In April of 1901, the Odd Fellows association of Bethel held a large lodge meeting. In attendance were fellow members from Greenville, Parmele, and Robersonville. The meeting took place at the Bethel Methodist Church and included a speech by Professor W.H. Ragsdale on the organization and intent of the Odd Fellows as well as an enormous outdoor dinner consisting of enough barbeque, ham, and chicken to feed nearly 400 people. Following the meeting, some members from outside of Bethel took a walk into town in order to find whiskey but discovered to their horror that the town of Bethel was a dry community and no liquor was available.