History Matters: Odd Fellows celebrated their 69th anniversary of the Lodge in 1912

History Matters

March 24, 2012|By Louise Vest

100 Years Ago

Odd lodge

The Odd Fellows in Ellicott City celebrated their 69th anniversary of the Lodge, as noted in the Times:

"The Honorable H.G. Davis, the oldest living initiated member of the Lodge, Ex-Governor Warfield, another member and Ex-Congressman Millan were special guests of honor.

At one P.M. a banquet attended by 200 persons was served at the Howard House. At 8 p.m. fully 500 people attended the open meeting at the court house and at the same place at night 29 new members were initiated bringing the membership of the lodge up to 158 active workers, a record to be proud of. ... .

Davis spoke to the group: He said he was a native of Howard county and proud of it. He has great respect for the ladies, as his mother taught school for a living so she might educate her children. After leaving Howard county he transferred his membership to the lodge at Elkins. W.Va. He has always taken an active interest in the welfare of the Off Fellows.

He remembered Ellicott City "when it was in its teens" and was proud to see it grow and proud that his native county has given four Governors to the State, Howard, Ligon, Carroll and Warfield. He said Odd Fellowship has its cardinal principles: truth, friendship, love and charity. Can anything be more noble."

Davis, who was a former senator, was initiated into the lodge May 3, 1845.

Baltimore was the founding site of the Odd Fellows in North America, but the group began back in 17th century England. They gathered together to help those in need in their community, which was so unusual in the 1600s, that they were called "odd fellows" for their altruism. The name stuck. Today there are "Odd" women and kids, too.

75 Years Ago

Going green

The subject of a Times article was a women's club meeting at a members home and held a program on international relations, where an "oriental" dinner was served:

"Jessup Women to discuss Planting Flowers At Home: Meeting At Mrs. Guy Wetzel's Home to Include Program Of Conservation. ... . Mrs. Edward F. Buckner of Baltimore made an address on "Peace Looking Backward and Forward." Mrs. Buckner has travelled extensively in Europe and gave some firsthand information about conditions abroad.

St. Patrick Luncheon: Mrs. Edward Stiegler was hostess at a meeting held at her home on March 17th. A St. Patrick luncheon was served. The program on education was arranged by Mrs. Nicholas Hahn.

The next meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Guy Wetzel with a program on Conservation to be arranged by Mrs. A.C. Zepp. there will be a lecture and demonstration on "Flower Arrangement in the Home."

50 Years Ago

Boozy bloody buckets

"In a typical week Howard County police spend many manhours on non-criminal complaints. Some may be preventative measures, some can only be listed as screw-ball.

Biggest wasters of time are those who seemed to have the police department confused with Ann Landers. Having told their sad tale and set the expensive machinery of the department in motion to check it out they suddenly feel better and want to drop all charges. This week officers took three such complaints.

The woman whose purse disappeared found it in her car. All the money was gone but she didn't want the police to bother the man who had been in her kitchen soliciting funds.

And the fellow who reported his car stolen found he knew the man who had forgotten to ask permission before he borrowed it and wanted no charges placed.

Friday night four homes in the Ellicott City area were homes in the Ellicott City area were suddenly plunged into darkness between 7 and 10:30. After frantically checking fuses, residents discovered someone had plucked their electric meters from their walls.

The man who was hit on the head with a beer bottle decided it was just a friendly tap after all and he wanted to forgive and forget."

While there were sites in Ellicott City known for their rowdiness 75 years ago, when my dad was working in the area 50 years ago he said there were still a fair number of "knife and gun" clubs, or "bloody bucket" establishments where liquor-fueled confrontations were Saturday night ritual.

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