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Catalog Number WF 1196
Caption Eagles Hall
Description This Eagles' Hall was built at 902 5th Street, on the southwest corner of Q Avenue and 7th. Anacortes Aerie #249 organized, initially as an all-male fraternity, on August 19, 1902 with 45 members. It joined a long list of Anacortes fraternities such as the Oddfellows and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. SEBRING'S SKAGIT COUNTY ILLUSTRATED of 1902 commented, "It is claimed that Anacortes, in proportion to her population, is the strongest city in the U. S. as to Fraternal orders." See also WF 1751. The Eagles purchased the site for this lodge building in 1914. The 11-27-1919, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Eagles will build home." The cost of the building was estimated at $30,000, and it opened in 1920. An important component of the lodge was the Lady Eagles. Women's auxiliary branches were authorized in 1926, and the Anacortes branch of Lady Eagles was founded soon afterward. See WF 1744. The Fraternal Order of Eagles is the only fraternity with its birthplace in Washington State. It was founded February 6, 1898, by six theater owners (John Cort, John Considine, T. J. Considine, Mose Goldsmith, H. L. Leavitt, and Melvin Winstock) in a Seattle waterfront shipyard. The Fraternal Order of Eagles, then called the Order of Good Things, not only welcomed the average man as a member, but fought for his right to a life of dignity and self-respect. By 1908, 1871 Eagle Clubs were chartered. It was the Eagles who started Mother's Day, who provided the impetus for Social Security, who pushed for workman's compensation, old age pensions and Medicare, and who ended job discrimination based on age. Harry S. Truman often reiterated that the Eagles were his type of organization - one founded by, and for, the common man. According to an advertisement that the Anacortes Eagles placed in the 1923 Anacortes High School annual, the Anacortes aerie grew rapidly. "Anacortes Aerie #249 ... has now grown to over 1000 members. FOE furnishes a doctor to members and their families. It pays $7.00 a week in sick benefits for up to 11 weeks in any one year. It buries its dead and gives life insurance at a fee. It has its own home which is not only a place for its members but is open to any public or civic meeting of benefit to the community. Its desire is to be of any assistance to our schools. It is our aim to have any male member of this city, of the Caucasian race, 19 and older, as a member." See also WF 1197, 1341, 1407, 1432, 1449, 1456, 1457, 1465, 1534, 1744 - 1750, 1783 - 1786, 1789, 1790.
Date 1920s c. late
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Organization - Fraternal
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Anacortes Aerie #249
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Order of Good Things
Lady Eagles
Object Name Print, Photographic