Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Dayton, Nevada, Lodge No. 5 Records

 Collection
Identifier: 88-30
The records are divided into eight series, the last of which contains a small amount of material from the Ancient Order of United Workmen of Nevada. The remainder consists of correspondence, membership, resolutions, reports, financial, legal, and printed materials.

The correspondence dates from 1863-1896 with the majority pertaining mostly to membership benefits, such as payment of medical bills or death benefits. One folder contains letters from various Grand Lodges in Nevada and elsewhere; these are mostly resolutions and directions to fellow lodge members.

The membership files, 1863-1896 contain applications for membership, membership rolls, and reports listing members who were expelled, rejected, reinstated, or who died. These latter date from 1879-1895.

Two of the more interesting groups of files are the annual and semi-annual reports, and the treasurers' reports. Reports, also called relief reports, provide data on the number of members assisted and the amount spent for their relief, and lists of members names and the rank they attained (the benefit received by each member was determined by this rank). Several of these also provide some information about the Rebekah Lodge of Dayton.

The treasurer was responsible for reporting on the financial health of the lodge; his narratives detail income and expenditures. Occasionally, the reports also include lists of members (in conjunction with dues collected).

This collection provides a useful tool in examining benevolence organizations of the nineteenth century, and to a limited extent, will be helpful to genealogists searching for clues to the existence and activities of relatives.

Dates

  • 1863-1936

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Overview

The Dayton Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was established on June 2, 1863 and was a branch of a national social and benevolence organization. The first lodge in Nevada Territory was organized at Gold Hill in April 1862; the Dayton Lodge was the fifth one in the territory. The collection includes correspondence, generally about members' benefits membership applications, rolls, and lists of members expelled, rejected, or deceased (including Daughters of Rebekah); resolutions commemorating deceased members or recommending action; relief reports enumerating members and widows assisted; treasurers' reports and invoices; surety bonds for office holders and the lodge; testimony from an internal investigation; printed advertisements and ritual cards; and an A.O.U.W. fund constitution, semi-annual reports, and relief call.

Administrative History

The Dayton Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was established on June 2, 1863 and was a branch of a national social and benevolence organization. The first lodge in Nevada Territory was organized at Gold Hill in April 1862; the Dayton Lodge was the fifth one in the territory.

The purpose of the IOOF in general was to care for their members, specifically, to administer to the sick, financially assist the destitute, bury the dead, and comfort widows and children. Membership was open to free white males of good character who were employed; an initiation fee and monthly dues provided the source of funds for carrying out the organization's purposes. Benevolent organizations such as the IOOF were very important in this era, as they served as health and life insurance for men and their families who were far from their original homes. Women were allowed to join female editions of the IOOF, known as Rebekah Degree Lodges.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Membership; 3) Resolutions; 4) Reports; 5) Financial; 6) Legal; 7) Printed Materials; 8) Ancient Order of United Workmen

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Barry Cassidy Rare Books of Sacramento on August 31, 1988.
Title
Guide to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Dayton, Nevada, Lodge No. 5 Records
Status
completed
Author
Susan Searcy
Date
August 1988
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
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