posted on Aug, 12 2008 @ 09:00 AM
reply to post by zerotime
Here is my guess ---
At the height of the fraternal movement in this country, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows was the largest fraternal organization in the United
States. Yes, they had more members than the Masons.
One of the obligations of an IOOF Lodge, was to ensure the respectful burial of their members. Some Lodges actually turned this into something of a
cottage industry and ran their own low-cost funeral homes. More often, however, the Lodge simply made a purchase of a number of plots in a cemetery
and used economies of scale to offer less expensive options to their membership.
At the same time, with so many Lodges springing up all over the place, Lodges were able to specialize. One Lodge might be devoted to retail employees
or to house painters. Another might be made up largely -- even exclusively -- of German immigrants.
I suspect that if you look around the place where you see that plaque you'll find other gravestones with the the three chain links indicating Odd
Fellow membership. That one marker looks like it might be meant not as a tombstone, but to mark an area of the cemetery for Mannheim Lodge 408,
Makes more sense than the idea that a German bus got buried in Ohio with an Odd Fellows tombstone, no?