Monday, March 7, 2011

Lodges of Fountain

This article is on lodges that have existed in Fountain.

Fountain's Square Dance Club met in the Community Hall in the 1950s

Fountain Herald 1940
Odd Fellows
I.O.O.F., Rogers Lodge No. 175 was having meetings in 1919, twice a month, on the second and fourth Saturday evenings. Officers were: Roy Alford, Grand Noble; D.C. Colbert, Vice Grand; A.I. Gearhart, Secretary; D.W. Vandenburg, District Deputy. They met in the Woodmen Hall on Main Street.

Fountain Valley Grange
Fountain Valley Grange No. 253 was organized June 11, 1915. The objects of the order are to advance the best interest in the financial and social life of its members. At present there are about one hundred members. The meetings are held in Woodmen Hall in the Valley of Fountain on the first Thursday evening of each month. We are always pleased to have with us visitors from other lodges and assure them of a cordial welcome. The present officers of the lodge are; R.E. Love, Master; John Wilson, Overseer; Mrs. Prodoehl, Lecturer; Margaret Wilson, Secretary; S.K. White, Steward; Mr. Jones, Chaplain; Don Colbert, Assistant Steward; Mrs. M.F. Oliphant, Lady Assistant Steward; Will Colbert, Treasurer; Frank Prodoehl, Gate Keeper; Mrs. C.R. Crawford, Ceres; Mrs. Jones, Flora; Mrs. Don Colbert, Ramona; A.L. Gearhart, Business Agent. 

The Jones Family

According to Mrs. Neugebauer, the Grange started the Labor Day Pancake Breakfast, and joined the local Chamber of Commerce when it obtained the caboose for the Mayor's Park. The Grange celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2005.