Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 65 [RG1278.AM]


RG1278.AM:  Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 65, Geneva, Nebraska

Records:  1889-1988
Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska
Size:  2.25 cu.ft.; 3 boxes


The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a non-political fraternal order originally founded in 1819 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The order is also known as the Triple Link Fraternity, referring to the order’s “Triple Links” symbol.  The symbol alludes to the IOOF motto, “Friendship, Love and Truth”.  Beginning in 1851 the IOOF became the first national fraternal organization to accept both men and women when it formed the Daughters of Rebekah.


This collection consists of records of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 65, Geneva, Nebraska.  Series 1 contains records of Lodge no. 65, Geneva, Nebraska.  The records include various ledgers, record books, cash books, membership rolls, etc., dating from 1889 to 1988.  Series 2 consists of records of Lodge no. 194, Shickley, Nebraska, including various cash books, membership registers, and other record books dating from 1892 to 1971.

Note:  Due to declining membership, Lodge no. 65 absorbed Lodge no. 194 in 1971.


Series 1 – Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 65, Geneva, Nebraska

Box 1

  1. Record book, 1904-1912 (oversized)
  2. Record book, 1912-1915
  3. Record book, 1915-1917
  4. Record book, 1918-1922
  5. Record book, 1922-1926
  6. Record book, 1926-1930
  7. Record book, 1932-1934
  8. Record book, 1935-1939
  9. Record book, 1939-1942
  10. Record book, 1943-1951

Box 2

  1. Record book, 1951-1955
  2. Record book, 1957-1959       
  3. Record book, 1963-1988
  4. Cash book, 1909-1918
  5. Members accounts book, c.1912-1917
  6. Secretary’s account book, 1919-1936
  7. Roll book, 1904-1912
  8. Roll book, ca. 1943-1951
  9. Roll book, undated
  10. Obituary record book, 1889-1960
  11. Record of sick benefits, 1914-1940
  12. Book of members, c.1877-1945
  13. Cash book, 1904-1909
  14. Ledger and membership record (oversized)
  15. Membership ledger, 1904-1912
  16. Loose miscellany
    Certificates (see oversize)

Series 2 – Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge no. 194, Shickley, Nebraska

  1. Register of visitors, c.1892-1970
  2. Cash book, 1951-1971

Box 3

  1. Register of membership, c.1892-1966
  2. Record book, 1959-1971
  3. Semi-Annual Financial Abstracts book, 1960-1970
  4. Misc. papers, including:
    Tax reports forms, 1961-1964 and 1967-1970
    Affidavit certifying use of exempt property, 1964
    Letter announcing merger with General Lodge #65, 1971
    Roll call, 1963-1970
    Certificates (see oversize)

Subject headings:

Fillmore County (Neb.) — Societies
Fraternal organizations
Geneva (Neb.) — Societies
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Shickley (Neb.) — Societies

Revised TMM      03-26-2018

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