The Ancient Order of United Workmen was founded by John Jordan Upchurch on October 27, 1868 at Meadville, PA as a fraternal benefit society for white males and was the first of it's kind to offer insurance to it's members.This Order was first organized in the State of California by the institution of California Lodge No. 1 at West Oakland, August 21, 1875. Over two hundred and fifty-two Lodges were formed in the State, with an aggregate membership of over eighteen thousand. The Grand Lodge of California was organized in 1877 and its Office was in the Flood Building, San Francisco.
More information about the AOUW can be found on the following website:
Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum
These postcards list members who have died with their ages, date of death, and the death reason. The postcards are dated from 1882 to 1892.
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