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Calling Out from the Past is a detailed ac- 
counting of the first Odd Fellows Home in Cali- 
fornia. It is a retrospect of one organization's 
challenge to establish a place for its aging mem- 
bers. Many of these aging members had been the 
first pioneers to come to California. 

As early as the 1880s, it was apparent most 
members did not see the need to possess and 
operate such a facility. Having a Home for the 
aged was a new concept within the Order, having 
only built its first Home in Pennsylvania less than 
two decades earlier. Despite opposition, such a 
Home was placed in Thermalito, California. 

Peter V. Sellars describes the daily life at the 
Home in this carefully researched project. Fac- 
tors such as malaria, weather, mistreatment, and 
deaths lent themselves to the ongoing decision 
process, which never allowed the operation to 
run smoothly. Investigations within the organiza- 
tion, exaggerations, and allegations constantly 
plagued and disrupted the little peace that could 
be found at the Thermalito Home. 

It was by pure chance the Odd Fellows were 
able to have a Home in California. Only after 
three entrepreneurs had run out of money to 
complete their resort hotel was it offered to the 
Order. The three men just happened to belong to 
the Odd Fellows. The deal could not have looked 
better to the committee assigned to find a loca- 
tion for the Home. 

The Home at Thermalito lasted only seven- 
teen years, but it left more than lessons learned 
for a future Home. Hundreds of graves of those 
who died while at the Home are the only re- 
minders left behind. Over the course of one hun- 
dred years, the Home at Thermalito was all but 
forgotten. Sellars teaches us of the life that once 
existed in a town called Thermalito; it is a Calling 
Out from the Past 

Calling Out from 
the Past 

The First Odd Fellows Home 
in California 

Peter V. Sellars 

Copyright © 2008 by Peter V. Sellars 

ISBN: 978-0-9799174-1-7 

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Dedicated to the memory of Adrian Guilford 
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Acknowledgments vii 

Introduction ix 

1. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows 1 

2. The Early Homes 3 

3. Slow Progression 9 

4. Settling on a Location 13 

5. Thermalito Is Selected 21 

6. Moving Toward the Home Operation 29 

7. Expansion of Thermalito, California 35 

8. The Home's Facts as Reported 41 

9. A Negative Report 49 

10. Life at the Thermalito Home as Reported 53 

11. Response to Criticism 73 

12. More Criticism 77 

13. The Home— The Next Few Years 85 

14. Same Old Happenings 103 

15. The Beginning of the End for the Thermalito Home .... 123 

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16. The Transition Begins 149 

17. Closing the Door 161 

18. The Summation 165 

Bibliography 173 

Appendix 179 

Index 191 


This project could not have been as thoroughly completed without the 
kind assistance of the following people: Lucy C. Sperlin of the Butte 
County Historical Society for keeping the archives office opened 
during the Thanksgiving Day weekend; Jane Hernandez for her editing 
and clarification; Jeremy Ritter for his mastery of digital imaging; my 
wife Bonnie for her assistance with the research of material; Ron Olson 
of Oroville Lodge No. 59; the Butte County Historical Society; the 
Meriam Library at Cal-State University-Chico; the staff at the Oroville 
Library; the California Historical Society, especially Debra Kaufman 
and Mary Morganti; and the Butte County Pioneer Museum. 



There are many places we call ghost towns. There are places we call 
historic. Then, there are places that have been forgotten — places of 
which we have little or no knowledge. Sometimes those places call out 
to us. One of those places was once a home for the aged, as it was often 
referred to a century ago. This place was a community that had been 
established from the desires of a few members into something real. 

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (a prominent organization 
that came to America in the early 1800s) sought the creation of a home 
to facilitate its aging members. Through perseverance and an unwaver- 
ing determination, this so-called home was founded in a place in 
northern California called Thermalito. 

For years, the Odd Fellows in California contemplated the idea 
of creating a home for its aging members. The organization was 
already providing a pseudo-type of medical insurance for its ill or 
physically distressed members, meaning there were financial benefits 
for those members needing assistance. Other states had these types 
of homes. This was at a time when the Order — as it was called — was 
a beneficial society assisting members in sickness and providing a 
death benefit. 

If the Thermalito property had not been enticingly available to the 
Odd Fellows at a time when it was aggressively seeking land for such 
an endeavor, it most likely would have never selected such a location. 
On the onset, the distance from San Francisco and the summer heat of 
the land site were unpopular with the membership. Still, having a 
structure, land, an opportunity to expand its new enterprise, and a new 
value or principle in caring for its older members was overwhelmingly 


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attractive. It was an opportunity to have a starting point, which would 
be both realistic and educational. 

The Odd Fellows, already a very strong and beneficial society in 
California (even vastly outnumbering the Masons in the 1800s), felt the 
need to keep up with sister Odd Fellows lodges of other states. Many of 
the other states had homes for the aged and infirmed. By 1886, the gen- 
eral membership demanded the Grand Lodge build a facility to house 
those loyal and longtime members, rather than allowing them to fade 
away and perish in some indignant manner. 

Who would have thought that about the same time the Odd 
Fellows were investigating the creation of a home for its older 
members, that a private company would be building a hotel in a new 
"beautiful colony" called Thermalito? And, this project would be a flop? 
Blame it on the summer heat. Blame it on the poor promotion of sales. 
This so-called largest hotel in California, north of Sacramento, would 
conveniently fall in the lap of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 
Timing was everything! 

The Odd Fellows did indeed receive a place to house and care for 
its older and needy members from the generosity of those who failed 
in promoting a development project. A gift was a gift, saving the Order 
the question of immediate funding and from those members who were 
ready to debate the prospect of a home due to the lack of available 

No doubt finding the money for such a project would have been 
the stopping point concerning any kind of residence for these older 
members. There was an established fund already started a few years ear- 
lier for this future dream, but that account certainly did not have the 
kind of money needed for a care facility. Even the Sovereign Grand 
Lodge of the I.O.O.F. (the Independent Order of Odd Fellows), that 
oversaw the entire jurisdiction of the United States, would not permit 
the Grand Lodge in California to assess subordinate lodges for the pur- 
pose of erecting a new home for the aged. If the Odd Fellows were going 
to have a home, it needed an outside private company to fail. Then, it 
needed a miracle for that company to say, "Here: this is for you, Odd 
Fellows." That is almost the way it happened! 

Introduction ■ xi 

Of course, those same reasons and miseries that one group failed 
and caused the Odd Fellows to gain a new home for its indigent and 
aged members would be the same arguing point for those individuals 
who never really accepted Thermalito as the prime location for their 
home. From the onset, the property in Thermalito would never be seen 
as a permanent place to house its longtime members. Regardless, if, 
and when the location of this new home would ever change, hundreds 
of Odd Fellows would end their days on the property in Thermalito. 
Hundreds would remain and not ever leave the grounds. 

The lessons learned at Thermalito educated an organization inso- 
far that one of the most well devised land expeditions to ever take place 
was accomplished. Seventeen years after moving into Thermalito, the 
Odd Fellows located the most perfect properties in Santa Clara County 
(in what would become a town named Saratoga). Location was the 
direct result of the lessons learned at Thermalito. Location and proxi- 
mity to San Francisco (the Odd Fellows headquarters) was first and 
foremost. The weather, the wells, the soil, the transportation, the sur- 
rounding populations, and any other expectations and requirements 
were met by finding Saint Clara. The memory of Thermalito faded into 

Chapter I 

The Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows 

Defining the Independent Order of Odd Fellows is not an easy 
task. The reason the Odd Fellows is not easily defined is the 
organization really is not the fraternity it was 200 years ago or 
even 100 years ago as it has gone through a metamorphosis. 

Where its membership in California reached nearly 60,000 in 
1927, it now stands at roughly 5,000 in 2008. At one time, nearly one 
in seven people in California were members of the Odd Fellows. This 
organization has definitely changed. 

On April 26, 1819, Odd Fellows officially came into existence in 
America when Washington Lodge No. 1 in Baltimore, Maryland, was 
established. It had originated in England many years earlier. Thomas 
Wildey, the first Grand Master, was seen as the founder of American Odd 
Fellowship. He was the Grand Master in Maryland for 12 years. 

In short, the Order, as it is also referred to, spread throughout the 
eastern states and eventually westward, reaching California by 1849. Of 
course, the Gold Rush helped bring the populace to California, rapidly 
expanding Odd Fellowship in the state. 

The Odd Fellows live by principles, which are taught through 
various levels of degrees. These principles include: friendship, love, 
truth, faith, hope, charity, and universal justice. Members promise to 
uphold certain practices by taking an oath. They promise to visit the 
sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan. 

The name "Odd Fellows" derived from any one or a combination of 
the following. In the 1700s, it was seen as being uncommon, or "odd," 
for a group of men to help one another, to come to each other's aid, and 
to offer social relief. Another source says that during the Roman times, 


2 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

the term "Odd Citizens" was used and then Caesar Titus called these 
people "Odd Fellows." In the mid-1700s, nontraditional professional 
workers who did not belong to working unions or guilds were called 
"odd" and did "odd jobs"; then, when the group officially formed, it took 
the name of "Odd Fellows" (the latter makes the most sense). 

Historically, living up to the principles and performing these good 
works meant something much more 100 years ago. There were few 
hospitals, so this meant visiting those in a home or a distant place; and 
travel was not done by automobile in the 1800s. Relieving the distressed 
meant sometimes giving a hand to a fellow member; it meant sacrifice 
of one's time and energy. Years ago, in many cases, burying the dead 
was seen as an act of honor. For an organization to commit to burying 
its dead was a great endeavor. Think about this in today's terms. 
"Educating the orphans" — that statement in itself is enormous and 
still accomplished by the Order in California. The Order has changed; 
but the working toward the aforementioned goals through honorable 
principles deserves recognition and admiration. 

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows embraced the idea of 
creating homes for its elderly and poor members in the 1800s. The idea 
was well matched with the already-established precepts. California 
worked very hard to establish a home. It was never perfect, but it was 
better than the alternative — not having a home. 

The Grand Lodge of the United States (later to be renamed the 
Sovereign Grand Lodge) oversaw all of the Grand Lodges of each state. 
The Grand Lodge regulated the activities of the subordinate Odd 
Fellows Lodges and Rebekah Lodges. The Odd Fellows helped establish 
the first hospital in California, some of the first libraries, and much 
more. The organization had some of the most prominent members of 
each city in its lodges. Many of these members joined when the Order 
first was established in the state in 1849 and in the following years. By 
the 1880s, these members were reaching old age. Many lacked the 
means to support themselves because they could no longer labor for 
survival. Where would they go? How were their last days going to be 
spent? Some had no families to bear the burden. 

Odd Fellowship defined its society as meeting the needs of others. 
A home was bound to be established. 

Chapter 2 

The Early Homes 

The Odd Fellows prided itself on the precept, "to visit the sick, 
relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan." 
But there was probably an overwhelming desire to include the 
care of elderly and indigent members. Eventually this would evolve 
into caring for the wives, widows, and orphaned children of these mem- 
bers, and eventually for the Rebekahs — the sister faction of the all-men 
lodges of early Odd fellowship. 

Taking the lead role on establishing a home was Pennsylvania. In 
April of 1872, the Odd Fellows established a home for the orphaned 
children at Meadville, Pennsylvania. This was the "first Home created 

Odd Fellows Home, Meadville, Pa. 

One of the first Odd Fellows homes in the country was established in Meadville, Pennsylvania. 

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by any fraternal society." Later, this was expanded to include elderly 
members of the Order. 

Shortly thereafter, other Odd Fellows in the other cities followed 
the role of Meadville, Pennsylvania. In 1880, Pittsburg built its Home 
for Widows and Orphans. Then other states followed: Portland, Oregon, 
in 1883; New Hampshire in 1883; New Jersey in 1885; Unionport, New 
York, in 1886; Corsicana, Texas, in 1886; Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 
1890; Hollis, New York, in 1891; Massachusetts in 1892; Lockport, New 
York, in 1893; and yet another in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1894. 

The names of these Odd Fellows homes varied. By today's 
standards, some of these names could be considered offensive or 
politically incorrect. There were the Old People's Homes, the Old Folks' 
Homes, Homes for the Decrepit, and Homes for the Orphans. Now, the 
few homes the Odd Fellows still maintain are referred to as the "Odd 
Fellows Homes," or simply, "Retirement Homes." 

After the first home was established in Pennsylvania in 1872, the 
Order across the country felt a new obligation to advance and expand 

The Early Homes ■ 5 

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Grren Bay. Wis 

In 1890, the Odd Fellows in Wisconsin established its home in Green Bay. 

Massachusetts established its first Odd Fellows home in 1892. 

6 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

The Odd Fellows home in Connecticut. 

in its precepts, as mentioned above. This is evident as other states did, 
in fact, build homes, and other states sought homes. This included 
California. Starting in 1849, Odd Fellowship was relatively new in 
California. It was still growing. But it had the desire to grow and go 
beyond the jurisdictions that had a head start. 

Without a home for its aged and tired members, California Odd 
Fellows definitely felt the pressure of establishing a home. By the 
1880s, it had established a fund for the "aged" members. In 1886, the 
Grand Lodge of California appointed "The Special Committee On Odd 
Fellows Home." Its duty was to "consider the subject of the establish- 
ment of an Odd Fellow's Home." This committee was obviously 
appointed because many in the memberships of the Odd Fellows were 
pushing the idea of having a place for the older and infirm members. 

In 1888, during the Annual Grand Lodge Sessions held at San 
Francisco, California, "The Special Committee On Odd Fellow's Home" 
used the Fourteenth Annual Report of the Odd Fellow's Home of the 
Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania to make its argument for having a home 
in California. The report on the home in Pennsylvania was extremely 

The Early Homes ■ 7 

favorable. (By this time, Pennsylvania Odd Fellows already had 
four homes.) Note: Annual reports were normally presented in May of 
each year. 

"The Special Committee on Odd Fellow's Home" also appeared to 
walk the fence, most likely giving in to some of the membership not 
ready to accept expanding the roles of Odd Fellowship and take on more 
costly responsibilities. A home would cost money! The committee did 
back off on the urgency of needing a home by stating in its report, "let 
us first provide the foundation, and then build with sound judgment as 
our requirements dictate." The committee then proceeded to request 
"further time in which to procure positive offers of prices for suitable 
plots of lands in several localities of the state." This report would not 
come before the Grand Lodge Body until the following year. California 
felt the pressure of establishing a home, yet it was being careful not to 
disturb the naysayer of the Order. 

Members had a right to be concerned and somewhat hesitant 
about starting a home in California. Things were going well. The Order 
was continuing to grow. In 1886, there were 24,375 members in 
California. The Order paid sick benefits to those who qualified. Sick 
members were being visited. Members who died were being buried. 
Lodges were coming to the aid of members who were needy. The 
precepts and values were being met and followed respectively. Adding 
a home would be taking on a new task. It would mean change. 

In 1886, the Sovereign Grand Lodge did not help the placement 
or the funding of a home. It presented the following resolution: "That 
State Grand Lodges and Encampments may provide by Constitutional 
enactment for the erection and maintenance of Homes for the aged and 
indigent Odd Fellow; provided, however, said Bodies shall not make 
assessments on Subordinates for the purpose of erecting and maintain- 
ing the same." This meant the Grand Lodge of California could not 
impose any additional dues or per capita on subordinate lodges and 
apply such funds toward a home. From where was the funding 
supposed to originate? From the individual members? This meant a 
majority of the membership would have to truly believe that providing 
a home was in the best interest of the Order. 

Chapter 3 

Slow Progression 

If the debate of creating a home for its aged and indigent members 
was hot in the 1880s, the Odd Fellows in California were now out 
and out demanding a home in the early 1890s. On May 10, 1892, in 
San Francisco, during the fortieth Annual Session of the Grand Lodge 
of California, representative Frederick J. Moll, Sr., of Orpheus Lodge 
#237 in Los Angeles, stood before the membership and presented a 
resolution that, in essence, demanded that the Grand Lodge of 
California provide either a home "for every Odd Fellow who has become 
old and infirm" or "establish an Odd Fellow's Pension Fund, from 
which fund aged and infirm Odd Fellows may be sufficiently pensioned 
to sustain themselves for the balance of their old days." In other words, 
this resolution was made to force the Grand Lodge to respond. It surely 
could not afford the creation of a pension fund, but set the urgency in 
motion for providing a home for its older members. Mr. Moll had the 
courage to be the member to force the issue. The idea or debate of 
instituting a home had been going around for the past six years. 

The response to Moll's resolution, which had been referred to the 
State of the Order Committee for recommendation, was somewhat 
pacifying in that the committee stated, "that the creation of a Pension 
Fund is neither necessary nor expedient." It further stated, "that as to 
the matter of an Odd Fellow's Home, we believe there is a constantly 
increasing demand for such an institution in our Order in this State." 
Then, the committee suggested Moll's resolution be given to a 
Special Committee of five, to be appointed by the Grand Master. This 
Special Committee was to make a report at the next session — in one 


Calling Out from the Past 

In 1893, the Special Committee on the Home probably provided 
one of the most constructive reports since the idea of having a home 
first arose. It gave a detailed report, which included several ideas and 
plans for funding a home project. It answered the most important 
part — which was how to find funding for a new home project. The 
committee offered a resolution that would have the Grand Lodge elect 
five trustees to constitute a Board of Management "having full power 
to regulate its affairs, to make necessary rules for the Home. . ." This 
was really the establishment of the home's infrastructure before actu- 
ally having a home. Now a location was needed. This would later prove 
to be the most debated subject concerning the home. 

William H. Barnes was one of the first trustees of the 
home. He was one of the most beloved members of the 
Odd Fellows in California. 

Slow Progression ■ 1 1 


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S. B. Smith served as a trustee on the first home board. He 
was the home board's third president. 

The five trustees who were elected: Charles N. Fox, William H. 
Barnes, Samuel B. Smith, R. H. Lloyd, and Wesley F. Norcross. 

1 2 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Wesley F. Norcross had been a trustee of the home. 

Chapter 4 

Settling on a 

The first report of the Trustees of the Odd Fellow's Home was on 
May 8, 1894. Financing the home was at the core of the report. 
However, other questions needed answering. Would the home be 
made available to only members of Odd Fellows Lodges? Would widows 
and orphans be cared for at this home? How many inmates, as they 
were called, would be permitted to reside at the home? The trustees had 
sent questionnaires to all of the subordinate lodges in the state. Many 
lodges did not respond, which led the trustees to believe there was 
little interest in having a home, or the membership thought financing 
of the home should come from an additional source other "than that of 
mere voluntary contributions." 

Concerning the property, 20 acres of land near the city of 
Stockton was offered as a gift by member R. Gnekow. This was the first 
plausible offer. However, the trustees reported this land was unim- 
proved and would require much money to prepare it for a home. 

There were also various hotels for sale that seemed desirable to 
the board, and these were included in its report. A 75-room hotel, "fully 
furnished, ready for immediate occupancy," was available in East San 
Gabriel for a price of $40,000. There was a 38-room hotel with 2V> acres 
of land in North Ontario for $12,000. For $10,000, a 40-room hotel with 
15 acres in Anaheim could be purchased. And in Mound City, which was 
between San Bernardino and Redlands, there was "a well-built hotel 
with sixty rooms surrounded by orange groves on twenty-three acres 
for $10,000, with the option to purchase more available property." The 
property had naturally occurring water, which originated from the 
Bear Valley System. 


1 4 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Trustee Charles Fox spoke highly of the Mound City property. The 
report quoted Fox as saying the place was "so excellent a site, one so 
well adapted to the uses desired, and could be secured and made 
available." The trustees presented some very tempting properties to the 
Grand Lodge, of which any one choice would have been a good choice. 
The work by this board was bearing serious fruit. The trustees also 
included in the report a great concern of the funding once a property 
was secured. There had been no real long-range planning regarding 
this issue. Perhaps any one of the mentioned properties could have 
been obtained, but how would it be supported? Up until this time, not 
enough money had been committed by the subordinate lodges or 
individual members to sustain a major operation of operating a home. 
Even the Grand Lodge only had $1,095.25 in its College and Home 
Fund. A home would have to wait, unless a miracle happened. 

In 1893 and 1894, the trustees for the home had sent question- 
naires to all of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges in the jurisdiction 
of California. The lodges were asked to provide the number of how many 
members each would have whom they thought would be eligible to enter 
a home, once one was established. The lodges were also asked to describe 
the condition of these members thought to be eligible for a home. It was 
determined that "about fifty persons" were immediately eligible. 

According to the trustees' report submitted in 1895, by September 
of 1894, "some dozen or fifteen properties had been offered to us as sites 
for the Home." Up to this point, only the Stockton property was offered 
as a no-cost gift. Most of the other offers were very good also. However, 
there was some concern by trustees that all of these other properties 
were located in Southern California. As a result, in November of 1894, 
the trustees began to examine new properties in Northern California, 
first looking in Santa Clara County, about 60 miles south of San 
Francisco. The price of the property in Santa Clara made the consider- 
ation prohibitive. It was also determined by the trustees, that "the 
climate, though excellent for persons in the vigor of life, was not well 
adapted to persons suffering from the infirmities of age as any of those 
examined in the south." That the trustees thought the "climate" of 
Santa Clara was not well suited is significant in that less than 17 years 

Settling on a Location ■ 1 5 

later, Santa Clara County would end up being the home of the Odd 
Fellows for the next 100 years! The trustees continued their search in 
Alameda County, closer to San Francisco; its climate was not desirable 
either. Matters were soon to change as luck would intervene. 

Water Supply and Land 



The Physical, Engineering and 
Business Problems Jj Conditions, 

Wm. Ham. Hall. 

A Report Addressed to 

Messrs. Frank McLaughlin, 
A. F. Jones, and 
E. W. Fogg, 

Oroville, California. 

The three donors of the home had the land in the Thermalito area 
surveyed in 1891. 

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A member of Oroville Lodge No. 59, Albert F. Jones, who also 
practiced law in Oroville, approached the trustees to make an offer. As 
president of the Thermalito Colony Company, Jones was also in a position 
to not only know what the Odd Fellows needed, but to get the organiza- 
tion what it wanted. He, along with fellow members Major Frank 
McLaughlin and Mr. Edward W. Fogg, owned the Thermalito Colony 
Company, and all three generously offered a home to the Odd Fellows. 











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Terms, one-third cash, one-third in one. year, one-third in two vears. 

with interest at seven per cent, per annum. 

We challenge comparison for beauty of location, mount of im- 
provement, capacity of soil for production, and water powr and supply 

Thermalito Colony Company, 

Oroville, Butte County, Cailf 

MID DLETON & SHARON, 22 Montgom ery St., 1 San Francisco. 

An 1889 advertisement for the Bella Vista Hotel. The hotel never was in operation. 

Settling on a Location ■ 1 7 

On November 24, 1894, a new hotel and its surrounding lands in 
Thermalito were visited by the trustees. This property was the last 
offered to the Odd Fellows. The properties in and around Thermalito 
were nothing but vast areas of orange groves. This was considered the 
"citrus belt of the State." In the middle of this sea of oranges was the 
Bella Vista Hotel. The hotel was situated on 8 acres of land on the west 
bank of the Feather River. The town of Oroville was across the river. 
The hotel sat on a steep riverbank 80 feet high. It was a prominent 
site for everyone to see. To this point, $20,000 had been used in the 
construction of the hotel. The total cost to complete the building was 
near $36,000. The plastering had not yet been accomplished. There 
were 62 rooms. The project had come to a standstill and was being 
offered to the Odd Fellows as a "free gift." Of course, there was an 
encumbrance of $3,000 still owed against the project by the develop- 
ers. The Odd Fellows would have had to pay this amount if it accepted 
the gift. 

When the people of Oroville heard this would become a home for 
the Odd Fellows, they stepped forward and offered to pay the $3,000 so 
the gift would be "entirely free." According to the report of the 
trustees, the owners also made an offer that would allow the Odd 
Fellows to purchase an "additional one hundred acres of Colony land 
on the citrus bearing plain, with water for the same, at fifty dollars per 
acre," if so desired. The option also included another 10 acres of river- 
bottom land at the foot of the bluff. This would prove to be beneficial 
in later years, as this region was not only known for citrus but gold 
mining as well. 

In coming years, the Odd Fellows would purchase the additional 
acreage for the stipulated "fifty dollars per acre." 

1 8 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Supplement to the Oroville Registeb, April 26, I 


members or the Grand Codge, 1. 0. J. 



At a regular meeting of Oroville Lodge No. 59, I. (>. o. F., hold 
April 17, 1899, the following resolution was unanimously adopted : 
44 Resolved, That a Committee of five be appointed by the N. G. 

to take such steps as may he necessary in order to present the actual 
facts concerning the present Odd Fellows' Home, to the members of 
the next Grand Lodge, and that such Committee be empowered to 
appoint such Sub-Committees as they may Consider necessary." 

In accordance with this resolution the N. G. appointed the fol- 
lowing Committee, all of whom are Past Grands, viz : W. E. Duncan, 
Jr., E. .). Mitchell, Joe Marks, S. S. Simon and Max Marks. 

Reason for Such Action. 

The appointment of this Committee is the outgrowth of a full and 
ample discussion at several meetings of the Lodge of the majority 
report of the Special Committee on the Odd Fellows' Home. 

To those familiar with the situation such majority report is so 
far at variance, in many material matters, with the facts, as to tax to 
the utmost our confidence in the intention of such majority. Even 

The above is the front page of a report that was instigated and written by the 
members of Oroville Lodge No. 59, who sought to respond to all criticisms made of 
theThermalito Odd Fellows Home. In 1899, it appeared in the Oroville Register. 

Settling on a Location ■ 1 9 

Two residents sitting on the railing. Notice the orange groves in the background. 

Chapter 5 

Thermalito Is 

On December 11, 1894, in San Francisco, less than 3 weeks after 
visiting Thermalito, the board voted to accept the "free gift" by 
a vote of four to one. On January 26, 1895, the Odd Fellows 
received the title to the property. The Odd Fellows had its long-awaited 

The home was designated in the Deed of Endowment to be 
established as a "Home for Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows, their Wives, 

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A rendering of the Odd Fellows home, which was on the last page of the 1899 
Oroville Lodge report. 


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Widows and Orphans." The grant deed was very descriptive as to where 
the property and future offers of property were located. The terms were 
laid out very clearly and in the favor of the Odd Fellows. The document 
was finally notarized by a local Butte County, California, notary, John P. 

Before the trustees had accepted the property, it consulted 
members of the State Board of Health and the State Medical Society. 
The trustees reported the following: 

"... the site was one of the most healthful that could be selected 
within the borders of the State. The atmosphere at this point carries less 
moisture than at any other which had come under our observation, and 
less than will be found at any other place within the State outside of the 
foothills of the Sierras." 

The report of the trustees was lengthy and only commended the 
new site for its tremendous health advantages and agricultural potential. 

