By George Emery, Herbert Emery
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Artisans tended to buy sickness insurance with fellowship by joining friendly societies. In contrast, clerks were more likely to buy insurance 17 Institutional History of the I o o F without fellowship from centralized bureaucratic organizations such as the Hearts of Oak (Johnson, 1985). Working-class families were conscious of the stigma attached to a pauper's grave and gave sickness insurance less priority than burial insurance for one or more family members. As Johnson explains, "funerals were public events, and the ways they were conducted reflected on the status and esteem of the family.
Predictably, the occupational profiles of members varied among the lodges. Each lodge had its own territory in which to recruit members, and the economies of the areas varied. 4). Employees of Eaton's department store were n per cent of the linked members in one lodge but were not represented in the linked members of several other lodges. A similar variety held for the occupations of carpenter, clerk, and salesman. 5 per lodge). The high number arose from competition for the position of lodge physician, whose job was to certify the sickness of members who claimed benefits and assess the health of applicants for membership.
Stringer (Prospect Lodge No. 314) was the Anglican Bishop of Yukon. George R. Geary (Rosedale Lodge No. 357) was a lawyer and mayor of Toronto in 1910-11. Horatio C. Hocken (Broadview Lodge No. 394) was publisher of the Orange Sentinel, a past grand master of the Orange Lodge, and mayor in 1912-14. 00 * persons with railway occupations or reported railway employers George B. Woods (Rosedale Lodge) was the founder and managing director of the Continental Life Insurance Company. George H. Gooderham (Rosedale Lodge) was a manufacturer, a capitalist, and a Conservative MLA from 1908 to 1916.
A Young Man’s Benefit: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Sickness Insurance in the United States and Canada, 1860-1929 by George Emery, Herbert Emery