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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

San Mateo County Cemeteries: Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Ocean View Lodge 143 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded in Half Moon Bay in 1868. A benevolent society, with a mission to to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan, ” the lodge opened and operated the Odd Fellows Cemetery on San Mateo Road. Many of the early "non-catholic" residents of the coast are buried here including members of the Johnston, Granger, Albrecht, and Hatch families.

The 2012-2013 Half Moon Bay High School Industrial Arts Class created a nice gateway marking the graveyard, and a new fence separates it from adjacent Pilarcitos Cemetery.  The cemetery could use some came.  Many stones are broken or toppled or need cleaning to make them readable.  Although the area was covered with lush green (weeds?) they were not high indicating that some maintenance of the grounds might take place.

Because Pilarcitos and the IOOF cemetery were not separated for years, be aware of the fact that cemetery readings might put your ancestors in the wrong cemetery.  Dana Chaliff's 2004 readings most likely have the correct cemetery, Find a Grave has many burials listed in both.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery
Hwy 92
Box 712
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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