In 1978 five friends would travel, hitch and bum rides to get to the computer room of a local college to get on "the net".
That was the beginning of the secret society.


Hobos

Hoboes have been around since the dawn of time but the term hobo didn't come into play until the mid 1800's. One theory is that the term Hobo was derived
from either homeward bound soldiers or from the migrant vagabonds carrying hoes to the next farming job, hoe-boys.
History shows that Hoboes traveled to find work, tramps traveled but didn't work and bums neither traveled or worked.


Hobo Unions, Clubs and Associations

Not a lot of information details the confluence of the hobos. A couple of the more documented are the Tourist Union #63 forming in 1899
and the International Itinerant Migratory Workers Union formed in 1908.

  • The order of Benighted Hobos of America - Wisconsin - circa 1898
  • The Hobo Club - San Francisco - 1899
  • Tourist Union #63 - Charles F. Noe - 1899
  • Hobo Club - Capt. William H. Baker - New York - 1899
  • Hobo Club - Columbia University - 1904
  • Hobo Club - University of Missouri - 1904
  • Phoney Union Cards - circa 1904
  • IWW Industrial Workers of the World - June 27, 1905
  • Brotherhood Welfare Association - James Eads How - circa 1905
  • International Itinerant Migratory Workers Union - Hoboes of America - Jeff Davis - 1908
  • Hobo Club - Washington D.C.
  • Hobo Club - Vermont
  • Hobo Club - Missoula, MT - 1917 - 1922
  • New York branch of Hobo Union - 1922
  • Secret Society of Itinerant Hoboes - Montana - circa 1922
  • Secret Society of Internet Hobos - JayHobo - 1978
  • National Hobo Association - "Sante Fe Bo" - 1987

  • Hobo Newspapers, Magazines, Etc.

  • Numerous Street Newspapers - late 1800's forward
  • The Hobo News - James Eads How - May 1st, 1911
  • Hobo Times (newsletter) - "Sante Fe Bo" - 1987
  • Hobo Times (magazine) - "Sante Fe Bo" & Buzz Potter - 1990
  • Bo Tales (Hobo Nickel newsletter) - Original Hobo Nickel Society

