International Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge 88

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

International Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge 88

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Oddfellows
  • Odd Fellows
  • IOOF

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Alberta Lodge No. 88

Description area

Dates of existence

1912 - [ca. 1925]

History

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a non-political and non-sectarian international fraternal order of Odd Fellowship. It was founded in 1819 by Thomas Wildey in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Evolving from the Order of Odd Fellows founded in England during the 1700s, the IOOF was originally chartered by the Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity in England but has operated as an independent organization since 1842, although it maintains an inter-fraternal relationship with the English Order. The order is also known as the Triple Link Fraternity, referring to the order's "Triple Links" symbol, alluding to its motto "Friendship, Love and Truth".

While several unofficial Odd Fellows lodges had existed in New York City circa 1806-1818, because of its charter relationship, the American Odd Fellows is regarded as being founded with Washington Lodge No 1 in Baltimore at the Seven Stars Tavern on April 26, 1819, by Thomas Wildey along with some associates[5] who assembled in response to an advertisement in the New Republic. The following year, the lodge affiliated with the Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity and was granted the authority to institute new lodges. Previously, Wildey had joined the Grand United Order of Oddfellows (1798-) in 1804 but followed through with the split of Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity (1810-) before immigrating to the United States in 1817.

In 1842, after an elementary dispute on authority, the American Lodges formed a governing system separate from the English Order, and in 1843 assumed the name Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows became the first fraternity in the United States to include both men and women when it adopted the "Beautiful Rebekah Degree" on September 20, 1851, by initiative of Schuyler Colfax, later Vice-President of the United States.

Beyond fraternal and recreational activities, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows promotes the ethic of reciprocity and charity, by implied inspiration of Judeo-Christian ethics. The largest Sovereign Grand Lodge of all fraternal orders of Odd Fellows since the 19th century, it enrolls some 600,000 members divided in approximately 10,000 lodges in 26 countries, inter-fraternally recognised by the second largest, the British-seated Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity.

From Wikipedia: International Order of Odd Fellows, November 15, 2018

Places

Athabasca, Alberta and surrounding area

Legal status

Defunct in Athabasca

Functions, occupations and activities

Beyond fraternal and recreational activities, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows promotes the ethic of reciprocity and charity, by implied inspiration of Judeo-Christian ethics.

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Athabasca Archives has a wooden honour roll naming the men who went overseas during WWI and two black and white photos of groups of Alberta Lodge No. 88.

Relationships area

Related entity

Independent Order of Oddfellows. Grand Lodge of Alberta (1884-)

Identifier of the related entity

glen-1272

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Access points area

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

ATH 85.271_273

Maintained by

Institution identifier

ATH

Rules and/or conventions used

RAD

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Partial

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

November 15, 2018

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Wikipedia
Glenbow Archives
Athabasca Archives

Maintenance notes

Margaret Anderson
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