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THE OMAITA SUNDAY BEE: SEPTEMBER 24. 1911.
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Fascinating Story ot
Rapid Progress. Thoronah
Methods, and Great Achieve
ments in the Woodmen of the
World, Where Big Men With
Big Ideis Do the Big Things
That .lie Tiib Fraternal
Order ii Pulisant Example
Which All Ollisn Emulate
Down at the southeast comer of Four,
teenth and Farnam treets a iraall army
of men la at work pouring coucret into
deep holes, hauling away Clr:, making
noise like a battle and keeping busy every
minute. Big electric tro lights flare in
tha hole by night and human forma ara
ean here and there, building, building,
One looka down Into tha big hole and
aeea that the hive of men Is getting
ready for a modern building. The prepar
ations on the foundation are evidence that there la go"1
to be erected a substantial building on this site. One in
quires and Is Informed that Omaha's second and highest
skyscraper Is going up at this place. Yes. It Is going to be
tha tallest building In the state full eighteen stories. It Is
tha million-dollar structure that the Woodmen of the
World Is putting up. It will be one of tha finest In
tha state. It Is to be the new home of this great fraternal
organization this society which is the seoond largast In the
United States, and that means the world.
Bl Men of Bl AUairs. ,,,.
Now. if you would Valk to Fifteenth and Howard streets "J
large bu.ldlng that stands on the northeast corner of these J01 ,
find the men who are responsible for the genesis of this bl u'n', " in
climbing toward the sky at Fourteenth and Farnam streets They are Wg men n
a big place and they do big things. It takes big men to do big ".
Th. head of thl. wonderfully successful organisation a . some aally big men ho
haya donas thosa things which have brought the Voodmen of the worm m
to the very foremoRt ranke of the insurance world.
The man who founded the Woodmen of the World sits at a roll
ta desk on tha third floor of the old Woodmen building.
. .u ih.t it now will not afford eultable ac
commodations for tha big Insurance forces. Sitting at a roll top
desk la Joseph Cullan Root, who Is the founder of all wood
craft Hale a man of pleasant features. You look upon
Ma faca and there find a fatherly kindness. His eyes rise to
meet you; they twinkle and you feel there is a warmth of sym
pathy for any causa you may have.
Man for the Place.
After a few minutes conversation you realize why this man
wsa able to found such a society and make of It such a
grand success. He Is of that type which succeeds, because he
has force, integrity, anormoua capacity and proficiency. lie
does things in a way that makes for lasting achievements,
and when he started the Woodmen of tha World ha made a so
ciety that Is today one ofth the leaders of the fraternal orders of
tha world, a society that is growing day by day growing so fast
that tha near future must see It as the leading fraternal or
ganisation of the United States. Mr. Root is given full
credit by men In all fraternal orders for being the best in
surance organiser of his time.
Another of the big men who have aided In doing thosa
things which have made the Woodmen a successful organiza
tion Is John T. Yates, sovereign clerk. He was associated
with Mr. Root In perfecting the organization of the Wood
men, and has been a leader In pushing through to the front
ranks with this society. To him a great deal of the executive
work of the Woodmen falls, and he Is that second big man
ot tha Woodmen, who has tha capacity, the energy and the
foresight to make extensions which count tor much In tha
march of progress.
Pleaaaat BI Han.
On the third floor of the Woodmen building. Mr. Yates oc
cupies a spacious office. Ha alts at a r611 top desk. Directly
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back of hint Is a table of solid oak. The
visitor to this office take, a chair at the
w.st end of this majestlo piece of furni
ture. Mr. Yatea swing, around In his
swivel chair and throws a pleasant
glsnc. at th. visitor. Th. sovereign
clerk la a large man with th. flush of
vigorous manhood still In hi. veins. H.
ha a bright eye; it possesses a steady
look that tells th. visitor "here Is a
thorough business man." Yet it pos
sesses a kindly gleam that make, one
fed comfortable, siting there at th.
Words flow clearly from this sovereign
clerk. They are few, but hit the mark.
Business Is bus! nets In this offloe. and It
doe. not tsk. long to get to the point.
