Got a call from Frank Green the day after my plea for information as to the whereabouts of the Snohomish Odd Fellows Lodge’s records appeared in the Tribune. Turns out his father, William, was not only one of the last members of the lodge, but that he was also the oldest member in the country. “Only for a short while,” Frank quickly added.
Frank did not join the lodge though both his father and grandfather were members. “So I don’t know much about it,” Franks claims, “but the membership just petered out.” The lodge was sold in 1978, as I wrote in the previous post.
William and his fellow Snohomish lodge members joined the Everett lodge but it was run by younger members and William soon lost interest in attending.
As for the records, “I suppose they were taken to the dump, unless some were accepted by the Everett lodge,” Frank suggested. My phone call to the national organization, the only number listed, has gone unanswered.
But my visit with the Greens was not without rewards, since I got to meet not only Frank but his wife Betty (Winston) Green who worked as a professional photographer for years, beginning with her first job in 1949. Readers may remember her studio in the basement of the Marks Building, known as the Village Photographer.
Plus, her father was Ollie Winston who built the famous steam locomotive that ran on truck tires and was fixture of the Kla Ha Ya Days Parade for years. Betty sent me this link to its new home in the LeMay Car Museum of Tacoma.
Best of all, Betty promises to dig some of her historic photos for a return visit.