Medal, Fraternal
PLACEHOLDER (a) Service jewel. Material: metal. Size: 1 1/4" W. x 1 3/4" L. Description: gold - pin attached to Three Link Chain - medal is gold with red and white inlaid star with blue raised button marking 70 years of service - back imprinted with "10 K" and "Minnesota 1064" (the Grand Lodge of Minnesota). (b) case. Material: leather, cardboard, textile, metal. Size: 5 3/4" W. x 6" L. Description: black leather exterior - cardboard interior covered with black satin - jewel attached to black velvet square - "The Lilley-Ames Co. Columbus, Ohio" stamped in gold ink on outside of lowest flap - front snap closure.
Waseca organization: Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.), a secret society for the mutual aid and benefit of the members, originated in England in the 18th Century. This is a service jewel awarded for years of continual membership in the Odd Fellows. They range in years from 25 to 75. This 70 year service jewel is very rare because of the age the member had to reach in order to qualify for it. Used by Waseca Comee Lodge #25.