Instituted November 4, 1853
Meets 3rd Tuesday 7:30
Meeting Location: 225 1/2 Broad St, Nevada City, CA
Mailing Address: PO Box 428, Nevada City, CA 95959
History of the Location
Oustomah Odd Fellows Lodge # 16 was instituted in Nevada City, 1853 by M.W.G.M. Samual Hale Parker, The First year of the Institution of the Grand Lodge of California.
The Lodge was instituted in a Log Cabin with several members of Grass Valley Lodge #12 as their first members.
In 1856 the Lodge was meeting in the Hamlet Daivs Bldg. when it was destroyed by fire. The Lodge lost all it’s records and personal belongins, so the call went out to all local Lodges and they came through to assist these Brothers in building their new hall but this one too burned in 1863. Their next hall, dedicated on April 27, 1863 also burned that same year. For several years following, the Brothers met in the building of the Masonic Lodge until they built the new IOOF Temple that they still use today. This hall was dedicated on 4/25/1873. A fine 2 story Brick bldg. costing the Lodge $20,000.
Instituted November 30, 1866
Recalled November 28th, 2006
New Institution April 2010
Meets 2nd Monday & 4th Saturday 7:30pm
Meeting Location: 950 B St, Hayward, CA
Mailing Address: PO Box 125, Hayward, CA 94543
Instituted September 9, 1849
Re-Instituted June 28, 1988
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:30pm
Meeting Location: 3250 19th Ave (Risk Hall), San Francisco, CA
Mailing Address: PO Box 5566, So San Francisco, CA 94083
History of the Lodge
In Philadelphia, before 1849, the Sovereign Grand Lodge issued the charter “California Lodge #1” and sent it to California with 6 charter members.
Due to the fever of GOLD, some of the charter members left for the hills, leaving James Smiley behind to organize a lodge in San Francisco.
After the earthquake in 1906 one member defied soldiers orders, entered the Lodge and saved the charter just before the building was dynamited as a break to stop the fire that was taking over the city.
In 1966 California Lodge #1 consolidated with Concordia Lodge #122, however in 1988 Concordia Lodge petitioned the Grand Lodge of California to restore the original charter and allow Concordia Lodge to become California Lodge #1 again.
Today California Lodge #1 is very active in their community. They made the decision to run the Lodge like a corporation with a Board of Directors, operation budgets and committee chairpeople. This growing lodge now has over 300 members.
History of the Location
First met in the Levi Stowell bldg. at Montgomery between Jackson & Washington. Later they moved to a larger hall owned by J.D. Stevenson on the east side of Kearny between Pine & California where they met until the fire of 1850. They then moved to the Gianella bldg. on the east side of Montgomery between Jackson & Washington. In 1859 the members moved yet again to larger quarters on the N.E. corner of Bush & Kearny. Finally in 1865 they had their first temple owned by the members on the west side of Montgomery St. between Pine st. & California St.
In 1884, the grand hall of the Odd Fellows was built with many meeting rooms. Grand Lodge of California, several Odd Fellows Lodges and several Grand Lodge sessions were held here until the Great Quake of 1906. This building took the entire block of the west side of Market St. between 7th & 8th.
After the quake California 1 met in many location until 1910 when the new hall at 7th & Market was rebuilt. California 1 met for years on the 6th floor, “Encampment hall” of the new building.
In 1994, after a declining membership took it’s toll on this lodge, a survey was sent to the members asking, what would get you back to Lodge, the biggest concern was the saftey of the membership coming into an undesirable downtown area, so in 1994 this Lodge and Bay City Lodge #71 moved to it’s new location.