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Los Angeles-Golden Rule Lodge # 35 IOOF

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Chartered March 29, 1855


Notable members of the Lodge


Notable Members of the Lodges

Notable members of Los Angeles Lodge #35, and the lodges that have consolidated with it over the years, Golden Rule Lodge #160.


Deputy Collector of Customs

Oscar Macy, appointed deputy collector of Customs by Abraham Lincoln

US District Attorney

Aurelius Winfield Hutton

Joseph R. Gitchell

State Constitutional Convention

Myron Norton

State Senators & Representatives

Joseph Lancaster Brent

Edward Hunter

Eugene Germain

William H Peterson

Edward F. Spence

L. A. County


Thomas G. Barker

A. E. Davis

Morris L. Goodman

John M. Griffith

Maurice Kremer

David C. Lewis

Oscar Macy

F. P. F. Temple


Henry N. Alexander

Maurice Kremer

Tax Collector / Assessor

James F. Burns

Horrace Burdick

John Q. A. Stanley

H. G. Weston, deputy assessor.

County Clerk

George M Fall

Jos Huber Jr.

Andrew Jackson King

Stephen H. Mott

Charles Edward Miles

E. H Owen


Vincent Gelcich

Joseph Kurtz

Henry R. Myles

L. A. City

City Council

Pascal Ballade

L. M. Grider

Louis Lichtenberger

Thorton P. Campbell

Henry Dockweiler

Morris L. Goodman

Maurice Kremer

Soloman Lazard

Oscar Macy

John Schumacher

Phillip Sichel

Mathew Teed

Augustus Ulyard

Henry Watenburg

George P. McLain

Milton Santee

E. H. Workman


E. F. Spence

Edwin Thomas Rowan

Fredrick Eaton


Henry N. Alexander

James F. Burns

Louis Lichtenberger

Oscar Macy

F. P. F. Temple

Tax Collector

Francis Baker

LA Library

R. H. Dalton

Harris Newmark

E. H. Workman

City Attorney

Aurelius Winfield Hutton

City Clerk

Maurice Kremer


Thomas Edwin Nichols

William Whipple Robinson

Superintendent of Schools

James G. Burns

William B. Osborn, first Schoolmaster


Henry N. Alexander

Aurelius Winfield Hutton

Hugh Joseph Crawford

Andrew Jackson King

Robert Augustus Ling

John Henry Lucas

Myron Norton

Albert Miller Stephens

E. M. Ross

Henry M. Smith

District Attorneys

Ezra Drown

Robert James Dupuy

E. M. Ross

Law men

County Sheriffs

Thomas G. Barker

Horrace Burdick

Edward D. Gibson

William A. Hammel

William Richard Rowland

Morris L Goodman, Sheriff in San Fernando Valley

Albert J. Johnston, under sheriff

H. S. Clement, under sheriff

Andrew Jackson King, under sheriff

James William Werk, deputy sheriff?

Police Chiefs

Francis Baker

James F Burns

Emil Harris

John Malcom Glass

William A. Hammel

R. J. Wolf


Francis Baker

James F. Burns

Alfred Shelby

R. J. Wolf

Constable / policeman

B. F. Hartlee

M. D. Hare

California State Militia's

City Guard

Solomon Lazard

Los Angeles Guard

Myson? Norton

Los Angeles Greys

Henry N. Alexander

Los Angeles Mounted Rifles  (Confederate Service)

Joseph Lancaster Brent

Jos Huber Jr.


Meyers J. Newmark - releative of Brother Harris Newmark

Union Guard

Phinius Banning

Solomon Lazard

Vigilance committee

Henry N. Alexander, secretary vigilance committee.

Myron Norton, headed vigilance committee.

Fire Fighters

Plaza Firehouse 1888 with members of the 38's

The Plaza Firehouse in 1888 is at the right.

Original Fire Department

George M. Fall, organizes First volunteer LA City Fire Department.

Tom Rowan

Fred Eaton

Ben C. Truman

Charles C. Lips

E. H. Workman

Benjamin Katz

Henry Wartenburg

George Pridham

The Exempts

George P. McLain

E. H. Workman

Charles E. Miles

T. W. Hill

S. J. Lynch

Thirty Eights's No. 1

George P. McLain

S. H Buchanan

Charles C. Lips

Sidney Lacy

Edwin Thomas Rowan.

Charles Edward Miles


Charles Edward Miles

Notable Businessmen

Henry N. Alenander, Agent Wells Fargo.

Phineas Banning, Father Port of Los Angeles, Stage Coach Barron, Founder City of Wilmington.

