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Odd Fellows Home

of Western Pennsylvania

Organized April, 1872, for the care and education of orphans of deceased Odd Fellows. This is the first orphans’ home that was ever established by Odd Fellows, and as far as known, the first established by any fraternal society. This is truly an ideal home, and from this beginning similar homes have been instituted throughout the world, eight being located in the State of Pennsylvania. 

The new fire-proof building was dedicated October 16, 1926, by Grand Master John N. Mark, who was a resident of the Old Home thirty-six years ago; and therefore has a heartfelt interest in the Home and its young charges. 

The new structure cost $211,058.73, and the furnishings will cost $40,000. We have one of the best Homes in the state for convenience, the best equipped and arranged. The new Home will accommodate 150 kiddies. The farm land of the Home consists of thirty-six acres and is all under cultivation.

The children are happy and healthy. They attend the public schools where they compare favorably with other children in every respect. The work in the garden is carried on by the boys A Home Band of thirty-two pieces was organized and the boys are doing splendidly. Frequent outings and excursions are given by the different lodges and are pleasing events to the children. We have at present 96 children in the Home. Cost of maintenance is raised by per capita tax. 

The Lodges in this jurisdiction find a great source of pleasure and interest in keeping this Home up to the highest point of perfection in every particular. The Home publication, the Pioneer, is becoming more and more popular. It is edited by the Superintendent and Matron. It reflects the Home life and has done much to create on the part of the members an interest in the good work being accomplished. We are proud of our Home, our children, our lodges and the good work done in the name of our Order. 


Odd Fellows Home of 

Western Pennsylvania, 

Meadville - 1925

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Article and Photo from:

Album of Odd Fellows Homes, Edited by Ida F. Wolfe of the Hiawatha Rebecca Lodge No. 2, I.O.O.F., 1927, pages 74-75.















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