At the 1953 3-B Area Conference at Twin Echo, there were 620 attendees from 16 lodges. Up to that time, this was the largest Area Fellowship Meeting ever to be held-- larger than all but four National Meetings.
The 1953 Area 3-B conclave booklet also included "Indiana Lodge," a new lodge attending its first area meeting that August. It became Hopocan 275 after being officially chartered 3/9/54.
Reference: Dick Wilson, National Secretary, as reported in that event's newsletter.
||Area 3-B (1953)|
|Deer Rock 256|
|7/29/53: Shingis 497|
|Summer 1953: Indiana 275|
- At the 1953 3-B Area Conference at Twin Echo, there were 620 attendees from 16 lodges. Up to that time, it was the largest Area Fellowship Meeting ever to be held-- larger than all but four National Meetings. According to the 1967 Area 3-B Meeting booklet, it was at the 1953 Conference that it was decided to divide the Area into two new areas: the 8 lodges in the Pittsburgh area, and the 8 remaining lodges. A coin toss at the 1953 meeting determined that the first group of lodges would be become the new Area 3-F, and the second group would remain as Area 3-B (Price 3).
Reference: 1953 3-B Area Conference newsletter
|Old Area 3-B|
Area 3-B (1954-70)
to Area 3-F
|5/29/1960: Gyantwachia 255|
└ 1/1/1954: Chief Cornplanter 255 (nc)
|late 1959**: Skanondo Inyan 256|
└ Deer Rock 256 (nc)/td>
|9/70: Nachamawat 275|
| ├ Wopsononock 347|
| ├ Amadahi 441|
| └ Hopocan 275 (from 3-F)|
Trivia: these areas somewhat resembled the telephone area codes of the time: 814 for 3-B, and 412 for 3-F.
- Chief Cornplanter Lodge #255 changed its name to its namesame in Iroquoian, Gyantwachia-- possibly to differentiate from their council's name, Chief Cornplanter.
- **In late 1959, Deer Rock Lodge 256 changed its name to Skanondo Inyan 256. Over the years, there has been disagreement about when exactly this happened-- especially since the lodge had been informally using the newer name for a while. In Kiciyapi, The History of Langundowi Lodge 46, 1929 - Present, Todd Rogers explains:
"Sometime after the Area III-B Conference in 1959, the lodge chief changed their name to Skanondo Inyan 256. 'Skanondo Inyan' comes from the Seneca language, and means 'Deer Rock'. The lodge maintained the same totem, a backwards facing deer superimposed on a rock.... Even while they were chartered as Deer Rock, the lodge frequently used 'Skanondo Inyan' on their papers and insignia, so the name change was not particularly surprising."
This is also documented in the 1959 III-B Fellowship booklet, which lists Deer Rock Lodge 256, while the 1960 III-B booklet and event patch verify that Skanondo Inyan Lodge was the host lodge.
- Mercer County Council changed its name to Custaloga Council #531, of Sharon, PA. This then matched the name of it's camp, Custaloga Town Reservation.
- Wopsononock 347 and Amadahi 441 merged with Hopocan 275 in Area 3-F to form Nachamawat Lodge #275 in 3-B.
Effective: Sep., 1970
References: The 1973 3-B booklet states 1970, and the 1974 NE-5C booklet states that Nachamawat-- who was also the host that year "became active in the fall of 1971". The 1991, 1992, & 1993 NE-5 Conclave booklets all state that Nachamawat was "chartered and organized in September 1970." Arapaho II 2000 & 1993 eds. and the Blue Book all give 1971. What this may mean, is that the predecessor lodges' charters maybe have lasted until the end of 1970, and that an official charter for the new lodge would've been Jan 1st.
However, Allohak Menewi Lodge 57 History, 5th Anniv ed states: "After the merger of Blair Bedford, William Penn and Admiral Peary Councils in 1971, it became a necessity to merge the three chapters of the Order of the Arrow, Wopsononock, Amadahi and Hopocan into one. The first organization meeting of the new Lodge was held at Wopsononock Scout Reservation, the former Blair-Bedford Scout Camp on May 16, 1971. The Lodge name and totem were chosen, officers elected and activities planned." Not sure what this may mean. Either this date is actually when Nachamawat started to function as a new lodge, or it may just indicate when their first event was actually held. My preference would be to go by the earlier sources for the start date.
- William Penn (Hopocan 275), Admiral Robert E. Peary (Amadahi 441), and Blair-Bedford (Wopsononock 347) merged to form Penn's Woods Council #508 in Windber, PA.
- Eriez 46 merged with Ho-Squa-Sa-Ga-Dah 251 and Skanondo Inyan 256 to form Langundowi Lodge #46.
Effective: Aug, 1972. At their first official event (Fall Conclave) in October of that year, they picked the new name and totem, the Iroquois Tree of Peace.
- Washington Trail (Eriez 46) merged with Custaloga (Ho-Squa-Sa-Ga-Dah 251) and Colonel Drake (Skanondo Inyan 256) to form French Creek Council #532 in Erie, PA.
- Even though Kuskitannee 168 was formed in June 1973, after Lawrence County (Packanke 419) and Pioneer Trails (Unalachtigo 168) Councils merged, both Unalachtigo (from 3-F) and Packanke Lodges still attended the final Area 3-B meet in August at Camp Mountain Run:
"The attendance at the final 3-B Meeting was about half and half from Packanke and Unalachtigo for a total of around (40). At the election in June all Kuskitannee officers were elected.... The officers at the 3-B Meeting were from Kuskitannee, but I believe we were registered as Packanke. I think they wanted to be part of the final 3-B Meeting."
Reference: 1973 Area III-B Meeting booklet
-Neal Bronder email"
|Area 3-B (1971-72)|
Area 3-B (1973)
to Area 3-F
|8/72: Langundowi 46|
| ├ Eriez 46|
| ├ Ho-Squa-Sa-Ga-Dah 251|
| └ Skanondo Inyan 256|
|Unalachtigo 168 (from 3-F)||
|6/73: Kuskitannee 168|
| ├ Unalachtigo 168|
| └ Packanke 419|
A month later in September, Kuskitannee was then transferred to Area 3-F and attended their 20th and final meet that was held at California State College.
Reference: New Castle News, 11/29/1975