Your treatment is most courteous, and
whan you leave th. room you feel that
you hav. met a man who surely Is the
right man for the place. It Is to such
men as Mr. Root and Mr. Yates that
the Woodmen auccess must be credited
They ar. the big mts-who do big thlns's
In a big way. -
F.aade 1st 1S00.
It was In Itmi) that the Woodmen of the
World was founded. The weak points of
primitive fraterual Ufa Insurance hav.
beea .ilmJnaMaV Svery association must
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collect an amount adequate to meet pay-'
ment Of Inevitable death claims, either
from th. beginning ot membership 01
later on. The mortality during a decade
will average practically tha same In all
Ufa asaoclatlons. Th. saving possibl. U
tho let-s cost of expense of doing business
in a representative society lik. th. Wood
men of th. World.
The monthly ratea paid by member
Includes all expenses except camp duea.
Tha Emergency fund, now aggregating
ov.r I1S.000.M and which Is Increas
ing over JJOO.000.00 Pr montn. te avail- j
abl. when twelve assessments la Insuf
ficient to pay the death losses Incurred
during tha year, thus minimising th. ne
cessity tor Increase of rates. A logical
and sensible business plan, .oonomia and
It la considered remarkabl. that th.
Woodmen hav. attained th. position of
the second largest Insurance organiza
tion In th. world, tor thl Ciiaaa so
ciety 1. young as complied to th. other
greet fraternities. It has grown by leaps
aad bounds until It ha become a society
which hss the best financial condition of
any. Ther. Is no society in t..i world
thst csn equal the Woodmen of he
World (or soundness of financial status.
Th. marvelous way la which the mem
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Pimm Aaeolntely Reliable.
Th. plan and financial standing of the
Woodmen of th. World Is absolutely un-
nneutionad. Cash accumulation U made
by Its emergency reserve fund and mini
mum monthly rates to meet the payment
.f every obligation and minimise possi
bility of additional exactions. When
member lapses he leaves In the treasury
he has paid In excess of
meeting current losses, therefore the so
.ty la not wteiened by lapses, but 1.
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to the contrary, th. proportionate gainer,
which cannot be said of organisations
which only assess sufficient to meat pay
ment of death losses as they ooour aad
which do not accumulate a reserve to
meet payment of th. Inevitable Increase
of mortality claims Incident to th. aging
ot Ita membership.
During 1910 th. Woodman of th. World
paid. In th. sovereign Jurisdiction, th.
beneficiaries of its deceased member,
every month an average of 3441.522.30.
Every week 8101,888. 73, .very day 114.555 &.
every hour 3608.41 aad every minute 310.11
was paid to meet mortuary obligations,
and yet, thanks to tha perfectly adjusted
plan and datea, th. Income was adequate,
and a handsome surplus remained for
The Woodman of th. World la bringing
Into Nebraska a yearly Increasing sum
of money, which In 1910 was mora than
88,000.060. It paid In U10, foi labor, ap
proximately 3175,000, every cent of which
was put Into circulation In Nebraska.
Every part of thl. commonwealth profit,
from this money. Tbe dally bank balance
of the Woodmen of tha World la about
81,000,000. This means cheap money tor
the merchant, the business man' and the
farmer In Nebraska. Nebraska receives
more general and widespread advertising
from it Woodmoo gx Ibt SlBIOt tAa
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from alf the societies.
So successful ha. been th. life of the
Woodmen of the World that the present
building which houses the hesdquarters
Of the society is far too small for tha
forces which direct the work of the
eompsny. Th. new building, which la
beginning to fore. Its way into tha air
at Fourteenth and Farnam streets, has
come as a sequence to thl. great growth.
IThe present building 1. .a five-story
structure; the new one will have eigh
teen floor, and will be erected at a coat
Aecoaatlns; System Chanced.
