This Ledger, 1885-1903, pertains to the Select Knights of the AOUW (Ancient Order of United Workmen), Coldwater Legion No. 8 of Coldwater, Michigan. This name is inscribed on the first page of the ledger. Recorded are accounts for individual members of this fraternal insurance group and occasionally an account for a special fund. The accounts for individual members include entries such as dues and application fees organized by month and year. There are two instances of further information about the payments of particular individuals. These elaborations are realized with two extra sheets tucked in. One, for instance, attests that a James B Hauland was in fact current on all of his dues. This letter is tucked in between pages six and seven. In addition to accounts of individual members, there are general account listings around page 200, from page 362 to 363, and from page 520 to 527. Some of the general accounts list the treasurer at the time. In 1887, the treasurer appears to be a Mr. White, and in the 1890s, the treasurer was a Mr. Luiddem.
Accounts make up the majority of the ledger, but there is also an Alphabetical index in front of the volume. This index includes a listing of some members organized by last name. The entries are accompanied by numbers, which might indicate application numbers or perhaps some other form of identification.
The Ledger has two distinct sets of handwriting, with the first ending at page 111 and the second author beginning his entries. This shift appears to have occurred around 1890 and may indicate a change in officers. The ledger is not complete and entries for individual accounts end at page 253. The latest date mentioned is 1903 listed under Mrs. Lucinda Burch.
Tucked into the front of the ledger is a leaf of paper titled "Whole No. of Deaths, 2976." This list was issued by the Grand Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and lists the deaths reported between January and March 31, 1901. There appears to be a first page that is missing since the list begins at number 28. The purpose of the list was to provide an accounting of the beneficiary fund. The AOUW had a death benefit fund to provide for the survivors of its members. The paper also includes an imprint of the seal of the order. It is signed by George Latcham, Grand Recorder, and was approved by the Finance Committee.