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"Royal Neighbors of America chapter in Chester, Montana"


June 5, 2019

This undated photo shows the Chester Drill Team of the Royal Neighbors of America (RNA). This photo was taken at the IOOF Hall in Havre (that building still stands at 230 Fourth Avenue) where the all-all girl team was competing with other RNA drill teams along the Hi-Line. Adult drill team leaders pictured are: Alice Shepherd, seventh from the left and Ruth Ish, seventh from the right.

South of the Border,

Column No. 16

Columnist's note: The topic for this week's column is from nearby Chester, a town my wife and I visit regularly for shopping. In Chester I noticed a large, brown building with a tiny sign over the door that reads "RNA Hall." I flashed back to childhood when my mom, grandma and aunt were all involved in a group called Royal Neighbors of America (RNA). I recalled being dragged to RNA meetings as a preschooler to watch the goings on at the "hall" above Hobson's Tire Shop in Pinckneyville, Illinois. I found locals who knew about the RNA in Chester. Here's som...

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