Our building houses a former Oddfellows meeting hall in the upstairs. The Oddfellows are a secret society/fraternity that was once very popular a century ago but has since waned in membership.
What’s up there?
What the heck is up there??????
So we grabbed the 15 ft. telescoping ladder to see what things looked like.
Some sort of a hat!
Some sashes, and A LOT of dust!
After several hours of carefully tossing down items and gently brushing off the dust/lint/mold/ick/etc. this is what we managed to find!
- 21 sashes of varying ornamentation.
- 4 hats, including one labeled “High Priest” (the second one in).
- 1 torch/candleholder.
Overall the items are in varying stages of condition, but we are amazed that they survived being directly below where the roof leak was. But we are now on to another treasure hunt. For info! Who would hide these items up in the crawlspace and why? How long have you been up there? We started making up our own theories but have no idea if they are anywhere close to the truth.
If you or anyone has any info/stories/photos about the Tuscola Oddfellows and our building, please let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org