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Biddeford in York County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The I.O.O.F. Block / Le Bloc I.O.O.F.

Biddeford, Maine

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The I.O.O.F. Block / Le Bloc I.O.O.F. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 12, 2021
1. The I.O.O.F. Block / Le Bloc I.O.O.F. Marker
Inscription.  
The International Order of Odd Fellows block was built in 1870. Its members alternated with the Masons in laying cornerstones with the Masons in laying cornerstones and dedicating new buildings throughout the city. Fraternal societies similar to that of the Masons were popular in the 19th century. They replaced a sense of fellowship lost by the community as a multiple churches and languages became the rule. Some other popular groups were the Knights of Pythias and the Red Men.

Immigrant groups formed fraternal and charitable societies of their own like the Knights of Columbus and the Hibernians. The photograph is from 1870 and shows the Odd Fellows hall before the size was doubled. Numerous small groups such as the Knights of labor and Painchaud's Band used the hall for their meetings and music practice.

Le bloc des "Intenational Order Odd Fellows" à l'angle des rues Alfred et Bacon fut bâti en 1870. Les Odd Fellows et le francsmaçons alternèrent à poser les pierres d'angle et à dédicacer de nouveaux bâtiments Les ordres franternel étaient populaires au 19ème siècle. Ils remplaçaient
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le sens de la comaraderie perdu dans la communauté alors que les églises et les langues se multipliaient. Des groupes d'immigrants formèrent des sociétés fraternelle et charitables tels les Chevaliers de Colomb e les Hiberiens. Quelques autres groupes populaires furent les Chevaliers de Pythias et les Hommes Rouges. La photo est de 1870 et démontre la salle des Odd Fellows. Les membres de la fanfare Painchaud utilisèrent la salle pour des répétitions.
 
Erected 2006 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Biddeford, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 43° 29.514′ N, 70° 27.243′ W. Marker is in Biddeford, Maine, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Alfred Street (Maine Route 9) and Bacon Street, on the left when traveling south on Alfred Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 39 Alfred St, Biddeford ME 04005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Biddeford's La Justice / La Justice de Biddeford (within shouting distance of this marker); Alfred Street / La Rue Alfred
The I.O.O.F. Block / Le Bloc I.O.O.F. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 12, 2021
2. The I.O.O.F. Block / Le Bloc I.O.O.F. Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Laconia Co. / La Compagnie Laconia (about 300 feet away); Biddeford Maine Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Shevenell Park (about 400 feet away); Honor Roll (about 500 feet away); A Stone Fort (about 600 feet away); Fort Saco in 1693 / Le Fort Saco en 1693 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biddeford.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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