The rapid progress of th. order has
made It neceasary to change the system
of accounting from time to time tn order
to meet the urgent and sharp demands
of the big business. To fill the present
needs of the Institution, Sovereign Clerk
Ystes has Just adopted a new mailing
and card system, known ss the Montague
system. The machines and the operation
Of thia successful plsn have been In
stalled In th. A. I. Root building on
Howard street, where th. details were
explained to a visitor from The Bee this
week. Thl. new plan for mailing the
Sovereign Visitor, official publication
of th. Woodmen of th. World, has revo
lutionised the work and makes it possible
to do th. complete task In one week,
whereas it formerly took sixteen or
eighteen days to have all the papers ad
dressed and mailed.
To make the chang. In the mailing de
partment which will result In so much
more rapid work and In greater service
to th. readers of th. Sovereign Visitor,
the Wptximen of fjt World fcM.conA toj
. ft "v. r-
llv internreted the name
nms L. R. Sutter, and
tr. b t. R. Sutton
Butler and so on. you can
in maintaining accurate record, and rnrtiM At6k th.
and change. In the same, and how d'"' 1 flep,rtment. The Hiatal
record, of one department JJ"0, error. nd confu.ion.
Ution of the Montagu, system .1 m nates f aU dep.rtm.nta.
and insur.. acouracy and " plat Dnr.bl..
TrtHres. ulatet are indestructible.
an expense of thousand, of dollar.. This
outlay of cash, however, will be returned
to the fraternity Increased many told, for
each year there will be a saving ot ser
eral thousands of dollars through the
new system. Th. cost of mailing the
papers under the old plan, by which slips
of paper were pasted on each Journal
wa. great, many hand, being required.
Machinery will do away With much of
this expense and reduce the total cost
so rapidly that th. new system will pay
for itself in a very short tim..
The equipment purchased for the
sovereign camp consisted of two
publication addresaor. with .11 at
tachments, an automatic addressor
with all attachments. five typo
graphs (and eighteen rental typographsl,
three motor power adJrisors. 564.000 ad
dress' plates. 3,305 steel filing drawers,
twenty-six truck cabinets, a blanking
press and a set of blanking dies. The
equipment Is used for accounting pur
poses and general routine office work.
Mailing; Papera of Woodmen.
The mailing of tbe papers Is done In the
following manner: First, the name of the
member Is embossed upon a double
seamed metal plat., which Is used In all
mailing and addressing machines. The
Montague typograph machine does the
embossing of addresses. After the metsl
haa been supplied with th. addr... it Is
filed away In one of th. steel cabinet..
It. with thousanda of othera, I. removed
from th. filing cabinet, whenever the
official publication- 1. ready for mailing.
Th address plates ar. fed to the pub
lication addressor from the filing cabin
ets and ara automatically reflled In them
In the same order, without stoppsge of
the machine or the Interruption of Its
work. Th. addresses form a complete
metal card index. The publication feed
is automatic and positive, th. publications
being separated from a pile on. by ons.
Th. feeding fingers grip th. paper firmly
at fe&h ebdj a&d. carry. U U9 JAf.e.
. . . .. .t. iiMiki. where it in
Whicn convey ii t" . ..
squared for the final package Tha told
Z ach.n!.m of the eTmM
of any st5 of fold tnot U ro-
Operation -" ..Ui...
1 printing the
names Ot ma
of the macnine
"on" k' BP..-ne of the rPr
.. .k. nrlntlng point.
n- iia nnper to pass
it nnini r ' -
vlthout having an ad-
tha printing roint wi
. a mtA tirnn It .
done through '.w'r-pgwrlt.
fectly clean artdrefs. ss though yPw
ten. Tle nu,cl,in. 1. aimost noiseless in
operation It la arranged that
PHntlr., par,, c."
1 ne ihiuii'
HOflO rarers per nour,
r Z.,,'. of the Wooden of th
.. . i.....inii 10000 in a
TV nl lfl I r. H mtt i mm .-m
w.,- T.i- nowff which
nins tho ma-
iiuui . -
The circulation tt ths
chines is e.rv....- - - lW cm
Bover.1 Vl,ltr . ;- -" - & , fc
address plate, contain in. follow-
inr in-nrmailon: Name
aaarrr... - Klh.
