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Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cornerstone (1886-1900)

Processed by: Jenna Gernand, July 2013


Contents

  1. Collection Information
  2. Historical Sketch
  3. Photographs
  4. Scope and Content Note
  5. Box and Folder Inventory
Collection Information

Volume: 1 box
Dates: 1886-1900
Restrictions: None
Reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the McLean County Museum of History
Provenance: Gift
Location: Archives
Notes:

None

Historical Sketch

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal, service-based organization that had its beginning in Baltimore, Maryland in the early part of the 19th century. The members of the group became known as "Odd Fellows" because their stated aim to selflessly provide for those in need was apparently viewed as odd by some outside the organization. 

The IOOF of Bloomington moved into a new building constructed by the architect George H. Miller in the summer of 1886. To honor the occasion, the city organization of IOOF gathered together for a procession and the ceremonial placing of the corner stone by Grand Officers. In June 1900, Remembrance Lodge No. 77 in Bloomington was one of the buildings destroyed in the fire that tore through much of the city's downtown. 

Photographs
  • c. 1895. Uhland Lodge No. 305 in Bloomington. Helmuth Mau is 2nd row left

  • Odd Fellow Picnic

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains materials from the date or year that the IOOF corner stone was placed, including newspapers, bank statements of condition, and roll calls listing members and officers from various lodges. The loose items include a book of IOOF Grand Lodge of Illinois Reports from the year 1900 and a journal of the proceedings of the Bloomington, IL city council from 1886

Box and Folder Inventory
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Folder 1: General
1.1 List of contents of corner stone box
Folder 2: Newspapers
2.1 Bloomington Daily Bulletin, July 13, 1886
2.2 The Daily Bulletin, December 3, 1900
2.3 The Daily Bulletin, December 4, 1900
Folder 3: Memorials
3.1 Memorial for Fred S. Brown, died October 11, 1934
Folder 4: By-laws
4.1 Constitution, By-laws, and Rules of Order of Remembrance Lodge No. 77, 1884
4.2 By-laws and Rules of Order of Post No. 146, GAR, 1885
Folder 5: Bethlehem Rebekah Lodge I
5.1 List of officers and members, Bethlehem Rebekah Degree Lodge No 32. IOOF, July 14, 1886
Folder 6: Bethlehem Rebekah Lodge II
6.1 List of officers and members, Bethlehem Rebekah Degree Lodge No. 32 IOOF, December 3, 1990
Folder 7: Remembrance Lodge I
7.1 List of officers and members, Remembrance Lodge No. 77 IOOF, July 14, 1886
Folder 8: Remembrance Lodge II
8.1 List of officers and members, Remembrance Lodge No. 77 IOOF, November 24, 1900
Folder 9: Uhland Lodge
9.1 List of officers and members, Uhland Lodge No. 305 IOOF, November 29, 1900
Folder 10: McLean Encampment
10.1 List of officers and members, McLean Encampment No. 29 IOOF, November 27, 1900
Folder 11: Evergreen City Lodge
11.1 List of officers and members, Evergreen City Lodge No. 265 IOOF, December 4, 1900
Folder 12: Bloomington Lodge
12.1 List of officers and members, Bloomington Lodge No. 400 IOOF, November 23, 1900, includes request for list from Remembrance Lodge No. 77
Folder 13: William T. Sherman Post
13.1 Roster of William T. Sherman Post No. 146
13.2 Sheet of William T. Sherman Post stationary
Folder 14: First Methodist Episcopal Church
14.1 Directory of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, June 1, 1898
14.2 Old Time Memories, 56th Anniversary of the organization of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, May 27-29, 1881
Folder 15: Envelopes
15.1 Evergreen City Lodge No. 263
15.2 Remembrance Lodge No. 77 (3)
15.3 J.C. Smith, T. W. Grand Scribe No. 4
15.4 Bloomington Lodge No. 400
15.5 Canton Ridgely No. 9
Folder 16: Bank Statements of Condition
16.1 Report of condition of the First National Bank of Bloomington, IL at the close of business, June 3, 1886
16.2 Statement from the National State Bank at the close of business, June 3, 1886
16.3 Statement from The Third National Bank of Bloomington, IL at the close of business, May 4, 1886
16.4 Handwritten statement from the People’s Bank of Bloomington, IL at the close of business, July 1, 1886
16.5 Report of the condition of the People’s Bank of Bloomington, IL at the opening of business October 1, 1900
16.6 Statement of condition of The State National Bank at the close of business September 5, 1900
16.7 Statement of condition of the Third National Bank of Bloomington at the close of business September 5, 1900
Folder 17: Miscellaneous
17.1 Card noting that the box was made by and presented to the lodge by Arthur B. Dimmett, July 14, 1886
17.2 Seal of Evergreen City Lodge No. 265
17.3 Dance card from a Grand IOOF Ball at Turner Hall, July 14, 1886
17.4 Program from the 17th annual commencement of Bloomington High School, June 10, 1886
17.5 Page from The Eye with an illustration of IOOF building, July 14, 1886
17.6 List of Supervisors of McLean County for 1900 and 1901, Rules of Order, and Standing Committees
17.7 Handwritten note that the box is made by Michael Hilt and his son, December 5, 1900
17.8 Materials from A. B. Dimmett, dealer in Hardware and tinware, Bloomington, IL
17.9 Miscellaneous business cards, includes The Rodgers Shoe Co. (2), B. F. Hoopes & Son, and The New York Store Lambert & Murphy (2)
Loose Items
IOOF Grand Lodge of Illinois Reports Reports of the Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, Grand Representatives, Orphans’ Home Board, and Old Folks’ Home Board dated November 20-22, 1900. 202 pages.
Journal Journal of proceedings of the city council of the city of Bloomington, IL for the fiscal year ending April 30, 1886.