Independent (German) Order of Red Men - Jacksonville Cemetery - Jacksonville, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 42° 19.067 W 122° 58.431
10T E 502154 N 4685060
Marker describing the history of the Independent (German) Order of Red Men in Jacksonville
Waymark Code: WMJMM8
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/05/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
Views: 2

Jacksonville Cemetery, a contributing site within the Jacksonville National Historic District, is a pioneer cemetery dating to circa 1860. The cemetery is divided into several sections, one of which is the Independent (German) Order of Red Men Section. Several years ago, the local Rotary placed a number of markers describing the history of each section. The text of the marker reads:

INDEPENDENT (GERMAN) ORDER OF RED MEN

In 1850, the German members of the Improved Order of Red Men, a patriotic fraternal organization
with ties to the Sons of Liberty, seceded and formed the Independent Order of Red Men. Begun in
Maryland like its predecessor and introduced throughout the United States, this oganization at one
time boasted a membership exceeding 12,000. All business was conducted in the German language.
The fraternity, now defunct, was dedicated to love of country, to the advancement of patriotism, and
to the maintenance of American Liberty.
   Jacksonville's Stamm No. 148 was formed in 1870. The order was said to have as members some
of the most influential men in the area, one of whom was Henry Wendt (1846-1916). He saw
Jacksonville's need for a dairy and, having acquired the necessary land, became the town's first
"milk merchant."


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Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: City

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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