From the May 1926 Elks Magazine
On March 4, the Grand Exalted Ruler visited Greenville where he was royally greeted by the members of that lodge and by representatives gathered there from many parts of the State. The visit was a momentous one for the Lodge as it marked the first time in its history that a GER had visited. Preceding the banquet in his honor that evening Judge Atwell (the GER) attended the public exercises in the auditorium if the Greenville High school building for the awarding of prizes for the best essays on "Old Ironsides". Judge Atwell was the principal speaker on the program, delivering a most inspiring address to the hundreds of young people and their parents who crowded the large auditorium.
The banquet held that evening at the Poinsett Hotel was a brilliant function and was attended by many distinguished citizens and members of the Order. former Senator P.A. Bonham presided and introduced various speakers who welcomed Judge Atwell to the city. a delightful musical program added much to the success of the evening.
E.M. Warton, member of the Grand Lodge Auditing committee was in charge of the reception and banquet.