Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 27, 1976 · Page 34
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 34

Nampa, Idaho
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Friday, February 27, 1976
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iiw luanu tree fress. Friday, February It. [976 - C-6 · " · N Friendship, love andiruth of IOOF By Rick Coffman CALDWELL - Friendship love and truth - they are referred to as the Triple Links by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and these three ideals are the watchwords (or a fraternal organization that now counts around 1 million members. From the beginnings of the Stale of Idaho through the creation of the ciiy of Caldwell to the present and on into the future, IQOF's presence has and should continue to be felt: In Idaho there are 73 IOOF lodges with the Caldwell lodge, numbering some 90 members, ranked as one of the largest. But it isn't that fact that makes 100K something special and unique in Caldwell and throughout (he nalion for (hat matter . Obviously, there are plenty of cities and towns in the nation with IOOF lodges but few of them also.have an IOOF rest home and none of them -- that's right, none of them -- have an IOOF musuem. The IOOF musuem. named after the late Presley F. Home, is located at the corner of Tenth and Grant, and is the only one of its kind in the country. Hislorv In terms of longevity, the IOOF movement must rate as one of the oldest of any organization in the United Slates. [( began, according to Jack Morrow, head of IOOF lodges in Idaho, in 17th Century England when a group of serfs -- laboring people -- bonded together to help one another. "Whenever one of them needed help working or needed assistance because he wasn't able to work or couldn't find work other serfs came to his aid," explained Morrow. And what about the name Odd Fellows? "It was odd in those days for anyone (o care much about his fellow man. From this beginning came the name Odd Fellows," said Morrow, who runs the Idaho lodges from the musuem in Caldwell. In the early part of the 19!h Century, in 1806 to be exact, the IOOF movement was brought to America, according to Morrow. In the United States since its inception, the IOOF has been largely a fraternal organization with the overriding goal "to do wliaf we can for h u m a n i t y , " c o m m e n t e d Morrow. The first IOOF lodge in Idaho came in 18W in Idaho City fallowing in 1867 by a lodge in Silver City and the next year by a lodge in Boise, There were also lodges opened in both Cen- l e r v i l l e and Placerville indicating these areas had plenty of population because of the gold rush in the Owyhees during the third quarter of the 1800s. The Calriii'ell lodge was (he 10th to be recognized in the state of Idaho. This occurred in May 21, 184, with 0. W. Brumm being installed as the grand master, The initial 10 years of Odd Fellowship in Idaho saw. all the Gem State lodges coming under the directorship of the Oregon charier since Idaho was only a recently organized territory and the grand IOOF lodge in the United Slates fell it best to put Die stale oi Oregon in charge of the Idaho lodges. Reasons given were Idaho's "isolated condition" and the "inconveniece of communicating." The early Idaho lodges, most especially .those found in the Jwyhees, often served as modes of self-protection and self- betterment just as the first group of Odd Fellows had been back in England, according to Morrow. "In looking back over old records of the early lodges," he commented, "it isn't unusal to find where an IOOF lodge went out together and loughl Indians to protect settlers arid settlements. "And, by the same token, many lodges aided greatly in the development of the West. If Indians had to be fought, they were fought. If land had to be cleared, it was cleared by the lodge. Once the stale lost some of ils territory reputation, the lodge was a strong advocate and backer of Idaho : becoming a stale and, of course, it finally happened," he said. The beginning of Odd (Continued on C-8) Chinese lantern now housed in the IOOF Museum once hung in an IOOF lodge in the Owyhees. A silver serving set is one of the highlights of the IOOF Museum in Caldwell. The Odd Fellows Home in Caldwell was located in Canyon County because of Caldwell's active IOOF membership. "KNOW-HO GANG Bring your Machine Work, Welding and Steel Fabrication problems to the people with the Know-How . . . · MACHINE WORK · HELI-ARC · CUSTOM FABRICATION · STEEL FABRICATION · WELDING · HOT FLAME GALVANIZING · SANDBLASTING McCLURE'S MACHINE SHOP PHONE 466-5222 245 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd. inp \\S KON6 THE NAMPA AREA'S FINEST RESTAURANT * 4 BANQUET ROOMS + 117-12th Ave. So. Downtown Nampa DIAL 466-1244 '» OPEN DAILY 11 UL TO 2 UL A N D AMERICAN FOODS Buffet Luncheons REASONABLE PRICES!

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