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TitleOdd Fellows
DescriptionPages of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood. These notes are from an interview with Mrs. Mollie Crew about the Galesburg chapter of the Odd Fellows Little Bee Lodge, #2511. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Subject (LCSH)Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Named PersonCrew, Mollie; Wells, Henry; Turpin, Ed; Washington, J.H.; Wilkins, Frank;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptOdd Fellows (Mrs. Mollie Crew)
No. 2511 Little Bee lodge
named by Mr. Henry Wells (Mrs.
Crew's father).
Mr. Jim.[?] Britton was one of
the charter members -- one
of the older members.
Mr. Ed. Turpin and J.H.
Washington were important
men in the lodge. Mr.
Frank Wilkins was a mem-
ber for many years.
They helped buy & pay for an
old folks home in Jackson-
They held up till about
~1917. They had lost quite a
number by death. Mr.
Wells was a leading spirit.
They owned the [illegible characters crossed out] bldg. where

Odd Fellows... (Mollie Crew)
the Galesburg Laundry
is -- their bldg. The
lower floor was rented
for a feed store. Their
rooms were up stairs.
Ten men in the lodge owned
this. It was the only one
downtown owned by colored
I did the business
details for the lodge when
Father was in his last
illness -- year or so.
After his death the lodge
asked Mrs Crew to con-
tinue this work for a
About a year & 1/2 after
Mr. Well's death the
lodge went inactive. He
was the activating spirit. -- over --

Mrs. Crew's great grand father
was the Rev. Levi Henderson --
2nd pastor of Allen Chapel.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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