The home of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #1141 at 700 S. Ridgewood Ave. is for sale. While the building itself appears rather uninteresting, in front of it stands this wonderful old neon sign/clock!
The Volusia County Property Appraiser’s website indicates the local Elks club is now defunct. If that’s true, it’s too bad. According to the Florida Elks website, the Daytona Elks Lodge was founded in 1909 and had as an early member David Sholtz, who served as Governor of the State of Florida from 1933-37. As late as 2008 the Lodge had 271 members. Perhaps the club had trouble getting members to attend functions at night, as the neighborhood can be a bit dicey even in daylight.
The Appraiser’s site says the building was constructed in 1950, but the Florida Elks website has it as 1957. I don’t know if this sign dates back to construction or if it came later, but it looks to be in terrific condition. I wonder what will become of it when the property is eventually sold? Maybe someone needs to call Mike and Frank from “American Pickers.”
And not to be mean…I think the Elks is a fine organization…but whenever I see this sign – which is nearly every day – I can’t help but think of my favorite old cartoon character, Bullwinkle J. Moose. Here’s an old Bullwinkle clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md-q5GRo9E0&feature=related . Am I wrong?