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Title: Independent Order of Odd Fellows
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Odd Fellowship was first represented in Warren county in September, 1848, when Warren Lodge No. 57 was instituted with the following first officers: Thomas Templeton, noble grand; W. H. Thomas, vice grand; S. J. McAilly, secretary; John Kent, treasurer. The lodge failed and in December, 1859, was compelled to surrender its charter, but in May, 1866-after the Civil war period-it revived and secured a new charter, since which it has prospered.

At Rainsville, a lodge was organized in 1853 and still exists.

At West Lebanon, in 1853, Colfax Lodge No. 109 was organized, and named in honor of Hon. Schuyler Colfax, who not long before had organized the Rebekah degree of the order, and later was elected Vice-President of the United States with U. S. Grant. Later this lodge went down and some of its members joined at Marshfield.

At Marshfield Colfax Lodge No. 109 was chartered in 1860, having been removed from West Lebanon to Marshfield. Here it met until about 1865, when its charter was surrendered and the lodge became a thing of the past.

At State Line, Simmons Lodge No. 240 was organized in May, 1865, with the following first membership: John Simmons, first noble grand; Divan Smalley, R. S. Burke, Thomas S. Jones and John M. Know. In 1868 the name was changed from Simmons to Illiana. A Rebekah degree was formed in May, 1875.

Prior to 1880 a lodge was instituted at Greenhill.

In 1912, the following lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows are found prospering in Warren county: Warren Lodge No. 57, at Williamsport, with membership of one hundred and two; Dufour Lodge No. 101, at Rainsville, with seventy-two members; Colfax Lodge No. 109, at West Lebanon, with twenty-one members; Illiana Lodge No. 240, at State Line, with a membership of fifty-five; Lone Star Lodge No. 549, at Independence, with one hundred and five members; Green Hill Lodge No. 832, at Green Hill, with seventy-five members; Pence Lodge No. 837, at Pine Village, with a membership of twenty-eight. This makes a total in Warren county of four hundred and ninety-three members in the various lodges of Odd Fellows.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001271
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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