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Murphys in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

E Clampus Vitus

ECV Wall of Comparative Ovations

 
 
E Clampus Vitus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Spenser, December 19, 1999
1. E Clampus Vitus Marker
Tiles on the right:
They Came by Land
They Came by Sea
They Came by Air
Clamper humor is reflected on these tiles.
Inscription. During the Gold Rush Days of California the organization known as E Clampus Vitas flourished throughout the gold diggings. It was sort of a parody of the solemn and mysterious fraternal orders then so popular in the states. Every member held an office of equal indignity. It was said that E Clampus Vitus existed for the purpose of promoting the welfare of widows and orphans, especially the widows. Early newspaper articles prove their deeds actually did aid needy families. Primarily, however, it was a fun organization and the antics and glorious spirit of early-day clampers lightened the cares of the Gold Rush Days and made the old frontiers ring with laughter.



Reborn in 1931
Resuscitated by Carl I. Wheat, Geo. Ezra Dane and Leon Whitsell.
The purpose of the revived order is to cultivate interest in the
history of California and have fun in the process.
The first revived chapter was Yerba Buena No.1, San Francisco.
Other chapters that have come into existence are, in chronological order:
Piatrix Chapter No.2, Los Angeles James W. Marshall No.49, Placerville Estanislao Chapter No.58, Oakdale Matuca Chapter No.1849, Sonora Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter, Qunicy William Bull Meek Chapter No. 10 William Morris Stewart Chapter No.8591 Wm. Bull Meek – WD Morris Chapter,
ECV Wall of Comparative Ovations image. Click for full size.
By Tim Spenser, December 19, 1999
2. ECV Wall of Comparative Ovations
All pictures were taken by Clamper/Proctor Tim Spenser, ECV Archive Committee Chairman, 1999.
Marker is located to the right under "Ovations"
Grass Valley James Savage Chapter No. 1852, Fresno Snowshoe Thompson Chapter, Markleeville Squibob Chapter No. 1853, San Diego Peter Lebeck Chapter No.1866, Bakersfield Downie Chapter No.1849, Downieville Trinitarianus Chapter, Weaverville Julia C. Bulette No.1864, Virginia City Monterey Viejo Chapter, Monterey Sam Brannan Chapter No. 1004, Yuba City Chief Truckee Chapter No.3691, Truckee Argonaut Chapter, San Francisco Bodie Chapter No.64, Bridgeport Pair O Dice Chapter, Paradise
 
Erected by E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 8.265′ N, 120° 27.924′ W. Marker is in Murphys, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Sheep Ranch Road on Main Street. Click for map. The marker and The Wall are located at the Murphy's Old Timers Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Main Street, Murphys CA 95247, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maj. James D. Savage (here, next to this marker); John Murphy (here, next to this marker); William Gordon Huff (here, next to this marker); Peter L. Traver Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Thompson Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Sperry Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Murphys Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones Apothecary – Cheap Cash Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Murphys.
 
More about this marker. The ECV Wall of Comparative Ovations exhibits multiple plaques dedicated to Clamperdom over many years. William Gordon Huff created all of the plaques which commemorate important figures in Western History.
 
Also see . . .  A Short History of E Clampus Vitus. E Clampus Vitus has been a men-only organization since its inception. Although the exact date of ECV's birth is lost (and for that very reason a source of much lively debate), it is known to have been active in the United States since the 1800's, and probably much earlier.
The Lost Dutchman Chapter gives a full history of E Clampus Vitus, its purpose, and its antics. (Submitted on May 29, 2010, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. A Current List of Clamper Chapters and Locations
Piatrix Chapter No.2, Los Angeles Lord Sholto Douglas Chapter, No.3, Auburn Quivira Chapter, No. 4, Santa Fe, New Mexico New Helvetia Chapter, No.5 Sacramento President Walker Chapter, No.6, San Diego Captain Jack Chapter, No.7, Alturas Floating (or Whang) Chapter, No.8, Pacific Ocean Bill Meek Chapter, No.9, Clamptonville Ephraim Bee Chapter, No.10, Lewisport, West Virginia Balaam Lodge, No. 107,304, Sierra City King Solomon Lodge, No. 107, Marysville Jim Savage Chapter, No.1852, Fresno James W. Marshall No.49, Placerville Estanislao Chapter No.58, Oakdale Matuca Chapter No.1849, Sonora Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter, Qunicy William Bull Meek Chapter No. 10 William Morris Stewart Chapter No.8591 Wm. Bull Meek – Wm Morris Chapter, Grass Valley James Savage Chapter No. 1852, Fresno Snowshoe Thompson Chapter, Markleeville Squibob Chapter No. 1853, San Diego Peter Lebeck Chapter No.1866, Bakersfield Downie Chapter No.1849, Downieville Trinitarianus Chapter, Weaverville Julia C. Bulette No.1864, Virginia City Monterey Viejo Chapter, Monterey Sam Brannan Chapter No. 1004, Yuba City Chief Truckee Chapter No.3691, Truckee Argonaut Chapter, San Francisco Bodie Chapter No.64, Bridgeport Pair O Dice Chapter, Paradise.

Most of these chapters are sill in existence and fully chartered. There are 41 chapters as of May 2010.
    — Submitted May 30, 2010, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona.

 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
 
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