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Secret Society that left a trail of skeletons

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Though their numbers have waned in recent years thanks to the advent of the internet, fraternal organizations were once a prominent part of American life.

Freemasonry, Moose Lodges, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks opened chapters across the country and espoused a values system normally based around charitable acts and loyalty while bonding through arcane rituals, languages, and attire.

By one estimate, 10.5 million Americans were a member of over 500 “secret societies” in 1907.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was one such society.

Full article at Mental Floss: Link

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Desertrat56

When was Freemasonry secret?

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OverSword

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The Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo

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OverSword

There is an Odd Fellows Cafe near my house.  Judging by the artwork it's based on the fraternal organization this article is about and it is in the Odd Fellows Temple of 1908 which is the name of the building

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DebDandelion

I enjoyed the read. Thank you! 

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skliss

First time i saw one of their buildings I said.... "What's eye ooof?" I had never heard of them. 

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