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Odd Fellows
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TitleOdd Fellows
DescriptionA page of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood from an interview with J. Britton. Britton describes the founding of the Odd Fellows lodge in Galesburg, Illinois in 1884. The notes are incomplete. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
SubjectClubs
Subject (LCSH)Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Named PersonBritton, John; Wells, Henry;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
TypeText
Formatpdf
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
Languageeng
RightsSee http://library.knox.edu/digitalcollections/rightsinfo.htm
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptBritton
Odd Fellows

Mr. Henry Wells was one of
the organizers of the Odd Fellows
here in 1884. Met upstairs
in the Caledonia Hotel - above
the Continential Clothing now. There
was a rocket store then -- owned
locally -- what we'd call a 10 [cent]
store now.
Our purpose was to care
for the sick & bury the dead.
Assessments were levied on
each member when the
illness or death came -- but
not every week regardless of
need. The socialability side
-- entertainment of wives & daugh-
ters -- was perhaps once a
month -- & when officers fr.
Chicago came down. We had
7 degrees -- & initiation -- ceremon-
ials -- uniforms. At funerals
you could dress acc. to your
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
Filenamenotespage84.tif
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