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Finding aid for
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Mich.) Organizational Records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Mich.) Organizational Records,
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1893, 2001, and undated
Extent: 4 cubic ft. (in 8 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection includes for Millbrook Lodge (3.25 cubic ft. of the records): histories, a student paper, reports, financial records, membership materials, correspondence, published materials, minute books, and miscellaneous; and for Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Mich., .75 cubic ft. of the records) correspondence, officers' bonds, financial records, membership records, minutes, among other materials.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 40611, 67105

Access Restrictions:

Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Mich.) Organizational Records are open for research.

Copyright:

Except for the copyright of Bradley A. Jerdon's paper, which has been given to the Clarke, copyright of this collection is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Mich.) Organizational Records , Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological, then by type of material.


History

Organizational History and Biography of Lewis D. Capen:

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is the second oldest secret, fraternal institution in the world. It began in 1824 as the IOOF, Manchester Unity, in Britain. The IOOF in the United States, called the American Order, began in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1819. Lodges including members and their wives, called the Rebekah Degree, soon followed. Michigan’s first lodge began in Detroit in 1843 and the Grand Lodge was established in Detroit a year later. The Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 in Mecosta County was organized in 1909. The Blanchard Lodge No. 183 was organized in 1903.

While the Masons lodges were composed of the wealthy elite, the IOOF was composed of the middle class. The goals of the IOOF were/are: to protect widows and orphans; to bury the dead; to help each other in want; to counsel each other in difficulty; to improve and elevate the character of man; to enlighten the mind; and to enlarge the sphere of his (man’s) affections. There were three degree levels in the IOOF, including truth (3rd), love and charity.

Lewis D. Capen was born on April 21, 1892 in Millbrook. He served in World War I and then became postmaster in Millbrook. From 1926 to 1929 he served as Exalted Cyclops of the Mecosta Ku Klux Klan No. 28. He then became Great Kaliff or Grand Titan, a leadership position over all the klans in Ionia and Mecosta counties and the towns of Petoskey, East Jordan, Hart, Manistee, Portland, and Muskegon, Michigan. In the 1920s, the klan infiltrated many social and service organizations, including the IOOF. Lewis D. Capen probably played a major role in this.

On October 14, 1935 Capen married Hilda Hill, a local schoolteacher. They were both members of the Klan and the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Degree. From at least 1944 to 1954 and 1960 to 1974, Lewis served as Millbrook Level Lodge’s secretary/treasurer, as Grand (or State) Treasurer, 1946, and Grand Master (or State head), 1954-1955.

Lewis died on June 11, 1974. (This information is from his obituary and other biographical materials are in the records of the Ku Klux Klan (Mecosta County, Mich.) collection in the Clarke.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes the records of both the Blanchard and Millbrook Lodges. It is important in documenting these local organizations, but it is of particular interest because of Lewis D. Capen’s membership in the Millbrook Lodge. The collection is organized by series into Blanchard and then Millbrook Lodge materials, and then alphabetically and chronologically within each series.

The records of Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (.75 cubic ft.) includes: correspondence, 1944; membership, roster books, 1903-1939; minute books, 1923-1932; and various financial records, 1903-1930.

