Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Independent Order of the Odd Fellows Croghan Lodge #77
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This I.O.O.F. was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2014 by Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio Paul McAfee.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal, service-based organization that had its beginning in Baltimore, Maryland in the early partof the 19th century. The members of the group became known as "Odd Fellows" because their stated aim to selflessly provide for those in need was apparently viewed as odd by some outside the organization.
The Croghan Lodge, formed in Fremont, Ohio, was designated #77. President Rutherford B. Hayes applied for and was accepted as a member September 15th, 1849. Hayes maintained his membership through that year, when he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to practice law. After his return to Fremont from Washington, D. C., Hayes again became active in the Croghan Lodge. He passed through all of the highest and important chairs, including Noble Grand. At the time of his death in 1893, he was chairman of the local committee of Odd Fellows appointed to secure for Fremont, Ohio, the Odd Fellows Orphan home for the state of Ohio. The eleven-member committee was entertained at Spiegel Grove by President Hayes and his daughter Fanny during their search for a location.
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This record of the Croghan Lodge #77 is a ledger of the meeting minutes, dating from July 12, 1890 to July 27, 1893. Resolutions of respect regarding President Rutherford B. Hayes following his death are also a part of this record. For this reason, the Grand Lodge of Ohio donated this volume to the Hayes Presidential Center.
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