The Improved Order of Red Men is a fraternal organization established in 1834 that has rituals and regalia modeled after Native Americans. The organization had a membership of about half a million in 1935, but now has less than 38,000 members. About 15 years ago I saw some of the costumes of the Rochester organization. I can say that they were very elaborate.
Princess Wahletka (spelled with and without hyphens) had a vaudeville act that was like many other mind readers of the time. Some old articles say her father was an Iroquois from Canada and others say the father was from Michigan and moved to Oklahoma where he married a Cherokee woman. Wahletka was supposedly born in Oklahoma. A newspaper article from the 1930s said that Wahletka was touring with her husband Mr. Royal. Then there is a web page that says research in the British Library says that Wahletka was, in fact, a man. I can’t find any references to her after the mid 1930s. It is very doubtful that she was any part Native American.
THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL
Thursday, Jan. 6, 1916
Redmen Have Distinguished Guests, Conduct Ceremonies
Monday evening, Ka-Ne-Hoot Tribe Improved Order of Redmen, held their raising of chiefs in their rooms in Bown’s hall, the impressive ceremonies being witnessed by a large assemble age of members of the order, many visitors being present from out of town tribes.
The installing officer was Deputy Great Sachem Beach. He was assisted by a staff composed of one past great sachem and eight past deputy great sachems..
The installing officer and staff were accompanied to the hall by a fife and drum corps from Hi-Ka-Too Tribe of Rochester, lead by Past Sachem Frank Earkai.
Following the exercises of installation, the company was addressed by Deputy Great Sachem Beach, Past Great Sachem Powell and others. A buffet luncheon was then served..
The following is the list of the chiefs raised: Sachem, Charles E. Foulkes; senior sagamore, Benjamin Hoag; chief of the records, George Brown; keeper of the wampum, Martin Fuller; collector of wampum, August Fett; first sannup, Past Sachem Ernest DeMooney; second sannup, Past Sachem Charles Goodnow; guard of forest, H. Arnold; first brave, George Shoemaker; second brave, William Rafoth; third brave, George Rafoth; fourth brave, Ralph Ralph Wilson; first warrior, Past Sachem Claud M. Lumbard; second warrior, Clarence Kleinhenz; third warrior, John Rogan; fourth warrior, Raymond J. Lee.
The entertainment committee announced that there would be a special feature of interest to every member, next Monday evening, and Deputy Great Sachem Beach extended an invitation to Ka-NeHoot Tribe to attend the council fire to be held in Rochester, Wednesday evening, January 19th.