former Chariton Lodge No. 62 - Chariton, Ia.
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N 41° 00.940 W 093° 18.427
15T E 474177 N 4540541
Quick Description: This two-story red brick building is locate at 903 Braden Avenue in Chariton, Iowa.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 6:06:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMMED1
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow
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Long Description:
The first story of the former Chariton Lodge No. 62 is now a clothing store - the upper story is apartments. More information on the building from Chariton's Square Deal:
(visit link)

"During April of 1904, the Odd Fellows finally agreed to sell their share of the Union Block to the Masons, giving them sufficient room to expand, and to build new quarters on two lots then occupied by the last wood-frame buildings on the north side of the square. The Masons then downsized their building plans and constructed a smaller two-story office building just west of the bank. Here's a news story announcing the deal:

The Chariton Patriot, May 26, 1904

Among the important real estate sales of recent date, in Chariton, we note the transfer of the east sixty-two and one half feet of Lot 8, Block 7, northeast corner of the public square, by the heirs of the Eikenberry estate to Lodge No. 64 I.O.O.F. of Chariton. This real estate sale which has been in process of adjustment since last winter, was closed, and deed therefore filed for record Wednesday, May 18, 1904. Consideration, $20,000. The purchase includes the two story brick building on the northeast corner of the square, now occupied by F.C. Stanley's fine grocery and the two one story frame buildings immediately joining it on the west.

These latter will be removed and active building operations commenced, at once, in the erection of a two story brick building of modern style. The second story, 40x100 feet, will be devoted entirely to the business and uses of the lodge. At present it is in contemplation to make the first floor room same size as above, for commercial purposes.

In consummating this sale, No. 64 I.O.O.F. sold all their interest in that part of the Union block, corner of Braden Avenue and Main street, northwest corner of the square, consisting of the three story brick building situated on the north half of the south half of lot 8 in block 6, original town of Chariton, the lower room of which being occupied by C.R. Kirk's drug store, to lodge No. 63 A.F. and A.M., consideration $16,050.

The lots upon which the Odd Fellows planned to build had been purchased during 1894 by Lizzie Eikenberry as an investment after the 1893 death of her husband, Daniel. She built the Piper's Building for grocer Fred Stanley during 1894 and retained the wooden buildings as income properties. After Lizzie's 1901 death, the three buildings passed into joint ownership of her son and daughter, William A. Eikenberry and Sarah (Eikenberry) Sigler. The Odd Fellows disposed of the wooden buildings in order to build anew but retained the brick building as an investment property until its sale to Joe L. Piper during 1913.

Construction of the new building --- probably designed to A.O. Hougland --- began as soon as the frame buildings had been removed and was largely complete by December, when the Patriot reported on the 8th that: "A.D. Gray, E.W. Drake and W.P. Beem formed a committee from the I.O.O.F. Lodge here who went to Des Moines last week for the purpose of looking through the various lodge rooms there to see the furnishings and thus form some idea of the kind of furnishings they will want for their new lodge room here, which will be completed in a short time. The lodge expects to be in its new quarters by February first."

The Odd Fellows moved into still undecorated lodge rooms more or less on schedule and by late February, 1905, the ground floor retail space had been filled by J.H. Darrah's The Fair Store. According to The Patriot of Feb. 25, "Occupying two store rooms it is fitted throughout with new counters and up-to-date show cases and is filled with an immense stock of goods. Mr. Darrah has increased in quantity lines of goods already carried and has added other desirable lines of merchandise. Nearly everything one needs can be bought at the new Fair Store. To adequately handle the business of his new store he has installed a cash carrier system. The store is exceptionally well lighted by day while the Airlight gas lighting system lights the store at night."

Decorating of the lodge rooms was completed during March, according to the Patriot, which reported on March 2: "The work of decorating the lodge rooms in the Old Fellows hall is completed and walls and ceilings in the new home of Chariton Lodge No. 63, I.O.O.F. present an appearance not excelled in point of beauty by any lodge rooms in Iowa. The work was done by Louis Syberkrop of Creston, and consists of elaborate and artistic designs in water colors. The furniture for these rooms will be of oak in the 'mission' style and 'weathered' finish."

On Wednesday, May 3, according to The Patriot of the following day, more than 300 Odd Fellows from the region came to Chariton to help Lodge No. 64 dedicate its new quarters during a full day of programming that included at 5 p.m. parade.

Iowa Grand Secretary R.L. Tilten of Des Moines delivered the afternoon dedicatory address, declaring "the order of Odd Fellows to be one of the many great benefits given to mankind in the nineteenth century. He spoke of the grand objects of the order, its practice of charity, diffusion of brotherly love, and assistance to the cause of true religion."

The big parade got underway at 5 p.m., escorted by the Cleveland and Chariton bands. "In the parade was a company of the richly uniformed Patriarchs Militant of over thirty members from the lodges of Osceola, Murray and Corydon. There were nearly four hundred marchers in the parade."

According to the Patriot, "the new hall of the lodge cost $10,000 to build, and $2,600 was expended on furniture, interior decoration and other new equipment. It is probably not excelled by any other I.O.O.F. hall in Iowa. The lodge rooms occupy all of the second floor. Beside the large hall for lodge meetings there is a parlor, ante-rooms and a property room."

J.H. Darrah ran into financial difficulties during the 1920s and The Fair Store closed. During June, H.F. Spurgeon, then of Chicago, announced that he would move his Chariton store --- then 15 years old --- from its former location in the nearby Brown Block into the I.O.O.F. building. Spurgeons, a chain founded in Afton during 1907, remodeled the retail space and moved in during November, launching what would be the I.O.O.F. building's longest retail relationship.

Location Details:
See long description. Building was constructed in 1905 by probably A.O. Hougland.

Date of construction: 1905

location website: [Web Link]

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