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History of the I. O. O. F Lodge Building
Nashville, Washington County, Illinois
Nashville IOOF building 1 Nashville IOOF building 2 Nashville IOOF building 3
International Order Of Oddfellows
Southeast corner of West St. Louis Street and Washington Avenue.
The 1952 Telephone directory lists the I.O.O.F. Hall as located at :
149A West St. Louis; telephone number 235-W
Western Auto Associate Store
The 1952 Telephone directory lists this as located at :
149 West St. Louis; telephone number 29-W
Owners at this location : T. L. Brandt, Donald C. Smith (1957)
Linkon's Auto Supply
The 1995 - 1996 Nashville City Directory lists this as located at :
288 West St. Louis; telephone number 327-8284
Nashville Fire Protection District
The 1995 - 1996 Nashville City Directory lists this as located at : 236 West St. Louis
current (2014) address is 276 West St. Louis
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1879 History of Washington County, Illinois
Brink, McDonough & Co.; Philadelphia;
Corresponding Office, Edwardsville, ILL.; 1879
Nashville Lodge, Number 37. I. O. O. F
from data furnished by George Akin, Esq.
      In April, 1845, a dispensation for the organization of this lodge was granted by Wm. M. Parker, Most Worthy Grand Master of I. O. O. F. of the State of Illinois. On the 8th day of May following he came to Nashville and duly instituted said lodge. The Grand Lodge of the State granted a charter to the lodge on the 27th day of July, 1848.
      The charter members were : T. J. Lecompte, W. B. Fulwiler, Jackson Dennis, Amos Watts, and John N. Vernor.
      Of the charter members, Hon. Amos Watts is the only one now living.
      The first officers of the lodge were :       E. B. Marshall, N. G. ; P. E. Hosmer, V. G. ; T. J. Lecompte, Sec'y. ; John N. Vernor, Treas. ; Wm. B. Fulwiler, W. ; Jackson Dennis, O. G. ; Amos Watts, C. ; T. J. Sell, R. S. N. G. ; H. D. Gosney, L. S. N. G. ; W. Walker, R. S. S. ; Jacob Stocker, L. S. S.
      This lodge has iniated 278 members, and admitted by card 63, - has now a member ship of 65.
      The Lodges -- Okawville, Elkton, Richview, Dubois, Ashley, Irvington, and Arbiter, have all received the nucleous for their formation from Nashville Lodge, No. 37. This lodge has furnished one Grand Master for the State. T. B. Needles, present State Auditor, and one Deputy Grand Master, Hon. Amos Watts. Many of her members have at various times filled important positions in the Grand Lodge of the State.
      The meetings of the lodge were first held in a room in the building occupied by James H. Sawyer as a residence. They afterwards built a frame building on the south side of Main street, west of the court-house, which they occupied until 1865, when they erected and removed to the large brick building on St. Louis street, which they now occupy. The third story is used by them as a hall, and the remainder of the building is rented for places of business, offices, etc.
      H. H. House grew up on a farm near St. James, Missouri, homesteaded by his grandfather after the Civil War. He married Olive Edwards, from Richview, and put himself through law school at night in St. Louis while working as a streetcar motorman during the day. He later taught school in Oakdale and Ashley, working as a farm laborer and freight clerk during the summer months, before moving to Nashville and starting a law practice in 1908. He also established a large fruit farm west of Nashville. Harold Henry House
Harold Henry House
Photograph courtesy
of Larry House
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The Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
October 30, 1924
      State's Atty. H. H. House was last Thursday [October 23] elected grand master of Illinois Odd Fellows, which is the highest office in the gift of that order in the state. The election occurred during the meeting of the I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge in the Elks building in Springfield and is a great compliment to the popularity and ability of Mr. House. Roy H. Johnson of Clinton was elevated to the grand wardenship and Dr. A. G. Nauman of Chicago became grand warden. Dr. Nauman is known to many here, having been a guest in the House home last summer.
      Mr. House affiliated with the Odd Fellow lodge No. 302 in Ashley eighteen years ago and for the past ten years has been a member of the legislative committee of the grand lodge. Two years ago he was chosen grand warden and his elevation to the next two offices came automatically. The popular attorney has a busy year ahead of him, as the grand master has absolute charge of all lodges in the state, as well as their properties, which amount to several million dollars. The greatest single investments of the order are the Old Folks home at Mattoon and Children's home at Lincoln. Mr. House made a trip to Lincoln before returning home and inspected the fine new gymnasium erected for enjoyment of the 200 young inmates of this institution.
      There are more than 130,000 members of the I.O.O.F. in Illinois and 92,000 Rebekahs. The Illinois jurisdiction is the third largest of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, while Illinois Rebekahs rank third in their sovereign grand lodge. Mr. House has among his duties the appointment of all state officers and has made the following selections which may be of interest to the people of this county: Grand conductor of the grand lodge, E. M. Cobb of Centralia; grand guardian of the grand lodge, C. A. Allen of Sparta; grand herald of the grand lodge, John Balch of Greenville; assistant grand instructor, Adam Green of McLeansboro.
      This is the most exalted fraternal office ever held by a Nashville man. Nashville Odd Fellows and Rebekahs will hold a big reception in honor of Grand Master House Nov. 15, when it is expected the officers of the grand lodge will be present, as well as numerous other lodge dignitaries.
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1926 - 27 Nashville, Illinois Basketball Team
1926-27 Basketball Team
Photograph courtesy of Larry House
      This was not a high school team. Fourth from left in front row is Ralph Maxwell; second from left in back row is Byron House.
They played upstairs in the old I.O.O.F Hall, which is now the fire station on the southeast corner of West St. Louis and Washington.

Nashville - October 1952
Troop No. 26

1952 Boy Scout troop of Nashville, IL.
I. O. O. F. Hall, Nashville, Illinois
Photograph courtesy of Larry House
First Row :
  Jerry Gutzler
  Glenn Herman
  Ronnie Ford
  Gary Monroe
  Bill Meyer
  Bobbie Harre,
  Raymond May
  Dennis Cook
  Wally Maier
Second Row :
  Jeff Shirley
  Larry House
  Dennis Luessenheide
  Bill Schroeder
  Ross Jones
  Ray Yehling
  Charles Daugherty
  Dean Hermeling
Third Row :
  Stanley Grzegorek
  Roger Thompson
  Jimmy Dintelman
  Bill Kachuba
  Charles Mattingly
  Jerry Wiese
  Ray Frederking
  Lynwood Snyder
  Charles May



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