Forgotten Landmark-I.O.O.F. Samaritan Lodge No. 35, Fulton, KS

This lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F), located in Fulton, Kansas, was constructed in 1884. 

The Proceedings of the Fifth-First Annual Session of the Grand Lodge I.O.O.F. of Kansas from 1908 indicates this lodge added 21 members that year.

In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called “Odd Fellows.” Odd Fellows are also known as “The Three Link Fraternity” which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded on the North American continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on 26 April 1819 when Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1.

Odd Fellowship became the first national fraternity to include both men and women when it adopted the Rebekah Degree on 20 September 1851.(

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