Hoboes in The News

1890
  • I.B.W.A. Flyer
  • Hobo Kidney & Bladder Remedy
  • 1897 1898
  • Hobos and lead nickels. Jan 1898
  • Benighted Hobo Banquet. Mar 1898
  • Hobo lived in a cave. Dec 1898
  • 1899
  • Hobo Club Function. Feb 1899
  • Hobo Club Banquet. Feb 1899
  • Hobo box car fire. Mar 1899
  • A Convention of Tramps. June 1899
  • Hobo Story A Hoax. June 1899
  • Few Tramps Attended. June 1899
  • The King of the Hobo Ring. Nov 4, 1899
  • the Hobo Club. Dec 1899
  • 1900
  • Hobo Convention Britt, Iowa. July 1900
  • Tramps Bound for Iowa. Aug 1900
  • Tourist Union #63 Application. Aug 1900
  • Hoboes on the Rampage. Aug 1900
  • 1901
  • All Hoboes in Mourning for Their Dead Chief. Nov 1901
  • More About Captain William Baker. Nov 1901
  • 1902
  • Fast Train - President Roosevelt. Nov 1902
  • Hobo Corsets. Dec 1902
  • 1903
  • Hobo Joke. Feb 1903
  • Hobo Stoned Passenger Train. Aug 1903
  • Battle between Harvest Hands... Aug 1903
  • 1904
  • College Men Organize Hobo Club. Mar 1904
  • College Has Hobo Club. July 1904
  • Herald of New Hobo Reaches Louisville. Aug 1904
  • Hobo Phoney Union Cards. Nov 1904
  • 1905
  • Tramps Murder an Aged Miner. Jan 1905
  • Hobos set fire to tannery. Feb 1905
  • The Hobo King. Feb 14, 1905
  • Chase Hoboes Out of the City. July 1905
  • Cheap Hobo Hotel. Aug 1905
  • Industrial Union Constitution - I.W.W.- Oct 1905 - On File
  • 1906
  • Fake San Francisco surfers. May 1906
  • Hobo Comic. Jun 1906
  • New Method of Stealing a Ride. Jun 1906
  • 1907
  • Fewer Tramps Now Riding Bumpers. Sept 1907
  • 1908
  • Plenty of Hoboes. May 1908
  • Preacher Rescues Booze From Fire. Oct 1908
  • 1909
  • Calling the Tramps' Bluff. Feb 1909
  • Something New and Classy in Hobo Graft. May 1909
  • Hobo Honesty. Aug 1909
  • Was a Leader of the Hobo Four Hundred. Sept 1909
  • Billy's Mug Saloon - Seattle. Oct 1909
  • 1910
  • Tramps Get Lash at Melville. Feb 1910
  • Home For Lady Hoboes. Apr 1910
  • 1911
  • The Hobo News to be Issued. April 1911
  • The Hobo News. April 1911
  • Millionaire Hobo Tired. May 1911
  • Scores One on Conductor. June 1911
  • Counterfeit Nickels. Aug 1911
  • Hobo Harvest. Aug 1911
  • Hoboes Are Given Work. Sept 1911
  • 1912
  • San Diego Has Hoboes In Control. April 1912
  • Spring is surely here... April 1912
  • "A No.1," King of Hoboes Killed. Oct 9, 1912
  • "A No.1," King of Hoboes Killed. Oct 16, 1912
  • Hoboes Lured To New Northwest. Oct 1912
  • Droves of Hobos. Nov 1912
  • Hoboes Meet At New Orleans. Dec 1912
  • 1913
  • Saloons Close. Jan 1913
  • Hoboes Open Convention - New Orleans. Jan 1913
  • Hobo Convention in New Orleans. Feb 1913
  • Howe Thrown Out by Hoboes Convention. Feb 1913
  • Hoboes Throw Out How. Feb 1913
  • Making Idle Threats. Feb 1913
  • Hobo King. Mar 6, 1913
  • Mayor Behrman Honorary Member of Hoboes Union. March 1913
  • Hobo King reaches capital. May 31, 1913
  • Hoboes Have Jungle Feed... June 1913
  • At a Hobo Rally. July 1913
  • Mrs. McBride to Lecture. Aug 1913
  • Hobo King Jeff Davis makes a plea to Seattle City Council. Dec 30
  • 1914
  • A Hobo Hotel. Jan 1914
  • Millionaire Hobo Plans Army Review. April 1914
  • Hoe - Bo. June 1914
  • Hobo Delegate to Convention. July 1914
  • 1915
  • Hoboes on War. Jan 1915
  • Sea Hobo is New Columbus Title. Feb 1915
  • This Is Th' Life - King Hobo. Feb 21,1915
  • What is a Jitney! Feb 1915
  • ... City's Pitiful Women Hoboes. March 1915
  • Tramps Raise Vegetables. April 1915
  • Award Hoboes Rural Retreat. May 1915
  • The Frisco Train. July 1915
  • Hoboes Renounce. July 1915
  • Mulligan Stew. Sept 1915
  • J Eads How is a Hobo; Also a Millionaire. Sept 1915
  • Auto Hoboes Latest Things... Oct 1915
  • Hobo Joke. Nov 1915
  • No Hotel for Hobos. Dec 1915
  • 1916
  • Knights of Rails Accept Unique Invitation. Oct 1916
  • Leaders of I.W.W. and Possee Engage in Battle at Everett. Nov 1916
  • No Hotel for Hobos. Dec 1916
  • 1917
  • University Men Who Will Travel. Jan 1917
  • An Old Acquaintance. June 1917
  • Hobo Has New Foe. Aug 1917
  • 1918
  • Hobo King Sells Bonds. Dec 12, 1918
  • 1919
  • Hobo College is Opened. Jun 1919
  • Seattle Woman Hoboes to New York. Aug 1919
  • King of Hoboes Quits. Oct 1919
  • King of Hoboes. Nov 1919
  • King of Hoboes. Nov 1919
  • 1920
  • Extinct Hobo. March 1920
  • Hoboes Demand More Lenient Laws. March 1920
  • Hobo Club of Newport Holds Extra Session. Oct 1920
  • Hobo Bodies at War. Dec 1920
  • War Begun On Hoboes. Dec 1920
  • 1921
  • Hoboes Attend New York Church. Jan 1921
  • Auto Trucks Now Hobo. Feb 1921
  • Interesting Speaker is Hobo King. May 5,1921
  • Hobo Waste. July 1921
  • Millionaire Hobo Back With Soviet Message. Nov 1921
  • 1922
  • Hoboed To Get Pointers. Jan 1922
  • Hobo Students Ride The Rods. Jan 1922
  • Varsity Hobo Club Banned by Edict of President Clapp. Apr 1922
  • Founder Of College For Hoboes Marries. July 1922
  • A Pension for Hoboes. Aug 1922
  • Hobo King unmasked. Sept 28, 1922
  • NY Branch of Hoboes Union Formed. Oct 1922
  • Millionaires Form New Hobo Colony. Oct 1922
  • Tramps Prepare for Winter. Oct 1922
  • A New Kind of Hobo. Nov 1922
  • Hobo King in New Role. Nov 1922
  • Hungry Hobo In Automobile... Dec 1922
  • 1923
  • Woman Heads Hobo Club. Dec 1923
  • 1924
  • Hobo King Quits. Apr 4, 1924
  • 1925 1926


    SSoIH... Secret Society of Internet Hobos

    SSoIH began back in 1978 when five friends discovered "the net". They would take any method available to get across town to the computer room of a local college.
    This included bikes, skateboards, bumming rides, intercity transit buses and the final leg of the journey, a college shuttle van that ran on donations.
    The SSoIH name had two options back in the day. The H in the name was either going to be Hackers or Hobos.
    At the time, hackers described a group of computer enthusiasts and programmers. Hobos won out due to the ethical codes of hobos and the group felt
    that the I for Internet explained enough as it was. The SSoIH name also payed homage to another hobo society of yesteryear.


    SSoIH's list of Hobo Lingo, terms and definition.