Pascal Ballade, Hotel keeper, vintner.

P. W. Dooner, Author, Real Estate

William Dodge, President LA County Medical Association

Jackson D. Graves, founding partner, Graves & O'Melveny, now O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Henry Hammel, Proprietor Bella Union Hotel, owned most of Beverly Hills

James A Hayward, first bank in Los Angeles

Aurelius Winfield Hutton, San Gabriel Orange Grove Association, laid out Pasadena.

Charles Jacoby, organized Pioneer Lot Association which developed Boyle Heights.

Lewis Lewin, organized Pioneer Lot Association which developed Boyle Heights.

Louis Lichtenberger, wagon maker

George Henry Carson, businessman.

John Dolland, co founder city of Downey.

A. W. Edleman, Rabbi

L. C. Goodwin, merchant, VP Farmers and Merchant's bank, wife endows Children's Hospital.

Vincent Gelcich, founder Los Angeles Petroleum Refining Company which becomes Standard Oil of California.

William S. Gibson, VP Board of Trustees, West Lake Hospital

Isaias W. Hellman, banker and philanthropist, founding father USC

Goerge W. Hazard, Historian, manufacturer and dealer in harness, saddles, whips and robes.

Jerry Illich, owner largest restaurant in LA

Lewis Jacobs, founder San Bernardino County Orphans Home, bank of San Bernardino.

John J. Jones, Founding member LA Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Soap Company

W. V. Rinehard, Owner Los Angeles Soap Company, his business is in the photo at the right.

Andrew Jackson King, proprietor editor Los Angeles Star.

Wolf Kalisher, Merchant, Indian Advocate.

Soloman Lazard, founder LA Chamber of Commerce, Founder LA City Water Works Company, largest dry goods store in the city.

Leon Loeb, Consular Agent for France in Southern California, LA Board of Trade.

Eugene Germain, First president of the Los Angeles Board of Trade, Vice-President of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and President of the Stock and Produce Exchange of Los Angeles, appointed by President Grover Cleveland for a four-year term as United States Consul at Zurich, Switzerland

Isidor Louis, Arrived in LA as a shoemaker, became a leading banker in San Diego, his Louis Bank building, in the gaslamp quarter, being the site of the Oyster Bar owned by Wyatt Earp.

David C. Lewis, pioneer grower of hops.

Eugene Meyer, Served as French Consul in Southern California

William Mullholland, LADWP, Los Angeles Aqueduct, St. Francis Dam Disaster

Edward Carne Manning, Vice-President California State HomoeoPathic Society

Harris Newmark, Developed Montebello, grocer & dry goods merchant, founder of the Jewish Orphans Home, instrumental in the Southwest Museum, charter member LA Chamber of Commerce, LA Board of Trade

Simon Nordlinger, Watchmaker, Jeweler, designed and made Police Chief Emil Harris� gold badge

James C Pennie, 1860 Census taker, US District Court Clerk

Louis Polaski, Leading early merchant

Louis Phillips, Phillips Ranch Pomona, in 1892 LA Times declares him the richest man in the county.

Louis Roeder, Wagon maker & Blacksmith

Manuel Ravena, Second AZ Territorial Legislator

Albert Miller Stephens, President LA County Bar Association

Gustaf Stromee, Served with General Custer.

John M Thomas, Early farmer, owned most of Whittier

Augustus Ulyard, Texas Volunteer 1837 Mexico war, credited with baking the first loaf of American bread in Los Angeles

James Woods, First Presbyterian Minister in LA

M L Wicks, Founder LA Bar Association, President LA County Railroad Co., lays out town of Lancaster, large land owner and promoter.

George P McLain, The Tivoli Opera House, on Main Street between Second and Third, was opened by McLain & Lehman in 1887, and for a time it was one of the attractions of the city.

Louis Melzer, Leading merchant

Jos J Mellus, Incorporator LA Board of Trade, with Brother Lazard their building Mellus Row becomes the first state capital building when Freemont uses it.

Octavious Morgan, Architect numerous buildings now on Historic Cultural Monuments list.

H S Orme, Surgeon, President State Board of Health, original member The Los Angeles County Medical Society

William Pridham, Agent and General Superintendent Wells Fagro & Co. for Southern California

Edward A Preuss, Early druggist, failed development of Beverly Hills due to drought, Postmaster.

Moses Webster Perry, Mexican American War Veteran, occupier of Port of La Paz

H H Spencer, Founding member LA Chamber of Commerce

Wm. Perry Schlosser, Grand Master Grand Lodge of California Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Alfred Solano, Donation to build Solano Infirmary at Barlow Sanatorium.