Other key members were brought to the property to inspect the 
structure and the grounds. The Odd Fellows immediately took bids in 
order to complete the building project where the Colony Association 
had left off. The trustees also decided to include electricity in the new 
home as it was considered safer to use than oil. They added fruit trees, 
ornamental shrubs, and flowering plants to the landscape. They cleared 
off the river-bottom land and obtained wood for later use. Mrs. Jones, 
the wife of Albert F. Jones, donated 36 trees to enhance the property, 
for which the board members were thankful. 

In addition to concerning itself with providing a home for the 
older and infirmed members of the Order, the trustees realistically 
conceded with the Rebekahs that orphaned children could not be in the 
same facility as the older members. In fact, at their session of 1894, the 
Rebekahs had appointed a Committee of Conference to discuss that 
very matter. The trustees assured the Rebekahs that the money donated 
by the Rebekah Lodges toward the home in Thermalito would be 
designated for a separate home for the orphans. Caring for the orphans 
was the primary goal of the Rebekahs. 

Thermalito Is Selected ■ 23 

The trustees had planned to secure a building on the Thermalito 
land to house orphans. In its lengthy report of 1895, the trustees 
included this statement: 

"We recognize the fact that the orphans of the Order should be 
cared for in a separate building from that devoted to the care of the aged 
and infirm, and have already expended considerable more money than 
that which has been received from the Rebekah Lodges in securing such 
a building and one well adapted to that use. If in the future it shall prove 
too small for the purpose, it may be added to or a new and larger one 
built in the immediate vicinity of the present Home, and we shall at 
times be happy to receive the aid of our sisters of the degree of Rebekah 
through such representatives as their convention may appoint, not only 
in providing the Home, but in the government and management 
thereof. Miss Benjamin, one of their committee, has personally 
inspected the Home and every place examined in the south, and 
expressed herself highly pleased with the selection made and the work 

Time would give the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs another location 
in which to place the home for the orphans. It was not going to be in 

In short time, the trustees would dissect and redefine the phrase, 
"For Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows, their Wives and Orphans." They 
concluded this title was too broad. It was determined that to be admit- 
ted into the home, one would have to reside in California, be a member 
of the Order, be a wife, widow, or orphan of a member, indigent and 
unable to earn a living, or suffer from a disease brought on by age. 

The lodges also needed questions answered. Most lodges of this 
time period paid sick benefits to members who fell ill and required 
assistance from these lodges. If a member who was receiving such a 
benefit was admitted to the home, would he still be eligible for this 
financial benefit? These kinds of concerns were being brought to the 
Grand Lodge. There were also old members who were not indigent and 
without families who wanted admission to the home, and were willing 
to pay to stay for the remainder of their lives. Would these members be 

24 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

allowed to live in the home? If so, what would they be charged for liv- 
ing there? 

The trustees then searched for a superintendent of the home, 
and A. L. Bartlett, a member of Riverside Lodge No. 282, was selected. 
His wife Mabel Bartlett, a Rebekah, was selected as the matron of the 
home. The trustees were confident in the Bartletts' abilities. They 
were given residency on the property in temporary quarters on 
March 1, 1895. 

The home was not yet opened, but applications for admission 
were being sent to the trustees for their consideration and evaluation. 
Of those, Mr. Williams, a member of San Francisco Lodge No. 3, who 
was about 80 years old and a member of the Odd Fellows for 43 years, 
had begged for immediate admission. The trustees were so convinced 
of his need that he was allowed admittance and housed with the 
superintendent and matron in the temporary quarters. Mr. Williams 
became the first "inmate" of the Thermalito Odd Fellows Home. He 
was so appreciative to be allowed admittance into the home that he 
brought with him "two hundred grape vines, which he has planted 
upon the grounds, and hoped to eat fruit from the vines planted by his 
own hands." 

On April 26, 1895, on the anniversary of the Order, the home, 
though not quite completed, was dedicated. The home was slated to be 
opened on July 1, 1895. 

There was a large celebration to recognize the new Odd Fellows 
home. On April 4, 1895, prior to the dedication, the following article 
was printed in the Oroville Register. 

'The parade will be the largest ever seen here, being composed of 
military and civic societies from different parts of the state will march 
through principle parts of the town to the court house where the 
literary exercises will be held. The Governor and his staff will be in 

At this period of California history, the Odd Fellows was one of the 
most influential organizations in the state. Events were always well 
attended by large audiences, by members and nonmembers alike. 

Thermalito Is Selected ■ 25 

One of the first images of the home. There were many events held at the home. The citizens 
of Oroville often attended these events, circa 1 896. (Courtesy of CSU, Chico, Meriam Library 
Special Collections, Mildred Forester, Cat# Sc2646l.) 

Before the home opened, the trustees thanked the following 

The citizens of Oroville for paying the outstanding debts of the 

previous owners in order to conclude the deal. 
Member C. C. Terrill, the supervising architect, who took no 

Senator Shippey, for the gift of a valuable cow. 
Member George Cordy, for two valuable pigs. 
F. E. Paul, for a valuable pig and a number of fowl. 
George Ditzlet, for forty "Umbrella" trees and a hundred asparagus 

And to the many other donors who gave just about everything 

imaginable for agricultural and farming needs. 


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By the end of the 1895 Grand Lodge Annual Session, several 
decisions had been made concerning questions that had been asked 
earlier. Of these, it was concluded that elderly members who wished to 
reside at the home, not being indigent, could stay on a month-to- 
month basis for a fee determined by the trustees. It was also determined 

John H. Simpson was the Grand Master whenThermalito was chosen as the site 
of the new I.O.O.F. home in 1895. 

Thermalito Is Selected ■ 27 

no members admitted to the home would be entitled to sick benefits 
(payments) or funeral benefits if he should die; however, if his lodge's 
by-laws allowed funeral benefits, such payment would be transferred 
into the Odd Fellows' Home Fund if he was buried by the home. No 
member while an inmate of the home would be required to pay dues. 
Orphans or half-orphans of Odd Fellows under the age of 14 years of 
age, without a home of suitable means, "may be admitted and cared for 
in the Home at Thermalito." 

It was stated in the rules: "This Home is not founded and is not 
to be used as a Hospital for the care of persons temporarily disabled 
by sickness or accident." Rules were established and guidelines laid 
out for everyone to read and understand. None were too difficult to 

Several months after visiting the proposed site on November 24, 
1894, the trustees had achieved their mission and established an Odd 
Fellows home in California. Thermalito was to become a place in Odd 
Fellows' history. 

Chapter 6 

Moving Toward the 
Home Operation 

The first item of business conducted by the trustees, who oversaw 
the operations at the new Odd Fellows home, was the numerous 
acknowledgements and appreciation to everyone that con- 
tributed to the establishment. 

The money given by the Odd Fellows subordinate lodges totaled 
$15,866.20. Nearly this entire amount was placed toward the 

A very early photograph of the Odd Fellows home, ca. 1897. (Courtesy of CSU, Chico, 
Meriam Library Special Collections, Pioneer Memorial Museum, cat# Sc2l220.) 


30 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

completion of the building and the related construction costs. Enterprise 
Lodge No. 298 gave a property that it purchased for $150 to the home 
board for the sole purpose of it becoming an orphans' home. This land 
was located very close to the new Odd Fellows home. In the meantime, 
until a building could be erected for an orphans' home, a small cottage 
next to the new home would be temporarily used to house orphans. 

The Rebekah Lodges gave a total of $1,750.10. It was agreed and 
understood that the money given by the Rebekahs would be designated 
for an orphans' home. After all, this became the primary purpose of the 
women as the creation of an orphans' home was the focus of their 
annual assembly meetings. 

Of course, other donations were made by other factions of the 
Order. The Encampments gave money, the Veteran Odd Fellows' Asso- 
ciation gave money, and individuals gave money; the year-end total was 
a whopping $38,797.50. It was evident the Order was determined to 
have this new home. The 1896 report submitted by the trustees sup- 
ported the need for the donated money, as $32,133.82 was used to put 
the home in operation. 

An abundance of other donations came in the form of furniture, 
trees, and free medicinal items for one month from the Oroville Drug 
Store, and a library consisting of shelving and 4,000 volumes was pro- 
vided by the Odd Fellows' Library Association of Sacramento. All of 
these things made a home. 

A concern that kept coming to the trustees was that of the 
orphans' home. The Rebekah Assembly had informed the trustees of 
the home that an entirely different site would be required for an 
orphans' home, and the Assembly would make a "strong effort" to see 
that the two homes were separate and that the operations of an 
orphans' home would be entirely under the control of the Rebekah 
Branch of the Order. The trustees of the Odd Fellows' home thought 
such a move would be "ill advised." It was important to the Rebekahs 
that the money donated toward the home project be made available for 
an orphans' home. 

On May 13, 1896, the Rebekah Assembly was so concerned about 
the future location of an orphans' home, that it appointed a special 

Moving Toward the Home Operation ■ 3 1 

committee for this purpose and requested a meeting with representa- 
tives of the Grand Lodge that very evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand 
Secretary's office. They met and the Grand Lodge subsequently voted 
and gave approval to the Rebekahs that they would locate and maintain 
an orphans' home away from the Odd Fellows home. 

With the donations and the construction on the main building 
completed, the home was in full operation. Applications were received 
from all over the state. Seventy-nine applicants were approved. These, 
of course, were indigent "brothers and sisters" of the Order. Sixty-nine 
of these were admitted to the home by the time the trustees gave their 
report in 1896. 

One applicant was Maria Eva Hoy, a 63-year-old blind lady (widow 
of a member). Had she been indigent, she would have been eligible for 
admittance. However, she possessed certain assets. She owned a house 
and a lot in Alameda, which had cost over $6,000, and she had a mort- 
gage of $2,000 that was still owed. 

"At her own suggestions and request, transferred said property to 
Brother Chas N. Fox, as trustee, in trust to sell the same, pay off the 

Residents on the front porch of the home. 

32 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

mortgage and two or three hundred dollars of floating indebtedness, and 
out of the balance of the proceeds pay the Odd Fellow's Home Fund a 
thousand dollars for a life membership for her, and requested that she 
be admitted at once to the Home." 

Of these 79 qualified persons approved to take residence at the 
home in the first year, one member was deemed "insane" upon his 
arrival and left the next day, and within a few days, he was admitted to 
an insane asylum. Another had come directly from an asylum to the 
home and was considered to be "manifestly insane." He grew worse 
from day to day and was described as "becoming dangerous" and was a 
threat to the other inmates. The resident director had the man trans- 
ferred and committed to an asylum in Napa, California. The man died 
2 weeks later, and his body was returned to the Odd Fellows home in 
Thermalito, where he was buried in the home cemetery. The death of 
this man caused so great a concern to yet another resident at the home, 
who suffered from "brain trouble," fearing he would be sent to an asy- 
lum, he and his wife left the home. A few others had been disqualified 
after discovering they had financial means or were not incapacitated as 

Residents enjoying the outdoor air on the side porch. 

Moving Toward the Home Operation ■ 33 

first thought. Four of the inmates died. That left 52 indigent and three 
life members at the home. 

The trustees also reported that all of the residents ("inmates," as 
they were called) were "in better health than when they arrived." There 
were rules set in place, too. None of the residents were allowed to leave 
without permission. All were required to be courteous towards each 
other, and all must follow a "rigid insistence upon personal cleanliness." 

The five trustees who signed the 1896 report were: Charles N. Fox, 
William H. Barnes, S. B. Smith, Fred J. Moll, Sr. (the member who, in 
1892, submitted a resolution that caused the Grand Lodge to move 
quicker toward establishing a home), and Albert F. Joes, the man who 
offered the Thermalito property, including the unfinished Bella Vista 

The Odd Fellows home in Thermalito may have been in full opera- 
tion, but a Special Committee was appointed to conduct an investigation 
of it. 

Chapter 7 

Expansion of 
Thermalito, California 

Thermalito is located in Butte County, one of the first counties 
created in 1850, which had been reduced in size several times 
before Thermalito became a town. The name 'Thermalito" is 
related to "little hot spring," which originated from the Greek word 
"thermae." Today, Thermalito is also referred to as the "Forebay" or 
"Afterbay," depending on the point of reference. These names were 
derived after the construction of the Oroville Dam, which had caused 
these two areas of water to form in the Thermalito vicinity. 

In her book, Old Days in Butte, Florence Danforth Boyle states 
that Thermalito was developed because there was a "need for farm 

An early photo of Oroville. (Courtesy of the Butte County Historical Society.) 


36 ■ Calling Out from the Past 


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Seen here, Edward W Fogg was a donor of the Bella Vista Hotel. He continued to success- 
fully produce olives and olive oil. (Courtesy of CSU, Chico, Meriam Library Special 
Collections, Pioneer Memorial Museum, cat# Sc2 1217.) 

Expansion of Thermalito, California ■ 37 

production." Up until the 1880s, most of the region in that area of Butte 
County was primarily used for mining operations. The town of Oroville 
sat just across the Feather River, and this is where literally tons of gold 
were taken from dredging the river bottom. Mining gold was the chief 
concern of any person living in this area. 

In the 1880s, Major Frank McLaughlin, Edward W. Fogg, and 
Albert F. Jones, each from Oroville, bought an old Miocene ditch sys- 
tem, which had been used to bring water to the area's mines. They 
bought 8,000 acres, which would later be used to grow oranges. These 
men had aspirations of becoming the largest citrus and olive growers 
in the state. They created the Thermalito Citrus Colony. 

On February 11, 1886, a meeting was held in the Oroville Court- 
house where the Thermalito Citrus Colony secured the financial 
investment of $20,000 from 20 of the town's businessmen. This was an 
investment in agriculture and the production of oranges and olives. Five 
years later (1891), the Oroville City Association entered samples of the 
oranges grown in Thermalito in the State Citrus Fair, held in Marysville. 

Major Frank McLaughlin (far left), a principle figure in the Thermalito Colony Company, was 
one of three men to donate the Bella Vista Hotel and its surrounding lands. He was also a 
member of the Odd Fellows. (Courtesy of the Butte County Historical Society.) 

38 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Odd Fellow and successful businessman Albert F.Jones was 
one of three men who donated the not-yet completed Bella 
Vista Hotel to the Odd Fellows for its future home. He even- 
tually became one of its trustees. 

It was decided that the best oranges presented at the fair were those 
grown in Thermalito. In fact, from then on, oranges from Thermalito 
were always rated as one of the best at fairs throughout the state. 

The Thermalito Citrus Colony now called itself the Thermalito 
Land Colony. It was venturing out to expand Thermalito beyond a place 
of just orange groves. In 1888, the group broke ground for a resort 
hotel. The group sought to bring people into the surrounding areas of 
Thermalito by also selling acres of land from $50 to $150 per acre. 

On February 4, 1889, an advertisement in the Monday evening 

Expansion of Thermalito, California ■ 39 

The caption for this early photograph at the home reads, "Little German Band and 
Orange Trees." 

advertisement listed the acres for sale. It also boasted the "Bella Vista 
Hotel, Largest Hotel in California North of Sacramento." The company 
was now called the Thermalito Colony Company. 

The summer heat was blamed for the lack of sales. The expecta- 
tions of the Colony fell short of anything resembling a success. The 
owners were stuck with a $3,000 debt for the hotel's construction and 
could not proceed with finishing the project. In November of 1894, 
Albert F. Jones, the president of the Colony, met with the Odd Fellows 
to offer it the hotel and surrounding lands free of charge. Mr. Jones and 
his associate, Major McLaughlin, were members already of the Odd Fel- 
lows and thought this could be a perfect deal. The only condition was 
that the $3,000 debt had to be paid off, in which the good citizens of 
Oroville who had supported the idea of an Odd Fellows home in Ther- 
malito gladly paid. 

In the years to come, the town of Thermalito grew from the even- 
tual expansion of the Odd Fellows home. And, after the relocation of 

40 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

the home in 1912, other various "colonies," or land deals, would be 
offered. Thermalito would continue to grow. 

Chapter 8 

The Home's Facts as 

By mid-1897, the home had expanded its size acreage to about 85 
acres. It had also established a cemetery and added various 
buildings to the home's grounds. It now had one 108 residents. 
However, one inmate was found to be receiving a government pension 
and had already been at a home for life in a soldiers' home. Therefore, 
he was informed he could not stay and was returned to the home pro- 
vided by the government. There were others that left on their own, or 
were taken away to asylums, or died, that reduced the total number 
from 108 to 79 (70 brothers and nine sisters). 

Residents relaxing in the sitting room. 


42 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Aside from the natural occurrences of elderly inmates dying, the 
reports from the trustees came in as positive. The trustees defended the 
location of the home by stating "not a single death at the Home has been 
from local causes. Trustees were always ready to offer an explanation for 



Grand Master Perley S. Gosbey, 1896. He supported and reappointed a Special 
Committee to oversee the operations at the home. 

The Home's Facts as Reported ■ 43 

those outside complaints or suspicions, and there had been a few. To bal- 
ance these complaints, Grand Master Perley S. Gosbey appointed a 
Special Committee on the I.O.O.F. Home to conduct an investigation of 
the home, its practices, its employees, and its overall operation. The 
Special Committee was concerned about the trustees' acquisition of 
additional properties around the home without the approval of the 
Grand Body. The investigative committee included five members." 

Since the annual meeting of the Grand Lodge in 1896, the 
trustees had bought four more lots. One of these lots had a barn. Two 
more lots were donated, one by Trustee Albert F. Jones, and the other 
by John P. Irish, Esq. In addition to these said lots, the trustees pur- 
chased another 35 acres of Colony lands. Of course, the plan was to 
cultivate the land to grow "citrus, fruits, and olives." The home was 
now comprised of 75 acres of land. This did not include the land to be 

An 1897 Christmas photograph of the residents standing in front of the home. (California 
Historical Society, FN- 1 29 1 3.) 

44 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

used as the cemetery. A part of this land had been donated and another 
purchased by the trustees. The cemetery was named "Patriarchs' Rest." 
This would be put to use soon enough. 

The trustees also added an additional annex of 40 rooms to the 
home. A building was built for doing the laundry, a storehouse for hay 
was constructed, a room was added onto the newly purchased barn, and 
other outbuildings and a cow stable were also built. Still, many dona- 
tions of items for use at the home were coming in all of the time. So 
many items came in that the trustees said the list "is too long for pub- 
lication"; however, many items, mostly farm animals, furniture, and 
tools, were reported. The home and the property was valued at $60,000, 
with no liabilities. 

It should be mentioned that the Odd Fellows, as a group, favored 
employment from within the Order. The home was required to first 
offer positions of employment at the home to members. The laundry 
work seemed to place the trustees in a defensible position: 

"In the laundry the Superintendent and members of the Board 
have all made strenuous efforts to secure Odd Fellows for the work, but 
after several trials we have been unable to find either Odd Fellows, or 
white persons who were not Odd Fellows, who could and would do the 
work, in view of its quantity and character. An average of about six thou- 
sand pieces per month pass through our laundry and every day more or 
less of these pieces, sometimes as high as a dozen or fifteen per day are 
from the beds or bodies of helpless invalids, and of a character such as 
every white person we have yet tried refuses to handle. For this reason, 
and this alone, our laundry, which is in a separate building, is in charge 
of Chinese." 

The trustees also decided to hire A. L. Bartlett as the permanent 
superintendent of the home and his wife as the matron, reporting that 
this decision had also been endorsed by the residents of the home, "save 
a few isolated cases." 

In its final sentence of the trustees' annual report, it recom- 
mended an assessment of 50 cents per capita upon the membership in 
the jurisdiction. This was to be used for the maintenance of the home 
for the next year. 

The Home's Facts as Reported ■ 45 


Chinese parade in downtown Oroville, 1 905. Several workers from this community provided 
the laundry service at the home, but were later replaced because of racism. (Courtesy of 
CSU, Chico, Meriam Library Special Collections, John Nopel Collection, cat# Sc50 1 72.) 

46 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

An employee of the home. (Courtesy of the Butte Historical 

The report by the trustees in 1897 contained so many unanswered 
questions that Grand Master John Warboys appointed the Special Com- 
mittee on the I.O.O.F. Home, which was to investigate the practices at 
the home. The report of the trustees was submitted on May 11, 1897. 
On May 14, 1897, the Special Committee left San Francisco for the 
Thermalito Home to conduct an investigation. 

The Home's Facts as Reported ■ 47 

Grand Master John W. Warboys, 1897. 

Chapter 9 

A Negative Report 

The Special Committee on the I.O.O.F. Home arrived at the 
home at twelve o'clock midnight and began interviewing wit- 
nesses at five o'clock the following morning. The committee 
stated that 80 witnesses at the home were examined and another 20 
from the town. Three stenographers were hired to speed the process 
of the interviews. 

The investigation committee had found and reported the buildings 
were in good condition and the grounds were excellent, but "earnestly 
protest against the purchase of any more land in Thermalito." 

They found the buildings to be constructed of light and inflam- 
mable materials, without protection from fire. They suggested 
bringing a water source closer to the buildings and to conduct fire 

The investigation committee found there was a need for an 
assistant cook. The graves at the Patriarchs' Cemetery, or "Patri- 
archs' Rest," as the committee called it, needed to have inexpensive 
monuments inscribed with the proper information. It found many 
members at the home should not have been admitted because they 
were sick before they arrived and that their subordinate lodges 
should have been caring for them and giving them sick benefits. The 
policy was not to admit members who were sick. The home was not 
a hospital. 

The investigation committee suggested certain portions of land 
should be used for planting vegetables and to permit the inmates to 
tend to this task if they wish. 


50 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Concerning the laundry work, the committee made these 

"Our attention has been especially directed to the laundry, which 
is at the present time conducted entirely by Chinese at a wage expense 
of about $87.50 per month. There seems to be no good reason why, in a 
Home supported by a fraternal and philanthropic organization, such an 
important feature should be in the hands of an element so entirely at 
variance with the feelings of all those members of the Home, and we 
earnestly recommend that white labor be employed at the earliest pos- 
sible moment, and thereafter be continued in and about the Home. 
Members of the Order should be employed where assistance is necessary, 
and in no case should Asiatic labor be employed in or about the Home." 

It is as if the Special Committee on the I.O.O.F. Home ignored the 
previous explanation given by the trustees of the home. There are indi- 
cations by these two conflicting reports that a division might exist 
between members of the Grand Lodge concerning the home. It seems 
the members who were slow to provide a home in the 1880s were now 
exacting retribution on the members who pursued the idea of estab- 
lishing one. Even the Rebekah Assembly was opposed to the home 
because it saw the trustees dictating that the orphans' home should be 
situated on the grounds next the home in Thermalito. There was oppo- 
sition to having the home, and this kind of "special investigation" was 
to prove this fact. 

Finally, the investigation committee looked at the treatment of the 
inmates. It stated that in the testimonies of all of the inmates, also all of 
the employees, and others who had been formerly employed, that 50 per- 
cent of the inmates complained of their treatment by the superintendent. 

Also, this report by the investigating committee is in conflict with 
the home trustees, who had reported that the inmates approved of the 
superintendent, thus the reason cited for hiring the superintendent 
and his wife, the matron. But the investigating committee was not yet 
finished with this part of the investigation. 

The inmates complained that the superintendent was "cold and 
unsympathetic." They said that he was "high-tempered and overbearing," 

A Negative Report ■ 5 1 

and was causing disharmony in the home. The committee recommended 
that a new superintendent be employed. In addition to recommending the 
superintendent be replaced, the committee suggested the physician, 
matron, and nurse be replaced as well. Until that time, the inmates could 
not trust the care they were receiving. 

The result of this report showed that a definite division of opin- 
ions and observations existed amongst the ranks of the membership. 
From 1898 on, the Grand Masters kept the balance by including the 
home, and the condition thereof, in their annual reports. It was impor- 
tant the Grand Master knew what was happening at the facility at all 
times. It was visited by these Grand Masters sometimes without warn- 
ing. The home, in itself, was a credit to the honor of the Order, but the 
politics probably never afforded Thermalito the opportunity to remain 
its permanent site. 

Chapter 10 

Life at the Thermalito 
Home as Reported 

Much of the following information was taken from the annual 
reports of the trustees of the Odd Fellows home. After the 1897 
report of the investigating committee, the reports became 
detailed and extremely worded. There was minimal information 
excluded from these reports, except in a few circumstances, which 
would later be revealed. Of all of the reports given on the Odd Fellows 
Home in Thermalito by the Grand Masters (there was a new one elected 
each year for the jurisdiction), the report given in 1898 by Grand Mas- 
ter A. M. Drew was the most detailed; it was several pages long. In the 
following years, the reports given by these Grand Masters were not 
longer than a paragraph or two. 

Grand Master A. M. Drew visited the home on November 7, 1897, 
and April 8, 1898. He met the new Superintendent Frederick J. Moll, 
Sr. — the same member that had pushed the Grand Lodge into estab- 
lishing a home for the Odd Fellows back in 1892. Of course, he had to 
step down from his position of trustee from the previous year to accept 
the position of superintendent. 

The Grand Master reported the inmates approved of the new 
superintendent and his wife, the new matron of the facility. A resident, 
Mr. Peabody, was the resident chief gardener, and was doing a good job. 
The Grand Master also thought the grounds were beautiful and 
approved of the new doctor. He did have some recommendations: some 
of the buildings needed painting; an additional acre should be pur- 
chased for the livestock as they were too confined in a small area; the 
cows needed to have a shelter built for them before the winter; and that 
a better grade of cows be purchased as the ones on hand were inferior. 


54 ■ Calling Out from the Past 


In 1892, Frederick J. Moll, Sr., demanded the Grand Lodge 
quit delaying the establishment of a home. He later became 
a trustee of the home. 

The barn, circa 1907. (right) 

Life at the Thermalito Home as Reported ■ 55 

The hog farm. 


Hogs at the farm. 

The Grand Master was in Thermalito to make an observation on 
behalf of the Order, as seen in this report. He was to observe the wel- 
fare of the inmates. Future Grand Masters would have this same 

56 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Front of the chicken ranch at the home. 

The chicken yard. 

In April, 1898, the Home had 81 males and 10 females. The aver- 
age age was "sixty-eight and one-third years." Grand Master Drew 
found the residents happy and contented. Several of the residents were 
helping with the work. There was also mention of another attitude 
coming from some of the older gentlemen described as being 

Life at the Thermalito Home as Reported ■ 57 


The chicken yard and a woodpile. 

The chicken yard in 1909. 

fault-finding and discontented, and "from a natural disposition, be 
unhappy in any condition in life." 

The Grand Master also suggested steam heaters be installed in the 
rooms and that another addition be built to accommodate more future 

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Look at all the chicken coops! 


** ' ' 

The brooding yard. 

residents. He added that all water use for domestic purposes be distilled 
so that all "malarial symptoms would disappear." Up to this time, there 
had been no such mention of malaria; however, this will become a 
major issue in the coming years. 

