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The International Order of Good Templars, who promoted total abstinence from alcoholic beverages, had a lodge in Assabet Village, prior to Maynard's incorporation.

In the early days of Maynard's history three organizations sprang up (which we have little information on): "Congress of Friends", "Order of Alfredians", and "Nashoba Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men".

The Royal Arcanum was a fraternal organization whose core purpose, like a number of other similar societies, was to provide its members with safe insurance at minimum cost. It was founded in Boston in 1877 and still operates as of 2020 (but not in…

A local chapter of a national organization was started in town in 1898 founded on the tenets of "toleration in religion, obedience to law, and loyalty to government". The organization faded during the early 1940s, possibly because of World War II.

Despite having over 200 members at its peak, there was surprisingly little information on this fraternal society that operated from 16 years in the early 20th century.

Inspired by seeing Knights of Columbus providing material and spiritual support in Europe during World War I, members of St. Bridget's church pushed for the creation of a Maynard council of this fraternal organization in 1920. Since then it was a…

A history of the International Order of Odd Fellows, a secret, fraternal society.

A summary of the A.O.H. society in Maynard which was formed to promote "the advancement of the principles of Irish Nationality."

This seems to be a meeting of the Ancient Order of United Workman based on the symbol in the drawing on the wall and the disc on the podium. Probably held in the Odd Fellows Hall.

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A collar worn by members of the Odd Fellows Lodge during ceremonies.

Picture is taken in front of the Congregational Church, Main St.

A sepia-colored photograph of William and Walter Priest. They were two of Maynard's leading business men in the early 1900's to the 1930's.
IOOF-MU Independent Order of Odd Fellows - Manchester Unity

Maynard Delegation, Knights of Pythias Outing, District 13 of Mass., Fort Pond, Lancaster, Mass, September 8, 1923

(Note: While the photo's caption says it was in Lancaster, this is likely an error as many Maynard organization outings took place…

Photograph of an outing of the Knights of Pythias at Fort Pond in Littleton on September 8, 1923

6th from left, front row: Gavin Taylor
Directly in front of picture on the left: Ada Bower Merrill

The oldest fraternal organization in town was Iola Lodge, No. 91, International (Independent) Order of Good Templars. Organized in Assabet Village…

A collection of original letters and a certificate written in 1849 to R. L. Davis of Stow, Mass. from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, White Mountain Lodge, No. 5 of Concord, NH. It is not clear what service Mr. Davis did for the Lodge.

The Maynard Lodge entered this float in 1933 or 1934. A Powder Mill building is in the background.

Maynard Assembly #21: Instituted November 13, 1926, Constituted November 9, 1927. The cookbook seems to have been a fund raiser project for the girls. Shown is the cover, a sample page of recipes and advertisements.
"The International Order of the…

The file consist of a history of the Maynard Council presented to the Maynard Historical Society by B. R. Koski, 1966.

This photo is variously identified as Odd Fellows or Masons. Most likely Masons.

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Front Row:__Bishop, Charles Dyson, Harry Rodway, Fred Randell, Francis Johnston, Bob Lester, Oliver Trees, Tom Smith

Center Row: William Morris, ___?,…