Eli joined the Masons in 1853 at New Trenton, Indiana. He joined the Olive Branch Lodge, Agency, Iowa in 1859, then he moved to Ottumwa Iowa and joined lodge #16 in 1892. He was a Mason in good standing when he died in 1895. .
Eli was a 33rd degree Mason and owned and operated Ottumwa House at Ottumwa Iowa (it was one of Iowa's leading hotels).. Thanks to IRISH EYES ARE SMILING for this info.