Life at the Thermalito Home as Reported ■ 59 

In 1 898, Grand Master Alexander M. Drew recommended the home use distilled 
water to reduce the symptoms of malaria. This was the first time "malaria" had 
ever been mentioned concerning the home. Malaria would later become the 
major point in the arguments to move the site. 

After the 1897 report by the Special Committee on the I.O.O.F. 
Home, the trustees had to remove the Chinese workers from the laun- 
dry. The trustees were forced to purchase an engine along with other 

60 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

The laundry room. Notice the belt drives the motor. This motorized method reduced the 
number of laborers needed to wash the laundry. 

Another view of the laundry room. 

machinery to operate the new laundry system. It cost $800 for the new 

The trustees were also compelled to repay the Rebekahs the dona- 
tions that were made toward the orphans' home. The Rebekah 
Assembly stood its ground on having an orphans' home separate from 

Life at the Thermalito Home as Reported ■ 61 

William Quayle was once the oldest resident (circa 1899). 

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a home for aged members, and finally constructed an orphans' home 
in Gilroy, California. It was dedicated on October 27, 1897. 

On a less business-related note, Farnsworth Lodge No. 95 pre- 
sented a glorious flag to the I.O.O.F. Home. The flag was 13-by-25 
feet. This was a special event. On April 9, 1898, resident and long- 
time member of the Order, William Quayle, unfolded the large flag 
and raised it into the air. The crowd who witnessed this event 
cheered and later celebrated in the evening when members shared 
stories of the late Past Grand Sire Farnsworth, and how this man 
worked to reconcile those who had fought against each other in the 

James F. Thompson was the Grand Master in 1898. 

Life at the Thermalito Home as Reported ■ 63 

Civil War and to bring these brothers back to the three-links (the 
symbol of Odd Fellowship). 

In 1846, William Quayle was with Commodore John D. Sloat, 
when Sloat led the navy into battle. Sloat was victorious in the "Battle 
of Monterey," where he proclaimed California as part of the United 
States. At the time Quayle raised the flag at the home, he had been a 
member for 62 years, having joined the Odd Fellows in 1836. In addi- 
tion to raising the flag at the home, he had also raised the flag at 
Monterey in 1846. Quayle was one of several veterans at the home who 
received a $12 monthly pension from the United States government. 
He regularly donated his money to the home. 

In the trustees' report of 1898, 10 more members had died since 
1897; they also stated "those who have so far come are the relics of forty 
years of growth of the Order in this State, and very many of them have 
reached the Home in apparently a dying condition." 

The resident physician reported several cases of malaria. The 
trustees were confident the cases of malaria would decrease or disap- 
pear completely by the next reporting period, because they reasoned, 
the malaria had been brought about by the tilling and exposing of fresh 
earth with water and sun. 

By May of 1898, the home found itself unable to keep up with the 
bills, partly blaming the situation on having to purchase the new laun- 
dry machine, which replaced the Chinese labor. It was also ordered to 
repay the Rebekahs Assembly the money that had been donated toward 
the construction of an orphan's home. 

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Most of the following images were taken in 1907 from the Annual Journals 
(notice the palm motif). 

Life at the Thermalito Home as Reported ■ 65 

Various views of the home happenings. 

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Photos with orange motif. 

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Photos with orange motif. 

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Note the California poppy motif. 

Life at the Thermalito Home as Reported ■ 69 

Note the daisy motif. 

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Chapter 1 1 

Response to Criticism 

Trustee Charles N. Fox responded to all of the criticisms of the 
membership on behalf of the board. Some of the following com- 
plaints had been brought up in the previous sections and seemed 
to be a reoccurring theme that subtly divided the trustees against the 

In response to members who voiced concerns over the location of 
the home, the trustees simply cited the Grand Lodge's inability to 
secure a home over a long period of years because there had been so 
much disagreement about where a facility should be located. The 
trustees reminded everyone that it was its board that established a 
home within two years after being assigned the task. The board accom- 
plished its mission — period. 

Hot weather was a complaint of many members who did not reside 
at the home. The trustees said the climate "adapted to the weakened 
lungs and the sluggish blood of age; to avoid the fogs and cold winds of 
the sea coast, and find a temperature that was warm and an atmosphere 
that was dry and pure." 

Odd Fellows were concerned about the health of the residents of 
the home, citing the number of deaths and developed illnesses at the 
facility. Again, the trustees offered an answer to these most trying ques- 
tions: "It is almost a universal rule that those who are not in the last 
stages of decrepitude or disease very soon commence and, unless set 
back by some indiscretion on their own part, steadily continue to 
improve in physical health until old age itself stops the beating of the 


74 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Charles Nelson Fox was the first president of home board. 
He staved off many of the verbal attacks on the operation and 
existence of the home. 

There were complaints about the purchase of additional lands, 
which were considered useless. The trustees answered by stating the 
following: "It may not be adapted to all uses. Little, if any, of all the most 
valuable lands are so adapted. We have not had the means to bring our 
lands under cultivation as rapidly as we desired. . ." 

The membership complained of the way some titles to the home 
properties had been acquired. The trustee stated, "As to the title 
itself I need only say: The title to every inch of land is founded upon 
Mexican Grant, confirmed by the Courts and patented by the Gov- 
ernment of the United States, and has come down to us by a regular 
chain of conveyances, and is free from encumbrance." The land was 


JULY. 189S. 








Summary of Mouth. 

















S. E. 

N. W. 




1\ C. 





Mean Maximum ... 98 

Mean Minimum ... 72 

Mean 85 

Maximum M0 

Dak-. 20th. 

Minimum 60 


Dates, 11, 12, 21. 
Meati Bange 26 


Chftracter-rff Itoys, 
Cloar 23 

P.C 1 


Smoky 7 

Summary. .. 








•Joly ISth and I9ti>— Strong Wind. 

1 899.] 

Response to Criticism ■ 75 

fillANl) Milieu OF CALIFORNIA. 
AUGUST, 1S98. 

P. C. 

Clear bat 




Mean Maximum .... 97 
MeanMimmaiu.... 72 

Mess 85 

Maxinram. ... 112 

Data, 12:h. 
Minimum 59 

Date, 30th. 
Range, Mean 26 

Character of Days. 

Ci«<r 7 

Clear, but Smoky. . .12 

P.C 10 

Cloudy 2 

Hoary Fires in the Mountains for the Month. 

A resident of the home kept a journal of the thermometrical readings. Past Grand Myron C. 
Close was a voluntary observer and crop correspondent of the U.S. Weather Bureau and 
the Odd Fellows home. These are readings for the months of July and August of 1898. Note 
the high temperatures. 

also held in the names of the trustees, about which the membership 
had objections. 

The trustees had now praised the Rebekah Assembly for establish- 
ing an independent orphans home, away from the elderly home in 
Thermalito, where only a year earlier it stated the effort as "ill advised." 

It was clear the trustees were trying to defend themselves and 
their decisions concerning the establishment and expansion of the 
home and its surrounding lands. This board had accomplished in such 
a short time what many thought was impossible. It is apparent the 
change of having a home and having to financially support a home had 
caught the membership off-guard. Perhaps they thought the home 
would be self-supporting. The board was also at odds with the 

76 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

membership having to defend itself against these criticisms after doing 
such an impossible job of starting such a facility. 

After the board had answered these harsh criticisms, the Special 
I.O.O.F. Home Committee was once again asked to investigate the 

Chapter 12 

More Criticism 

On March 6, 1899, seven lodges from Humboldt County, without 
any proper authority according to the Grand Lodge, submitted 
a letter that basically disapproved of the proposed assessments 
on lodges for the support of the home. 

Two years earlier, these lodges of Humboldt County had sent a 
similar letter complaining of the home. 

Both of these letters were without the approval of the Grand Mas- 
ter and considered illegal under the laws of the Order. The letters had 
been sent to all of the subordinate lodges in the state. 

These seven lodges had echoed some of the feelings of many 
Odd Fellows. The following is an excerpt of part of this controversial 
letter: "That promoters erred in their estimate of maintaining the 
Home in its location cannot be denied. That the lodges of the State 
are unable to no longer stand the expensive drain on their funds is 
also a matter past dispute." The Grand Lodge, which was obligated 
to enforce the strict laws of the Order, stepped in to denounce this 
argumentative letter. There were rules, and they needed to be fol- 
lowed. But the damage was already done. The lodges had read the 
letter sent by the Humboldt lodges. How could they have ignored the 

On April 23, 1899, Grand Master Karl C. Brueck visited the home 
at Thermalito. This was a surprise visit. His report was not lengthy, but 
his most serious complaint was that no prayer was "offered" at the 
meals, nor had religious services been conducted. 

The Special I.O.O.F. Home Committee was sent to Thermalito 
to make a full investigation again. Without going into detail, because 


78 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

During his visit in 1899, Karl C. Brueck complained the residents 
were not saying grace before the meals. 

it would only echo the investigation of the previous year, the conclu- 
sion and level of criticism was the same in the investigation. Then 
again, the location of the home seemed to be the main concern of 
this committee. While the lodges were complaining about having to 
pay assessments for the facility, the committee was addressing 

More Criticism ■ 79 

location in more than one way. First, the committee reported the 
actual location: 

'The Home is located in the Sacramento Valley at a settlement 
called Thermalito, one hundred and fifty miles northeast of San Fran- 
cisco, and one mile in an air line west of the town of Oroville, at an 
altitude of two hundred and forty feet above sea level and eighty feet 
above the Feather River." 

Then it reported indirectly on matters that would affect the loca- 
tion of the facility in Thermalito by stating: 

"No restrictions were placed in the deed as to where such a Home 
should be located, and no reversion was saved in case the Home was 
located elsewhere, or moved after having been located thereon; the legal 
effect of this conveyance is to make the property trust property, the use, 
income, or proceeds thereof to be devoted exclusively to the purpose of 
the trust. Hence we, as an Order, are under no legal obligations to main- 
tain the Home at Thermalito." 

Finally, it hammered the proverbial nail into the coffin: "While we 
believe the location was an unfortunate one, a reference to the author- 
ity of the committee charged with the location will show they were 
expected to get something for nothing." The committee suggested a 
new site be purchased for the construction of a new home. 

Malaria was an issue again addressed in the committee's report. 
In a 9-month period, there were 97 cases of malaria. Even the staff 
suffered malaria. Doctor Kusel, the home's doctor, during his testi- 
mony to the committee, said the location of the home was 

Heat was another factor damning the location. The residents com- 
plained constantly of the heat according to the report. They could not 
sleep at night. August and September were very hot months. On Janu- 
ary 9, 1899, the resident doctor before Dr. Kusel wrote: ". . .1 cannot too 
strongly condemn Thermalito as a location for the Home for Aged of 
the Order. The fact is in great evidence that the heat during the sum- 
mer months is simply unbearable." He went on to complain about 

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S|M \*m 

Post Card 

A July 1909 postcard from Oroville, which mentions the "hot weather." The actual photo- 
graph was taken prior to 1899. 

More Criticism ■ 81 

A pot of calla lilies on the porch of the hospital. Pillows and wicker chairs are arranged to 
make the inmates comfortable. 

malaria, saying that he had treated at least everyone at the home at 
least one time for this affliction. 

There was a Minority Report offered as well. It did not contradict 
what the majority of the committee reported, other than citing the 
many improvements that had been done to the property and how well 
the operation of the home was handled. Minority Reports were com- 
mon, as these reports offered those individual committee members, 
who disagreed with the majority, an opportunity to support such dis- 
agreements with written reports. 

Finally the trustees of the facility made their report to the Grand 
Lodge. It was no surprise that after the reporting of the facts, happen- 
ings, and year-end financials, that the tone of the report would be 
somewhat defensive. The Grand Master found criticism; the Special 
I.O.O.F. Home Committee found criticism; and various lodges through- 
out the state had found criticism of the home. 

The home had only been opened a few years now. It was still in its 
infancy. This early criticism, which appears more like a barrage of 
attacks on an evolving Odd Fellows ideology and where the Order 

82 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

houses the needy segment of its membership, would eventually win 
out. But, because of the consistent, positive, responsive reports offered 
by the trustees year after year, only reporting the facts and always 
answering the criticisms, the home lasted year after year. It had brave 
defenders during this period. The board of trustees for the home did its 
job, even though the names changed throughout the years. There will 
be a compromise; but there will be a home! 

Although the complaints continued against the facility, work and 
growth at the home still persisted. The kitchen was enlarged, the third 
story was completed to house additional inmates, fire escapes were 
added, water pipes placed throughout the newer part of the main struc- 
ture, linoleum was placed upon the floors, a wood house and 
blacksmith shop were built, the cow barn improved, new fences had 
been installed, the rooms had been painted, more trees were planted, 
and the list went on and on. So work progressed, and the trustees did 
all they could to respond to the negative reports. 

Most of the items contained in the 1899 Report of the Home 
Trustees were related to earlier reports including labor, wages, and 
the requirements for admission. But there was an improvement, by 
which the residents were now being encouraged to help with small 
chores around the site. This was an "experiment" to have the resi- 
dents feel they had purpose and to keep them busy. Unskilled work 
paid 5 cents a day, while skilled work paid a whopping 7 cents! The 
trustees were skeptical of how the Grand Lodge would view this 

It appeared the trustees had responded to nearly all of the con- 
cerns and complaints in correcting the issue at hand or simply 
improving upon something to make it better. Although the trustees 
often responded in a subtle, yet defensive manner, they worked very 
hard to fix the problems that had been pointed out with regard to the 
other reports by the Grand Master (Brueck in 1899) and the Special 
I.O.O.F. Home Committee. 

Eight residents passed away during the reporting period. The 
reports now included a line-by-line report of the various illnesses that 
occurred in the year. The number of cases and the name of the illness 

More Criticism ■ 83 

or disease broke down this report. Some of the illnesses included the 

Heart affections, catarrhal affections of air passages, chronic 
rheumatic affections, affections of the bladder and prostate, eye dis- 
eases, morphinism, paralysis, mental affections, chronic neuralgia, 
other nervous affections, chronic constipation, other chronic stomach 
and intestinal diseases, hernia, malaria (there were 115 cases during 
this reporting period), constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, bronchitis, 
gastritis, ischiorectal abscess, facial neuralgia, gastroenteritis, stomati- 
tis, lumbago, hemorrhoids, laryngitis, eczema, insomnia, tuberculosis, 
retention of urine, pneumonia, pleuropneumonia, tonsillitis, diabetes 
insipidus, burns, cystitis, varicose ulcer, carbuncle, Bright's disease, 
and intercostal neuralgia. 

(Bright's disease was related to disease of the kidney. In 1827, the 
disease was named after English physician Richard Bright.) 

In subsequent years, this list of illnesses would expand to include: 
asthma, abscesses, bilious and chills, blood poisoning, chills and gen- 
eral debility, consumption, cramps, colic, congestion of the lungs and 
brain, kidney disease, dyspepsia, erysipelas of the hand, fever, gastritis, 
general debility, hives, hydrocele, hemorrhage, heart trouble, heat 
prostration, indigestion, insanity, inflammation of the eyes and bowels, 
la grippe, obstruction of the bowels, palpitation of the heart, ruptures, 
rheumatism, sprained ankles, scrofula, sciatica, toe amputations, and 
varicose veins. Where many of these illnesses changed from year to 
year, malaria was always present and on the lists. 

In 1899, the last request made in the report by the trustees was to 
be able to build a separate hospital not too far from the home. 

Chapter 13 

The Home — The N 
Few Years 

In 1899, citing an "overtaxed system" and a decline in health, Super- 
intendent Moll and his wife, the matron, resigned their 
employment at the Thermalito Home. Thus, another change 
occurred in the home. 

The home in 1899. 

J. C. Glidden, a member of Pacific Lodge No. 155 and an inmate 
of the Thermalito Home, had written a letter to another lodge com- 
plaining of Mrs. Moll, the matron. This letter was said to be "offensive." 
He was suspended from the home for 1 year. The guidelines of the home 
must have been very strict if one could not voice his or her complaints 



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of those in charge. Of course, the time period was much different and 
not nearly as tolerant as now. These kinds of incidences lead one to 
ponder or suspect there may have been reasons other than an "over- 
taxed system" for someone to leave a job. 

Another member, James McCurry of Osceola Lodge No 215, was 
suspended for 2 months from the home for using improper language. 
His lodge did not return him to the facility in Thermalito as it thought 
the trustees had not treated McCurry fairly. 

In January of 1899, the trustees elected F. W. Jaeger, a former 
janitor, as the new superintendent, and his wife, the matron. This was 
short-lived as yet another superintendent and his wife were hired later 
in the year. Dr. William M. Hilton and his wife took over the duties at 
the Thermalito Home. 

Doctor William M. Hilton was hired as the superintendent in 1 899. He was also a member of 
Apollo Lodge No. 1 23, having joined the Odd Fellows in 1 873. Dr. Hilton graduated as a Doctor 
of Medicine from the State University of Iowa, March 5, 1 873. He also served in the Civil War. 

The Home — The Next Few Years ■ 87 

The trustees of the home now included George H. Morrison, 
Samuel B. Smith, J. F. Thompson, Albert F. Jones, and David Newell. 
The latter had been elected the previous year after former Trustee 
Charles N. Fox responded to the criticism of the Special I.O.O.F. Home 
Committee with his own written response. Whatever the reason, Fox 
did not return to the board to serve as a trustee. 

Daniel Flint replaced Trustee George H. Morrison, who had died 
suddenly, August 13, 1900. Morrison had been the president of the board. 

The coming years would be extremely important to everyone, 
especially the residents at the home and the trustees of the home. 
Those who did not reside at the facility or take a role in operating it 
sided with the Special I.O.O.F. Home Committee when presented an 
ultimatum by way of a resolution to the Grand Body. 

In 1899, Jennie Hilton, wife of Superintendent Dr. William 
Hilton, took over duties of home matron. 


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An 1 899 photograph of James F. Thompson, trustee and 
Past Grand Master. 

"This resolution is presented upon the statement of Brother A. F. 
Jones that if the location be given a fair trial under the conditions sug- 
gested for five years and the expiration of that time the location be 
decided by this Grand Lodge to not be a desirable one on the grounds of 
unfavorable climatic conditions, he and other parties of the first part to 
the deed of gift hereinbefore referred to quitclaim their reversion to said 
property to the Trustees, thus enabling the Trustees to sell said property 
and use the proceeds thereof to buy a new site." 

This was really a statement indirectly saying that a committee 
would be searching for a new site and the Grand Lodge needed to know 
the money would be there for such an undertaking. Who would have 
ever believed the "climatic conditions" could change in 5 years? It was 

The Home — The Next Few Years ■ 89 

Photograph of David Newell, a home trustee. 

impossible. Thermalito was always a temporary situation. The Special 
I.O.O.F. Home Committee was appointed and reappointed every year 
with a specific purpose to investigate the home. The reports of the com- 
mittee had never been positive. But still, because of the tenacity of the 
board of trustees at the home, it survived year after year. How long 
would this tenacity hold out? No one knew to this point. The Odd 
Fellows of California had a home for its aged and infirmed members, but 
always seemed to be searching for another location. Although it is not 
suggested in any reports, the idea of not knowing if the facility would be 
relocated must have had an unsettling effect upon the residents. 

On May 27, 1899, a quitclaim to the Thermalito property was 
signed over to the trustees of the home, placing it in escrow until 
May 12, 1904. The fate of the home would be decided at that time. 

90 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

In the late- 1 890s, George H. Morrison was the second 
president of the home board. 

By the time the dust settled at the 1899 Annual Session of the 
Grand Lodge and after the debating and argumentative reports came 
onto the floor, the only way the facility at Thermalito would remain was 
if the malaria was totally eradicated by May of 1904. This meant 
absolutely no cases of malaria could be present by that time; otherwise, 
with the quitclaim having been signed and held in escrow on behalf of 
the Grand Lodge and the trustees of the home, the property would most 
likely be sold after a new site for the home had been located. In fact, a 
resolution had been proposed to appoint a committee to search out new 
properties. It failed, as it was presumptuous. 

There had always been failed resolutions during the Annual 
Sessions to give up the Thermalito property and search for other loca- 
tions, but the State of Order Committee sent these resolutions back or 

The Home — The Next Few Years ■ 91 

Daniel Flint. In 1899, Flint replaced George H. Morrison as 

recommended they be relieved from further consideration. One can 
only suppose that cooler heads prevailed and time would provide the 
needed answers. 

In 1900, the next visiting Grand Master to the home, Walter A. 
Bonynge, pointed out a number of concerns. He noticed there was no 
heating system supplying heat to the rooms of the inmates and that 
many went to bed while wearing their clothes. He also addressed the 
summer conditions, though he had not visited the site in the summer, 
"on about one hundred days the thermometer stands from ninety to 
one hundred and fourteen degrees in the shade. . ." He mentioned the 
malaria situation. He said that the ground was so hard, that ". . .even 
the digging of a grave must be done by the aid of dynamite." He 
observed the home lacked even one musical instrument and suggested 

92 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

In 1900, during his visit, Grand Master Walter A. Bonynge expressed a concern about the 
lack of a heating system in the rooms at the home. 

the trustees be allowed to purchase a piano. Finally, his main concern 
was the isolation of the home; that it was 3 miles from the nearest 
railroad. He stated that if anyone wanted to visit the location from San 
Francisco, it would take 2 days travel and cost $9 [by rail], "conse- 
quently, it is beyond the means of the ordinary delegate or member of 
the Order." To the Grand Master, this circumstance of being isolated 
was worse for the inmates, as old friends or family members were 
prevented from visiting, leaving them only the "monotony of waiting 
for the end." Finally, the Grand Master summed it up by saying, 

The Home — The Next Few Years ■ 93 

'They feel, as many of them told me with tears in their eyes, that they 
had been transported beyond the reach of those who were dear to them, 
with no relief in sight but death." 

Despite being directed not to purchase additional property in 
Thermalito, the trustees disobeyed the Grand Lodge and purchased a 
lot where the barn was located. The Odd Fellows had not owned it. 
However, the trustees did sell 20 acres of land 2 l A miles from the home, 
which they had been ordered to sell. 

In 1899, the home created a pharmacy where the new super- 
intendent, who now was also a doctor, could mix compounds and 
manufacture drugs. This would significantly reduce the cost of medi- 
cines at the facility. 

The home still made significant progress with improvements. 
Negative reports outside of the trustees of the home were addressed and 
acted upon. This board has always taken corrective measures to 
respond to these directives in a positive and constructive mode. 

October 17-19, 1899, 44 residents enjoyed a trip to San Francisco 
to take part in the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Order. San 
Francisco was the home of the first lodge in California. It was fitting to 
have such a 50-year celebration and include every part of the Odd 
Fellows organization, including the aged members and widows from 
the Odd Fellows Home of Thermalito. The residents' lodges had sent 
$10 each to send them to the celebration. The Grand Secretary made 
arrangements with the railroad to obtain reduced fairs for the 
members. The superintendent went along for the excursion as well. 
Trustee David Newell also had arranged hotel rooms at reduced rates 
for these members. The trustees, the superintendent, and the residents 
of the home stood out in the parade procession. Everyone was said to 
have had a wonderful trip to San Francisco. 

On May 8, 1900, in an annual report, the trustees suggested the 
Odd Fellows in California set up an endowment fund to support the 
home and its operations should national prosperity suffer. ". . .for 
that time is sure to come at some period, when a general financial 
depression throughout the country will make the burden of properly 
sustaining a Home heavier than the Order can afford to bear." How 

94 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

smart was this board! The foresight of this board of trustees for the 
home was always on top of things. The trustees seemed to visualize the 
future and take slow steps when slow steps were needed. 

The year 1900 marked the first year the home report included 
the mortuary report. Five residents had died in this reporting period. 
L. N. Snyder, 68, heart failure; S. F. Lurvey, 80, fever and old age; 
G. Landon, 74, blood poisoning; J. F. Monhardt, 76, old age; and 
E. Gregory, 79, obstruction of bowels and hiccoughs. Eventually all of 
the deaths would be reported by name. These reports included the 
resident's lodge number, date of death, and birthplace. 

In 1901, the home received its piano, as this was a suggestion 
made by the previous Grand Master a year earlier. The current Grand 
Master, W. W. Watson, had commented on the many aspects of the 
home, which he observed during his two visits. He wanted to offer in 
his report an impartial point of view with regard to the "perplexing 
questions concerning the Home that had agitated this Grand Lodge for 
the past few years." This statement, made in his annual report in 1901, 
clearly indicates there was a serious problem pertaining to the facility. 

The Grand Master praised the superintendent and his wife, the 
matron. He was happy to see the new piano. He thought the grounds 
of the home were well kept. The food was good. The inmates were 
happy. A new hot air furnace was installed for the winter months. 
Concerning the light work performed by the residents, many of the 
inmates, as the Grand Master referred to them, simply did not want to 
work. The inmates were never expected to work beyond their physical 
capabilities, as this was only a method to keep them active, healthy, 
and not sedentary. Still, of the 110 inmates, many of them never left 
the porches or halls of the main building. The Grand Master recom- 
mended that the small amount of compensation that was paid to the 
inmates be stopped, as this was also a point of contention amongst 
the residents. 

Finally, the Grand Master recommended a hospital be built at the 
Thermalito Home. One note: he also recommended that no smoking be 
allowed in some areas pertaining to the library and hallways. He was 
100 years ahead of his time. The 1901 report of the trustees offered a 

The Home — The Next Few Years ■ 95 

Grand Master William W. Watson suggested the home have a piano so the resi- 
dents could be entertained (circa 1901). 

similar positive report, yet included much more additional informa- 
tion. Grand Master Watson, after his term had ended, would eventually 
serve as a trustee of the home in Thermalito. 

96 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

This is the back of the main building (the home). The new boiler house is to the right. 

Concerning the cemetery near the facility, "Patriarchs' Rest," the 
trustees reported that "neat head-stones" were purchased for the 
graves of those who had died. The cost of each headstone was $12. 
There had been only four deaths during the past year. 

The Endowment Fund, which was established in 1900, grew to 
$2,658.89, which was being kept at the German Savings & Loan 
Society. A large amount of this money came from the estate of 
R. Sargenston. Other money came from the surplus fund remaining 
from the Golden Jubilee of 1899. 

The trustees of the home for the year included Albert F. Jones, the 
president of the board; J. F. Thompson, vice president; D. Newell, 
Daniel Flint, and John Morton. 

In the 1901 annual report of the superintendent, Dr. W. M. Hilton, 
the names of new inmates were now being included. There had been 
12 new people to move into the home during the year. The average age 
of all the inmates was 71 years. The report also listed those who had 
died during the year. Hugh Vance, 73, malarial fever; Calvin C. Stevens, 
80, paralysis; William Thomas Liggett, 75, old age; Mrs. H. E. Warncke, 
49, fatty degeneration of the heart. These three were laid to rest at 
Patriarchs' Rest in Thermalito. 

The Home — The Next Few Years ■ 97 

Doctor Hilton asked for a new mortuary apartment for the 
facility. There was not a place at the home to facilitate the dead. 

Finally, the last report of 1901 related to the home came from the 
Special Committee on Home Location. This committee had been 
appointed at the 1900 Annual Session of the Grand Lodge. The purpose 
of the committee was to locate a possible new site where a home might 
be established. Fifteen locations were offered in the report. Of these 
locations, a few stand out and are worth mentioning here: The Chad- 
bourne place at Pleasanton, offered for a price of $35,000; the Peralta 
Park Hotel in San Francisco, $75,000 (including the preparation); two 
locations in Santa Clara, the Kennedy tract in Los Gatos and the White 
property at the entrance of the Alum Park Reservation. Of these 
mentioned sites, the committee considered the White property the 
most desirable. 

In 1894, the lands in Santa Clara valley had been the choice of the 
trustees before the Thermalito property was handed free of charge to 
the Odd Fellows. At that time, it was only the lack of funding that had 
caused the trustees to choose the gift of Thermalito over Santa Clara. 
Seven years later, the Special Committee on Home Location rediscov- 
ered Santa Clara. This will be the precursor as to where the new home 
will one day be placed. 

No matter what sites were considered better than the other, the 
Grand Lodge, the Special Committees of whatever name, the home 
trustees, and the Grand Masters of any given year could do nothing but 
wait. A year earlier, the Grand Body had resolved by vote to not close 
the home in Thermalito. Nor could the Grand Body gain access to the 
quitclaim deed until after the 5-year period. This meant no money 
could be derived until May of 1904. The Odd Fellows could not sell the 
property, as it had agreed by vote to wait 5 years to see if the "climatic 
conditions" had improved and the cases of malaria had been eradicated. 
The 5-year waiting period was only a formality. Who really thought 
those two conditions could ever improve? The available properties of 
1901 might not be available in 1904. For now, Thermalito was home to 
the home. History would continue to be made at this place. People 
would live out their last days at this facility. 

98 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Every year, a new report was submitted. From each year to the 
next, these reports always seemed to have the same tone or direction. 
The Grand Masters distinctly liked the home or did not like the home. 
The reports were straightforward, as painful as some of these may have 
been to read or hear. The trustees presented reports maintaining a level 
of optimism, while the Special Committees assigned to investigate the 
home presented absolutely negative reports concerning the location. 
But the 1902 reports would have surprises. 

In 1902, the Home Site Committee, along with the Grand Master 
and the trustees of the home, accepted a gift of a deed of property in 
San Jose, California, called the "White Tract." The purpose of the gifted 
property was to provide a "Home for Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows, 
their wives, widows, and orphans." However, this time, the property 
could be sold or disposed of in any manner seen fit by the trustees of 
the home. The property was a gift to the Odd Fellows from S. E. More- 
land and his wife, Gertrude. 

William Nicholls, Jr., was the Grand Master. On May 4, 1902, the 
Grand Master's second visit to the home in Thermalito during his 
term, he found the inmates so disturbed he recommended an Investi- 
gating Committee of three members be appointed. The inmates were 
concerned that their complaints to the trustees of the home fell on 
deaf ears. The prevailing feeling was that no one was paying attention 
to matters important to the residents. Another complaint was against 
the watchman — that he sleeps on duty. In 1902, the home had 106 

He also stated he would not report on matters relating to the 
climatic conditions, as the five previous Grand Masters had already 
made the point. He felt the subject should be dropped. The inmates 
were asked what they thought about a facility in San Jose. Nearly every 
one of the inmates expressed a desire to be in San Jose rather than 
Thermalito. There were only a few that would stay in Thermalito. 

In his report, the Grand Master suggested a donation be made 
during the holiday season to a fellow member at the home, that he or 
she not be forgotten. (This program began in 1902 and still exists as of 
this writing.) 

The Home — The Next Few Years ■ 99 

Grand Master William Nicholls, Jr. (circa 1902). 

In the 1902 report submitted by the trustees of the home, the 
home still had in its employment Superintendent Dr. William M. 
Hilton and his wife, the matron. This pair had lasted longer than any 
others. The laundry room was lost in a fire, and a new one was built in 
its place; the construction took nearly 2 months. The trustees also 
approved the construction of a fumigating house. The residents were 

1 00 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

still performing some labor, where they earned from 5 to 15 cents a day. 
The trustees, in light of the San Jose property being purchased for a 
future home site, recommended a new hospital not be built on the 
Thermalito Home property, as requested a year earlier. 

There were 13 deaths reported for the year: Thomas Jefferson 
Wood, 71, hepatitis; James Conway, 65, cancer of the stomach; 
Mrs. Catherine Herr, 86, old age and malaria; William Sundermeyer, 
72, consumption; James Davis, 76, hepatitis; Charles Cook, 74, hemor- 
rhage of the lungs; Earnest Dunker, 82, old age and malaria; William 
Quayle, 87, old age; Joseph Silva, 61, blood poisoning; Walter S. 
Hinman, 76, hepatitis; Oscar H. Tafts, 73, dropsy; John Westley Ashton, 
69, cause unknown; Francis M. Dillian, 71, paralysis. Eight were buried 
in Patriarchs' Rest near the Thermalito Home. 

There was no other mention of William Quayle, other than his 
passing and that he was a member of Camptonville Lodge No. 307. 
Every year that he had been a resident at the home, he had donated 
portions of his monthly $12 government pension to the facility. In 
1846, he had been a sailor under Commodore John D. Sloat's command 
when Sloat took Monterey after a short and decisive sea battle. The 
United States claimed California after the battle. 

The trustees' report included several pages on the new property in 
San Jose. In short, a cash prize contest was set up for the individual or 
architectural firm that could present the best plans for the new home 
site. Of course, the plans had to include the types of materials required 
and the estimated cost for building the structure. There could be no 
more than 10 competitors. First prize would be 5 per centum of the 
cost of the building for full plans, etc; second prize: $250; third prize: 
$150; fourth prize: $100. Later, the prize for first place would be 
changed to $300. The trustees would judge the plans. The trustees for 
the year were J. F. Thompson, D. Newell, D. Flint, John Morton, and 
A. C. Bates. 

Seven sets of plans were entered in the contest. Those entering 
the contest were: Curtis & Wilcox, E. A. Hermann and B. J. S. Cahill 
of San Francisco, Wilson Wythe of Oakland, Morgan & Walls of Los 
Angeles, Wolfe & McKenzie, and William Binder of San Jose. The 

The Home — The Next Few Years ■ 101 

plans were numbered one through seven, without the names of the 

On May 12, 1902, the trustees of the Odd Fellows home com- 
menced to study the plans and to judge the contest. The winners would 
not be announced until after the Annual Sessions of the Grand Lodge. 

Chapter 14 

Same Old Happenings 

In 1903, Grand Master Milton G. Gill stated that the plan to erect a 
new hospital in Thermalito, which had been approved in previous 
years, should not be delayed for whatever reason. There was good 
cause to have a hospital, even if it would be for only a short time. 
He asked the Grand Lodge to direct the trustees of the home to begin 
construction immediately. This was his only recommendation con- 
cerning the facility. 

The trustees would leave the decision to build a hospital in the 
hands of the membership. They would ask the Grand Lodge to decide 
what class of hospital to build, if construction was approved. 

The 1903 report of the trustees was one of the shortest to date. 
Of course, the same subjects were touched upon, just not in-depth. 
Perhaps the report was shorter because the trustees now were over- 
seeing two projects: the home in Thermalito and the planning of a new 
home in San Jose. One of the trustees died suddenly during the year 
and that vacancy was immediately filled. J. C. Morrison was elected by 
the Grand Lodge's executive committee to fill the position of the late 
A. C. Bates. 

There were also eight deaths at the home in the past year: John 
Yoco, 60, congestion of the brain; John Wesley Sadler, 64, cancer of 
the stomach; John W. Barnes, 75, malaria; Margaret Mason, 69, 
hepatitis; Carlos Vincent, 81, asthma and la grippe; Ellen Gibney, 67, 
rheumatism of the heart; Rudolph De Kruze, 76, typho-malarial 
fever; Andrew Garrity, 64, consumption. Six of the eight were laid to 
rest at Patriarchs' Rest. 


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Grand Master Milton G.Gill (circa 1903). 

In 1903, the donor of the "White Tract" land in San Jose, S. E. 
Moreland, presented a petition to the Grand Lodge that basically 
demanded that construction of a new Odd Fellows home begin on the 
said property by September 1, 1903, or return the property. There had 

Same Old Happenings ■ 105 

also been numerous cash donations made toward this new project, 
which would also have to be returned. On May 15, 1903, the Grand 
Body voted to begin construction in San Jose. 'The calls for the ayes 
and noes resulted in 395 for and 224 against." 

It should be noted that the per capita assessments were being 
increased against the lodges year after year. 

The physician's report on the home in Thermalito included many 
of the earlier described illnesses; however, a couple of new ones did 
show up on the 1903 report. Cancer was now listed, as was morphine 
addiction, or "fiend." Malaria was still the dominant illness at the 
Thermalito Home. These reports offer the reader an insight as to what 
people suffered from and how they died. 

The 1903 report was vague as there had been only a limited 
amount of concerns, which were documented in the year's reports. Of 
any year to date, this was the least reported upon. Perhaps the 
members were tiring of expending so much energy on the matter. But 
this lull would soon change. 

In 1904, Grand Master C. W. Baker, after a visit to the home in 
Thermalito, repeated what his predecessor had stated: "The want of a 
hospital is very great and the Grand Lodge should direct the Trustees 
to proceed at once and erect the same." There were 99 men and 
15 women as residents of the facility. Once again, the trustees deferred 
the decision of erecting a new hospital to the Grand Body. 

The trustees offered some new information in its annual report, 
aside from the continuation of the same matters arising year after year. 
The residents were now given an opportunity to escape the heat of 
Thermalito during the summer months by taking a "short vacation" 
into the mountains where it was cooler. Twenty-three miles away from 
Thermalito, at a place called Berry Creek, the residents found refuge 
from the burning summer heat. It was planned that groups of eight 
would go to this resort area for 2-week intervals. Ironically, though the 
residents complained of the heat at Thermalito, there was much 
difficulty in finding the first eight people to go on the trip. 

The trustees concluded the annual report by stating it regretted 
more members had never seen the home in Thermalito and praising 

1 06 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Grand Master Charles W. Baker (circa 1904). 

the good work that had taken place, "notwithstanding the dishearten- 
ing and discouraging agitation concerning the Home question that 
disturbs and divides the Grand Lodge each year." 

Same Old Happenings ■ 107 

By all indications, not very many members ever bothered to visit 
the home in Thermalito. It may have never been given a chance to 
prevail. As of 1904, it certainly was not given the opportunity for 
acceptance. The trustees saw Thermalito grow; they saw the yearly 
improvements; they knew it was improving, but too slowly for the 
membership and at a cost it was unwilling to pay. This is what the 
reports and records bore out year after year. 

There were 10 more deaths in the reporting period: James Watson, 
70, old age and scrofula; Horace Gates, 84, old age; John Forthado, 79, 
heart failure; Timothy Moody, 69, senile decay; William Moss, 84, old 
age; Alfred Himes, 75, paralysis; Emily J. McDonald, 75, old age; 
Frederick Hartleb, 82, old age; Douglas A. Macphee, 77, cause 
unknown; Charles A.Warner, 77, fatty degeneration. Seven were buried 
in Patriarchs' Rest. 

The property in San Jose was also mentioned in great detail in the 
trustees' annual report. Water was the biggest concern. It seemed the 
"White Tract" lacked sufficient water sources, and that the wells were 
not adequate to support a fully functioning operation needed by a 
home. The trustees made the decision not to spend any more money 
searching for a water source. 

The committee, whose job it was to find the San Jose property and 
its donor, rebutted. There existed several springs in the area that could 
be fitted with proper plumbing hardware to access the springs instead 
of the wells. This was one of the most detailed responses, including 
the method by which water would be obtained, ever listed in an Odd 
Fellows publication. The proposed cost of the piping project was 
approximately $17,000. 

Was the Odd Fellows ready to accept a high price to start a new 
home project? Time would only tell. However, the old project would 
continue to expand. On May 13, 1904, the Grand Body approved the 
erection of a new hospital at the Thermalito. 

The year 1905 marked the first year photographs of the home were 
included in the annual reports. Few members actually ever saw the 
Thermalito Home, but these images brought the truest story home and 
to the point. The tones of future reports gradually changed. However, 

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A drawing of the proposed hospital. 

the pendulum was already swinging away from Thermalito as being the 
permanent site for the facility. 

Twenty-three deaths occurred in the reporting period. This was 
the most deaths in a single year since the home opened in 1895. This 
was not going to remain the year having the most deaths. There had 
been 100 deaths in 10 years; 25 of those deaths happened in 1 year. 
Those who passed away: John Mullin, 66, anasarca; Amos Baldwin, 82, 
old age and paralysis; William T. Azbill, 74, old age; Fred Decker, 77, old 
age and paralysis; Frank H. Deidell, 75, fatty degeneration of the heart; 
William A. Irwin, 81, carbolic acid poisoning; Mrs. Lena Fortro, 71, 
carbolic acid poisoning; Louis Kaselau, 80, old age; Frank G. Guild, 80, 
old age; Thomas Benson, 76, malarial fever; Mary Chrismtan, 83, old 
age; Frederick C. Waite, 77, cause unknown; Elizabeth D. Miller, 75, old 
age; Horace A. Porter, 58, drowned; Francis Miller, 75, suicide by 
drowning in the bathtub (this would not be the last suicide at the 
home); Leopold Weltch, 69, Bright's disease of kidneys; Peter J. Ipsen, 
81, senile gangrene; Charles A. Wikman, 51, apoplexy; John Bining, 66, 
rheumatism of the heart; James H. Bishop, 76, intermittent fever; 

Same Old Happenings ■ 109 

Home residents at the dining hall (circa 1907). 

William A. Mason, 71, intermittent fever; John Alexander, 76, bladder 
cancer; Charles P. Wolcott, 77, anasarca. Nineteen were buried in 
Patriarchs' Rest. 

Horace Porter's October 12, 1904, drowning had been witnessed 
by one of the residents, who was watching from a window in the facil- 
ity. Mr. Ross watched Porter walk along the bank of the Feather River 
when Porter fell into the river. He struggled to get out of the water and 
actually managed to climb out of the cold water and briefly stand up 
when he appeared to pass out and fall backwards into the river. Accord- 
ing to Ross, "He was swept down and out of sight in a minute or two." 
By the time help arrived, Porter was already submerged. Because it was 
late November and the water being very cold, the body would remain 
submerged longer. Porter's body could not be recovered until the 
arrival of warmer weather. 

The suicide of Francis Miller was somewhat "peculiar," as it was 
in the Oroville Daily Register. It occurred the day after the accidental 

MO* Calling Out from the Past 

drowning of Horace Porter. Miller had been suffering from severe pain 
caused by a bad bladder. He did not want to suffer any longer. After 
enjoying a prepared breakfast at 7:00 a.m., Miller entered a bathroom, 
where he drew a tub full of water. He removed his overcoat and shoes 
and lay down in the water, where he drowned himself. The former 
75-year-old bricklayer left behind a written message on a piece of slate, 
where on one side it read, "I cannot bear the pain any longer, and will 
not." On the other side it read, "My ills cannot be mended, but are 
easily ended; so here goes to turn up my toes." He definitely kept his 
humor to the last moment of life on this earth. There would be other 
unnatural deaths over the years. 

The main road and the hospital. The hospital was on the east side of the home. 

The hospital construction was delayed due to heavy rains that had 
washed out the bridge crossing the Feather River to Oroville. The home 
would have to wait until the rainy season passed before lumber and 
other supplies could be brought in from Oroville. The hospital was 
completed by spring of 1905. 

An ice plant was needed at the home. They used enough ice to jus- 
tify the construction of an ice plant. A total of 45,690 pounds of ice was 
purchased over the last year for $228.43. It was felt by the trustees that 

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Lawn area and fountain near the home's hospital. 

A gathering in front of the hospital. 

money could be saved should an ice plant be built on the grounds. The 
Grand Lodge approved the project. 

The "White Tract" in San Jose was being sold for $10,000. There 
was no reason for the Odd Fellows to hold on to property that could not 
supply enough water to support a home. The search for new sites would 
continue. But a new site would not be found for another 3 years, after 
much debate. The year 1905 was in the books and would soon become 
another forgotten year. 

I 1 2 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

On April 18, 1906, tragedy struck the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows in California. The great earthquake and fire struck San 
Francisco, destroying the office of the Grand Lodge. Dozens of lodges 
were displaced in the city. Members died. Members were left with 
nothing. Members and their families were homeless. Attention seemed 
to be given to the situation at hand, and not as much to the home in 
distant Thermalito. 

Grand Master John W. Linscott (circa 1905). 

Same Old Happenings "113 

The Grand Master still found time to include a short report. Grand 
Master W. W. Phelps followed the last year's report made by Past Grand 
Master John W. Linscott, where he agreed, "It is a burning shame and dis- 
grace to the great Order of Odd Fellows in California, that the Grand Lodge 
should permit a single one of our wards to be compelled to sleep in such a 
place." He was referring to residents having to sleep in the crowded, hot, 
third-story attic due to lack of space. He was not happy with Thermalito. 

He wanted to see the Odd Fellows purchase a new site for the 
home. Period. He did not want to settle for locations just because they 
were gifts, stating, ". . .we should go into the market and purchase what 
we want." That was all he had alluded to in his report. Grand Master 
Phelps had once served on the Special Committee on the I.O.O.F. 
Home, which investigated the home years earlier. His suggestion to 
relocate could not have been a surprise. 

The trustees of the home reported the construction of an ice plant 
was completed. The Cyclops Iron Works constructed the ice machine 
and its motor. The cost was $800. The machine produced 600 pounds 
of ice, which was a welcomed gift to the inmates who endured the hot, 
dry, summer days. The electric bill to run the ice machine and the new 
refrigerator unit was $3, but worth every cent. 

The trustees commented on the success of having photographs 
included with the 1905 report of the home. Every member could 
witness the good works being performed by the Odd Fellows. (Because 
it was so successful, photographs would be printed in all future reports 
for the next several years.) 

On a sad note, the superintendent and his wife, the matron, 
resigned their employment and left on January 1, 1906. Dr. and Mrs. 
Hilton had been at the facility for about 5 years. The trustees tried in 
vain to keep them at the home. Thus, there was no report made con- 
cerning who was ill for the year. The list of those who died lacked the 
cause of death, and no longer was the final resting place mentioned. 

A beautiful new hospital was constructed as well, where chron- 
ically ill patients were transferred into the hospital. Residents who 
had been in the attic were placed into the rooms of those who were 
moved to the hospital. 

114" Calling Out from the Past 

In 1906, Grand Master William W. Phelps had greater concerns than the home, as 
the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed the Grand Lodge in San Francisco. He 
would focus his attention on saving the Order and ensuring a convention would be 
held for the year. 

Same Old Happenings "115 


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The original hospital before it burned down in 1908. A new one would be rebuilt in its place 
within a year. 

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A typical room at the hospital. 

More deaths occurred in this period than in any other in the his- 
tory of the Thermalito Home. Twenty-seven died. (A complete list is 
included in the last chapter of this book.) 

In San Jose, the "White Tract" was sold for $13,000 to Charles C. 
Benson. That episodic adventure of locating a new home site was 
ended; another was soon to come. There still existed a Special Commit- 
tee appointed to search for a new site. 

The trustees for the term included: John Morton, John Thomp- 
son, W. W. Watson, H. E. Howard, and S. E. Moreland. (Moreland was 
the member who had donated the San Jose property to the Odd Fellows 
3 years earlier.) He was the second donor to have served on the home 

The next term brought Theodore A. Bell, a Grand Master who saw 
the home for all of the good things that had been attained by the Order. 
For him, the presence of a home for the older and needy members of 
the Order and the hard work being done to make their last days peace- 
ful was enough. It was an honorable testament to the Odd Fellows of 
California. He also praised the superintendent, T. W Prose, and his wife, 

Same Old Happenings "117 

Grand Master Theodore A. Bell. He found little to fault in the 
home's operations (circa 1907). 

the matron. In 1907, he offered no complaints or conditions as his 
predecessors had for many years. He actually reported, in-depth, on his 
visit to the Orphans Home in Gilroy, where he praised the Rebekahs for 
their good work. 

By 1907, the home in Thermalito had welcomed 320 elderly 
people. The number accepted in 1907 alone was 130, the most since its 
opening in 1895. The property was valued at $100,000. At this point, 
this was one of the most active homes in the Order. Although the 
Sovereign Grand Lodge prohibited the construction of a home 
through assessments of lodges and membership, it did permit the 
assessments of lodges to fund the operation of a home. And this is how 
California found the money to continue having a home. The Odd 
Fellows definitely had its home! 

I 1 8 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

The home's trustees hard at work.This meeting took place on the porch of the hospital (circa 

In addition to the inmates, the home was now employing an engi- 
neer, a superintendent, a matron, a caretaker, a person to work the 
commissary, a man to do odd jobs (a choreman), a dishwasher, dairyman, 
farmer, fireman, watchman, porter, laundryman, nurses, chambermaids, 
cooks, waiters, and extra laborers. The home also hired office workers, 
attorneys, and others when needed. The trustees oversaw the entire 

Meanwhile, as reported by the trustees, improvements were 
always being done at the Thermalito Home. Someone unfamiliar with 
the history of the facility or the sentiment of many members of the 
Order must have thought the Odd Fellow home was never going to 
leave Thermalito. 

On a positive note, one of the inmates sewed a new flag for the 
home. "We feel it to be our duty to call the attention of the Grand 
Lodge, the splendid and skillful work of Sister Wilcox in making for the 
Home a new flag." Handmade flags must have been beautiful; this is an 
art rarely found today. 

Same Old Happenings ■ 119 


Circular Letter Xo. i. 

San Francisco. August 10. 1906. 
At the session of the Grand Lodge, I. (). (). F.. of the State 01 
California, held at Santa Cruz, California, during the month of June 
1906, the undersigned were appointed bj the Grand Lodge, a Special 
Committee to select and purchase a site for an Odd Fellows Home. 
subject to the approval of the Standing Committee of such Grand 

On the tenth day of August, 1906, the Committee met at the offia 

of the Trustees of the Odd Fellows Home, at 458 Duboce Avenue 
San Francisco, California, and duly organized by electing John Morton 
President, and \Y. W. Watson, Secretary. 

Pursuant to the duties and powers vested in the Committee, W< 
hereby invite offers of sites, suitable for the purposes of a" 
Fellows Home, which offers must comply substantially with the fol- 
lowing conditions, to-wii : The site to contain not less than forty 
(40), nor more than one hundred and twenty (120) acres, and must 
be good tillable land, well watered, and within three hours trawl of 
San Francisco; and full and complete answers to the following ques- 
tions must accompany each offer, to-wit : 

1. How many acres in tract? 

2. Briefly describe nature and character of the soil. 

3. Is the land rolling, level or hilly? 

4. What is the elevation? 

5. What native trees or crops now on the land?. 

6. Number of acres tillable , and number of acres 

under cultivation ? 

7. Where is land located?. 


how approached 

and time and means of transportation. 
and distance from San Francisco 

8. What improvements, if any?. 

9. What is the source, nature and capacity of the water suj 
at the present time ? 


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12. Are there any especial building 
and if so, state character of same 

[3. Distance to nearest town and pOStoffice 

14. Are there any saloons in the vicinity of the tract, where liquor 

can be obtained? 

And if so. distance therefrom 

15. State the lowest net cash price. 

The questions for the trustees to answer when searching for 
grounds for a new home site (circa 1906). 

1 20 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

More deaths. Sixteen deaths occurred in this reporting period; the 
trustees resumed the practice of listing not only the names of each, but 
also the ages and causes of death. But the reports no longer indicate 
where the departed were laid to rest. Those who departed: John 
MacFarlane, 87, gastritis and senility; Mathew Jansen, 83, chronic 
bronchitis; George W. Herron, 76, consumption; Hans Peter Nelson, 
59, septicaemia; George W. Richison, 77, gastroenteritis; Adam Volk, 
72, valvular disease of the heart; Mrs. Jane Millner, 75, acute peritoni- 
tis; John Peter Baette, 76, gastritis; William Becker, 89, senility; Riley 
Singletary, 78, pneumonia; Matthew Fleming, 64, consumption; John 
Jacob Wagner, 75, chronic bronchitis; W C. Wilkerson, 80, enterocoli- 
tis; Harvey Turner, 81, senility; Mrs. Susan Dains, 74, cerebral 
hemorrhage; and J. S. Barner, 79, basilar meningitis. In 1907, the 
reports by name of those who fell ill during the year were also resumed. 

The Special Committee assigned to locate a new site for the home 
was virtually stopped in its tracks because of the disruption by the 1906 

The trustees in 1907. 

Same Old Happenings "121 

earthquake and fire. The Grand Lodge office had been destroyed. How- 
ever, the committee met long enough to draw up a questionnaire to 
send to several real estate agents in the San Francisco area. There were 
67 sites brought to the attention of this committee! The committee 
physically inspected nearly all those submitted sites. It was determined 
to find a new location for the Odd Fellows home. Was Thermalito really 
that despised? Was this eagerness the result a nonacceptance of the 
assessments on the lodges? Or was it truly because Thermalito was a 
terrible place to have a home? Those questions were most likely 
answered years earlier. 

The Special Committee could not afford to make a mistake when 
it came to locating the new spot for the home. It summed it up by stat- 
ing, "We had better move slowly and be sure." 

Chapter 15 

The Beginning of the 


Thermalito Home 

An artful poster representing the Odd Fellows Home in Thermalito. 


1 24 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Grand Master F. B. Ogden reported in 1908 that the Site Commit- 
tee located an acceptable place to build a new home. After examining 
80 different properties in less than 2 years, the committee selected an 
85-acre site with 5,000 fruit trees close to Saratoga Springs in Santa 
Clara County. The name of this site was Oakwood Farm. It had enough 
water, meeting the major requirement set by the Grand Body 2 years 
earlier. The cost of the property was $16,000, which was approved by a 
special meeting held on February 24, 1908. This site as described was 
well-researched, and no doubt met the political wants and needs of 
many in the Order. Shortly thereafter, on March 20, 1908, the Odd 
Fellows purchased the Oakwood Farm from John W. Stetson and Bessie 
Harden Stetson. 

