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Bertha A. Reames Papers

 Collection — Box: 9
Identifier: W-0054

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of photo albums of a travels to various annual meetings of the Grand Council of the Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America. The photo albums are arranged by approximate date.


  • 1949-1994

Biographical / Historical

Bertha Alyne Reames nee Blackburn was born on March 31, 1909 in Keller, Texas. Her family later moved to North Fort Worth where she later met Robert W. Reames. They married on May 29, 1926. They had one son, Bobby Frank Reames. She worked in the Printing Shop of Waples Platter Printing Company for approximately 25 years. Robert W. Reames was accepted into Brownwood Masonic Lodge #279 in 1942. Mr. Reames transferred his membership to Hemphill Heights Masonic Lodge #1164 in 1945. He accepted into Moslah Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. in 1944. The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America was originated in Wheeling, West Virginia on June 24, 1914. Nyanca Court was the 34th Court to be established and the first Court to be instituted in the Sate of Texas which was on April 8, 1938. Bertha A. Reames was accepted into Nyanca Court #34 on April 8, 1946. Lady Bertha A. Reames served in many capacities, entering the line of officers and being installed as High Priestess of Nyanca Court #34 on April 9, 1955. She served until April 1956. She was inducted into the Grand Line on May 18, 1961 and served the next eight years in the Grand Line becoming the 55th Grand High Priestess of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America on May 23, 1969. Her term ended on May 22, 1970. She died on August 27, 1993.


4 Linear Feet (8 Boxes)

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Physical Location

Archives: 1H1 - 1H2
Bertha A. Reames Papers
Harry Max Hill
14 October 2003
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102