W A Spalding, He worked in almost every capacity for The "Express" and the "Times", as well as the "Herald": reporter, business manager, and editor, Southern California Academy of Science, secretary Board of Civil Service Commissioners

Milton Santee, developed city of Ramona.

Edward Strasburg, President Zenith Oil Company

Ben. C. Truman, Editor Los Angeles Evening Express, Owner Los Angeles Star & San Diego Bulletin plus 3 other papers, noted expert on dueling, renown Civil War correspondent, worked for the New York Times

F. P. F. Temple, Temple & Workman Bank, Land Barron owner 500,000 acres

Valentine Wolfenstein's Photographic Studio

Valentine Wolfenstein, Owned Los Angeles's first successful photography studio, where he photographed many of the leading personages of early Los Angeles. His studio is seen in the photo on the right.

E. H. Workman, Brother of William Workman, leading merchant

Fred W Wood, Superintendent and General Manager Los Angeles Street Railway Company, founding director LA Athletic Club and Title Insurance and Trust Company (now TICOR), wife founder Children�s Hospital of LA.

Infamous Events Involving Lodge Brothers

Gunfight at the Bella Union, July 6, 1865.

The Bella Union Hotel in 1865 The King - Carlisle gunfight at the Bella Union hotel in July 6, 1865, In a town known as "Los Diablos" as it was one of the most lawless in the nation, brought the art of the showdown to new levels of gore.  A photo of the Bella Union from 1865 is at the right.  Happening 16 years before the more famous gunfight at the O. K. Corral, it remained the standard of violence by which all other Los Angeles gunfights were measured, until the era of modern gang warfare and automatic weapons.

Several lodge brothers were there or impacted by the gunfight, and one centrally involved.  Brother Andrew Jackson King, the man over who the fight originated was not present at the gunplay.  The evening before an elaborate wedding party was held, at Brother Henry Hammel's Bella Union Hotel, in the socialite circles between Brother Solomon Lazard and Caroline Newmark, Joseph Newmark's daughter and uncle of Brother Harris Newmark.  At this great society wedding party a "dispute" broke out between Robert Carlisle and Brother King.  Carlisle slashed Brother King with a bowie knife.  Brother King left trailing blood not wanting to further spoil the event.

There are two versions of what participated the dispute between King and Carlisle.  One from the King family says the lawman had ridden out to Carlisle's ranch the day before to serve a writ on the orders of Sheriff Sanchez.  One from the Carlisle family is that Carlisle accused King of fabricating evidence in a murder trial for one of his cowboys on his ranch.  Both accounts say that Carlisle threatened to kill King or his brothers on sight after he slashed him with his knife.

The next day with Andrew under the care of Dr. Griffin, Frank King is reputed to have said to his brother Houston King, "Let's go see if the bastard means business."  In any case the King brothers were waiting as Brother Phineas Banning's stage coach pulled up to the hotel at high noon.  Passengers departed and got their bags as others were ready to board and handed their bags up to be secured on top of the stage.

At that moment the King brothers entered the hotel bar.  Exactly what was said, who drew first and who shot first is lost to the fog of history.  What is sure is that in the next few seconds bullets flew wildly and a few hit their mark.  One of the horses hitched to Brother Banning's stage was shot dead.  The stagecoach passengers scattered fleeing for their lives, several were hit as was the barkeep.  Houston King fell.  Carlisle had been hit by four shots, but wasn't finished off.  Frank King his guns empty ran up to him and bashed him on the head so hard his gun bent so it would no longer operate.  Carlisle is said to have reloaded and then shot Frank.  The violence was over for the day.

Carlisle was carried to the billiard table where he lay bleeding and died a couple hours later.   He had wanted to live long enough to finish off Brother Andrew Jackson King, but knew if he didn't his son would.  Frank King was dead.   Dr. Griffin was able to save Houston King.  Houston was tried for murder and acquitted.  The feud lived on, but did not play out in Los Angeles.

Chinese Massacre of 1871

Calle de Los Negros

A photo of Calle de Los Negros, where this event occured is at the left. A considerable number of Odd Fellows were present, witnessed and involved in the Chinese Massacre of 1871 or its immediate aftermath.  History records brothers Francis Baker, James F. Burns, Emil Harris, Herman Fleisman, Henry T. Hazard, Andrew Jackson King, John Goller, Harris Newmark, George Fall, H. C. Austin and Joseph Kurtz.  It is likely many others if not most of the brethren were there.

