Shriners and their delegation helped to write that indelible
page in the Book of Humanity, and thus began the Shriners Hospitals for Children, for it was here that the movement to define
our philanthropy began.
Since that time, for over 75 years, more than 700,000 children with orthopedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries
have been treated up to their 18th birthday, in a network of 22 hospitals providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and
outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and
receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
In 1924, the third Shriners hospital opened in Portland on NE 82nd Ave. Sandy Boulevard.
Eventually, it was decided to build a new facility within the Oregon Health Sciences medical complex, overlooking the
downtown area from the West Hills, at a capital investment of over $25 million. The new hospital also includes a Research Center
and specializes in orthopedic treatment and surgery. We are very fortunate to have one of the Shriners hospitals located in Portland.
In 2004, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Shriners hospital in Portland.
The Al Kader Shriners Center was originally located in downtown Portland. In 1993, Al Kader moved the executive offices and
Shriners Center to Wilsonville, Oregon, minutes south of the Portland metropolitan area. Our Wilsonville location affords more convenient
access from the Interstate 5 freeway system, free parking, large meeting rooms, Harrington Hall, (a large dining hall for social
events), and our storage building for most of our Unit’s motorized equipment.
A recently completed memorabilia room within our Center displays the rich history of Al Kader Shriners. You are welcome to
visit the room when you visit us.
Nobles, their Ladies and the public are welcome to visit our Shrine Center Office Hours - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday to Friday