California Cemeteries, California Historic Places, IOOF

Faithfully serving our community since 1853.   

10 West Dodge Street Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 536-8939 

For over 80 years (1853 through the 1930's) the Sonora IOOF was the most active service organization in the community and did so much to help this town prosper and get through its hard times.  Like most service organizations, membership declined post WWII, and by the 1990's, membership had gotten dangerously low.  Our most veteran members were aged and in-firmed, so there was no one to provide care to the lodge or its cemetery.  By the end of 2010, the lodge had only five active members, the lodge had no income, and was facing closure.  The Sonora Lodge has since undergone major changes, and we've been very excited to give our lodge new life and bring it back to the forefront of service to our community.  

Sonora IOOF is committed to raising funds for our community's current and former foster youth, its sick and its elderly.  We've established a non-profit foundation to increase our fund raising efforts and provide even more to this community to keep our tradition going! 

Lodge meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm at our historic lodge!

Contact us to attend!


115 West Lytton Street Sonora, CA

(209) 536-8939 

Emails: [email protected]

The IOOF Cemetery in Sonora is one of the countyʼs oldest, most historic cemeteries, and is the final resting place of many of the communityʼs founding members and honored veterans. The IOOF mission is to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan. Early Odd Fellows took burying the dead very seriously, and most lodges purchased cemeteries as soon as a town was formed. 

Our cemetery was established in 1856. It is a non endowment cemetery, and receives no funding or maintenance other than what the Sonora lodge members provide. Then, in 2011, a story about the desecration and vandalizam of the Sonora Odd Fellows cemetery was published in the local newspaper, and many new members joined to help revive the Lodge's activity and to help preserve the cemetery.

Our Foundation

For information regarding our non-profit foundation, the Sonora Odd Fellows Foundation, go to our website at: