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Full text of "History of freemasonry in the city of Galena, Illinois, from the organization of Strangers' Union Lodge no. 14, A.D. 1826, A.L. 1826 [read 5826] to July A.D. 1874, A.L. 5874, and By-laws of Miners' Lodge no. 273, A.F. and A.M., Jo Daviess Chapter no. 51, R.A. M's., Ely S. Parker Council no. 60, R.S.E. and S.M's., Galena Commandery no. 40, Knights Templars"

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Strangers' Union Lor e No. 14, 

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MINERS' LODGE No. 273, A. F. and A, M. 


ELY S. PARKER COUNCIL No. 60, R. S. E. and S. M'S. 

















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flJfHE importance of compiling the history of 
ill) Masonry in Galena, that the names of our early 
Masonic workers may be preserved to the 
Craft, has often been suggested by the members of 
Miners' Lodge No. 273. No more fitting time has 
presented itself than the present, when new by-laws 
were to be published by at least three of the four 
Masonic bodies in this city, and by combining all the 
codes in one book, the expense of a separate publica- 
tion is avoided, and the woik bound in a form which 
will insure its preservation. 

The value of such a record cannot be too highly 
estimated, embracing as it does, the names of many 
of the earliest and most prominent settlers of the 
mining regions, active alike in Masonry as they were 
in all the public measures of the day. 

The difficulties attending the writing of this 'his- 
tory will be better understood when it is known that 
the first Lodge " Strangers' Union " was organized 
before the arrival of the U. S. Agent, Capt. Martin 
Thomas, who came to take charge of the mineral 
lands on behalf of the Government and to lay out the 
" village " of Galena, two years before the publication 
of the first newspaper in this the Northwest. 


If the Masonic record be incomplete, the brethren 

will bear in mind that it is owing to three reasons: 
First, there are no records preserved of the early 
meetings of Strangers' Union Lodge No. 14. Second, 
we have no knowledge that any member of the old 
Lodge is living at the present day. Third, there was 
no newspaper published in the lead region at that 
time to whose files we may refer for a record of the 


HTH, 1829. 

The " History of Masonry in Illinois," written by 
authority of the Grand Lodge, makes no mention of 
a Lodge in Galena until the presenting of a petition 
to the Grand Lodge of Missouri Dec. 2fcth, 1838, 
praying that a charter be granted to the " Far West 

The historian, Bro. John C. Reynolds, did all in 
his power to get a complete record of the Lodges 
chartered by the old Grand Lodge of Illinois, which 
became defunct in 1829, but, owing to carelessness in 
keeping records of Lodges, and the destruction of the 
Archives of the Grand Lodge by fire, many important 
facts connected with the early history of Masonry in 
this State have been lost to the Craft; and for the 
same reason the Craft in this city are unable to fix 
the date of the organization ot their first Lodge. 

" Strangers' Union No. 14" was the first Lodge 
constituted north of Fulton County and west of Lake 


Michigan, and was regularly at work in 1826, having 
been authorized at the January session of the Grand 
Lodge of Illinois, held in the State House in the town 
of Vandalia. From that veteran craftsman, Bro. 
P, M. and Sir Knight, Capt. H. H. Gear, we learn 
that the names of the first officers of this Lodge were 
VAUSBURG, Tre.-is. and BB>. JAMES HARRIS, Sec., 
and that his brother Charles Gear was present in 
1826, when it was constituted. The most laborious 
research of papers and enquiries of the only living 
Masons, Bros. H H. Gear a:id 0. C. P. Hunt, who 
appear of record as frequent visitors in 1827, fail to 
give the desired information as tj when this Lodge 
was organized . 

The first authentic record of " Strangers' Union 
Lodge No. 14 '' bears date April 21st, 1827, and is 
as follows : 

GALENA, April 21st, A. L. 5827. 

"Strangers' Union Lodge No. 14 met pursuant to adjournment. Mem- 
bers present, Chas. Gear, W. M.; James Harris, S. W pro. tern.; Benson 
Hunt, J. W.; L. P. Vausburg, Treas : (. \V. Britton, Sec. ; M. Meeker. 
8. D ; M. Faucette, J. D.; \v. Spear, Tyler, and Bro. Daniel Moore. 

On motion of Bro. Harris: 

Resolved, That the sum of ten dollars be paid for the first or Entered 
Apprentice degree, five dollars far the Fellow Craft degree, and ten dol- 
lars for the Alnster Mason degree. 

Bro Sec. presented the petition of John J. Chandler, which was read 
and referred to a Committee of Bros. Meeker. Harris and Vausbnrg. 

On motion of Bro. Harris: 

Resolved, That Bro. Meeker be authorized to procure a suitable Lodge 

On motion of Bro. Harris: 

Resolved, That tne regular communication of this Lodge be held on the 
Thursday of or preceeding the full moon in each month. 

On motion of Bro. Harris: 

Resolved, That Bro. Sec. he authorized to procure necessary stationery 
for the Lodge. 