The Thermalito Home had been operating for 12 years and 
improved each and every year. It had the main house, with additional 
housing for over 130 inmates. There were well-maintained barns, an 
ice house, blacksmith shop, a cottage, a house for the superintendent 
and his wife, a new hospital, and numerous other structures used for 
the everyday operation of the home. There was a small mortuary and a 
cemetery where many of those who died now rest. Thermalito was 
nearly self-sufficient. It had become a small city. No doubt the expan- 
sion of the home aided in the building of the town itself. (Until the 
home was established and before citizens were hired to work there, 
little, if anything, stood in the "Thermalito Colony." The property was 
to be a resort and that deal had fallen through, costing the developers 
their dream as well as additional wealth. They ended up giving the hotel 
to the Odd Fellows. Now, after 12 years, the end to a struggle was 

Concerning the location of the home in Thermalito, the Grand 
Master reported there was not a single negative comment. His report 
was quite the opposite from any of his predecessors who had never 
praised the home. In response to the site just purchased in Santa Clara 
County, he stated, "I hope and trust we have made no mistake in this step. 
It means a loss of many thousands of dollars to make the change . . ." This 
passage, by Grand Master Ogden, seemed to indicate the home had 
finally met its goal of being a respectable Odd Fellow Home for 

The Beginning of the End for the Thermalito Home ■ 125 

Grand Master Frank B. Ogden (circa 1908). 

The Aged and Infirmed. Despite all that had been accomplished, how- 
ever, the home would not remain in Thermalito. It was too late. A new 
site had already been located for a new facility. 

Twenty-five residents had passed away during the reporting year 
of 1908. The trustees reported the following names, ages, and causes; 
however, they, once again, declined to make mention of where these 
people had been laid to rest: Joshua Webb, 80, acute pleuritis; Tamma 

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A 1 9 1 photo of the cow barns and woodshed. 

Hurd, 75, cerebral hemorrhage; Joseph Burdick, 74, heart disease; 
Epenetus Wallace, 84, softening of the brain; William Roberts, 75, 
softening of the brain; James E. Payton, 77, paralysis; A. P. Christensen, 
81, angina pectoris; W. L. McKay, 77, cerebral thrombosis; Asa B. Jenny, 
65, suicide; Ann Startin, 65, chronic gastritis; G. W Williamson, 74, 
heart disease; Gustave Eymat, 66, accidentally killed by electric car; 
Francis W Peabody, 77, heart failure; John H. Mitchell, 86, senility; 
D. D. Green, 85, senility; Amos J. Ross, 78, rheumatism; Sumner 
McCausland, 75, chronic bronchitis; Louis H. Nolte, 82, chronic 
bronchitis; Chauncey Langdon, 80, hemorrhage of the brain; Thomas W 
Edwards, 72, pericarditis; F. C. Hahn, 78, bronchitis; George W 
Carswell, 80, pneumonia; Rix A. Johnston, 73, pneumonia; Andrew F. 
Brown, 72, pneumonia; August Bansch, 78, valvular lesion of the heart. 
In the case of Gustave Eymat's accidental death, he had been hit 
by a Chico-bound Northern Electric car on November 22, 1907. The 
accident happened about six o'clock in the evening. He was uncon- 
scious and still clinging to life at midnight. His skull had been 
fractured and his left leg broken. No one knew his identity at the time 

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Sister Bowman and Brother Becker, the oldest residents in the home (circa I 906). 

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of the incident, so he was taken to the Sister's Hospital in Chico, where 
doctors gave "no hope of his recovery." The Daily Oroville Register 
reported, "While in a half-conscious condition he murmured over and 
over some name that sounded very much as if it might be 'Don.'" Eymat 
died on November 24, 1907. It was not until the next day, after his 
death, that he was identified by Dr. T. W. Prose of the Odd Fellows home. 
Eymat was a Frenchman, also a member of the Franco American Lodge 
#207 of San Francisco. He had been a resident of the home for only a 
month before his fatal accident. 

On October 23, 1907, Asa B. Jenny committed suicide. Jenny was 
suffering from paralysis for a year. When doctors had informed him 
there would be no hope of recovery, he replied, "there is no good 
reason why I should live longer." The 65-year-old cut his throat with a 
razor. He was found dead lying on his bed with the razor on the floor. 
He had no relatives. Jenny's suicide would not be the last suicide at the 
home, as others would choose a similar ending over the agony of long- 
spelled suffering. 

A mining company, represented by Charles Helman, leased the 
bottom land property (a part of the Thermalito property sitting imme- 
diately adjacent to the Feather River), for the purpose of dredging. 
This was the popular method used in the area for mining gold. The 
trustees leased the land for $22,000 for a period of 10 years, a consid- 
erable sum of money in 1908. 

A 65,000-gallon reservoir was constructed to supply water in case 
of fire and for domestic use. Water was fed to the home by a newly built 
plumbing system. A roof was built over the reservoir. The telephone com- 
pany installed a more efficient telephone system. Additional woodsheds 
were constructed for the hospital and the laundry room. Improvements 
and maintenance never slowed down at the Thermalito site. 

The trustees for this term were John Morton, W. W Watson, John 
Thompson, H. C. Howard, and S. E. Moreland, 1908. They had little to 
say in the way of any recommendations related to the new home site, 
saying ". . .the Grand Lodge itself is the best judge as to any action 
concerning the new site." 

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A 1909 photograph of the covered reservoir. The Commissary Department is to the right. 

In 1909, Grand Master John E. Raker stated his pleasure with the 
home operation in Thermalito. The facility's doctor, Dr. T. W. Prose, 
especially impressed him; his care toward the residents was exceptional. 

On November 25, 1908, the hospital at the home in Thermalito 
was burned to the ground. It was a misfortune. Since there was already 
an overtaxed amount of space inside the facility, it was nearly impossi- 
ble to place those who had been in the hospital in the wings of the 
home. It was regrettable, but one member perished in the fire. His 
name was John B. Thompson (no relation to the presiding home 
trustee). He ignored the pleas to stay out of the burning building. The 
superintendent reported Mr. Thompson "was a little demented and it is 
supposed that he did not realize his danger when he returned to the 
building." There would have been more deaths, but the superintendent 
worked fast to get everyone out of the hospital. 

The month prior to the hospital burning, there had been an explo- 
sion of a hot-water heater in the kitchen. The night watchman was 
blamed due to his miscommunication with another watchman. He 

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On January 1 , 1 906, Dr. T. W. Prose and his wife were hired as superintendent and 

The Beginning of the End for the Thermalito Home ■ 1 3 1 

Grand Master John E. Raker (circa 1909). 

forgot to tell his replacement not to light the fire to the heater, as there 
had been some earlier trouble with a leaking hot-water pipe. Nobody 
was injured, and this also caused needed and desired improvements to 
be made to the kitchen. 

Plans to rebuild the hospital were set into motion immediately. 
In the meantime, the displaced inmates of the hospital were set up in 
the sewing room, library, hallways, and any other places that could be 
used as bed space. A "bungalow" was nearing completion, which would 
eventually become the new residence for many of the displaced 

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A picture of the new hospital in 1910. It was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the previous 
hospital just months earlier. 

A side view of the home's second hospital in 1910. 

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Two views of the kitchen as seen in 1909. This must have been unbearably hot in the 

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The "Bungalow" in 1909. The photo on the above left is the front of the bungalow. The 
photo on the above right depicts the home's team of horses and surrey in front of the bun- 

It should be pointed out the Grand Master questioned the need of 
having Life Memberships at the home. This had been the practice since 
the inception of the facility. Residents always had an option to purchase 
a Life Membership there; this had not been a concern to any previous 
Grand Master until now. The Grand Master said, "Some of those with 

The Beginning of the End for the Thermalito Home ■ 135 

Residents enjoy a ride around the home's grounds (circa 1905). 

Life Memberships feel they have more liberty and more rights than the 
regular residents of the Home." In actuality, holding membership in 
any capacity, opting to pay membership dues annually, or to pay one 
time for a lifetime did not give a member an advantage or increase his 
status as an Odd Fellow. All members had equal status. 

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An envelope mailed by resident Edward Price to his wife in 1904. Price passed away 
February 9, 1909. 

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The trustees in 1909. 

Residents were permitted to go to Oroville Tuesdays and Fridays. 
Some attended Odd Fellows meetings while others socialized with local 
citizens. A team of horses would take them to town if they wished to go 
on these designated days. Oroville was the closest town, located just 
across the Feather River unless, of course, one looks at the Thermalito 
Home as being a "small town." 

Seventeen residents died in the reporting period from May of 1908 
to May of 1909. The trustees reported the following names: J. Oscar 
Tainter, 83, senile bronchitis; Richard Pryor, 65, septicaemia; Thomas 
Jarvis, 72, heart disease; Robert Bandurant, 81, senility; J. H. Page, 78, 
senility; Charles Schroeder, 85, enterocolitis; Azuba E. Freeman, 79, 
stomach trouble; Isaac E. Baker, 80, senility; Ole Tobias, 78, enterocol- 
itis; J. B. Thompson, 57, burned to death; Cornelius Reynolds, 82, 
cerebral hemorrhage; A. W. Eskridge, 77, chronic cystitis; Mary E. 
Price, 73, chronic gastritis; H. C. Baker, 79, paralysis; Morris Marks, 73, 
softening of the brain; Edward Price, 72, senility; S. A. Laine, 79, 
gastric hemorrhage. 

All other business at the home was normal. Donations were still 
being made to it. The crops were doing fantastic. There were no cases 
of malaria reported by the physician. Inmates were still volunteering to 
work when needed. There was still no firm decision to build in Santa 

The Beginning of the End for the Thermalito Home ■ 137 

Grand Master Grove L Johnson (circa 1910). 

Clara valley, the future home site; nevertheless, the Grand Lodge 
directed the Site Committee to have plans prepared to erect a new 
home by the next year's annual session. The lodges would also be 
assessed a per capita of 30 cents per member for the year, which would 
be used for the new facility. There were no complaints made on record 
as there had been when the home was established in Thermalito 
14 years earlier. 

The trustees for this past term included the following: John 
Thompson, H. C. Howard, S. E. Moreland, D. A. Sinclar, and John 

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Unity Cottage in 1910. 

The back view and yard of Unity Cottage. 

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Hazlet. Hazlet replaced John Morton, who resigned after serving 9 
years on the board. 

Grove L. Johnson, the Grand Master reporting in 1910 on the 
home in Thermalito, offered the shortest report of all his predecessors. 
It was only eight sentences long. Aside from praising the good work 
being accomplished there, he did recommend a brick or concrete foun- 
dation be placed under the bungalow, inferring it had no proper 

"I visited the Home at Thermalito and carefully examined the 
same. It is in very good condition, but needs some changes. I recom- 
mend that the hospital be remodeled so as to remove the kitchen and 
dining room from the center of the building. At present they are depen- 
dent upon a skylight for air and artificial light at all hours. I recommend 
that the bungalow be raised and a brick or concrete foundation be placed 
underneath. I recommend that the side moulding in the bedrooms of 
the main building be removed and iron bedsteads be installed in lieu of 
the wooden ones now in use. The grounds are well kept and furnish 
occupation and pleasure to the inmates. Dr. Burgess and his wife, the 
superintendent and matron, are deserving of commendation for the 
manner in which they have conducted the affairs of the Home." 

In the report by the trustees of the home, it was reported that 
the expenditures made there were the most of any other year. There 
were some causes for this drastic increase of spending. The hospi- 
tal was rebuilt; there were more residents; the cost of living 
increased; and the Unity Cottage was constructed to make room for 
additional residents. There had not been an increase in per capita 
assessments for a long while, only the 10-cent increase requested in 
1909. A sum of $6,800 was used to build the new two-story Unity 
Cottage. According to the trustees, this was the best building on the 

Superintendent T. W. Prose and his wife, the matron, resigned 
early in the year. They were replaced by George Waldo Burgess and his 
wife (the matron), who would remain in these positions until June 1, 

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As had been the case for many years, various societies of Oroville 
continued to make visits to the home, interacting with the residents. 
On Sundays, everyone was encouraged to attend religious services in 
Oroville. Sometimes the Rebekahs from Oroville entertained the "old 
people," as they were also called. Members of lodges throughout the 
state had come en mass to visit the residents. The Sacramento Odd 
Fellows Relief Committee came to visit too. On June 14, 1909, even the 
"Grand Master of Masons of California," along with his Grand Officers, 
stopped by to pay their respects. 

There was a lot of traffic in and out of the home property. There 
were annual Fourth of July celebrations on the grounds that brought 
people from all over the region. The St. Elmo Company had performed 
at the home as well. The home was in some respect a small social cen- 
ter in which many outsiders came to enjoy themselves and make life a 
little more interesting for those residents needing the interaction. 

The New Home Farm in Santa Clara County was supplying the 
Thermalito Home with dried fruits that had been grown and processed 
on the property. The Odd Fellows did not sit and wait for a new home 
to be constructed but sought to make this new acquisition pay for itself. 
Not only was the Thermalito Home being supplied with dried fruits, 
such as apples, peaches, plums, apricots, pears, and lots of prunes, it 
was making a profit from selling fresh fruit on the market as well. 

According to all of the reports, water and the supplying of water 
was the greatest concern to the new home site. However, this goal 
was eventually met by the digging of wells and establishing a network 
of pipes. There were few obstacles remaining for the move from 
Thermalito to the Oakwood Farm. 

Once again, as in previously years, the Grand Lodge and the Board 
of Odd Fellows Home Trustees decided to hold a contest, where prize 
money would be awarded to the top plans for construction of a new 
home on the Santa Clara County property (Oakwood Farm) near 
Saratoga. First prize would be $400 cash; second place, $250; and 
third place, $150. There were many specifications the Odd Fellows had 
made with regard to the planning of the new facility. 

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The trustees of the home in front of Unity Cottage in 1910. 

Reports began citing the new property as being "near Saratoga." 
Eventually, encroachment and growth of the surrounding community 
would envelope the Oakwood Farm. Oakwood would be located in 
"Saratoga" per se. On April 8, 1910, the Grand Lodge ended up with 
eight sets of plans for the new home. First place "was awarded to 
J. M. Boehrer and R. W. Hart of San Francisco, the second prize to 
Cummins & Weymouth of Oakland, the third prize to Wolfe & 
McKenzie of San Jose." 

Twenty-five residents died in this reporting period. Samuel Crady 
Edwards, 82, heart disease; Charles Frank Laramie, 79, heart failure; 
Gustav Leuders, 66, rheumatism affecting the heart; Henry Horton, 83, 
acute gastritis; Franz Schmauss, 85, diabetes; Hugh Montgomery, 71, 
pulmonary tuberculosis; Ed Hopes, 73, valvular disease; Cornelius N. 
Gray, 89, gastroenteritis; S. B. Jarnigan, 73, uremia complicating 
chronic Bright's disease; Thomas Rutter, 76, cancer of the neck and 
throat; George B. Densmore, 82, mental debility and senility; 
Mrs. Eunice Briggs, 91, senility; Isaac Washington Barber, 72, no cause 

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Grand Master Thomas W. Duckworth (circa 191 I). 

listed; J. D. Spencer, 79, senility; William J. Nicholson, 87, chronic 
Bright's disease; Henry Provost, 69, no cause listed; John Kean, 76, 
apoplexy; E. J. McCourtney, 87, general paralysis and senility; 
Mrs. Antoinette Burdick, 76, killed in railway accident; Peter Devault, 
76, senility and general debility; James McGranahan, 84, congestion of 
the lungs; Hermann Hake, 81, senile gangrene complicating valvular 
disease of the heart; Charles Wentworth, 85, pleuropneumonia; 
E. D. Burger, 83, hemorrhage of the lungs; and John Patterson, 84, 
pulmonary tuberculosis, age, and debility. 

The Beginning of the End for the Thermauto Home ■ 143 

On April 9, 1910, Unity Cottage was dedicated by Past Grand 
Master William H. Barnes. This is important in that the Thermalito 
Home was still officially expanding. The Odd Fellows continued invest- 
ing money into this home site even thought they did not intend to 
maintain the facility at this location. The fact the Odd Fellows were 
even taking the time to dedicate the new structures at a location it 
would vacate in just 2 more years is surprising. 

Again, it is ironic the Odd Fellows had a fully operating home at 
Thermalito with all the consideration and attention made over a 
15-year period, and yet, sought to build another home. Perhaps having 
two homes for the aged and infirmed might have been considered. 
Abandoning Thermalito would seem a waste of years and investment. 
The consideration for the aforementioned was never mentioned in the 
reports. Keep in mind there were other jurisdictions with multiple 
homes. Pennsylvania had eight of them. 

The home trustees for the term were John Thompson, S. E. 
Moreland, D. A. Sinclair, John Hazlett, and Fred E. Pierce. 

With regard to his visit with the residents of the home, Grand 
Master T. W. Duckworth said the following: 'They appeared to be as 
well-contented as one could expect; old, tired, worn out brothers and 
sisters to be." He also praised the superintendent and the matron. 
Nothing else was said by the Grand Master. 

In 1911, the home trustees learned from the State Board of Health 
it was the mosquitoes that caused malaria at the facility. Now, the goal 
was to eradicate the mosquitoes. 

There had been a small post office set up at the home. The superin- 
tendents that were employed throughout the years were also postmasters, 
but this particular activity was now deemed unwarranted because of the 
time spent picking up the mail from the station. Instead, the trustees 
were hopeful a new station would soon be established near the home. 

A graphophone had been acquired during the year and new 
records were purchased for the residents to enjoy themselves. There 
were still numerous donations being made to the home, everything 
from cash to books and cigars. 

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The annual reports of the trustees were becoming shorter since 
the Santa Clara County property near Saratoga was purchased. There 
was no longer anything concerning the home about which to argue. A 
new home would be constructed on a site acceptable to the majority — 
period. The trustees no longer defended the original facility in 
Thermalito. The previous years' complaints by those opposed to Ther- 
malito were no longer needed. Those who opposed the home in 
Thermalito had won. 

According to the 1911 report, the trustees reported 23 residents 
died during the year. However, as done a few years earlier, the report 
declined to state where those who had died were buried. Those who 
died: George W. Andrews, 64, pulmonary tuberculosis; Joseph Libby 
Bangs, 76, chronic nephritis and cystitis; B. B. Jackson, 96, senility; E. 
Warneke, 69, paraplegia, hematuria with uremia; John A. Holm, 70, 
Bright's disease, valvular disease of the heart, hematemesis; J. G. 
Dickinson, 74, pulmonary tuberculosis; Samuel G. McPherson, 82, 
uremia; Corder David Glenn, 80, carbuncle disease of the stomach, 
inanition; Mrs. Roseanna Bauman, 90, cardiac asthma, senility; James J. 
Warner, 57, apoplexy, acute gastritis; Mrs. A. Stratton, 73, senility and 
general debility; William B. Kimball, 53, meningitis; Mrs. Sarah E. 
Morris, 74, cancer of uterus and adnexa; James W Archibald, 78, valvu- 
lar disease of the heart; Mrs. Jane M. Reed, 57, valvular disease of 
the heart, cerebral embolism; Joshua Albright, 81, acute gastritis; 
John Foster, 84, valvular disease of the heart, nephritis pneumonia; 
Mrs. Anna Wuthrich, 61, cerebral hemorrhage; John Kimberlin, 74, 
cerebral hemorrhage; Dan Sutherland, 83, congestion of the lungs, 
senility; Hugh Walker, 68, Bright's disease; James McCurry, 79, Bright's 
disease with dropsy; and William D. Young, 81, no cause reported. 

By 191 1, Patriarchs' Rest, the cemetery at Thermalito, was signifi- 
cantly being occupied by each year's deaths. These departed Odd 
Fellows had lived and died at the home. They had been part of the small 
community which had grown from one central building into a near 
township. What would happen to the cemetery when the home moved 
from Thermalito? This was to be questioned, but it never became a 
great concern. 

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JTttmt Vieyf of Ailiulnixl t'utioa Building, (Hid l-'ello%>» Home, t nil font ia 

The new home in Saratoga in 1912. 

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This postcard was mailed in the month of August, 1912. Obviously, the writer has a sense of 
humor, writing that it is "nice and cool here." 

Another view of the Odd Fellows home. Note: the early automobile in front of the home. 

The Beginning of the End for the Thermalito Home ■ 147 

Meanwhile, at the "New Home Site" near Saratoga, the grounds 
were being prepared. Trees were planted. Electrical poles were erected 
and electrical lines installed on the grounds. Saratoga resident 
Mr. C. A. Johnson was contracted to keep trees on the property 
trimmed. He kept the wood, while paying the Odd Fellows $120. Wells 
were dug and the supply of water was considered "inexhaustible" by the 
trustees. By April 1, 1911, the bids for the new structure had been sub- 
mitted. There were several bids considered. The trustees looked at the 
individual bids per each detailed task, but considered the lowest bid of 
contractor Henry Jacks as a whole. Henry Jacks' bid to construct the 
new facility near Saratoga was $182,600. Including the other bids for 
additional needs of the building project, the total price to build the new 
home would be $224,243.45. The price would eventually increase as all 
aspects of the construction were not included. This caused a change to 
the way the trustees would handle the bids. In addition to the bids, a 
drawing of the future home was provided to the board as well. Later, it 
was decided to break the jobs and bids down to individual contractors. 
This would save some money and allow bids to come in for each phase 
of the construction project. The decision of whose bids were to be 
accepted would be reported by the trustees in 1912. 

At the close of 1911, the trustees, John Thompson, S. E. Moreland, 
D. A. Sinclair, John Hazlett, and Fred E. Pierce, were the same 
members who made up the board during the previous year. This was 
one of the few times a new trustee had not joined the board. Most likely 
it was due to there being a need of having experienced board members 
who understood all of the aspects of both home sites: the one in full 
operation and that one to be constructed. Besides, which board had the 
most experience in dealing with harsh criticisms for the past 16 years 
or so? It knew how to handle difficult people and would be able to stand 
up to those with complaints or concerns. The pending transition 
from Thermalito would not be a simple task and required the most 
knowledgeable members. 

The trustees were directed to begin building immediately, as soon 
as funding became available. The Grand Master and Grand Secretary 
were given authorization on behalf of the Grand Lodge to borrow 

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"a sum not exceeding One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars" for 
the completion of the new home. Things were moving quickly now. On 
May 15, 1912, the Grand Lodge, by resolution, was directed to sell or 
lease the properties in Thermalito. 

Chapter 16 

The Transition Begins 

The year 1912 marked the transition year for the Odd Fellows 
home. Thermalito was on its way out as far as everyone was con- 
cerned. The trustees of the home wanted in any way possible to 
maintain the facility in Thermalito. Never once was there mention of 
the Order needing to find another location for the home in the reports. 
The trustees never approached the subject. However, the majority, who 
were made up of members who never even saw the Thermalito Home, 
demanded the home be elsewhere — anywhere but Thermalito. 

Once the Grand Lodge had acquired the necessary money for 
building the new home in Saratoga, the trustees were compelled to 
begin construction. It was the Odd Fellows lodges and individual mem- 
bers who funded the project by purchasing the Certificates of 
Indebtedness. These were certificates, also called "Six Per Cent New 
Home Notes." The Grand Lodge guaranteed payment of 6 percent per 
annum. An amount of $159,300 was raised through the selling of the 
certificates. There were lodges that invested large sums of money (con- 
sidered large in that time period) in the new home. The idea of offering 
a 6 percent return and making this an investment was an incredibly 
smart move on the Grand Lodge's part. The Thermalito Home never 
received this kind of initial funding. Cash donations had been made to 
the Thermalito Home and arrived in much smaller amounts. 

Concordia Lodge No. 122 invested the most money: $10,000. Of 
the many members who invested, W. W. Young, Charles Trautner, 
Walter A. Bonynge, Charles and Jesse Dick, and William Sandrock 
each invested $5,000. Again, this was a lot of money in 1912. 


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Form <>i' Si* Per Cent New iioim- Notes 

The Grand Lodge sold notes, called "Six Per Cent New Home Notes," just 
like this one, to finance the new home in Saratoga. These were sold to 
anyone who was willing to purchase them, for a 6 percent profit. 

The Transition Begins ■ 151 

Grand Master George F. Hudson (circa 1912). He presided at the 
cornerstone ceremony at the new Saratoga facility. 

On October 7, 1911, the cornerstone was laid for the home. Many 
speeches were delivered at this grand affair. Dignitaries came from all 
over the state. The trustees of the home were congratulated for their 
work in putting together much of this new project. William H. Barnes, 
one of the original trustees of the home board (two had passed away), 
spoke of the harsh criticisms in which the trustees had to endure from 
the membership. He spoke of how the trustees quelled those criticisms 
and met all of the challenges head-on. He stated, "And our Brother 
Trustees of the Old Board saw that golden hour for the Thermalito 
Home ere they passed away. But, demands not to be ignored came for 

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Grand Master Hudson and home trustees in 1912 at the cornerstone ceremony. 

a larger and more extensive building and grounds and Committees 
were directed to provide the same. Immediately came the queries 'How 
can you get the money?' 'Where is the security?' and similar pessimistic 
ejaculations, but promised faith of the Odd Fellows of California is an 
asset better than any banking institution." The new home had been 

The trustees offered its report for 1912. The board had nothing 
out of the ordinary to report, although the home did receive some hon- 
ored visitors during the year. James Harris, the Grand Treasurer of the 
Grand Lodge, visited the Thermalito Home. The trustees of the Grand 
Lodge visited as well. In addition, Judge William D. Wells, president of 
the board of trustees of the Masonic Home, and Mr. Hartman, the 
superintendent of the Masonic Home, came for a 2-day visit. Others 
from the Masonic Order visited too. Even the Grand Master for the 
Masons visited later in the year. Perhaps the Masons were scouting the 
site for its own future purposes. Or, maybe the Odd Fellows invited 
these dignitaries to visit the site in hopes of not wasting a ready-made 
home that would need to be sold. One could only surmise the reasons 

The Transition Begins ■ 153 

behind these visits, especially when another new Odd Fellows home 
was being constructed. 

Again, other than the visitations from many special guests, noth- 
ing new occurred at the Thermalito Home. There were 23 deaths to 
report: Mrs. H. L. Carswell, 72, uremia; Charles Bowman, 73, tubercu- 
losis; J. W. Hill, 75, senile dementia; Papstista Papa, 72, senility and 
debility; Mrs. E. F. McGowen, 78, internal hemorrhage, cancer of the 
stomach; P. H. Mcintosh, 79, senility and debility, heat prostration; 
W. C. Bates, 77, senile dementia; A. I. Ross, 85, gastric hemorrhage, 
acute gastroenteritis; F. F. Galeria, 58, cancer of the stomach and liver; 
Mrs. B. Hahn, 80, suicide; Mrs. M. Walton, 85, endocarditic cholelithiasis; 
S. J. Filer, 79, valvular disease of the heart, senility, general debility; 
W. D. Saffory, 81, cirrohsis of liver, chronic rheumatism; M. Parker, 78, 
hemorrhage of the lungs, pulmonary tuberculosis; Mrs. E. Hart, 83, 
cancer of the stomach, senility, general debility; M. M. O'Brien, 74, 
cancer of the bladder, obstruction at end of the stomach; Mrs. E. Dugan, 
75, congestion of the lungs, senile dementia; E. Biggs, 85, cerebral 
hemorrhage, locomotor ataxia, senility; Mrs. M. J. Bradley, 78, chronic 
nephritis, epilepsy; Mrs. M. Tufts, 94, cancer of the stomach, senility, 
and debility; William R. Knight, 82, suicide; W B. Overton, 54, gas- 
troenteritis; and Michael Finney, 81, senile dementia. The home had 
seen two suicides during the year where there had been no more than 
one in any prior given year. Also, the diagnosis of dementia was new; 
before 1911, the term was not used. 