Tuesday, October 24, 1871 was and remains Los Angeles' blackest day.  The actions were so savage that it bumped the story of the great Chicago fire off the front page of the New York Times.  Part robbery, but mostly a race riot and lynchings, at least 10% of the city came to do violence to the Chinese.

The orgy of violence was so horrific it did mark the end of lynchings in Los Angeles.  In the two decades before various vigilance committees had lynched 35 individuals.   In the 15 months prior, 44 homicides occurred, what John Johnson Jr., in an article in the LA Weekly on March 10, 2011, says is the highest murder rate ever recorded in the United States.   Clearly crime was in control of Los Angeles.

Below is a significantly rose colored account given by brother Harris Newmark in: Sixty Years in Southern California, 1853-1913, containing the reminiscences of Harris Newmark.  A more modern look is in the article by John Johnson Jr. in the LA Weekly.

The Victim's of the Chinatown Massacre of 1871, their bodies stacked outside.

The unfortanuate victim's bodies lay stacked outside at the right.

About the twenty-first of October a �war� broke out near Nigger Alley between two rival factions of the Chinese on account of the forcible carrying off of one of the companies' female members, and the steamer California soon brought a batch of Chinamen from San Francisco, sent down, it was claimed, to help wreak vengeance on the abductors. On Monday, October 23d some of the contestants were arrested, brought before Justice Gray and released on bail. It was expected that this would end the trouble; but at five o'clock the next day the factional strife broke loose again, and officers, accompanied by citizens, rushed to the place to attempt an arrest. The Chinese resisted and Officer Jesus Bilderrain was shot in the right shoulder and wrist, while his fifteen-year-old brother received a ball in the right leg. Robert Thompson, a citizen who sprang to Bilderrain's assistance, was met by a Chinaman with two revolvers and shot to death. Other shots from Chinese barricaded behind some iron shutters wounded a number of bystanders.

News of the attacks and counter-attacks spread like wild-fire, and a mob of a thousand or more frenzied beyond control, armed with pistols, guns, knives and ropes, and determined to avenge Thompson's murder, assembled in the neighborhood of the disturbance. While this solid phalanx was being formed around Nigger Alley, a Chinaman, waving a hatchet, was seen trying to escape across Los Angeles Street; and Romo Sortorel, at the expense of some ugly cuts on the hand, captured him. Emil Harris then rescued the Mongolian; but a detachment of the crowd, yelling "Hang him! Shoot him!" overpowered Harris at Temple and Spring streets, and dragged the trembling wretch up Temple to New High street, where the familiar framework of the corral gates suggested its use as a gallows. With the first suspension, the rope broke; but the second attempt to hang the prisoner was successful. Other Chinamen, whose roofs had been smashed in, were rushed down Los Angeles Street to the south side of Commercial, and there, near Goller's wagon shop, between wagons stood on end, were hung. Alarmed for the safety of their cook, Sing Ty, the Juan Lanfrancos hid the Mongolian for a week, until the excitement had subsided.

Henry T. Hazard was lolling comfortably in a shaving saloon, under the luxurious lather of the barber, when he heard of the riot; and arriving on the scene, he mounted a barrel and attempted to remonstrate with the crowd. Some friends soon pulled him down, warning him that he might be shot. A. J. King was at supper when word was brought to him that Chinese were slaughtering white people, and he responded by seizing his rifle and two revolvers. In trying one of the latter, however, it was prematurely discharged, taking the tip off a finger and putting him hors de combat. Sheriff Burns could not reach the scene until an hour after the row started and many Chinamen had already taken their celestial flight. When he arrived, he called for a posse comitatus to assist him in handling the situation; but no one responded. He also demanded from the leader of the mob and others that they disperse; but with the same negative result. About that time, a party of rioters started with a Chinaman up Commercial Street to Main, evidently bent on hanging him to the Tomlinson & Griffith gate; and when Burns promised to attempt a rescue if he had but two volunteers, Judge R. M. Widney and James Goldsworthy responded and the Chinaman was taken from his tormentors and lodged in jail. Besides Judge Widney, Cameron E. Thom and H. C. Austin displayed great courage in facing the mob, which was made up of the scum and dregs of the city; and Sheriff Burns is also entitled to much credit for his part in preventing the burning of the Chinese quarters. All the efforts of the better element, however, did not prevent one of the most disgraceful of all disturbances which had occurred since my arrival in Los Angeles. On October 25th, when Coroner Joseph Kurtz impanelled his jury, nineteen bodies of Chinamen alone were in evidence and the verdict was: "Death through strangulation by persons unknown to the jury." Emil Harris's testimony at the inquest, that but one of the twenty-two or more victims deserved his fate, about hits the mark and confirms the opinion that the slight punishment to half a dozen of the conspirators was very inadequate.