Its issue, uats 01 memui
At preMnt I lie
Woodmen of the Worl
i. twin twenty-three
" ...... ... K-in its flic and n
chines in orun w
Z,. up to date. This w;
hiu nke three months. Ann
prjtVebeen embossed for .Jjt
members, the Woodmen will handle fu
ture membvnhip follows.
A. new members Join the local camps
the.r applcatlon will be sent to IM
otficc ,nd .f it i. -c;p,,7
their medical "ff,c,.l
from tnese ---
The anaress p"""
n be Itled
A etntes in a v .....--
. . ..i.iiA.MAn. bv Diint-
address Ihetr l"-';
i.,.. Hip name ana
ailU 1 t nr a
.rff, of the publication) once
from this permanent tile. . oc.
As a chang. occur. In
elation rata or '"'j rWi the proper
rorntMcarrbrcoterrectl from the cor-
rected plate. records is absolutely es-
Accuracy and n'frlt "nu.uon. that hav. t
.entla. to 411 department, ot
tha varloua atatea.
the other InformaUon filled In on th. ap
plication. Wore Predentin ro'- n.r.
If th. records for the various depart
menu ar. cop.ad direct from th, , appMc.
If often occurs tnav. o.
yii.xinher a name as L.
m mink It Is L. R.
third L R. Button d th. fourth may
hint. It 1. U R- Sutler, and th. reco
will be mad. up '"w- AJ
mon,h. later they may reca
from tne iocai -.... k
hunaed his ocsui. .
nas - . ,.. to
record, ot e.cn
.. .... . ri the correct
secretary '' ;M origin
policy number . cier tM
Interpret i -,-,rt hav.
a th. d tticuiiy
lM" . ..w enrractlona
They are lHxffl Inches in size and pro-
vide for an
wide and five
Ilnes deep; or, in
words, ther. I. room upon
for 133 letters and characters.
The addresses ar. .mbossed upon th.s.
plates In uch a manner that th. printing
surface is clear, .harp and distinct. Th.
style of letter Is gothlc. typewriter size.
The cost of maintaining a mailing list
less by tha Montagu. momu
than by any
other system, in. aaon-
..,,. address plat.
hat spao. tor nvt
1 .... - -w . . A
lines of twenty-.lX letters en.
of these line, may b. bla-nked out an
written ix time., giving a total capacity
of 780 characters.
The woodmen hav twenty-.lx truck
cabinets, which are mad of quartered
oak and mounted upon rubber caatera.
They ar fitted with a flap designed to
prevent wheeling tha truck except whe
the door, are locked. Each cabinet haa
a capacity ot w.h "
Specially designed tiling case. ar.
with the truca cauumi. inn
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contain, four filing arawere,
with a claep which prvnu any ot th.
filing drawer from clipping out. Th.
filing drawer I Of coia-rowea sie.i,
highly polished, having a prlng-mount4
metal follower. Thl follower rv th.
doubl. purpo.. o an mo w u in
tent, of th. draw.r and or noiamg in.
plate in th drawr In a vertical pol
tlon, regardle. of th number it contain.
Th filing drawr ar very convenient
tn .la nd hagk
Ho it Embossing la Bene.
Tha Montagu Typograpn .moos.
e th addrse upon th doubi
seamd mtal plate which r.
used In all th mailing, addrslng, wrp
per cutting and proofing machine manu
factured by th Montagu Mailing Ma
chlnery company. Any person who can
run atypewrlter cn run a typograph,
and can emboss about on hundred ad
dresses per hour. Tha blank, upon which
th names ar t b mbos.d ar fed to
th machln automatically, and whn th
plate hav been embossed they ar auto
matically filed, in proper order.
The Montague automatlo addressor used
by th Woodmn I equipped with an au
tomatlo feed that take th matter to b.
addreased from a pile, conv.y. It on.
piece at a tlm. to th. printing point,
where the Information contained on th.
plate I. printed at a guaranteed speed of
125 impressions per 'minute, and deposit
th addressed matter In th receiving
box. It addressee envelope, post cards.
Index carda, statements, advertising mat
ter; in tact. ny class of printed matter.
It Is considered on of th beat machine.
f tt class and Is xpcted to t. an s
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