|Catalog Number||WF 6341.001-.002|
|Caption||Odd Fellows Hall|
The International Order of Odd Fellows was one of the few "safety nets" available to families in need. Its members were so-named because it was considered odd for men to organize and give aid to the needy. The first I.O.O.F. lodge in the U. S. formed in Baltimore in 1819. W. H. Burdon organized the Anacortes branch.
In February 1953, the Anacortes American reported that the Oddfellows had moved into a new meeting hall at 12th and O. This image is of that building. The old 6th Street building burned down in 1981.
The I.O.O.F. contributed much to Anacortes in the years before social "safety nets" existed. Men paid a membership fee, almost an early form of life insurance, which then funded the lodge's work. When a member died, the lodge performed his funeral service, provided his coffin and monument, and buried him -- usually in an Odd Fellows cemetery. Their credo was "We command you to relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan."
|Collection||Wallie Funk Collection|
Place - Anacortes
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|