https://guoof.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/New-Guoof-logo-237x300.jpg 0 0 Shawn Cannon https://guoof.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/New-Guoof-logo-237x300.jpg Shawn Cannon2021-03-01 23:29:162021-03-01 23:29:16History of Sister Pollie Thomas of, Rose of Sharon Household of Ruth No. 79
History of Sister Pollie Thomas of, Rose of Sharon Household of Ruth No. 79
Sister Pollie Thomas (1888-1976)
Dated between 1904 and 1918, this photo depicts Pollie Thomas of Staunton, Virginia. A copy of the “By-laws and Rules of Order Rose of Sharon Household of Ruth,” published in 1915, signed “Sister Pollie Thomas,” shows that Pollie Thomas belonged to this organization.
A further inscription on the back of her portrait notes that she held the office of “Worthy Recorder,” or secretary, of the group.
Pollie Thomas was the Wife of James Henry Thomas who was himself a predominate member of the GUOOF (More to follow on James Henry Thomas)
Established in the United States in 1858, the Household of Ruth was a women’s auxiliary associated with the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. The organization granted degrees to both men and women. The group that Pollie Thomas belonged to, Rose of Sharon, No. 79, received its warrant in 1876. The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows lodge in Staunton, King Hiram No. 1463, where Pollie’s husband was likely a member, received its charter a few years before, in 1871.
By: Brother Debo Taylor-El, Florence Lodge No. 2212