Fraternal orders and societies have been around for decades but as one blogger noted: the International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo is not your father’s skull and bones. This fraternal society, founded in 1892 in Gurdon, Arkansas, was intended for the lumber industry - and all industries associated with lumber- to join together and “allow (their) fellowship and goodwill to trickle down to every timber organization.”
Choosing a black cat with it’s tail curled into a 9 was one of the many ways the new fraternity tossed superstition into the wind. The officer titles of the Supreme Nine appear to have been inspired by Lewis Carroll, beginning with the Snark of the Universe. Read the blog from the Forest History Society archives HERE.
More reading: Encyclopedia of Arkansas