Elbe IOOF

Elbe IOOF
Elbe IOOF

This isn’t the best shot of the Eble IOOF, (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) but it was taken when the building was fairly new. In fact, it looks a bit like a Hollywood set.

You don’t hear a lot about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, but they still exist today. On their website they define and Odd Fellowship as:

  • The strongest fraternal society on the continent.
  • A great world-wide united brotherhood.
  • A fraternity founded on the basis of universal brotherhood.
  • Based on the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.
  • Founded on the North American continent in 1819.
  • Based upon the purest principles of equality,
  • Non-political and non-sectarian.
  • A source of comfort in times of trouble and adversity.
  • A world-wide force that stands for all that is noblest and highest.
  • An everyday guide for conduct, a mantle that should be worn always.
  • An organization that favors no person for their wealth and frowns on none for their poverty.
  • An ideal that exists in the heart and mind of every genuine Odd Fellow or Rebekah.
  • Fulfilling a mission in the world which no other institution has successfully attempted.
  • A vitalizing, sympathetic, and actuating influence in the lives of all its real members.
  • A ministering spirit succoring the needy, cheering the despondent and protecting the helpless.
  • The handmaid of virtue and religion.
  • Founded on the inspired word of God as revealed to man in the Holy Bible.

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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