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Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1908
This building served as the seat of the Kansas Territorial government in 1857 and 1858. The second territorial legislature met here in 1857. The constitutional convention that drafted the Lecompton Constitution also met here. At the time this photo was taken, the building served as the meeting hall for the International Order of Odd Fellows. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Decorated car at the I.O.O.F. convention in Colby, Thomas County, Kansas

Decorated car at the I.O.O.F. convention in Colby, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1925
In this photograph several unidentified people sit in a car elegantly decorated for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows convention in Colby, Thomas County, Kansas.


Dedication of the juvenile building at the Odd Fellows Rebekah Home in Manhattan, Kansas

Dedication of the juvenile building at the Odd Fellows Rebekah Home in Manhattan, Kansas
Creator: Spicer & Bumbarger
Date: October 14, 1914
This panoramic photograph shows the dedication of the juvenile home which was part the Rebekah-Odd Fellows of Kansas. The Rebekahs were the women's organization of the International Order of Odd Fellows. It was located in Manhattan, Kansas in an area known as Eureka Lake, which had formerly been a resort. A home for the elderly was also located on the same site. The home for the elderly was destroyed by fire on November 26, 1916.


Ebberly J. Leigh

Ebberly J. Leigh
Date: 1903
This black and white photograph shows Dr. Ebberly J. Leigh,(1860-1939), a physician from Hiawatha, KS, from the book entitled "Annals of Brown County, Kansas" by Grant W. Harrington. Leigh, a native of Highland, Kansas, graduated in 1884 with a medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation he returned to Kansas where he practiced alongside his father Dr. Jonathan Leigh in Hiawatha. For over fifty years Dr. Ebberly Leigh served as the physician for many of the pioneer families of Brown County. Actively involved in the community, Dr. Leigh held a life long membership in the fraternal organizations of the Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also organized the fraternal organizations of the Oak Leaf Camp of the Modern Woodmen and the Life and Annuity Association. Dr. Ebberly Leigh's lifelong dedication to the Hiawatha community came to a close on February 18, 1939 when he died at the age of seventy-nine after a lengthy illness.


Eureka Lake Resort, Manhattan, Kansas

Eureka Lake Resort, Manhattan, Kansas
Creator: Orr, S. C.
Date: 1903
A photograph of Eureka Lake Resort, built by C. P. Dewey in 1899 on an elbow lake of the Kansas River near Manhattan, Kansas. The flood of 1903 destroyed the lake and resort and in 1906 the property and hotel were sold to the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. The hotel was converted into the Rebekah Odd Fellows Home of Kansas and used to house the elderly. On November 26, 1916, the building was destroyed by fire.


Eureka Lake Resort, Manhattan, Kansas

Eureka Lake Resort, Manhattan, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph of Eureka Lake Resort, built by C.P. Dewey in 1899 on an elbow lake of the Kansas River near Manhattan, Kansas. The flood of 1903 destroyed the lake and resort and in 1906 the property and hotel were sold to the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. The hotel was converted into the Rebekah-Odd Fellows Home of Kansas and used to house the elderly. On November 26, 1916, the building was destroyed by fire.


Exterior of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) building, Rexford, Thomas County, Kansas

Exterior of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) building, Rexford, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1903
This is a photograph of the exterior of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) building in Rexford, Thomas County, Kansas.


Grand Lodge and Rebekah State Convention at Silkville, Kansas

Grand Lodge and Rebekah State Convention at Silkville, Kansas
Creator: Martin, William H., 1865-1940
Date: October 12, 1893
This photograph shows members of the Grand Lodge and Rebekah State Convention visiting the I.O.O.F. (International Order of Odd Fellows) Orphan's Home at Silkville, Kansas.


Healy Rebekah Lodge, No. 655, performing a street drill, Dighton, Kansas

Healy Rebekah Lodge, No. 655, performing a street drill, Dighton, Kansas
Creator: Kirch, William
Date: April 24, 1925
A photograph of the Healy Rebekah Lodge, No. 655, performing a street drill in Dighton, Kansas.


I.O.O.F. Lodge 614 float in the I.O.O.F. parade in Colby, Thomas County, Kansas

I.O.O.F. Lodge 614 float in the I.O.O.F. parade in Colby, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
In this photograph a decorated car serves as the float for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 614 in a parade in Colby, Thomas County, Kansas.


I.O.O.F. Lodge in Ensign, Kansas

I.O.O.F. Lodge in Ensign, Kansas
Date: 1915
This is a photograph of the new I.O.O.F. Lodge instituted by Cimarron #288 at Ensign, Kansas. The lodge met in Clark's Pharmacy building. People in the photograph are identified as: (first row) J. R. Fisher, Harry Hildebrand, Arlie Fisher, Earl Mackey, Charles Naylor, Bill Miller, Andy Green; (second row) Earl Hoadley, Vernon Cash, B. F. Clem, Bill Westfall, R. W. McFarland (4th from right); (third row) Bill McFarland (3rd from right). Unfortunately, identification is not complete.


International Order of Odd Fellows Hall, Bentley

International Order of Odd Fellows Hall, Bentley
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
The International Order of Odd Fellows Hall, Bentley, is being moved to another location. There are unidentified people and work horses in the photo.


