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RG1278.AM:  Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 65, Geneva, Nebraska



Records:  1889-1988

Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska

Size:  2.25 cu.ft.; 3 boxes



BACKGROUND NOTE



The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a non-political fraternal order originally founded in 1819 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The order is also known as the Triple Link Fraternity, referring to the order’s “Triple Links” symbol.  The symbol alludes to the IOOF motto, “Friendship, Love and Truth”.  Beginning in 1851 the IOOF became the first national fraternal organization to accept both men and women when it formed the Daughters of Rebekah.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of records of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 65, Geneva, Nebraska.  Series 1 contains records of Lodge no. 65, Geneva, Nebraska.  The records include various ledgers, record books, cash books, membership rolls, etc., dating from 1889 to 1988.  Series 2 consists of records of Lodge no. 194, Shickley, Nebraska, including various cash books, membership registers, and other record books dating from 1892 to 1971.



Note:  Due to declining membership, Lodge no. 65 absorbed Lodge no. 194 in 1971.



INVENTORY



Series 1 – Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 65, Geneva, Nebraska



Box 1

Folder/item




  1. Record book, 1904-1912 (oversized)

  2. Record book, 1912-1915

  3. Record book, 1915-1917

  4. Record book, 1918-1922

  5. Record book, 1922-1926

  6. Record book, 1926-1930

  7. Record book, 1932-1934

  8. Record book, 1935-1939

  9. Record book, 1939-1942

  10. Record book, 1943-1951



Box 2

Folder/item




  1. Record book, 1951-1955

  2. Record book, 1957-1959       

  3. Record book, 1963-1988

  4. Cash book, 1909-1918

  5. Members accounts book, c.1912-1917

  6. Secretary’s account book, 1919-1936

  7. Roll book, 1904-1912

  8. Roll book, ca. 1943-1951

  9. Roll book, undated

  10. Obituary record book, 1889-1960

  11. Record of sick benefits, 1914-1940

  12. Book of members, c.1877-1945

  13. Cash book, 1904-1909

  14. Ledger and membership record (oversized)

  15. Membership ledger, 1904-1912

  16. Loose miscellany

    Certificates (see oversize)



Series 2 – Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 194, Shickley, Nebraska




  1. Register of visitors, c.1892-1970

  2. Cash book, 1951-1971



Box 3

Folder/item




  1. Register of membership, c.1892-1966

  2. Record book, 1959-1971

  3. Semi-Annual Financial Abstracts book, 1960-1970

  4. Misc. papers, including:

    Tax reports forms, 1961-1964 and 1967-1970

    Affidavit certifying use of exempt property, 1964

    Letter announcing merger with General Lodge #65, 1971

    Roll call, 1963-1970

    Certificates (see oversize)



 



Subject headings:



Fillmore County (Nebraska) — Societies

Fraternal organizations

Geneva (Nebraska) — Societies

Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Shickley (Nebraska) — Societies



 



Revised TMM      03-26-2018