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The old Little Rock Shrine Club on Arch Street Pike holds many pleasant memories for me. As a child of seven, I spent many Sunday afternoons roaming through the huge building, hiking the grounds, and swimming in the lake while Mom and Dad played golf. I was in the care of my older brother, Edward, at the time. The club manager was Ben Shelly. I remember well being present at the Potentate’s Ball held in honor of my dad. The ballroom had large shield decorating at least one wall. On the wall of the adjacent dinning room was a mounted marlin reportedly caught by Mr. Shelly. The building and lake are most vivid in my memory. The building was built in 1926 for a cost of approximately $100,000. The sandstone for the building was taken from Pinnacle Mountain west of Little Rock. Sadly, as a result of the Crash of ’29, the Shrine Club was forced into bankruptcy, and they were forced to sell the property and reorganize. To this day, I go out of my way to catch a glimpse of that beautiful building, lake, and landscape. Precious memories.

Milton B. Linzel
Baker City, OR