Originof Odd Fellowship
Thebirthday of Odd Fellowship was celebrated throughout the world on lastWednesday, the 26th of April.
Rev. B.B. Evans delivered the annual address in this city at Goff Chapel, a good sizedaudience being present.
Seventy-fiveyears have passed since the birthday of this brilliant order, and the growth ofthe fraternity, not only in this country, but throughout the world, has beencharacterized by a vigor unknown to any otherbrotherhood.
OddFellowship is an American institution, and was founded in the city of Baltimore on the 26thof April, 1819. Those who inauguratedthe order were prompted by benevolent motives and there were only five innumber. These five men, however, wereearnest in their undertaking, and, as it were, specially “set apart” for thisparticular work.
They gaveit freely of their time and energy, and set about with the determination tobrook no disappointment in the prosecution of their designs. The essential object of the brotherhood wasto protect and aid one another in times of sickness and travel, and also forthe purpose of benevolence and charity.
Such wasthe genius of Odd Fellowship. It wasmodest to be sure, but there was an indication, even at that early day, whichpointed to a fruitful harvest in the near future, it not prophetic of thatworld wide popularity --?-- which the order in thebrief space of seventy-four years has grown.
Lodgeshave been established in every part of the world, and these are scattered inthick clusters all over the UnitedStates.
[Retrieved and transcribed by NanciHeadley Kotowski from the Apr. 28, 1893 edition of Clarksburg Telegram, Clarksburg,W. Va.]