The Oldest Fraternity in Campbell

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Morning Light Lodge #42 was the first fraternal organization in Campbell.

There's in what's moving in to the former Independent Order of Odd Fellows Morning Light Lodge #42 at E. Campbell Avenue and First Street.

Campbell Patch has the scoop but before we get to that, *a little bit of history (because we love history and the developer does as well. And hey, you know you do too!).

Before the building downtown stood vacant for nearly seven years, before developers Imwalle Properties took over and began its nearly 18-month project, it was home to Campbell's oldest fraternity.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Morning Light Lodge #42 was granted its charter on Sept. 6, 1894 and its first members included:

  • R.P. McGlincey
  • E.N. Parr
  • R.K. Thomas
  • George Whitney
  • J.C. Lindermer
  • B.O. Curry
  • J.H. Campbell (Benjamin Campbell's son)

The group's first meeting was held . It moved in 1902 to the current location, donated by J.H. Campbell, and held its meetings and events in a wooden building until 1968 when it was condemned and the most recent building was built in its place.

*All information was gathered from Jeanette Watson's book, Campbell: The Orchard City.

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David and Darlene Steele June 08, 2012 at 02:18 PM
According to the infallible Wikipedia- Friendship, Love, and Truth. What do we win? :-)
Alina Squeak June 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Friendship, Love, and Trust. I better know that, or I wouldn't be able to read half the old tombstones that I take photos of! LOL
Alina Squeak June 08, 2012 at 04:37 PM
BWAHAHAHA um, I meant TRUTH!!! Why did I type trust?! Damn, I know I'm never awake that early in the morning. Perhaps I should wait to post until AFTER I'm fully awake and have had my tea! Mayra knows I would know this like the back of my hand otherwise. LOL


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