The records of Millbrook Level Lodge No 219 (7.25 cubic ft.) include historical background in a student paper about the records by Bradley A. Jerdon, 2001, two anniversary histories of the lodge, 1973 and 1948; and a printed Third Degree (ceremonial?) piece; various membership certificates and applications; correspondence from state and national officers and committees, other local chapters, and Lewis D. Capen, while serving in various offices, 1904-1981, undated; Ephemera, including pins and stars, 1922, undated; various members and officer lists; mortgage and lease papers; bank account statements; proclamations and resolutions; receipts, 1923-1981; various reports, 1950, (state and local) 1973-1981; a Ledger and Treasurer’s account, cash, and receipt books, 1909-1959; record and minute books, 1919-1958; membership books, 1909-1979; and various miscellaneous items.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Capen, Lewis D.
    • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Mich.)
    • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 Blanchard Mich.)
    • Blanchard (Mich.)--History.
    • Blanchard (Mich.)--Societies.
    • Millbrook (Mich.)--History.
    • Millbrook (Mich.)--Societies.
    • Mecosta County (Mich.)--History.
    • Isabella County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Mich.) Organizational Records are open for research. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Correspondence, 1944
    Box   1 F   2
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Officers' Bonds, 1903-1918 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   3
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Orders on Treasurer, 1917, 1922-1923; Receipts, 1929-1930, 1917, 1922-1923; 1929-1930
    Box   1 F   4
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Semi-Annual Report, 1917
    Box   1 F   5
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Ledger Book, 1903-1930
    Box   1 F   6
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Lodge Record Book, 1920-1923
    Box   1 F   7
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Membership Roster Book, 1903-1939
    Box   1 F   8
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Membership Roster Book, 1912-1914
    Box   2 F   1
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Minute Book, 1923-1926
    Box   2 F   2
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Minute Book, 1926-1932
    Box   2 F   3
    IOOF. Blanchard Lodge No. 183 (Blanchard, Michigan), Officer Roll Book, 1921-1930
    Box   2 F   4
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), (Student Paper) by Bradley A. Jerdon, October 22, 2001
    Box   2 F   5
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), 1873-1973, A Century (100 years) of Friendship, Love and Truth, 1973
    Box   2 F   6
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), 75th Anniversary of the Institution of Level Lodge No. 219 IOOF, December 11, 1948
    Box   2 F   7
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Third, or Degree of Truth, undated
    Box   2 F   8
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Annual Reports, 1973, 1975-1976, 1978-1979
    Box   2 F   9
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Applications for Degrees, 1917, 1919, 1920s
    Box   2 F   10
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Applications for Degrees, 1940s-1970s
    Box   2 F   11
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Application for Veteran Life Membership, 1974
    Box   2 F   12
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Bank Account Statements, 1973-1975
    Box   2 F   13
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Central Chippewa Odd Fellow Association Correspondence, 1955
    Box   2 F   14
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Certificate of Appointment as Lodge Deputy Grand Master, 1977
    Box   2 F   15
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Certificate of Merit, undated
    Box   2 F   16
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Certificate for a Member of a Subordinate now Defunct, 1937, 1961
    Box   2 F   17
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Committee Reports, 1926-1927, 1961
    Box   2 F   18
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Chair, Odd Fellow Blood Bank Club, 1955
    Box   2 F   19
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Chairmen, Publicity Committee, Lewis D. Capen, 1965-1966
    Box   2 F   20
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Educational Foundation, IOOF, 1964
    Box   2 F   21
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Grand Lodge and Rebekah Assembly, Hospital Bed Committee, undated (after 1941)
    Box   2 F   22
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Grand Marshall, 1940, 1951
    Box   2 F   23
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Grand Master (State of Michigan head, not Capen), 1904-1978 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   24
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Grand Master (Lewis D. Capen), 1954-1955
    Box   3 F   1
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Grand Secretary, 1928-1981, undated
    Box   3 F   2
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Grand Sire, 1917, 1946
    Box   3 F   3
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Grand Treasurer (Lewis D. Capen), 1946
    Box   3 F   4
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Other Local Lodges, 1915-1965 (Scattered), undated
    Box   3 F   5
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence from Sovereign Grand Master (national head), 1964, 1969
    Box   3 F   6
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence re: Young Odd Fellows Club, 1945, 1955
    Box   3 F   7
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Correspondence to / from Secretary-Treasurer (Lewis D. Capen and others), 1916-1974 (Scattered), undated
    Box   3 F   8
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Dismissal Certificates, 1919-1920, 1925
    Box   3 F   9
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Ephemera, 1922; Sovereign Grand Lodge Pin, Star Emblems, undated, 1922; undated
    Box   3 F   10
