Ancient Order of Emethachavah

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Ancient Order of Emethachavah
Formation 1898; inc. 1901
Purpose/focus The promotion of Faithism
Headquarters Denver, Colorado
"C" Chief Franklin P. White
Advisory Clara E. White
Key people George W. Eldredge
Main organ The Light of Kosmon

The Ancient Order of Emethachavah, also referred to as the Faithist Fraternity or Brotherhood, was a Faithist order, incorporated in 1901 by Franklin P. White and Clara E. White, for the purpose of "establish[ing] a community of faithists in all parts of the country," and more generally to promote their interpretation of Newbrough's Oahspe Bible.


  • Denver Emethachavah Fraternity of Faithists (or Denver Brotherhood of Emethachavah), under the Whites.

Selected Publications

Press Coverage

  • Gould, S. C., ed. (Apr. 1905), Ancient Order of Emethachavah, "Arcane Societies in the United States", Historic Magazine and Notes and Queries 23 (4): 89,;view=1up;seq=107 

    This Order was founded in the kosmon year 50 (1898), and incorporated in 1901. Franklin P. White is its C'Chief, with its headquarters at 731 Canosa Court, Denver, Colo. The Order is arranging to build a handsome Kosmon Hall. It publishes "The Light of Kosmon," to propagate its fundamentals and to enlighten its members. $1.00 a year. It has also published "The Romance of the Red Star," 572 pages, a Biography of the Earth, $2.00. The esoterically inclined should read this book. The complete account of the Order may be read in the Oahspe Bible, in the Book of Saphah.

  • "WORKING THE DOWIE RACKET - Faithist Order Incorporated in Denver Which is Unique In Several Ways. - CHIEF WHO IS A CHIEF", Herald Democrat (Leadville, CO) 23: 5, 19 Mar. 1901, 

    Denver, March 18.— One of the strangest institutions ever organized in Colorado filed articles of incorporation with the secretary of state today. It is known as the 'Ancient Order of Emethachavah,' and is organized by Franklin P. White and Clara K. White, who are the sole incorporators and officers of the order. Franklin P. White is known as "C" Chief, and Clara K. White is known as the "Advisory Director." The object of the association is to establish a community of faithists in all parts of the country, it is also designed to establish a home for aged and indigent members. The Denver branch of the incorporation was organised last Friday at a meeting held in the Cooper building, and is known as the "Denver Emethachavah Fraternity of Faithists." The strangest part of the affair is the power given to the "C' C". Any person who becomes a member of the order must give up all his property to the "C' Chief." Any member can withdraw at any time, but cannot get his property. The "C' Chief" has sole power to make by-laws and rules governing the order. One article of the Incorporation papers reads as follows: "Any and all members of this corporation shall be liable to expulsion therefrom and to have their membership forfeited upon joining any similar hostile competing organization or by the use of intoxicating liquors to excess, or by being adjudged guilty by the "C' Chief" of unseemly or immoral conduct or conduct unbecoming a member of this order." The "C' Chief" holds office for life, and upon his death the "Advisory Director" becomes "C' Chief". In case of vacancy in both offices, the members of the order selects new officers.

  • "Some Very Queer Religious Frauds", The Oregon Sunday Journal (Portland, OR) 1 (21): 23, 7 Aug. 1904, 

    The police of Denver, Colo., are investigating a society called the Denver Brotherhood of Emethachavah. - The head of the order is Franklin P. White, an architect, and his wife is the high priestess. The headquarters of the brotherhood is 731 Canosa court, across the Platte river from Burnham. Here the Whites have bought a 9-room house and have fitted it with luxurious furniture. When a new member is admitted to the brotherhood he is given a room there, and is never again allowed to leave except on missions designated by White. There are now about a dozen members. "We are not polygamists, but we believe that what belongs to one brother is also the property of the other. We believe in virtue," said Mrs. White. She further explained that the order is a stepping stone to heaven, and if one belongs to it on earth, he is admitted into the heaven branch of the order when he dies. In some respects the belief resembles spiritualism, in that it contains several theories regarding the communication with spirits. Although the spirits of the departed are often consulted. "It is never with regard to things earthly, as that would offend the spirits."