At the time of the massacre, I heard a shot just as I was about to leave my office, and learned that it had been fired from that part of Chinatown facing Los Angeles Street; and I soon ascertained that it had ended Thompson's life. Anticipating no further trouble, however, I went home to dinner. When I returned to town, news of the riot had spread, and with my neighbors, Cameron E. Thom and John G. Downey, I hurried to the scene. It was then that I became an eye-witness to the heroic, if somewhat comical parts played by Thom and Burns. The former, having climbed to the top of a box, harangued the crowd, while the Sheriff, who had succeeded in mounting a barrel, was also addressing the tumultuous rabble in an effort to restore order. Unfortunately, this receptacle had been coopered to serve as a container, not as a rostrum; and the head of the cask under the pressure of two hundred pounds or more of official avoirdupois suddenly collapsed and our Worthy Guardian of the Peace dropped, with accelerated speed, clear through to the ground, and quite unintentionally, for the moment at least, turned grim tragedy into grotesque comedy.

Following this massacre, the Chinese Government made such a vigorous protest to the United States that the Washington authorities finally paid a large indemnity. During these negotiations, Chinese throughout the country held lamentation services for the Los Angeles victims; and on August 2d, 1872, four Chinese priests came from San Francisco to conduct the ceremonies.

Rumored Member - Wyatt Earp

There is a photo of a laminated official certificate indicating, in 1909, Wyatt Earp was a member of "Losangeles" Lodge #85 posted on the internet.  Note the number discrepancy, Los Angeles Lodge is and has always been #35, not #85.  Lodge #85 was Anniversary Lodge in Arcata, California.  Also there is no evidence in the photo of the raised embossed seal which should have been impressed upon the official certificate, that seal still being used by our lodge.  Also note it says "The" before "jurisdiction of."  The name of the city the lodge is located in should be where the word "The" is written on the card.  Also it indicated the dues paid was in the amount of "Honorary"  Lodges are not and never were permitted to have Honorary members.  Several articles on various websites seem to be based upon this item indicating Mr. Earp was an Odd Fellow.

Los Angeles - Golden Rule Lodge #35 did a search of our members rooster which is complete and dates back to our charter date, March 29, 1855, and we did not find indication that Mr. Earp was a member of Los Angeles Lodge #35, or of Golden Rule Lodge #160 prior to its merger with Los Angeles Lodge #35 in 1978.  Several other lodges were in Los Angeles then as well, Acme #303, Good Will #323, East Side #325, Semi Tropic #371, America #385 (still operating, now meeting in Pasadena), Commercial #387, West End #389, Atlas #391 and Rising Sun #392, to the extent that records for them are in our possession or available to us they were also searched without result.  We also searched our minutes and treasurer's reports of the meetings between December 1908 and the March 3, 1909 date on the official certificate and did not find his name listed as being elected or paying dues.  Also the J D Dalton who signed as Secretary was not a member of Los Angeles Lodge #35.  A search of the yearly roosters of members submitted by all California Lodges to the Grand Lodge of California and stored there did not turn up Mr. Earp or J D Dalton as being members of any lodge in California, but those records are incomplete prior to 1907, because of the destruction of the Grand Lodge Office then located in San Francisco due to the Great Earthquake and Fire.

However in our search of the member�s rooster we did find several contemporaries of Mr. Earp who would have known him personally.  Phineas Banning, who employed him as a stage coach driver, Judge John Henry Lucas who jailed Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday after the gunfight at the OK Corral and later testified in his defense, Isidor Louis who was the landlord of his famed Oyster Bar and Golden Poppy brothel in San Diego.  In the book "The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West," by Jeff Guinn, it is indicated that Mr. Earp may not have been of sufficient social standing to have been invited to join the Odd Fellows, at least in Tombstone, Arizona.   It is known that in 1881 Virgil Earp, Wyatt�s brother, applied to the Mason�s, King Solomon Lodge #5 and was rejected.  In September 1895 the Sovereign Grand Lodge passed an amendment prohibiting saloon keepers and bar tenders from being members of the order.   This was not repealed until well after Mr. Earp passed away.  Obviously his brothels, gambling halls, numerous bars and saloons including the Oyster Bar would have disqualified him for admission.  There is no question Mr. Earp knew members of Los Angeles Lodge #35, but we can not authenticate that he ever was a member of any Odd Fellows Lodge in California and we unfortunately must repudiate that he was a member of Los Angeles Lodge #35.  Telegraph: Black.