Lynn Seely Herbert

Lynn Seely Herbert
Date: 1903
This black and white photograph shows Lynn Seely Herbert,(1822-1903), a teacher from Hiawatha, KS, from the book entitled "Annals of Brown County, Kansas" by Grant W. Harrington. Herbert, a native of Millsboro, Pennsylvania graduated from the Normal School in California, Pennsylvania with a certificate in teaching. Upon graduation he taught in the Pennsylvania communities of Fayette City, Uniontown and Pittsburgh before moving in 1870 to Hiawatha. In this northeastern Kansas town Herbert established a successful teaching career and was appointed in 1872, principal of the Hiawatha school system. Later he served as a school examiner. Actively involved in the community, Herbert held a life long membership in the fraternal organizations of the Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also held various appointed offices that included justice of the peace, census taker and police judge. For more than twenty years he was justice of the city of Hiawatha. On December 30, 1903, Herbert's life long dedication to the Hiawatha community came to a close when he died at the age of eighty.


Rebekah Lodge #669 photograph

Rebekah Lodge #669 photograph
Date: 1938
This is a group photograph of the Rebekah Lodge #669 in Rexford, Thomas County, Kansas. The Rebekah Lodge is a Fraternal Order and service-focused organization, established in 1851. The ladies are not identified individually.


Rebekah lodge, Cimarron, Kansas

Rebekah lodge, Cimarron, Kansas
Date: January 21, 1960
This photograph shows members of the Rebekah Lodge in Cimarron, Kansas.


Rebekahs Lodge members, Alma, Kansas

Rebekahs Lodge members, Alma, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1915
This is a studio portrait of a large group of lodge women from Alma, Kansas. The women have been identified as Mary Kraus, Mrs. Frank Sanders, Irene Bandle, Madge Fridley, Laura Schmidt, Mrs. Sammons, Mary Ketterman, Jessie Berroth, Ida Thowe, Mae Galusha, Frieda Hasenbank, Mary McCrumb, Louise Anderson, Aurora Wertzberger, Alba Sapp, Katie Haller, Carrie Johnson, and Rosa Noller.


S. H. Snyder Pharmacy, Neodesha, Kansas

S. H. Snyder Pharmacy, Neodesha, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1930
This photograph shows an exterior view of the S. H. Snyder Pharmacy in Neodesha, Kansas. The store's sign below the balcony reads, "S. H. Snyder. Drugs, medicines, wall paper, paints, oils, and window glass." The sign at the top of the building's façade reads, "I. O. O. F. Hall." A crowd of people is visible standing outside the building, with several people holding umbrellas. There are several women visible on the balcony of the building, and the railing of the balcony is decorated with bunting and several unidentified flags.


Souvenir of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas

Souvenir of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas
Creator: Larned Chronoscope
Date: 1908 ?
This souvenir history of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas, includes brief historical sketches with many photos of farms, homes, and businesses.


The Capital City Topeka Picturesque and Descriptive

The Capital City Topeka Picturesque and Descriptive
Creator: Art Publishing Company
Date: 1888-1889
This is a book containing photographs of buildings, bridges, Kansas capitol under construction, parks, houses, College of the Sisters of Bethany, street scenes, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe shops, Union Pacific depot, industries, banks, greenhouses, newspaper offices, hotels, opera houses, churches, water works, machine shops and foundries, library, county jail, lumber yard, elevators, Rock Island depot, Washburn College, cotton factory, and bird's-eye views of Topeka. Also, included in the book are histories and information about Topeka's founding, Washburn University, College of the Sisters of Bethany, newspapers, public libraries, churches, and board of trade.


Urbin I. Rudell photograph collection

Urbin I. Rudell photograph collection
Creator: Rudell, Urbin I., 1878-1966
Date: Between 1907 and 1912
Photographer Urbin I. Rudell, 1878-1966, was born in the Lenape community of Leavenworth County, Kansas. His family later moved to Loring, Wyandotte County, where he attended school. Rudell became interested in taking photographs at age 15 and taught himself the art of photography with a German-made camera he acquired. Rudell married Alice Mae Barry in 1903 and the couple moved to Bonner Springs in 1907. About this time, the city leaders were promoting Bonner Springs as a health resort. Rudell was hired to take photographs of Bonner Springs businesses, homes, and other points of interest, which were published in the booklet "Kansas Karlsbad." During the Depression, Rudell was hired to carry mail and parcel post between the post office and the Union Pacific depot, and he held that job for the next twenty years. He continued to operate his photography business and worked out of his home taking photographs when requested and whenever a major event occurred in town.


William Foster Means

William Foster Means
Creator: Chase Studio, Hiawatha, KS
Date: Between 1894 and 1900
This cabinet card shows William Foster Means (1861-1930), a lawyer from Hiawatha, Kansas. Means, a native of DeKalb County, Missouri, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1885 with a degree in law and was admitted to the bar in 1887. He promptly moved to Horton, Kansas, in 1887 to practice civil law. Considered a conservative and thoroughly educated attorney by his peers, Means was elected county attorney of Brown County in the fall of 1890. Upon assuming the office he moved to Hiawatha, Kansas. Means was re-elected in 1894 and in 1900 respectively as county attorney. He did not seek re-election in 1904 but returned to private life. Actively involved in the community, Means held a number of elected and appointed positions from city attorney of Hiawatha to serving on the local school board. In addition to these positions, he was a member of the Republican party and one of the founders of the Citizen's Bank of Hiawatha. He also served as a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


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