On September 14, 1911, at 3:00 in the morning, Mrs. B. Hahn 
calmly walked out of the home to the fish pond. She lay down in the 
water, which was only a foot deep, and drowned herself. The Oroville 
Mercury newspaper reported that "she lay prone on her back until the 
end arrived." After an alarm was sounded at 3:05 a.m., she was discov- 
ered within 15 minutes. She was wearing only a night garment. It was 
said she suffered from severe pain and "had been of morose mind for 
several months." 

After 16 years of living at the home, William R. Knight ended his 
life by slashing his throat with a razor. On the morning of January 24, 
1912, he was not present at the breakfast roll-call. Dr. Burgess went to 

54 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

On September 14, 1911, resident Mrs. Hahn drowned herself in this pond in front of the 
home. The water was only a foot deep (this photo was taken in 1907). 

find Knight. It was too late. Knight was taking his last dying gasps when 
the doctor discovered him lying on a bed with his throat cut and a 
bloody razor in his right hand. Knight had been a member of Mariposa 
Lodge #39 for over 50 years. There would be no more suicides ever 
again at the home. 

The trustees of the home had overseen the new home project in 
Saratoga. One of the most important tasks involved in erecting the 
new facility was the determination of whose bids would be accepted. 
The review of bids was an ongoing job for the trustees as they had bro- 
ken down all phases of the project into various levels of construction. 
Rather than hire one general contractor to conduct the entire job, it 
was less expensive to bid out each stage of construction. Here is a 
breakdown of the responsibilities and the bids accepted by the 

The Transition Begins ■ 155 

Hart & Boehrer, architects ($10,000) 

Henry Cowell Lime & Cement Co. ($11,250) 

Z. 0. Field, cement contract ($61,142) 

William Bros & Henderson, finishing contract ($119,000) 

San Jose Transfer Co., drayage ($750) 

Robert W. Hunt & Co., testing cement ($200) 

H. D. Grayson, superintendent of construction ($1,500) 

J. C. Hurley, heating and water equipment ($17,904) 

Maxwell Hardware Co., hardware contract ($1,494.36) 

Thomas Day Co., gas fixtures ($1,900) 

Various small contracts ($1,200) 

Contracts estimated ($10,000) 

Total: $236,342.36 

This was below the amount of $240,000 the Grand Lodge had 
authorized the trustees to use. By the end of the 1912 reporting period, 
the new home was completed. There would not only be a new home, 
but a new hospital, barns, blacksmith shop, laundry facility, power- 
house, and a cottage for the farmers. The Odd Fellows Home in 
Thermalito had all of these facilities and more, but it was nearing its 
end. None of the home trustees were replaced for the 1912 period, for 
each had done a superb performance in overseeing the construction of 
the new facility in Saratoga. No others were even nominated to 
challenge a single trustee. 

The trustees were left with two major goals for the upcoming year: 
the residents of the Thermalito Home would have to be transferred to 
Saratoga, and the Thermalito property would have to be sold. 

With the new home came new prices. Life Memberships to the 
home could still be purchased for $1,000; however, the price was 
increased to $1,500 for those aged 60 to 64 years; for those 55 to 59, the 
price of a Life Membership was $2,000. Those 65 and older would pay 
$1,000. Again, a Life Membership was for those members who could 
not qualify for admission to the facility because they had a sustainable 
income, but wanted to live at the Odd Fellows home. 

1 56 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

In May 1913, the Grand Master was the first to submit his report. 
Grand Master Charles L. Snyder visited the home in Thermalito two 
times. The reports on Thermalito were no doubt, brief. The first visit 
came August 12, 1912. The residents of the home had not yet moved to 
Saratoga. He made an inspection of the buildings and grounds. Then he 

Grand Master Charles L. Snyder (circa 1913). 

noted the attitude of the staff: "a general air of expectancy caused by the 
contemplated removal of the inmates seemed to pervade." It was 
inevitable there would no longer be an Odd Fellows home in Thermalito. 
On the Grand Master's second visit to Thermalito, the scene was 
very different. By April 28, 1913, the residents had all been transferred 
to Saratoga. A caretaker of the Thermalito Home property was now in 
charge. The facility had already been vacated for 5 months. 

The Transition Begins ■ 157 

On November 17, 1912, trustees of the home, John Thompson 
(president), John Hazlett, D. A. Sinclair, and Fred E. Pierce, along with 
James W. Harris, Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge, and Harry D. 
Richardson, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, visited the home in 
Thermalito. They prepared for the morning's move. The arrangements 
for the residents to be taken by train from Oroville to Congress Junc- 
tion, the closest station to the new home, had been made by the Grand 
Treasurer, James W. Harris. There were 133 residents to transport 
(105 men and 28 women). Of course, there would also be many volunteer 
chaperones to make the trip. 

Before darkness had fallen at the home, the group paid a visit to 
Patriarchs' Rest, which sat on a high bluff overlooking the Feather 
River and the town of Oroville. Later in the evening, after dinner, the 
residents were reminded to be up and ready in the morning for the trip 
to the new facility. However, before the group broke from the dinner 
tables, many reflected on the good times spent at the Thermalito 
Home. On November 18, 1912, at 5:00 the following morning, after 
breakfast, everyone was taken to the Western Pacific Railroad. The 
people of Oroville provided automobiles and other means of trans- 
portation to move the residents to the train station. At 7:00, everyone 
boarded the train going to the new home, nearly 200 miles away. There 
was a grand send-off as many people of the town, including members 
of the Order, came to bid them farewell. 

In Sacramento, the train was switched over to the Southern Pacific 
Railway. Through the efforts of the Grand Treasurer, James Harris, and 
the kindness of each railway company, the trip did not cost the odd 
Fellows anything; it was provided free of charge. In Sacramento, 
Stockton, and other locations where the train rolled through, Odd 
Fellows and Rebekahs held greeting signs and stood waving to the res- 
idents. The occupants of the train stopped in Stockton for an evening 
dinner and then resumed their journey to Congress Junction. 

When the train finally arrived at the Congress Junction, it was met 
with "fifty or more autos" donated to carry the residents to the new site. 
This had been arranged by Home Trustee S. E. Moreland (vice presi- 
dent). The travelers were tired. Many of them required assistance. 

1 58 ■ Calling Out from the Past 


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The Western Pacific train depot in Oroville, where the residents boarded on November 18, 

The Transition Begins ■ 159 

There were plenty of volunteers on hand to give assistance. The move 
went smoothly. 

The Grand Master traveled 500 miles away from his schedule of 
visits near Modoc County just to welcome the residents to their new 

The property at Thermalito sat awaiting new owners, if any could 
be found. In 1913, the trustees reported the Loyal Order of Moose 
wanted the property for a home or school, but the people in Thermalito 
signed a petition opposing the transaction, ending the deal. 

The trustees of the home were busy concentrating their efforts at 
the new facility; closing out the transactions at Thermalito was slow. 
The property in Thermalito was comprised of many deeds and needed 
to be properly handled. The trustees asked the Grand Lodge to consider 
whether or not the cemetery should remain. The Thermalito property 

A group of Odd Fellows waiting for the train atThermalito after visiting the home on May I 3, 
l908.The members often visited the home in large groups. This particular visit would have 
been a week prior to the Grand Lodge session. (Courtesy of the California Historical 
Society, FN-36560.) 

1 60 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

was placed on the market for a sale price of $40,000. The property must 
have looked like a ghost town. Where there were once hundreds either 
residing, visiting, or working on the premises, there were none. Only 
the dead remained. 

The deaths reported for the period were as follows: John J. Porter, 
73, pleuropneumonia; John Carson, 83, dysentery; Mrs. C. Hash, 73, 
valvular disease of the heart, congestion of the lungs; Theodore Linck, 
80, cerebral hemorrhage, heat prostration; Frederick Gilbert, 78, 
valvular disease of the heart; W. H. Hillhouse, 86, gastroenteritis, 
senility, and debility; James Nelson, 65, tubercular meningitis; William 
Buist, 70, pleuropneumonia; John Tucker, 72, pulmonary tuberculosis, 
and Mrs. Mary Park, 71, erysipelas — the last inmate to pass away at the 
Thermalito Home. 

Again, the trustees of the home maintained their positions on the 
board. None were replaced. Their future reports on Thermalito would 
be minimal. 

Chapter 17 

Closing the Door 

In 1914, the president or the vice president of the home at various 
times visited the Thermalito property, entertaining offers to pur- 
chase the Odd Fellows home site. The trustees said, "As the time 
passes the buildings would need attention." They called upon the mem- 
bership to help find a buyer for the property. This report — or lack 
thereof — was indicative that nothing was occurring at the old home. 
The only reason a caretaker had been hired to look after the grounds 
2 years earlier was because it was required by the insurance company. 
In 1915, no report on the old home was offered by either the Grand 
Master or the trustees of the facility. However, buried in the itemized 
expenses was a listing of a salary in the amount of $600 for the "care- 
taker of the old Home." Other than this listing, it would be difficult to 
determine if the home in Thermalito was still held by the Order. 

The 1916 report of the home trustees centered on the death of 
fellow trustee John Thompson (former president), but there was also 
mention of the Thermalito property. The trustees were still trying to 
find a buyer and expressed hope in selling it very soon. The structures, 
aside from a few minor reports, were reported to be in "splendid 

In a 1917 report, and after 4 long years, a Grand Master finally 
visited the old home property in Thermalito. In short, the half-page 
report stated that the buildings had become dilapidated. Roofs leaked, 
trees were dying, and there was a great fire risk. It was costing the Odd 
Fellows $1,200 a year to maintain the property — with no income 
return. The Grand Master instructed the trustees to liquidate the 


1 62 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

In the trustees' report, it was stated the orchards were in "good 
condition" and that there had been minor repairs to two of the roofs. 
The buildings were reported to be in fair condition. Nothing to the 
extent of what the Grand Master had reported was indicated by the 
trustees of the facility. Once again, the trustees called upon the mem- 
bership to help sell the property. 

On May 14, 1918, the final reports concerning the old home in 
Thermalito would be offered. The Grand Master reported the property 
had at long last been sold, with the exception of the cemetery. He also 
added the cemetery should be cared for by the efforts of the Grand 
Lodge. There had been many members of the Odd Fellows laid to final 
rest in Thermalito. 

The trustees of the home offered its final report on Thermalito. A 
buyer had offered to purchase the entire property, including the ceme- 
tery, for $5,000. But this amount was later reduced by $250, as the 
buyer could not guarantee to care for the cemetery, as reported by the 

"The purchaser would not give us satisfactory assurance that the 
cemetery plot, which was included in the sale, would be cared for or that 
bodies of our deceased residents who are buried there would be allowed 
to remain for a definite time, so this portion, consisting of five acres, was 
reconvened to the Trustees of the Home for the sum of $250." 

After paying expenses, the sale of the Thermalito property netted 
$4,616.22. That was the end of the home in Thermalito. It would soon 
fade into only a distant memory. 

In 1918, the old home was torn down by the new owner. Eventu- 
ally, all the structures would be removed. Only the palm trees would 
remain as evidence for those researching the chronicles of Thermalito 
and how it grew into a small community by way of an Odd Fellows home. 

On June 14, 1919, the Grand Lodge turned over the deed to the 
cemetery to Oroville Lodge No. 59. In exchange, the Grand Lodge 
requested Oroville Lodge to "furnish an agreement to take care of the 

Closing the Door ■ 163 








f> : "AROSO i 

Odd Ft t lows Bi i 

S-xn Francisco, Cal 

June 16, 1919 

ro the »•&• /. ^. 

Lod ge , So. i-59 , I 

CrcTille , Calif. 

•f fleers and "enters of Orovill* 

Dear Sirs arc Brothers: 

At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the 
te held or Jure 14, 1919, the Beard 

linfonaecl regarding the action taken 
at the recent session of the Grand Lodge at which the 
trustees of the Odd mellows Home were authorized and 
empowered to execute a gift deed cf the cemetery of the 
old Home at Thermal ito» to you with the understanding 
that Orcville 1-odge, Ho. 59 shall, at all times, oare for 
and keep in good condition, the graves of our deceased 
brothers and sisters interred tl erein. 

■ara cesir you signify foj 

wish the deed made out to and at the same time s 

the deed may be made cut tc the trustees of ycur lodge a 

their suooessors in office. 

The Board also suggests that you would furnish 
an agreement to take care ox* the craves now in the riot. 

Grand 3ecrr* 

A letter from the Odd Fellows Home Board, via the Grand Lodge of California, giving 
Oroville Lodge #59 the deed to the cemetery. 

Chapter 18 

The Summation 

The Odd Fellows in California had entered a new phase of its 
growth process when it decided to establish a home for indigent 
and aged members. For years, dissension prevailed, as detailed in 
the annual reports. The trustees of the home regularly contradicted the 
appointed Special Investigating Committees or a displeased Grand 
Master in the annual reports. The trustees of the home knew the 
process better than anyone. They had overseen the development of the 
facility day in and day out. They were the most familiar members who 
watched regularly the growth and expansion of the Thermalito Home. 
Why were so many reluctant to embrace the home? Change! 
Remember, it did not matter if the home was in Thermalito, Stockton, 
Southern California, or anywhere else. At this early stage, caring for the 
aged members of the Order meant accepting change. It meant adapt- 
ing to another principle. What was worst of all, it meant dipping into 
the coffers of the lodges. The membership may have put off the idea of 
having a home in California for years, which it did, for any one of the 
cited reasons or all of them collectively. When anything, if only even 
slightly negative, would come to light, the detractors would magnify 
the event tenfold. It was an opportunity to cast disparaging remarks. 

The initial money donated toward the Thermalito Home had been 
somewhat coerced. The Grand Lodge had stated it would list by lodge the 
dollar amount given to the home. That meant if a lodge gave nothing, a 
zero would follow after its name. Very few lodges wanted to be placed in 
a vilifying position. This was a brotherhood after all. For the most part, 
most of the lodges contributed the seed money needed to transform the 
Belle Vista Hotel into the Odd Fellows Home of Thermalito. 


1 66 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Other factors lent to the continuation of the home in Thermalito. 
An article concerning the affairs of the home was published and 
released on April 26, 1899, by the Oroville Register, submitted by 
Oroville Lodge No. 59. The 23-page article strongly defended the home 
at Thermalito. The lodge went so far as to appoint its own committee 
to report the facts of the home to the members of the Grand Lodge. In 
the response made to the members of the Grand Lodge, the Oroville 
Lodge discredits the Special Home Investigating Committee, which 
had written a scathing report on the facility. Item by item, the commit- 
tee tore down the myths and deceit of the Grand Lodge's Special Home 
Investigating Committee. 

As was pointed out by the Odd Fellows from the Oroville Lodge: it 
was hot in Thermalito, but it was hot almost anywhere in the summer. 
In general, elderly people seem to expire more often than younger 
people due to the heat. When a group of aged people are placed together 
in one location, the death rate will appear much higher for a given 
period. The detractors who were mostly always on the attack thought 
the high incidences of deaths were surprising, when, in fact, these were 
not surprising to the people closest to the home and the doctors that 
had provided the health care. 

An interesting item contained in the appendix of the article printed 
in the Oroville Register was the recorded testimonies of 69 residents. 
This rare document offers a singular insight to what these people had to 
say concerning the home. In the statement numbered "3,3," we find the 
name of William Quayle again. In 1898, when he raised the flag at the 
home, Quayle was the oldest resident, at 86 years of age. 

Three men also played an important role in the establishment of 
the first home in California. Perhaps without their generosity of 
donating an uncompleted hotel in a place called Thermalito, a home 
would not have been started, at least, not until several more years. The 
three men went in different directions after making their contribution 
of a near- ready-made home. 

Edward W. Fogg and McLaughlin continued growing olives and 
producing olive oil, where they found success. Fogg also conducted an 
insurance and loan business. Albert F. Jones eventually served on the 

The Summation ■ 167 

home board, sewing for several years. They envisioned a colony and 
probably thought they had failed by not completing the hotel or selling 
as much acreage as hoped. But today, there is a town of Thermalito 
because of these men. In November of 1907, after years of various 
business endeavors, Major Frank McLaughlin, sometimes called 
"Colonel," committed suicide shortly after murdering his stepdaugh- 
ter. He cited "the lack of finances" as the trigger; however, after the sale 
of his estate, there was plenty of money remaining. 

The change to accept the home took time. It took about a decade 
for the membership to accept having a home. Even many of the 
critical reports offered by the Grand Masters of the 1800s seemed to be 
less critical in the 1900s. In 1894, when the home property was 
acquired, it was not the terrible place that it started out to be — not 
until the following year when the lodges were charged a per capita fee 
to support the operations of the facility. 

Again, this was a new concept to the lodges that were asked to 
financially support the "new" home at Thermalito. The vast majority of 
lodges did not have any of their members staying there. Therefore, it is 
conceivable the lodges not having any members residing at the home 
would resist paying for the same. 

Where much of the membership did not care to watch the home 
grow month by month, a handful of members believed in the concept 
of providing a home for California Odd Fellowship. These members 
expected a challenge of raising funds, fending off negativity, and 
dealing with occasional setbacks. The trustees of the home were these 
special members, the positive thinkers. The first elected trustees of 
the home saw the gradual successes and immense possibilities at 
Thermalito. When any complaint was lodged by a Grand Master or the 
eventual Special Home Investigating Committee, it responded to those 
complaints and dealt with them in a constructive manner. The trustees 
listened and fixed the perceived problem. The trustees knew all along 
the home in Thermalito was a well-suited location to have the Odd 
Fellows home, but it was selfish stubbornness that won out in the end. 
There was little else the home trustees could do except do as it had been 
instructed by the Grand Lodge membership and report the facts. 

1 68 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Palms along driveway in 1909. These palm trees still stand today. 

This exchange between the trustees and Grand Master and the 
Special Home Investigating Committee went on for years. As time went 
by, there were fewer and fewer problems to address. The membership 
had become used to having a home, as they had been supporting the 
facility now for years. By the time the property in Saratoga had been 
purchased, the complaints of Thermalito were very few, if any. The new 
Saratoga Home had been custom-built by a new, larger membership far 
removed from initial changes caused by the introduction of a home in 
its jurisdiction. 

Aside from a stately row of palm trees where the Thermalito Home 
once stood, only the old home cemetery remains. The palm trees are 
the only reminders of the Odd Fellows home, as most everything else 
was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1927. Today, even the majority of 
the Order's membership is unaware of the cemetery, much less the 
history of the Odd Fellows home in Thermalito. The Odd Fellows were 
prominent in Thermalito. You might even argue the Odd Fellows had 
its own little community. Although mostly forgotten, this is a place we 
call historic. 

The Summation ■ 1 69 

Today, these palm trees are all that remain at the site of the home. 

1 70 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

On top of this bank of the Feather River is the old "Patriarch's Rest" (at right, above), where 
many of those who died at the home were buried (circa 2008). 

The Summation "171 

Subsequently, there have been approximately 31 additional buri- 
als at the cemetery since the home's closing in 1912. After all, it is a 
cemetery. Over the years, the cemetery has been vandalized. Many of 
the headstones were tossed over the 80-foot bank into the Feather River 
below. The headstones were later recovered using scuba divers from the 
Paradise Dive Center in the nearby town of Paradise, who had volun- 
teered their services. Oroville Lodge No. 59 still maintains the 
cemetery to this day. 

To this day, there have been no other books written of the Odd 
Fellows home in Thermalito. There has been only a mention that the 
home existed. This is a memorial to those who lived, died, and were 


Boyle, Florence Danforth. Old Days in Butte. Association of Northern 
California Historical Research, 1974. 

Executive Committee Golden Jubilee Celebration, I.O.O.F. of 
California, under supervision of the Book Committee. Fifty Years 
of Odd Fellowship in California. H. S. Crocker Company, San 
Francisco, 1899. 

Gudde, Erwin G. California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology 
of Current Geographical Names. University of California Press, 
Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1969. 

Powell, Benson Mahlon. The Triple Links or Odd Fellowship Exempli- 
fied. The Triple Link Co., Cherryville, Kansas, 1902. 

Proceedings of the California Grand Lodge of the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows of the State of California. San Francisco: Joseph 
Winterburn & Company, Printers and Electrotypers, 1888. 

Proceedings of the California Grand Lodge of the Independent Order 
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Newspaper Articles 

"Odd Fellows Celebration," Oroville Register (4 April 1895): 2, col. 3. 

"Man Drowns in River," Oroville Daily Register (13 October 1904): 
1, col. 5. 

'Turned Up His Toes: Ended Life In A Bathtub," Oroville Daily 
Register (14 October 1904): 1, col. 3. 

"Unknown Man is Run Down By Electric Cars," Oroville Daily 
Register (23 November 1907): 1, col. 4. 

"Injuries Prove Fatal To Man Struck By Car," Oroville Daily Register 
(25 November 1907): 1, col. 5. 

"Ill And Despondent Inmate Of Thermalito Home Ends His Life," 
Oroville Daily Register (24 October 1907): 1, col. 3 (lower page). 

"Aged Woman Tired Of Life," The Oroville Mercury (September 14, 
1911): 1, col. 1. 

"When Medicine Fails, Old Man Cuts Throat," The Oroville Mercury 
(January 24, 1912): 1, col. 3. 

Note:The authors are unknown for the newspaper articles. 


A listing detailing the grave locations and list of names in the 
Thermalito Cemetery. Compiled by Oroville Eagle Scout, Morgan 
Price. October, 1986. 

^Because each Grand Master serves a one-year term beginning in May, for the purpose of 
simplicity, only the calendar year in which they submitted their annual reports (at the 
conclusion of their term) is listed with their images. 


The following images are of a 1913 listing of the Thermalito Home residents who passed 


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Odd Fellows Home of California, at Thermalito, Who Have Died 
Since Its Organization. 



E D. Herrick 

Henry Friedel , 

I C. Fatch 

M. B. Seifert 

Herman Seifert 

Daniel Knight 

John N. Small 

E. B. Palmer , 

Henry Wilson , 

George Atkins 

Henry C. Hall , 

John Rule , 

Thomas Corkle , 

J. B. Holje 

Mrs. M. C. Keith 

Conrad Meyer , 

John W. McLain 

guilamo tognini 

Allen Riffal , 

Ed. D. Batturs , 

George Klein , 

James T. Clark , 


Louis Williams 
Claus H. Buman 
Leonard Brown 
Elizabeth Randall . , 

Sarah Barnes 

Thomas Watson 

E. Cook , 

Henry Nolte 

B. Guinand 

L. N. Snyder , 

S F. Lurvey 

G. Landon 

J F. Monhardt 

E. Gregory , 

H. Vance , 

Calvin C Stevens . . . 
William T. Liggett . . 
Mrs. H. E. Warncke . 

Thomas S. Wood 

James Conway 

Catherine Herr 
William SundemEyer 
James Davis, P. G. 

Charles Cook 

Ernest Dunker 

William Quayle . 

Adam Hoffman 

Joseph Silva 

w. S. Hinman 

O H. Tufts 


F. M. Dillian 

John Yocco 

John W. Sadler 

John W. Barnes 










El Dorado 




San Juan 




Campo Seco .... 

San Diego 




Garden City 
Abon Ben Adhem 





Channel City 



University , 

Santa Barbara . . , 
A Lou Ben Adhem 

Bay View 

Industrial , 

Etna , 

San Diego 

Rio Vista , 

Yerba Buena 




Santa Barbara .. . 


Independence. . . . 





Honey Lake 



San Juan 

Morning Star 


Franco-Italian .. . 


i Channel City 





























Date op 

Aug. 24, 
Aug. 15, 
Sept. 14, 
Oct. 1, 
Jan. 4, 
Jan. 4, 
Sept. 13, 
May 16, 
Aug. 19, 
Nov. 25, 
June 19, 
Sept. 16 
Dec. 5, 
Mar. 21, 
April 21, 
Aug. 24, 
Feb. 7, 
Aug. 19, 
April 25, 
Nov. 15, 
Aug. 10, 
Sept. 12, 
July 6, 
July 20, 
May 18, 
Sept. 4, 
Tune 29, 
July 23, 
Tune 1, 
Sept. 27, 
Jan. 29, 
Aug. 17, 
Sept. 17, 
Aug. 24, 
Dec. 27. 
July 1, 
Sept. 29, 
May 8, 
Dec. 9, 
Dec. 11, 
Nov. 30, 
Sept. 15, 
July 8, 
Dec. 24, 
Feb. 11, 
Sept. 10, 
Tan. 20, 
Dec. 8, 
Oct. I, 
June 24. 
Nov. 19. 
Jan. 22, 
Nov. 18. 
Aug. 31. 
Nov. 22, 
July 23, 
Aug. 10. 
Feb. 13, 
June 1, 





1 896 






























1 89S 

























Date op 

Sept. 21, 
Sept. 28, 
Jan. 18, 
Mar. 14, 
July 11, 
Sept. 1, 
Oct. 23, 
Nov. 13, 
Dec. 29, 
Jan. 9, 
Jan. 21, 
April 4, 
April 23, 
May 11, 
June 18, 
June 19, 
Julv 16, 
July 22, 
July 31, 
Aug. 24, 
Sept. 13, 
Sept. 17, 
Oct. 22, 
Oct. 25, 
Nov. 1, 
Nov. 7, 
Aug. 13, 
Oct. 27, 
Dec. 8, 
Dec. 12, 
Jan. 6, 
Feb. 4, 
Mar. 16, 
Aug. 21, 
Oct. 21. 
Oct. 26, 
Feb. 21, 
Feb. 28, 
Aug. 3. 
Nov. 15, 
Feb. 7, 
Feb. 15, 
May 11, 
June 29, 
July 13, 
Julv 18, 
July 27, 
Nov. 9, 
Nov. 14, 
Dec. 6, 
Dec. 9. 
Feb. 2. 
Feb. 12, 
Mar. 2, 
Mar. 10, 
Mar. 31, 
May 4, 
June 24, 
Aug. 6. 


Appendix ■ 181 


DIED AT THE HOME.— Continued. 



Margaret Mason 

Carlos Vincent 

Ellen Gibney 

Rudolph DeKruse 

Andrew Garrity 

James Watson 

Horace Gates 

John A. Fortado 

T. N. Moody 

D. A. McPhee* 

William Moss 

Alfred Himes 

Emily J. McDonald . . . 
Charles J. Warner*. . 
Frederick Hartleb . . 

John Mullin 

Amos Baldwin 

William T. Azbill .... 

