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IOOF Lodge No. 6 Charter Members


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 5/19/2006 at 17:47:34

"Lockridge Herald", Dec. 13, 1912, Pg. 4, Col. 4

The members of Iowa Encampment No. 6, I. O, O. F. with their families last evening celebrated the 64th anniversary of the institution of the lodge in Fairfield by having a good social evening in their hall on the north side of the square. The members and their invited guests gathered in the hall shortly before eight o'clock and an entertaining program was given.

Mayor James P. STARR delivered the principal address of the evening and he was followed by Perry KING. Dezell (sic - Delzell) GREEN and others also made short talks. Musical selections were given by Joseph ROTH, Cecil JOHNSON and Miss Helen HIGBY.

After the program was over a delicious menu was served and while the members of the company partook of the supper they visited together and had a good social evening. These anniversary programs are very pleasant occasions and serve to bring together the members of the order in a closer relationship.

During the evening the early history of the lodge was recalled and discussed by many of the members. This much is known of the early days of the order in Fairfield.

"Iowa Encampment, No. 6, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was organized in Fairfield on the evening of December 11th, 1848, by District Deputy Grand Sir John C. POTTS of Galena, Ill., and William GOFF of Wisconsin. There were seven charter members who were as follows:

Thomas D. EVANS, John T. HUEY, Ezra DROWN, John A. PITZER, James T. HARDIN, John W. CULBERTSON, and Christian W. SLAGLE. The first officers of the lodge were T. D. EVANS, C. P., John HUEY, H. P. Ezra DROWN, S. W., John PITZER, Scribe, and John W. CULBERTSON, Treasurer.

The early growth of the lodge was slow but the members did much to sustain the beautiful teachings of Friendship, Love and Truth, and were factors in the growth of the local Odd Fellow Order. Today the Encampment ranks among the first in the state in point of work and membership and its members are a loyal congenial set of men.

*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.


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