Arsenal Council of this city was organized in August, 1885, and its first officers were: President, H. D. Mack; vice-president, C. E. Hawley, speaker, Robert Bennett; ex-president, S. W. Raines,, secretary, W. J. Kahlke; financial secretary, M. A. Patterson; sergeant, financial secretary, M. A. Patterson; treasurer, J. H. Cleland; medical examiner, Doctor G. L. Eyster; chaplain, A. W. Tanner; usher, M. Kuehlman; sergeant W. P. Cochran; trustees, E. H. Bowman, Harry Cleveland and George Phillips. Many of the first charter members and officers are still members at present, some have died and a few have dropped out. The National Union teaches patriotism and tries to lift its members up to a higher sphere of life, and is one of the best fraternal organizations in existence today. It is an assessment fraternal organization, having a death benefit, and also gives. insurance on the step rate plan, and straight life. Headquarters are in Toledo, Ohio.
Source: Historic Rock Island County, pub. Kramer & Company, Rock Island, Illinois, 1908