One of the many stories about the Shriners is this one from February 15, 1899 where it is said the Des Moines Register proclaimed:
"SHRINERS OWNED DES MOINES
Took possession of it early Wednesday and Hung
on til Daylight Today
Had a Parade That was Immense and Made 133 Candidates
Walk the Hot Sands
Began a Banquet at the Savery at 1 o'clock This Morning
and Made Speeches Til Sunrise"
Another story from June 1921 tells:
"Bands from all sections of the country played favorite selections, but the Iowa Corn Song became the prime favorite and could be heard on almost every corner. The popularization of the Iowa Corn Song on a national scale grew out of the Shrine Conclave held in Des Moines in 1921."