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Collection Swedish Olive Lodge #583 (Moline, Ill.) records
Collection Number I/O:51
Dates of Creation 1875-1985
Extent of Description 24.25 linear feet, 54 boxes (4 oversized)
Language English
Creator Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Swedish Olive Lodge #583 (Moline, Ill.)
Search Terms Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Swedish Olive Lodge #583 (Moline, Ill.)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Moline (Ill.)
Fraternal, Insurance
Fraternal organizations
Administrative or Biographical History The Swedish Olive Lodge in Moline, Illinois was founded in 1875 by Job Tuffley, the Past Grand, of the Odd Fellowship in Moline and twelve of its Swedish members. The statues for the Lodge states that only Scandinavians and people of Scandinavian descent can join the lodge, and that its official language is English.

The membership of the Swedish Olive Lodge grew rapidly during the first few decades and in 1901, the Olive lodge purchased a lot on 13th and 5th Avenue in Moline to erect a building for its members. The new three story building downtown Moline was not, however, completed and ready to by occupied until 1908. The membership reached 732 in 1919, which marked the peak for the membership. After the end of WWI, the membership begun to dwindle slowly. The lodge ceased to exist in 1987.

The mission of the Olive lodge was to provide financial relief to its members during illness and to provide death benefits to beneficiaries. The lodge also maintained a burial lot at the Riverside Cemetery in Moline for members without families in the area. In addition the Lodge eventually added a social dimension to its activities and hosted gatherings for members and owned a tavern. The Swedish Olive lodge followed the teachings set by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows established in North America in 1819, which was to give aid to those in need and pursue projects for the benefit of all mankind.
Scope & Content The collection contains extensive membership information, correspondence, detailed minutes from meetings, insurance and benefit documents, annual reports and financial reports.
The membership records include a membership register from 1875-1914, which contains dates of birth, addresses, and occupations. There are also various certificates that relate to the membership of the organization such as new admittances (incl. date and place of birth), transfers, withdrawals, death, and dismissals.
The majority of the correspondence is with the Grand Lodge and other lodges, and with members inquiring about insurance and benefits.
The minutes covers the years 1898-1985 and provides detailed sick reports, details on benefits approved and paid to individuals, and other functions the lodge was involved with. The minutes also include information on internal elections and general business transactions. The collection also includes detailed financial reports from its inception of the lodge up to the closing in the mid 1987.

System of arrangement I. History and By-Laws
II. Minutes
III. Membership Records
IV. Sick Benefits
V. Correspondence

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