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Financial Statements, 1956, 1981
    Box   3 F   11
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Lease, 1974
    Box   3 F   12
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), List of Recording Secretaries, 1950
    Box   3 F   13
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Lodge Booster and Builder (monthly newsletter), 1961-1964 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   14
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Member Lists and Roll Calls, 1965-1966, 1977
    Box   3 F   15
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Memorial Service and Badge, 1955, undated
    Box   3 F   16
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Michigan District Court, Small Claims Division, Case No. 2855, Affidavit of Claim, 1973
    Box   3 F   17
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Mortgage Papers, 1909, 1917
    Box   3 F   18
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1959
    Box   3 F   19
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Officers' Bonds, 1917
    Box   3 F   20
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Odd Fellow and Rebekah Camp Dining Hall and Kitchen Buck a Block Program, 1954-1955
    Box   3 F   21
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Our Odd Fellow Hall (poem) by Horace D. Holden, undated
    Box   3 F   22
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Petitions for Membership, 1918-1970s (Scattered), undated
    Box   3 F   23
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Pine River Cemetery IOOF Graves with Flags, List, 1977
    Box   3 F   24
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Press Packet from Sovereign Grand Lodge, 1960s
    Box   3 F   25
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Proclamations and Resolutions, 1924-1969 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   26
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Program, 12th Annual Meeting of the 9th District Association (in Millbrook), April 16, 1949
    Box   3 F   27
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Proposed Constitution Amendment, from 1953 Grand Lodge Journal, 1953
    Box   3 F   28
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Receipts from Grand Lodge of Michigan, 1923-1981 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   29
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Receipts re: Estate of Ray Deardoff, 1954
    Box   3 F   30
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Recommendation for Lodge Deputy, 1975
    Box   3 F   31
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Renewal Certificates from Grand Lodge of Michigan, 1925-1980 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   32
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Report of District Deputy Grand Master, 1950
    Box   3 F   33
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Requests for Admission, 1925-1927, 1956, undated
    Box   3 F   34
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Semi-annual Reports, 1973-1981
    Box   3 F   35
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Status of Members List, 1966
    Box   3 F   36
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Transfer Certificates, 1893, 1912, 1915
    Box   3 F   37
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Voice of Odd Fellowship (newsletter, Bay City, Michigan), December 1954-January 1955
    Box   3 F   38
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Withdrawal Certificates, 1907, 1920, 1950
    Box   4 F   1
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Ledger, 1931-1953
    Box   4 F   2
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Membership Roster Book, 1909-1979
    Box   4 F   3
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Membership Question / Answer Book, 1909-1975
    Box   4 F   4
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Minute Book, 1919-1924
    Box   4 F   5
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Minute Book, 1924-1930
    Box   5 F   1
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Minute Book, 1934-1946
    Box   5 F   2
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Minute Book, 1935-1938
    Box   5 F   3
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Minute Book, 1946-1948
    Box   5 F   4
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Minute Book, 1949-1953
    Box   6 F   1
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Minute Book, 1953-1958
    Box   6 F   2
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), IOOF Record Book, 1938-1941
    Box   6 F   3
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Account Book, 1909-1923
    Box   6 F   4
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Account Book, 1923-1936
    Box   6 F   5
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Account Book, 1936-1942
    Box   6 F   6
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Cash Books (2 volumes), 1954-1955, 1957-1959
    Box   7 F   1
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Book (5 volumes), 1909-1911
    Box   7 F   2
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Book (6 volumes), 1912-1917
    Box   7 F   3
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Books, 1912-1917 (1 volume); 1917-1919 (4 volumes), 1912-1917; 1917-1919
    Box   7 F   4
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Books (6 volumes), 1919-1922
    Box   7 F   5
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Book (1 volume), 1921
    Box   7 F   6
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Book (7 volumes), 1922-1925
    Box   8 F   1
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Book (4 volumes), 1926-1927
    Box   8 F   2
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Book (6 volumes), 1928-1929, 1931-1935
    Box   8 F   3
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Book (6 volumes), 1936, 1938-1943
    Box   8 F   4
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Books, 1943-1948 (5 volumes); 1941 / 1947 (1 volume), 1943-1948; 1941/1947
    Box   8 F   5
    IOOF. Millbrook Level Lodge No. 219 (Millbrook, Michigan), Treasurer's Receipt Stub Books, 1948-1951 (4 volumes), 1948-1951