Fred. Decker 

Frank H. Deidell .... 

William A. Irwin 

Lena Fortro 

Louis Kaselau 

Frank G. Guild 

Thomas Benson 

Mary A. Christman . . . 
Frederick C. Waite*. . 
Elizabeth D. Miller .. 
Horace A- Porter 
Francis A. Miller 

Leopold Weltsch 

Charles A, Wikman . . . 

John Binning 

James H. Bishop 

William H. Mason 

John Alexander 

Charles P. Wolcott . . 
Hans Tecklenberg . . . 
George W. Kneedler . 

John Rutan 

Peter Noel 

Charles L. Knowles .. 
William G. Dinsmore . 

John Desombre. 

William T. Hendrick . 

Nannie Becker 

Leonard Curtis 

Mary Hill 

II. Schumacher 

H. F. Schrierhold 
Adam Goldsmith .. . 

Emma Jansen 

F. P. Anderson 

William M. Denig 

George B. Zaiss 

Aljonette Ennis* 

Phillip Lunney 

C. F. H. Koch 

R. W. Hatheway 

Isaac J. Doty 

William VVeirj 

Charles Shirley 

Samuel Guthrie 

J. H. Curtis 

John Macparlane 

Mathew Jansen 

Geo. W Herron 


Date op 



Fidelity . 





Mt. Horeb 


San Juan 


Mountain Vale .. . 
Golden State 



El Dorado 

Calistoga .. 



Forest City 

Sutter Creek 




Golden Gate 



Yerba Buena 

Four Creeks 

Yerba Buena 

Garden City 






Abou Ben Adhem 


Garden City 





Indian Valley. . . . 







El Dorado 




Mineral . 


San Pablo 

Western Addition 


Sutter Creek 

Thistle (Penn.) . . 






Buena Vista 

6; Nov. 

44! Dec. 

222 Mar. 

38 Jan. 

29 Sept, 
209 Dec. 

1 Feb. 

58 Julv 

18 Oct. 

67 Feb. 

14 Nov. 

140 Feb. 

216 June 

4 Jan. 

30 Dec. 
8 Aug. 

227 Dec. 

199 Nov. 4, 

122 June 23, 

32 Feb. 14, 

31 Mar. 18, 
April 2, 
Mar. 25, 
Oct. 24, 
Aug. 30, 
Feb. 10, 



54 A] 
142 Ja 
259 Jv 
113 D« 





Date of 

Jan. 20, 

June 15, 

Sept. 12, 

Mar. 2, 

142 April 12, 

38 April 1, 

54 Sept. 16, 

1 Nov. 18, 
6 Nov. 2, 

301 Nov. 11, 
112 June 1, 
54 April 6, 
an. 16, 
une 6, 

2 June 9, 
118 May 14, 
136 Nov. 6, 
117 Dec. 7, 
116 Tuly 6, 

96 Sept. 12, 

81 Aug. 12, 

48 Tune 24, 

122 Nov. 2."), 

... Nov. 30, 

162 Sept. 13. 

April 2, 

July 19, 

Dec. 10, 

Sept. 24, 

Aug. 16, 











.. 3. 

102 F( 

268 Nov. 12. 



1 900 

1 902 

1 903 















April 29, 

April 29, 













April 18, 












1 I, 































April 24, 

April 29. 













































2 1 , 










, 1902 
, 1902 
, 1903 
, 1903 
. 1903 
, 1903 
, 1903 
, 1903 
, 1903 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1904 
, 1P04 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1 905 
, 1905 
. 1905 
. 1905 
, 1 905 
. 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1905 
, 1906 
. 1906 
, 1906 
, 1 906 
. 1906 
, 1906 

182 ■ Calling Out from the Past 


DIED AT THE HOME .— Continued. 





No. j Date of 
I Admission. 

Date of 

Hans Peter Nelson. . . . 

Geo. W. Richison 

Adam Volk. 

Jane Millner 

John Peter Baettge ... 

William Becker 

Riley Singletary 

Matthew Pleming 
John Jacob Wagner . . . 

Wm. C. Wilkerson 

Harvey Turner 

Susan Dains 

J. S. Barnes 

Joshua Webb 

Tamma Hurd 

Jos. D. Burdick 

Epenetus Wallace 

William Roberts 

James E. Payton 

H. P. Christensen 

Wm. L. McKay 

Asa B. Jenny 

Ann Startin 

Geo. W. Williamson . .. 

Gustav Eymat. 

Francis W. Peabody.. .. 

[os. H. Mitchell 

D. D. Green 

Amos J, Ross 

Sumner McCausland. ... 

Louis H. Nolte 

Chauncy Langdon ...... 

Thomas W. Edwards . .. 

F. Charles Hahn 

Geo. W. Carswell. 

Rix A. Johnston 

Andrew F. Brown. 

August Bansch. 

J. Oscar Tainter* 

Richard Pryor 

Thomas Jarvis 

Robert Bandurant 

Jonathan H. Page 

Charles Schroeder. .. . 

Azuba E. Freeman* 

Isaac Baker 

Ole T. Tobias 

John B. Thompson 

Cornelius Reynolds.. .. 

A. W. Eskridgi 

MARYE.PRicEnee Haner. 

H. C. Baker 

Morris Marks 

Edward Price 

Samuel A. Laine 

Samuel Crady Edwards. 
Charles Frank Laramie 

Gustav Lueders 

Henry Horton 

Franz Schmauss. ....... 

Hugh Montgomery. 

Edward Hopes 

Cornelius N. Gray 

Samuel P. Jarnigan 

Thomas Rutter 

George B. Densmore. . . 

Eunice E Briggs 

Isaac W. Barber 






Morning Star . . . 


Mt. Horeb 



North Butte 






Sacramento .... 


Bay View 

Yerba Buena. . . 

San Lorenzo 


Red Bluff_. 

Camptonville.. . . 
j Fountain. ...... 




Franco American 



Mountain Brow , 



Pacific ..*... 

Onward ......... 

Alturas. ........ 

Excelsior ....... 


ApoIk> .1 



Forest City 

jSutter Creek 

! Porter j 

Grafton. I 

^Covenant | 

San Loren zo I 

sSanta Ana. ...... 

Escondido j 

; Mountain Rose ... I 

Garden City ! 

jUnity j 

I Sacramento 

|E1 Dorado 

Long Beach 

Oroville. , 


Telegraph j 

Rio Vista 

Los Angeles. . . . 
Germania .... 
Bay View ..... 





Anniversary . . . 



El Dorado .... 
Sacramento . . . 

39 July 

58 Sept. 

116 Dec. 

116 Jul v 
267 Feb. 

. .'Aug. 29, 

20 Dec. 24. 






36Feb. 12. 
44 Sept. 14, 
215 Dec. 3, 
88 May 22, 
37;April 12, 
2, Jan. 24, 

44 Nov. 12, 
109 Jan. 9, 

15 April 6, 
147 Jan 14, 

7 .Nov. 8, 
76! Boarder 

307, Dec. 3, 
198:July 17, 
385 May 14, 
298 lune 28, 

81 Nov. 11, 
207" Oct. 23, 
344 i Dec. 3, 
273 hme 13. 

82,Sept 15, 
144' May 18, 

16Tau. 9, 
155 Aug. 12, 
380, Ian. 10, 

80 fan. 
310 July 
123 Oct. 
123. Mar, 
239 Mar, 
145, Nov 

32 Jan. 

31 April 24, 

272 fan. 21. 
293 Tulv 18. 

73 April 7, 
147 June 24, 
236 Sect. 17, 
344 Jan. 29, 

2(5 Mar. 19. 

142 Dec. 9, 

131 Sept. 16, 

2 Sept 17, 

8 June 8, 
390 Sept. 14, 

59 Nov. 9, 

96, Tulv 14, 

79; Sent. 27. 

180 Oct. 24, 

35 Aug. 22, 

116 Mav 20, 

109 Mar. 5, 

116 Tulv 14. 

273 Mav 15, 
30 Nov. 9, 

45 April 11, 
85. Aug. 8. 
17 Tulv 18, 

123 Tune 8. 
8 June 23, 
2 April 6, 

1895 July 12, 
1895 Aug. 2, 
1899 Aug. 9, 
1905 Sept. 27, 

1900 Oct. 

1905 Nov. 
1904 Nov. 

1906 Dec. 
1900! Dec. 
1896 Jan. 
1896 Jan. 
1902! Feb. 

IS! I!) 


1904 Nov. 

19071 Nov. 
1907 'Nov 
1896, Dec. 

1905 Dec. 
1899! Dec 

1 903 i Dec. 
1906; Dec. 
1905 Dec. 

1905 Dec. 

1907 Han. 

1906 Feb. 

1 904 i Feb. 
1903 Feb. 
1899 Feb. 

1902 Feb. 
1908! May 

1897 Tune 

1899 Tune 6. 

1905 lune 20, 

1906 July 1. 
1896 July 12. 
190fi July 10, 

1 898 Oct. 19, 
1905 Oct. 24, 

1905 Nov. 25, 

1907 Dec. 17, 
1906Dec. 21. 

1903 Dec. 21, 

1908 Dec. 21, 

1908 Jan. 10. 

1906 Feb. 9, 
1905 Mar. 10, 

1900 April 25, 
1895 April 28, 

1905 May 4, 

1901 June 

1906 Tune 

1909 Tulv 
1 908' Jul v 
1908 Aug. 
1908 Aug. 
1900 Aug. 
1908 Sept 
1908 Sept 

1907 Oct 


April 6, 

Mav 10, 

May 11, 

June 3, 

June 10, 

June 22, 

Aug. 12, 

Aug. 20, 


1 1, 



















1 908 

Appendix ■ 183 


DIED AT THE HOME— Continued. 



Joseph D. Spencer 

William J. Nicholson . . 

Henry Provost 

Tohn Kean 


♦Antoinette L. Burdick 

Peter Devault 

James McGkanahan 

Herman Hake 

Charles Wentworth. . . 

Edmund G. Burger 

John Patterson 

George W. Andrews . . . 
Josiah Libby Bangs. , . . 

B. B.Jackson, 

E. Warneke 

John A. Holm 

James G. Dickinson .... 
Samuel G. McPherson. . 
David Corder Glenn. . . 

Roseanna Bauman 

James J. Warner 

Amanda Stratton ...... 

William B. Kim hall . . . 

Sarah E. Morris 

James W. Archibald. . . 

Minerva Jane Reed 

Joshua Al bright 

John Foster 

Anxa Wuturich i . 

John Kimberlin 

Daniel Sutherland .... 

Hugh Walker 

James McCurry 

William D, Young 

C has. Bowman 

Harriet L. Carswell.. . 

Wm. J. Hill 

♦Baptista Papa 

Ellen F. McGowan 

P. H. McIntosh 

Walter C. Bates 

Francis F. Galeria 

Amon J. Ross 

Babette Hahn 

Marie Walton 

tSamuel J. Filer 

W. D. Saffory.... 

Mark Parker 

F.liza Hart 

t Michael M. O'Brien... 

Ellen Due, an 

Ebenezer Biggs 

Martha J. Bradley 

Matilda R. Tufts 

William R. Knight 

Wm. B. Overton 

Michael Finney 

John J. Porter 

John Carson 

Catherine V. Hash 

Theodor Linck 

Prbdxricx Gilbert 

Wm. II. Hillhouse 

James Nelson 

William Buist 

John Tucker 




Date of 

Date of 








Golden State 


Yerba Buena 





Woodland . 







Cosmopolitan. . . . 




Santa Rosa 


Los Angeles 







Red Bluff 










Chico , . . 



Campo Seco 


Elk Grove. , 




Golden Gate 

Abou Ben Adhem 




San Juan 


| Nacimiento 

i lone. 




Cosmopolitan .... 
Buena .... 





1 Iu3v 14, 

173 April 12. 

250; Feb. 8, 

216 May 10, 

17, Oct. 12, 

15 Sept. 1.4, 
85j Oct. 28, 
59 April 11. 
25 April 7, 
37 Nov. 9, 

111! Aoril 21, 
102 Nov. 0, 

54 Nov. 2, 
219 July 23, 
272 Sept. 10, 
275 Sept. 16, 
257: June 18. 
194: July 14, 
205 Aug. 13, 

83 Nov. 13. 

85 July 2, 

53 June 30, 

17 April 10. 

35 Jan. 24, 
255 Nov. 12, 
205, Jan. 11, 
208 Ian. 27, 

44: July 9, 
253, June 24, 
145! April 1. 

70 Oct. 3, 
113 April 0, 
200 Nov. 9. 
215 Mar. 3, 
257; Tune 25, 
198 Nov. 17. 
123 Oct. 12, 

81 Aug. 11. 

16 Tan. 14, 
1 Aug. 11, 

113! Tuly 21. 
79 Sept. 26, 
IS June 11, 
66 May 14, 

310 July 14. 

274 Sept. 14, 
22: )an. 14, 
57 Oct. 12, 

104! April 0. 

204 Tan. 21. 


1906 Oct. 8. 
1902 Oct. 15, 
1909 Oct. 25 
L904 Oct. 26, 
1908 Nov. 10, 

1908 . . 

1902 Dec. 26 

1904 Jan. 13. 
1900 Jan. 14, 
1908! Jan. 15, 
1897 Jan. 25, 

1903 Mar. 9, 

1909 May 7, 

1909 Mav 9, 

1907 June 19, 
1895 June 20, 

1910 July 30, 
1906! Sept. 8, 
1910' Sept. 28, 
1909 Oct. 9, 

Oct. 15, 
Oct. 20. 
Oct. 20, 
1910: Nov. 4, 

1900 Nov. 16, 

1909 Dec. 26. 

1910 Dec. 29, 
1910 Jan. 6, 
1890 Jan. 14, 
1910 Feb. 3, 

1909 Feb. 21, 
1907: Feb. 28, 

1908 Feb. 28, 
1890 Mar. 14, 

1910 Mar. 27, 

1905 Tune 11, 

1904 Tune 11, 

1905 June 22, 

1911 lune 25, 
1899 July 15. 
1903 July 15, 
1904: Aug. 23. 
1910 Aug. 25, 

1901 Aug. 25, 
1908 Sept. 14, 
1908: Sept. 17, 


• 1 


Mav 11. 
Jan. 11. 
Nov. 2, 
219 June 22, 

67 A uk'. 31. 

39 Oct. IS, 
310 Mav 11. 

51 P( 
140 lune 10, 

98 Mav 22, 

72 Tu!y 15, 
104 Sept. 30. 

15 Sept. l i. 

81 1 Dec. o. 
205 April 13 

17 Auk. 21. 
101 Mar. 28, 

Sept. 23 
Oct. 13, 
Oct 18, 
Nov. 2. 
Nov. 18, 
Dec. 22, 
Tan. 6. 
Jan. 13. 
Tan. 14, 
Jan. 24. 
Tan. 31, 
1897 Peb. 28, 
1903 [une 30, 
189S| July 10. 
lly 12. 
1910 lulv 17. 
1909 Fuly 25, 
1007 Sept. 21. 
1912 Sept 22, 

19051 0< i. 21. 

1 009 





1 84 ■ Calling Out from the Past 


DIED AT THE HOME Concluded. 





Date of 
No. Admission. 

Date of 



208 April 16, 1906 
94 Fune 8. 1912 

Nov. 11, 1912 

Nov. 28, 1912 

Maky E. Mitchell 

Rainbow Reb 





April 13, 1912 
July 14, 1906 
Sept. 11, 1909 
May 11, 1912 
June 13, 1896 
April 8, 1902 
March 9, 1912 
Jan. 6, 1908 
Nov. 13, 1909 

Dec. 24, V>\2 
Dec. 25, 1912 

Dec. 29, 1912 

Jan. 1, 1913 

San Pablo . 

Jan. 9, 1913 

Abram Van Camp 


Jan. 12, 1913 
Feb. 11, 1913 

John S. Reed • 

Yerba Buena „, 


Feb. 13, 1913 

John B. Tupper 

Mar. 2, WIS 

•Died while absent on leave. 

fLife member. 



The images that follow next are a detailed listing of those buried at the Oroville Odd 
Fellows Cemetery (once called "Patriarchs' Rest"). In 1986, this list was created by Eagle 
Scout Morgan Price. 

Odd Fellows Cemetery (Oroville Lodge No. 59, I.O.O.F.) Oroville (Thermalito), California on 7th St. 

page 1 

Main Section 




Date of Death 


Mc Fariand, Celia 

None Listed 

Row1 #1 


None Listed 

Hicks, Rufus 

None Listed 

Row1 #2 


None Listed 

Hicks, Nancy 

None Listed 

Row1 #2 


None Listed 

Vaughn, Silas Josia 

Odd Fellow Portola # 427 

Row 1 # 3 


None Listed 

Vaughn, Martha 

Rebekah Portola # 339 

Row1 #4 


None Listed 

Harrison, Lewis M 

Odd Fellow Dubuque # 125 

Row1 #5 



Tucker Jr., John 

Odd Fellow Marion #101 

Row 2 # 1 


None Listed 

Buist, William 

Odd Fellow Templar* 17 

Row 2 #2 


None Listed 

Nelson, James 

Odd Fellow Alta # 205 

Row 2 #3 


None Listed 

Hash, Catherine 

Rbekah Westminister # 78 

Row 2 #4 


None Listed 

Finney, Michael 

Odd Fellow lone # 51 

Row 2 #5 



Knight, William R 

Odd Fellow Mariposa # 39 

Row 2 #6 



Bradley, Martha J. 

Rebekah Livermore # 219 

Row 2 #7 



Dugan, Ellen 

Rebekah California # 1 

Row 2 # 8 



Mc Intosh, Perry 

Odd Fellow Chico# 113 

Row 2 # 9 


New York 

Bowman, Charles 

Odd Fellow Fountain # 198 

Row 2 #10 



Walker, Hugh 

Odd Fellow Marion # 200 

Row 2 #11 


Nova Scotia 

Morris, Sarah E. 

Rebekah Pleasanton # 255 

Row 2 #12 



Bauman, Roseanne 

Rebekah Anniversary # 85 

Row 2 #13 



Mc Pherson, Samuel 

Odd Fellow Aita # 205 

Row 2 #14 


New Brunswick 

Holm, John A. 

Odd Fellow Morse # 257 

Row 2 #15 



Mc Grananhan, James 

Odd Fellow Oroville # 59 

Row 2 #16 



Nicholson. William 

Odd Fellow Lupyoma #173 

Row 2 #17 



R utter, Thomas 

Odd Fellow Templar* 17 

Row 2 #18 


Nova Scotia 

Biggs, Evenezer 

Odd Fellow Napa #118 

Row 3 #1 



Kimball. William 

Odd Fellow Los Angleles # 35 

Row 3 #2 



Walton, Mana 

Rebekah Elk Grove # 2 

Row 3 #3 



Gowan, Ellen 

Rebekah California # 1 

Row 3 #4 



Reynolds, Cornelius 

Odd Fellow Unity #131 

Row 3 #5 



Startin. Ann 

Rebekah Enterprize # 298 

Row3 #6 



Turner, Harvey 

Odd Fellow Plumas # 88 

Row 3 #7 



Curtis, James P.G. 

Odd Fellow Francifort # 96 

Row 3 #8 



Porter, Horace A 

Odd Fellow Four Creek # 84 

Row 3 #9 



Btshop. James H 

Odd Fellow California # 1 

Row 3 #10 


Rhode Island 

Wilcott, Chas P.G. 

Odd Fellow Abouden Adhen #112 

Row 3 #11 



Knowles, Chas L. 

Odd Fellow Sacramento # 2 

Row 3 #12 



Tecklenberg. Hans 

Odd Fellow Misletoe # 54 

J^owS #13 



Guild, Frank P.G. 

Odd Fellow Oastaman # 16 

Row 3 #14 


New York 

Miller Francis A. 

Rebekah Yerba Buena # 15 

Row 3 #15 


New York 

Weltsch, Leopold 

Odd Fellow Garden City # 142 

Row 3 #16 



Shirley. Chas 

Odd Fellow Mound # 166 

Row 3 #17 



Gilbert. Frederick 

Odd Fellow Yerba Buena # 15 

Row 4 #1 


None Listed 

Archibald, Jas W 

Odd Fellow Alta # 205 

Row 4 #2 



Mc Curry, James 

Odd Fellow Osceola #215 

Row 4 #3 


North Carolina 

Baker, H G N.G 

Odd Fellow Long Beach # 390 

Row 4 #4 



Edwards, Thomas 

Odd Fellow Alturas # 80 

Row 4 #5 



Wallace. Epenetus 

Odd Fellow Lerenzo # 147 

Row 4 #6 


New Jersey 

Wagner, John Jacob 

Odd Fellow Tuolume # 21 

Row 4 #7 



Mac Farlane. John 

Odd Fellow Friendship # 150 

Row 4 #8 



Binning John 

Odd Fellow Misletoe # 54 

Row 4 #9 



Wikman, Chas A 

Odd Fellow Placer #138 

Row 4 #10 



Alexander, John P.G 

Odd Fellow Inyo #301 

Row 4 #11 




Calling Out from the Past 

Main Section 




Date of Death 

page 2 

Noel, Peter 

Odd Fellow Chico # 113 

Row 4 #12 



Corkle, Thomas 

Odd Fellow Greenville # 252 

Row 4 # 1 3 


Isle Of Man 

Dinsmore, William G 

Odd Fellow Oakland #118 

Row 4 #14 



Benson, Thomas A 

Odd Fellow Golden State # 204 

Row 4 #15 



Miller, Elizabeth D 

Rebekah Yerba Buena # 15 

Row 4 #16 



Ipsen, Peter J P.G. 

Odd Fellow Fountain # 198 

Row 4 #17 



Guthrie, Samuel P.G 

Odd Fellow Presidio # 334 

Row 4 #18 


New York 

Wuthnch. Anna 

Rebekah Nerman # 145 

Row 5 # 1 



Kean, John 

Odd Fellow Golden State #216 

Row 5 #2 



Hahn, Babette 


Row 5 #3 



Hann, Charles 

Odd Fellow Excelsior #310 

Row 5 #4 



Mitchell, Jos P.G. 

Odd Fellow Adin# 173 

Row 5 #5 



Bame, J. S. 

Odd Fellow Sacramento #2 

Row 5 #6 


New York 

Nelson, Hans Peter 

Grand Lodge of California (S.F.) 

Row 5 #7 



Gates, Horace 

Odd Fellow California # 1 

Row 5 #8 



Forthado, John 

Odd Fellow Mount Horeb # 38 

Row 5 #9 



Moss. William P.G. 

Odd Fellow Mountain # 14 

Row 5 #10 



Moody, Timothy P G 

Odd Fellow Napa #118 

Row 5 #11 



Warner, Chas A. 

Odd Fellow Eureka # 4 

Row 5 #12 


New York 

Hartleb Fredench 

Odd Fellow Petaluma # 30 

Row 5 #13 



Mullins, John 

Odd Fellow El Dorado # 8 

Row 5 #14 



Decker, Fred 

Odd Fellow Condordia # 122 

Row 5 #15 



Fortro, Lena 

Rebekah Parker # 124 

Row 5 # 16 



Devault, Peter 

Odd Fellow Anniversary # 85 

Row 6 # 1 



Spencer, Jos D. P.G. 

Odd Fellow California # 1 

Row 6 #2 



Jarnigan, Samuel P.G. 

Odd Fellow Anniversary # 85 

Row 6 #3 



Carswell, Hattie L 


Row 6 #4 


New York 

Carswell, George W. 

Odd Fellow Appollo# 123 

Row 6 #5 


Hew Hamshire 

Green, D D. P G 

Odd Fellow Mount Brow # 82 

Row 6 #6 


New York 

Burdick, Jos D 

Odd Fellow Yerba Buena # 15 

Row 6 #7 


Rhode Island 

Richison. George D 

Odd Fellow Morning Star # 20 

Row 6 #8 


New York 

Snyder, L. N. 

Odd Fellow Abouben Adhen #112 

Row 6 #9 


New York 

Landon, George P.G 

Odd Fellow Industrial # 157 

Row 6 #10 


New York 

Monrardt. John F 

Odd Fellow Etna #184 

Row 6 #11 



Liggett, William T. P.G. 

Odd Fellow Donner # 162 

Row 6 #12 



Sundenmeyer William P G 

Odd Fellow Independence # 158 

Row 6 #13 



Cook, Charles P G 

Odd Fellow Franklin # 74 

Row 6 #14 



Azbtll. William T. 

Odd Fellow Anaheim # 199 

Row 6 #15 



Deidell, Frank H. P.G. 

Odd Fellow Forest City # 32 

Row 6 #16 



Kaselou, Louis 

Odd Fellow Sharon # 86 

Row 6 #17 



Forker. Reverend C H. 

Odd Fellow Hilton #312 

Row 7 #1 



Baker, Earl C 

None Listed 

Row 7 #2 



Burger, Edmund G 

Odd Fellow Woodland #111 

Row 7 #3 



Densmore. George B 

Odd Fellow Apollo #123 

Row 7 #4 



Montgomery, Hugh P.G. 

Odd Fellow Adam # 273 

Row 7 #5 



Schroeder, Charles 

Odd Fellow San Lorenzo # 147 

Row 7 #6 



Johnston. Rix A 

Odd Fellow Apollo #123 

Row 7 #7 



Peabody, Francis W 

Odd Fellow Escondido # 344 

Row 7 #8 



Webb, Joshua 

Odd Fellow Mokelume # 44 

Row 7 #9 


None Listed 

Volk, Adam 

Odd Fellow Mariposa # 39 

Row 7 #10 



Cook, Ebenezer 

Odd Fellow Charity # 6 

Row 7 # 1 1 


New York 

Murry. B. P.G. 

Odd Fellow Sacramento # 2 

Row 7 #12 



Clark, Jas T. P.G. 

None Listed 

Row 7 #13 



Bauman, Chas 

Odd Fellow Franklin # 74 

Row 7 # 14 



Appendix ■ 187 

Main Section 




Datt Death 

page 3 

Willaims, Louis 

Odd Fellow Marion #101 

Row 7 #15 



Dunker, Ernest P.G. 

Odd Fellow Germania #116 

Row 7 #16 



Desumber. John 

Odd Fellow Indian Val# 310 

Row 7 #17 



Jensen, Erna 


Row 7 #18 



Jensen, Mathew P.G. 

Odd Fellow Donner# 162 

Row 7 #19 



Smith, William F. 

None Listed 

Row 8 # 1 


None Listed 

Hake. Herman 

Odd Fellow Valcano # 25 

Row 8 #2 



Horton, Henru P G. 

Odd Fellow Bay View # 109 

Row 8 #3 



Laramie, Charles Frank 

Odd Fellow Los Angles # 35 

Row 8 #4 



Baker, Issac 

Odd Fellow Escondido # 344 

Row 8 #5 


West Virginia 

Brown, Andrew F 

Odd Fellows Phoenix # 239 

Row 8 #6 



Eymat. Gustau 

Odd Fellow Franco American # 207 

Row 8 #7 



Hurd, Tamma 

Odd Fellow Bay View # 109 

Row 8 #8 


New York 

Baettge, John P. 

