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The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) began in 18th Century England as a fraternal organization. At that time, it was unusual to find people working for the purpose of assisting those in need without recognition and pursuing projects for the benefits of all mankind. Englishmen involved in these pursuits became known as "Odd Fellows".
During the year 1919, in Berkley, Michigan, the town pump became a meeting place for the men of the town to gather and get acquainted. These men found that there were several Odd Fellows in their midst and so in 1920 these Odd Fellows began meeting in the tar-paper shacks and petitioned for a charter. In 1920 a Charter was granted and the Olive Leaf Lodge was instituted in Berkley. The IOOF motto is "Friendship, Love, & Truth" symbolized by triple links, seen in the 1923 cornerstone of our building at 12 Mile and Gardner.
Since 1923, our building has served as the Odd Fellows Meeting Hall and a place for both community gatherings and private events. In 2000, the building became the retail location for Odd Fellows Antiques. Today, Odd Fellows Antiques is a gathering place for 50 antique dealers and customers who share an enthusiasm for antique and vintage furniture, art, and collectibles. We're proud to be a member of Berkley's independently owned, small business corridor and support Berkley's special community events throughout the year.
The photo above is from the first Berkley Days Parade, started by the Odd Fellows in 1926. Stop by and see how things have changed!
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