11. IOOF Hall & Telephone Co.

IOOF Hall & Telephone Co.

Telephone Company Building

160-151In 1899, Edmonds granted a franchise to provide telephone service to the Sunset Telegraph and Telephone Company. Their line meandered through the forest using trees as telephone poles, subject to predictably frequent interruptions from wind and weather. By 1908, local businessmen and industrialists had run out of patience with unfulfilled promises for better service, and formed the Edmonds Independent Telephone Company, under the management of Daniel M. Yost. Yost purchased new switchboard equipment and telephones, and expanded rapidly to bring Edmonds up to modern standards. In January, 1924, he made plans for a new concrete telephone company building to be constructed opposite the I.O.O.F. Hall. The Edmonds Independent Telephone Company operated into the early 1940's, with Daniel Yost still at the helm, until the plant and business was sold to the Telephone Service Company.

 

I.O.O.F. Hall (Across the Street)

The first benevolent fraternal organization in Edmonds, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was founded in April of 1891. Built a year after the incorporation of the town, the sturdy and spacious two-story wood frame building became a community center. The taller section to the west is the original structure, with the attached two-story section to the east added in 1927.

The I.O.O.F. Hall was the heart of Edmonds' civic and social life for generations. Other organizations waiting to construct their own buildings found a temporary home within its walls. Countless meetings, ceremonies, classes, road shows, political rallies, conventions, gala dinners, and church services were held over the years, and a myriad of commercial enterprises occupied the street level. The first motion pictures in Edmonds were screened in the Hall in 1909.

 

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 About the Artist-Made Plaque 

 ioof phone plaque

Bronze images of vintage telephones are featured on this panel, along with a pair of gavels referencing the countless meetings called to order in the venerable International Order of Odd Fellows Hall. Symbols of the I.O.O.F., including a goblet, an eye, a dove, and the three-linked chain, decorate the sides of the panel. A ten-cent movie ticket refers to the Hall as the site of the very first movies shown in Edmonds.

Tour Information

The Edmonds Stages of History Tour is a walking tour of significant sites that mark twelve different aspects in Edmonds' development. A unique artist-made plaque identifies each site on the tour. We invite you to explore Edmonds history at each location. Photographs on this website are courtesy of the Edmonds Historical Museum, unless otherwise noted. Descriptions of Edmonds history for the Stages of History panels and the website include information from copyrighted articles by Larry Vogel, originally published in the original Patch online newspaper, Edmonds: The First Century by Archie Satterfield (1990), and Edmonds: The Gem of Puget Sound by Ray V. Cloud (1983), and use restrictions apply. Other information sources include individual interviews and information supplied by the Edmonds Historical Museum.  Please contact the City of Edmonds Arts Office at 425-771-0228 with any corrections to information on the website or for inquiries regarding specific sources of copyrighted material.  

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