Odd Fellow Germania #116 

Row 8 #9 



Wood, Thomas J. P.G. 

Odd Fellow Riverside # 282 

Row 8 #10 


South Carolina 

Warnicke, Mrs E 


Row 8 #11 



Warnicke, E. 

Odd Fellow Myrtle # 275 

Row 8 #12 



Tufts, Matilda R 


Row 8 #13 



Quayle, William 

Odd Fellow Camptonville #307 

Row 8 #14 


Isle of Man 

Tuffs, Oscar H 

Odd Fellow San Juan # 67 

Row8 #15 



Silva Joseph 

Odd Fellow Plumas # 88 

Row 8 # 16 



Hendrick, William P.G. 

Odd Fellow Pacheco #117 

Row 8 #17 


Rhode Island 

Anderson, Frederick 

Odd Fellow Morse # 237 

Row 8 #18 




Row 8 #19 

Faleger. J A. 

None Listed 

Row 9 #1 


Non Listed 

Lueders, Gustav P.G 

Odd Fellow Germania #116 

Row 9 #2 



Pnce Mary E 

Odd Fellow El Dorado # 8 (Wife) 

Row 9 #3 



Page, T. H. P.G. 

Odd Fellow Covenant # 73 

Row 9 #4 



Bansch, August 

Odd Fellow Herman # 145 

Row 9 #5 



Jenney Asa B 

Odd Fellow American # 385 

Row 9 #6 


New Hampshire 

Roberts, William P.G. 

Odd Fellow Auburn # 7 

Row 9 #7 



Singletary, Riley 

Odd Fellow North Butte # 267 

Row 9 #8 



De Kruze. Rudolph 

Odd Fellow Placer # 38 

Row 9 #9 



Dillian. Frances M. 

Odd Fellow lone # 51 

Row 9 #10 



Hoffman. Adam 

Odd Fellow Indian Valley* 136 

Row 9 #11 



Raffal, Allen 

Odd Fellow Greenville # 252 

Row 9 #12 



Vincent. Carlos 

Odd Fellow Mokelumne # 44 

Row 9 #13 



Watson. James 

Odd Fellow Welcome # 209 

Row 9 #14 




Row 9 #15 

Zaiss, George P.G, 

Odd Fellow Mineral #106 

Row 9 #16 



Blackwood. Guy K. 

None Listed 

Row 10 # 1 


None Listed 

Dickinson, James P.G. 

Odd Fellow Cosmopolitan # 106 

Row 10 #2 



Edwards, Samuel P.G. 

Odd Fellow Rio Vista #180 

Row 10 # 3 



Lame S. A. P.G. 

Odd Fellow Telegraph # 79 

Row 10 #4 




Row 10 #5 

Jarvis, Thomas P.G. 

Odd Fellow Porter #272 

Row 10 #6 



Langdon, Chauncey P.G. 

Odd Fellow Onward # 380 

Row 10 #7 




Odd Fellow Camptonville # 307 

Row 10 #8 



Fleming, Mathew 

Odd Fellow Jackson # 86 

Row 10 #9 



Aitkens George K 

Odd Fellow Brooklyn # 46 

Row 10 # 10 



Mason, Margaret 


Row 10 #11 



Mason, William Henry 

Odd Fellow Charity # 6 

Row 10 # 12 



Carlson Jr.. John 

Odd Fellow Jefferson # 98 

Row 10 # 13 


None Listed 


Row 10 # 14 


Calling Out from the Past 

Main Section 




Date of Death 

page 4 


Row 10 # 15 

Schierhold. Herman F 

Odd Fellow Concordia # 122 

Row 10 # 16 



Garrity. Andrew 

Odd Fellow Magnolia $ 20 

Row 10 # 17 




Row 10 #18 

Lower Section 

Wilson, Henry 

Odd Fellow Wildey # 149 




Guinand, B 

Odd Fellow Santa Barbara # 56 




Knight, D P G 

Odd Fellow Mariposa # 38 




Patch, P. C P.G 

Odd Fellow Greenville # 252 




Fredell, Henry P.G. 

Odd Fellow Harmont# 13 




Small, John H P G. 

Odd Fellow Chanty # 6 




Keith, Mrs L C 

Rebekah Azalea #117 (Wife) 




Keith, L C 

Odd Fellow Granite # 62 



New York 

Hernck, E. D, P.G. 

Odd Fellow Oustamah # 16 




Meyer, Conrad 

Odd Fellow Campo Seco # 10 

# 10 



Rule, John 

Odd Fellow San Jaun # 67 

# 11 



Klein, George P.G 

Odd Fellow Garden City #1421 

# 12 



Giuliand, Tognini 

Odd Fellow Laguna # 224 




3 Small Sections Not Included in Main Section Close to Phillip's Way 

Patterson, Jernl T 

None Listed f?7 Orange Grove Rebekah # 84) 




Patterson, Samuel W 

None Listed (maybe Oroville # 59) 




Patterson, Susan A 

None Listed (7? Orange Grove Rebekah # 84) 



North Carolina 

Ruby, Mark L 

None Listed (maybe Orovtlle # 59) 




Cauecchia, Ann M. 

None Listed (?? Orange Grove Rebekah # 84) 




Vaughn, John B 

None Listed (maybe Oroville # 59) 



None Listed 

Vaughn, James W. 

None Listed (maybe Orovilte # 59) 



None Listed 

Vaughn. Aleata 

None Listed (T? Orange Grove Rebekah • 84) 



None Listed 

Vaughn, Roberta J. 

None Listed (?? Orange Grove Rebekah # 84) 



None Listed 

Vaughn. William Ames 

None Listed (maybe Oroville # 59) 



None Listed 

Edwards, Georgia Ely 

None Listed (?? Orange Grove Rebekah # 84) 



None Listed 

Keith, Frank M 

None Listed (maybe Orovilte # 59) 



None Listed 

Keith, Mary L 

None Listed (?? Orange Grove Rebekah # 84) 

# 11 


None Listed 

Landers, Gertrude 

None Listed (?? Orange Grove Rebekah # 84) 



None Listed 

Cooksey, Pearl N 

None Listed (97 Orange Grove Rebekah # 84) 



None Listed 

Day, Garly L 

None Listed (maybe Orovilte # 59) 

# 14 


None Listed 

Taylor. Kiney J 

None Listed (maybe Orovilte # 59) 



None Listed 

Taylor, Elmer 0. 

None Listed (maybe Oroville # 59) 



None Listed 

Inman Dewell G 

None Listed (maybe Orovilte # 59) 



None Listed 

German, James William 

None Listed (maybe Orovilte # 59) 

# 18 


None Listed 



The maps and name lists were drawn and complied by Oroville Eagle Scout, Morgan Price October 1986 

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Odd Fellow Cemetery 

Drive Gate 

Walk Gate 

Seventh Street 


Annual Journals, 64-71 

Annual reports, 7 

addition of photographs, 107 
Grand Master Baker— 1904, 105 
Grand Master Bell— 1907, 117 
Grand Master Bonynge— 1900, 91-93 
Grand Master Brueck— 1899, 82 
Grand Master Drew— 1898, 53-59 
Grand Master Duckworth— 1911, 143 
Grand Master Gill— 1903, 103 
Grand Master Grove— 1910, 139 
Grand Master Linscott— 1905, 113 
Grand Master Nicholls— 1902, 98 
Grand Master Ogden— 1908, 124 
Grand Master Phelps— 1906, 113 
Grand Master Raker— 1909, 129 
Grand Master Snyder— 1913, 156 
Grand Master Watson— 1901, 94 
Grand Masters, 51, 53, 98 
Grand Masters— 1915, 161 
Grand Masters— 1917, 161 
Grand Masters— 1918, 162 
illnesses report, 82-83 
lists of new inmates, 96 
photographs, 113 

Superintendent Hilton— 1901, 96-97 
trustees, 33, 53, 98, 144 
trustees— 1894, 13-14 
trustees— 1895, 14, 23 
trustees— 1896, 33 
trustees— 1897, 46 
trustees— 1898, 53 
trustees— 1899, 81-83 
trustees— 1900, 93-94 
trustees— 1901, 94-96 
trustees— 1902, 99-100 
trustees— 1903, 103 
trustees— 1904, 105-107 

trustees— 1905, 107-109 
trustees— 1906, 113 
trustees— 1907, 118 
trustees— 1908, 125-126, 128 
trustees— 1909, 136 
trustees— 1910, 139 
trustees— 1911, 141, 144 
trustees— 1912, 152 
trustees— 1913, 159-160 
trustees— 1914, 161 
trustees— 1915, 161 
trustees— 1916, 161 
trustees— 1917, 162 
trustees— 1918, 162 
Assessments of lodges 
annual increases in, 105 
letters of complaint about, 77-78 
rules of Sovereign Grand Lodge, 117 
Saratoga property, 137 
support of Thermalito home, 44, 165, 167 


Baker, C. W. (Grand Master), 105, 106 
Barnes, William H. (Grand Master), 10, 11, 33, 

143, 151 
Bartlett, A. L. (Superintendent), 24, 44 
Bartlett, Mabel, 24 
Bates, A. C., 100, 103 
Becker, Brother, 127 

Bell, Theodore A. (Grand Master), 116, 117 
Bella Vista Hotel, 16-17,39 
Berry Creek, 105 

Board of Management. See Trustees 
Boehrer, J. M., 141 
Bonynge, Walter A. (Grand Master), 91, 92, 

93, 149 
Bowman, Sister, 127 
Boyle, Florence Danforth, 35 
Bright's disease, 83 


1 92 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

Brueck, Karl C. (Grand Master), 77, 78, 82 
Bungalow, 131, 134 

Burgess, George Waldo (Superintendent), 139 
Butte County, 35, 37 


demand for a home, 9 

need for a home, 6-7 
Care of needy members prior to Thermalito 

home, 7 
Caretaker, 161 

Cemetery. See Patriarch's Rest 
Certificates of Indebtedness (for Saratoga 

home), 149-150 
Chicken yard, 56-58 
Chinese employees, 44-45, 50, 59 
Climate, 166 

citation of for reason to find a new home 
site, 88 

criticism of by Grand Master Bonynge, 91 

criticism of resident doctor, 79 

mention on postcards, 80, 146 

Santa Clara County, 14 

Summer 1898 temperature readings, 75 

trustee response to criticism of, 73 
Close, Myron C. (Grand Master), 75 
Commissary Department, 129 
Committees. See Special Committees 
Complaints of assessment on lodges, 77-78 
Conditions of residency, 23, 26-27 
Connecticut home, 6 
Contests for plans for new home after Thermalito, 

100-101, 140-141 
Cordy, George, 25 
Cow barns, 126 

Grand Master Bonynge, 91-93 

Grand Master Phelps, W. W., 113 

Oroville Lodge response to criticisms of 
Thermalito home, 18 

Trustee response to, 73-76, 81-82, 87 

watchman sleeping on duty, 98 


Deaths. See also Mortuary reports; Suicides 
1913 listing of deceased Thermalito Home 

residents, 179-184 
Eymat, Gustave, struck by electric car, 126, 128 
Porter, Horace, drowning, 109 
Thompson, John B., hospital fire, 129 

Dedication of Thermalito home, 24-25 

Dedication of Unity Cottage, 143 

Departure from Thermalito Home, 157-158 

Dick, Charles, 149 

Dick, Jesse, 149 

Ditzlet, George, 25 

Donations to establishment of Thermalito 

home, 29-30 
Drew, A. M. (Grand Master), 53, 56, 59 
Dried fruits, 140 
Duckworth, Thomas W. (Grand Master), 142, 143 

Early homes, 3-7 
Earthquake of 1906, 112, 121 
Employees, 46 


caretaker, 161 

Chinese, 44-45, 50, 59 

employment policy, 44 

Johnson, C. A. (Saratoga property), 147 

Peabody, Mr. (gardener), 53 

resident employment, 82, 94, 100 
Endowment Fund, 93, 96 
Eymat, Gustave, 126, 128 

Farnsworth, Grand Sire, 62 

Grand Lodge, 112, 121 

hospital, 129, 131 

laundry, 99 

handmade by Sister Wilcox, 118 

raising of, by William Quayle, 61-63 
Flint, Daniel, 87, 91, 96, 100 
Fogg, Edward W., 16, 36, 37, 166 
Fox, Charles N., 11, 14, 31, 33, 73, 74, 87 

assessment of lodges for Saratoga property, 137 

assessment on lodges for support of the 
home, 44, 77-78 

Endowment Fund, 93, 96 

repayment to Rebekahs Assembly money for 
orphans' home, 60, 63 

Thermalito home establishment, 29-30 

Thermalito property purchase, 7, 14 

Gill, Milton G. (Grand Master), 103, 104 

Glidden, J. C, 85 

Gnekow, R., 13 

Gold mining 

in town of Thermalito, 37 
Thermalito home property, 128 

Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Order, 93 

Index ■ 193 

Gosbey, Perley S. (Grand Master), 42, 43 
Grand Lodge, 2 

1899 Annual Session, 90 

deeding of cemetery to Oroville Lodge No. 
59, 162-163 

destruction by San Francisco earthquake, 

resolution to sell/lease Thermalito 
properties, 148 
Grand Masters 

annual report— 1898, 53, 55-59 

annual report— 1899, 82 

annual report— 1900, 91-93 

annual report — 1901, 94 

annual report— 1902, 98 

annual report — 1903, 103 

annual report — 1904, 105 

annual report — 1905, 113 

annual report — 1906, 113 

annual report — 1907, 117 

annual report— 1908, 124 

annual report— 1909, 129 

annual report — 1910, 139 

annual report — 1911, 143 

annual report — 1913, 156 

annual report — 1915, 161 

annual report — 1917, 161 

annual report — 1918, 162 

annual reports, 51, 98 

Baker, C.W., 105, 106 

Barnes, William H., 143 

Bell, Theodore A., 116, 117 

Brueck, Karl C, 77, 78, 82 

Bonynge, Walter A., 91,92, 93 

Close, Myron C., 75 

Drew, A. M., 53, 56, 59 

Duckworth, Thomas W, 142, 143 

Gill, Milton G., 103, 104 

Gosbey, Perley S., 42, 43 

Hudson, George F., 151, 152 

Johnson, Grove L., 137, 139 

Linscott, John W., 112 

Nicholls, William, Jr., 98 

Ogden, Frank B., 124, 125 

Phelps, William W., 113, 114 

Raker, John E., 129,131,134 

responsibility for home, 51, 53, 55 

Simpson, John H., 26 

Snyder, Charles L., 156 

Thompson, James F., 62, 87, 88, 96, 100 

Wildey, Thomas, 1 

Warboys, John, 46, 47 

Watson, William W., 94, 95, 116, 128 
Green Bay, Wisconsin home, 5 


Hahn, B., 153, 154 

Harris, James W., 152, 157 

Hart, R. W, 141 

Hazlett, John, 139, 143, 147, 157 

Hilton, Dr. William M. (Superintendent), 86, 96, 

Hilton, Jennie (Matron), 87 

Hog farm, 55 


demand for home in California, 9 

early homes, 3-7 

need for, 2, 6-7 

Oakwood Farm. See Saratoga property 

Thermalito. See Thermalito home 

Hospital, 115-116 

approval for new hospital in 1904, 107-108 
completion of new hospital in 1905, 

construction of second hospital, 132 
decision to build new hospital, 103 
destruction by fire, 129, 131 
discussion of constructing new hospital, 105 
recommendation of Grand Master Watson, 94 
request to build separate hospital, 83 

Howard, H. C, 128, 137 

Howard, H. E., 116 

Hoy, Maria Eva, 31 

Hudson, George F. (Grand Master), 151, 152 


Ice plant, 110-111, 113 

Illnesses, 82-83, 105. See also Malaria 

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1-2 

Inmates. See Residents 

Irish, John P., Esq., 43 

Isolation of Thermalito location, 92-93 


Jacks, Henry, Saratoga contractor, 147 

Jaeger, F. W. (Superintendent), 86 

Jenny, Asa B., 128 

Johnson, C. A., 147 

Johnson, Grove L. (Grand Master), 137, 139 

Jones, Albert F, 16, 33, 37, 38, 39, 43, 87, 88, 

96, 166 
Jones, Mrs. Albert F., 22 


Kitchen, 133 

Knight, William R., 153, 154 

Kusel, Doctor, 79 

1 94 ■ Calling Out from the Past 


Chinese employees, 44-45, 50, 59 

destruction by fire, 99 

purchase of new machinery, 59-60 

remarks of Special Committee, 50 
Leonard, John P., 22 
Life Memberships, 134-135, 155 
Linscott, John W. (Grand Master), 112 
Lloyd, R.H., 11 


Malaria, 58, 59, 63, 79, 81, 90, 105, 143 
Masons, visits to Thermalito, 140, 152 
Massachusetts home, 5 

Bartlett, Mabel, 24 

Hilton, Jennie, 87 
McCurry, James, 86 

McLaughlin, Major Frank, 16, 37, 39, 166, 167 
Meadville, Pennsylvania home, 3, 4 
Miller, Francis, 109, 110 

in town of Thermalito, 37 

Thermalito home property, 128 
Moll, Frederick J., Sr. (Superintendent), 9, 33, 

53, 54, 85 
Moreland, S. E., 98, 104, 116, 128, 137, 143, 

147, 157 
Morrison, George H., 87, 90 
Morrison, J. C, 103 
Morton, John, 96, 100, 116, 128, 139 
Mortuary reports 

1900, 94 

1902, 100 

1903, 103 

1904, 107 

1905, 108-109 

1907, 120 

1908, 125-126 

1909, 136 

1911, 141-142, 144 
1912, 153 
1913, 160 


Newell, David, 87, 89, 93, 96, 100 
Nicholls, William, Jr. (Grand Master), 98 
Norcross, Wesley F., 11, 12 


Oakwood Farm. See Saratoga property 
Odd Fellows, 1-2 

Ogden, Frank B. (Grand Master), 124, 125 

Old Days in Butte/35 

Olive production in town of Thermalito, 36-37, 

Orange production in town of Thermalito, 37-38 

Origin of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1-2 

Oroville, 35 

help in purchase of Thermalito property, 17 
residents attendance at religious services, 140 
residents' trips to, 136 
visits to Thermalito, 140 

Oroville Odd Fellows Cemetery, 185-189. See 
also Patriarch's Rest 

Oroville Register, 24, 166 

article on dedication of Thermalito home, 24 
defense of Thermalito home, 166 
Oroville Lodge response to criticisms of 
Thermalito home, 18 

Orphans, admission to Thermalito home, 27 

Orphans' home, 22-23, 30-31 
dedication of, 62 

praise by Grand Master Bell— 1907, 1 17 
praise of trustees for independent home, 75 
Rebekah committee on location of orphans' 

home, 30-31 
trustee's repayment of money to Rebekahs 
Assembly for orphans' home, 60, 63 

Patriarch's Rest, 44, 144, 170 

burials since Thermalito home closing, 171 

deeded to Oroville Lodge No. 59, 162-163 

listing of those buried at the Oroville Odd 
Fellows Cemetery, 185-188 

map of Oroville Odd Fellows Cemetery, 189 

purchase of head stones, 96 

recommendation of Special Committee, 49 

vandalism of, 171 

visit by trustees during move to Saratoga 
property, 157 
Paul, F. E., 25 

Peabody, Mr. (gardener), 53 
Pharmacy, 93 

Phelps, William W. (Grand Master), 113, 114 
Photographs in annual reports, 107, 113 
Piano, 92, 94 

Pierce, Fred E., 143, 147, 157 
Porter, Horace, 109 
Price, Edward, 135 
Principles of Odd Fellows, 1 
Prose, T W (Superintendent), 116, 130, 139 

Quayle, William, 61-63, 100, 166 




potential residents, 13-14 

Trustees' questionnaire for new home site 
after Thermalito, 119-121 
Quitclaim to the Thermalito property, 88-90, 97 


Raker, John E. (Grand Master), 129, 131, 134 
Rebekahs, 3, 22, 23, 31 

committee on location of orphans' home, 

donations to Thermalito home, 30 

praise by Grand Master Bell— 1907, 117 

trustee's repayment of money for orphans' 
home, 60, 63 
Religious services in Oroville, 140 
Remnants of Thermalito home, 168-169 
Reservoir, 128-129 


1898, 56 

1902, 98 

1905, 135 


1913 listing of deceased Thermalito Home 
residents, 179-184 

admission of first resident, 24 

attendance at religious services in Oroville, 140 

conditions of residency, 23, 26-27 

deaths. See Deaths; Mortuary reports; Suicides 

employment of, 82, 94, 100 

first residents, 31-33 

rules of behavior, 33 

social events at Thermalito, 140 

transfer to Saratoga home, 157-159 

trip to Golden Jubilee Celebration of the 
Order, 93 

trips to Oroville, 136 

vacation to Berry Creek, 105 
Richardson, Harry D., 157 

Sale of Thermalito property, 159-160, 162 

San Francisco earthquake, 112, 121 

Sandrock, William, 149 

Santa Clara County property. See Saratoga 

Saratoga property 

bid process, 147, 154-155 
completion of structures, 155 
contest for plans for new home, 140, 141 
cornerstone ceremony, 151-152 
funding for (Certificates of Indebtedness), 

grounds preparation, 147 
new home building, 145 

selection by Site Committee, 124 

transfer of residents from Thermalito, 157-159 
Sargenston, R., 96 
Selection of Thermalito, 21-22 
Shippey, Senator, 25 
Simpson, John H. (Grand Master), 26 
Sinclair, D. A., 137, 143, 147, 157 
Six Per Cent New Home Notes, 149-150 
Sloat, Commodore John D., 63 
Smith, Samuel B., 11,33, 87 
Snyder, Charles L. (Grand Master), 156 
Social events, 140 

Special Committee to find a new home after 
Thermalito (Site Committee) 

1901 report, 97 

acceptance of White Tract, 98 

delay caused by 1906 earthquake, 120-121 

questionnaire for new home site, 121 

selection of Saratoga property, 124 
Special Committee On Odd Fellows Home, The 

(1866), 6-7 
Special Committee on the Home (1893), 9-10 
Special Committee on the I.O.O.F. Home 
(1897), 43 

establishment of, 46 

investigation, 49 

recommendations, 49, 51 

remarks on laundry, 50 
Special I.O.O.F. Home Committee (1899), 
77-79, 81 

annual reappointment, 89 

criticism of Thermalito home, 79 
Stetson, John W. and Bessie H., 124 

Hahn, B., 153-154 

Jenny, Asa B., 128 

Knight, William R., 153-154 

McLaughlin, Major Frank, 167 

Miller, Francis, 109-110 

annual report— 1901, 96-97 

Bartlett, A. L., 24, 44 

Burgess, George Waldo, 139 

complaints about, 50-51, 85 

Hilton, Dr. William M., 86, 96, 97, 99, 113 

Jaeger, F. W., 86 

Moll, Frederick J., Sr., 53, 54, 85 

Prose, T.W., 116, 130, 139 
Suspensions from home, 85-86 

Terrill, C. C, 25 

Thermalito home, 157 

conditions of residency, 23, 26-27 
dedication of home, 24-25 

1 96 ■ Calling Out from the Past 

departure from, 157-158 

donation of property, 17-18 

donations to establishment of home, 29-30 

early improvements to property, 22 

establishment of Board of Management 
(trustees), 10-12 

first residents, 31-33 

growth of, 43-44 

improvements to home, 82 

isolation of location, 92-93 

quitclaim to Thermalito property, 88-90, 97 

remnants of, 168-169 

rules for residents, 33 

sale of property, 159-160, 162 

selection of, 21-22 

Special Committee on the Home (1893), 9-10 

transfer of residents to Saratoga home, 157-159 

transition to Saratoga home, 149 
Thermalito (town of), 35-40, 124 
Thermalito Citrus Colony, 37-38 
Thermalito Colony Company, 16, 39 
Thermalito Land Colony, 38 
Thompson, James F. (Grand Master), 62, 87, 88, 

96, 100 
Thompson, John, 116, 128, 137, 143, 147, 157, 161 
Thompson, John B., 129 
Three-links, 63 
Trautner, Charles, 149 
Trustees (Board of Management), 10-12, 160 

1893, 11 

1899, 87 


1902, 100 


1907, 116, 120 

1908, 128 

1909, 136, 137, 139 

1910, 141 
1912, 152, 155, 157 
admission of first resident, 24 
annual report— 1894, 13-14 
annual report— 1895, 14, 23 
annual report — 1896, 33 
annual report — 1897, 46 
annual report— 1898, 53 
annual report— 1899, 81-83 
annual report— 1900, 93-94 
annual report— 1901, 94-96 
annual report— 1902, 99-100 
annual report— 1903, 103 
annual report— 1904, 105-107 
annual report— 1905, 107-109 
annual report — 1906, 113 

annual report— 1907, 118 

annual report— 1908, 125-128 

annual report— 1909, 136 

annual report— 1910, 139 

annual report— 1911, 141, 144 

annual report— 1912, 152 

annual report— 1913, 159-160 

annual report — 1914, 161 

annual report — 1915, 161 

annual report — 1916, 161 

annual report — 1917, 162 

annual report — 1918, 162 

annual reports, 33, 53, 98, 144 

assessment of potential locations, 13-18 

defense of Thermalito location, 42 

establishment of Board of Management, 10-12 

establishment of Endowment Fund, 93 

praise for Thermalito property, 22 

questionnaire for new home site after 

Thermalito, 119, 121 
questionnaires about potential residents, 13-14 
request to build separate hospital, 83 
response to criticism, 73-76, 81-82, 87 
selection of first superintendent, 24 
selection of Thermalito, 21-22 
transition to Saratoga home, 147-148 

Unity Cottage, 138-139, 141 
dedication of, 143 

Vacation to Berry Creek, 105 
Vandalism of Patriarch's Rest, 



Warboys, John (Grand Master), 46, 47 

Watson, William W. (Grand Master), 94, 95, 116, 

Weather. See Climate 
Wells, Judge William D., 152 
White Tract 

acceptance of, 98 

demand by donor to begin construction, 104 

sale of, 111, 116 

water concern, 107 
Wildey, Thomas (Grand Master), 1 
Williams, Mr., first resident, 24 
Woodshed, 126 

Young, W. W., 149 

Peter V. Sellars is a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows in San Francisco. He has 
served the organization in several capacities. He 
was a member of the Board of Directors and a 
Grand Instructor. He has written numerous his- 
torical pieces, including his most recent book, 
The History of the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows in the City of San Francisco. He is a veteran 
of the United States Marine Corps, having partici- 
pated in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He is a 
graduate of California State University-Hayward. 
He and his wife Bonnie currently reside in San 

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