On motion of Bro. Britton: 


Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to examine petitions 
and applications for membership. 

Bros. Harris, Hunt and Vansburg were appointed the committee. 

On motion of Bro Britton: 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to revise our 
By-Laws, and report amendments at our next, regular communication. 

Bros. C. Gear, M. Meeker and G. W. Britton were appointed the 

Lodge closed in harmony." 

This is the first record we find of a regular charter- 
ed Lodge. The motions to fix the fees for degrees, 
time of meeting, and rent a suitable room to meet in, 
would seem to indicate that the Lodge had been but 
recently organized, but the last motion, " that a com- 
mittee be appointed to revise our By-Laws and report 
amendments," taken with the statement of Bro. H. H. 
Gear, " we had no regular place of meeting. The 
Lodge was poor and rents high," are satisfactory 
prouf to us that this Lodge was at work as early as 

No later record of the old Grand Lodge of Illinois 
has been found than January 10th, 1826, at which 
session charters were granted to Illion Lodge No. 12 
and Frontier Lodge No. 13. The latter atLewiston, 
Fulton County. In Bro. Reynolds' history of 
" Masonry in Illinois," we find two more Lodges re- 
corded, Nos. 14 and 15. The former named " La- 
Fayette," the latter " Sangamou ; " locations unknown. 
This statement is incorrect, as the records of the 
session of January, 1826, show that charters were 
granted to Nos. 12 and 13, and no subsequent record 
having been found there can be no doubt that No, 14 
was our Galena Lodge " Strangers' Union," for which 
a dispensation may have been granted in said ses- 


sion, as charters are not granted until the ability of 
the officers and brethren to do good and true Ma- 
sonic work has been fully tested. We are more in- 
clined, however, to believe that a regular charter was 
granted at this session from the fact that the No. "14" 
is borne upon all the records of " Strangers' Union 

The absence of any later record of the " Old " 
Grand Lodge of Illinois, the loss by fire in the build- 
ing of the Galena Branch of the State Bank of Illinois 
of the charter, early records and papers of" Strang- 
ers' Union" Lodge, and the change In officers from 
those named by Bro. Capt. H. H. Gear, which prop- 
erly took place in December, 1826, are satisfactory 
evidence that the banner of Ancient Craft Masonry 
was first unfurled and the fires kindled upon its alter 
in the city of Galena as early as the summer of 1826. 

The next regular communication w;>s held May 
llth, when we find recorded the names of two visi- 
tors who have since taken an active part in the affairs 
of this city, one of whom, Dr. A. T. Crow, has passed 
the " Grand Tyler" and been admitted in the Grand 
Lodge above. The other is still an honored brother 
among us, Capt. H. H. Gear. 

Mr. John J. Chandler was made an E. A. A reso- 
lution was adopted admitting any brother to member- 
ship who " assisted at the instituting of the Lodge " 
on the payment of one dollar and fifty cents, the cost 
to the original members. These meetings were held 
in the month of June. Several petitions were acted 


upon and work done in the E. A. degree. Bro. Dr. 
A. Philleo, for many years afterward a prominent 
citizen, appears as a visitor. Officers were elected on 
the 23d as follows: Chas. Gear, W. M. ; Benson 
Hunt, S. W. ; Jas. Smith, J. W. ; James Harris, 
Treas. ; Joseph Hardy, Sec. 

One meeting was held in July and another com- 
mittee appointed " to secure a proper Lodge room." 

Aug. 2d. Lodge met. Officers installed and sev- 
eral brothers elected on demit. A curious custom 
prevailed as appears from these old records, of sus- 
pending sections 18 and 21 of their by-laws, that a 
ballot might be spread upon petitions the night of 
presentation. This was a clear violation of one of the 
" old regulations " approved St. John the Baptist's 
day, 1721, which reads thus: "No man can be ac- 
cepted a member of a particular Lodge without pre- 
vious notice one month, before given to the Lodge, in 
order to make due enquiry into the reputation and 
capacity of the candidate, unless by a Dispensation." 

By-Laws were also suspended for the purpose of 
Passing and Raising, without having first passed an 
examination as to proficiency in Masonic knowledge. 
This also was improper and in violation of old regula- 
tions. Yet good and true men were these old Masons 
coming together from every locality in the mining 
region, their Master from the upper waters of "Fevre" 
River near Shullsburg, and many from Mineral Point, 
Platteville and Dubuque, Wisconsin " Territory," 
Elizabeth, Savanna and other distant points in our 


own State, all actuated by the same earnest love of 
Masonry which has distinguished its votaries from 
time immemorial. 

The next^communication was in October, when we 
find the name of another brother record -d as a visi- 
tor, Dr. H. Newhall, since deceased. A man and a 
Mason long and well known for his active labors in 
the cause of humanity, a skillful physician and a prac- 
tical philanthropist. Bro. Newhall joined this Lodge 
on demit, and for many years was an active member 
of the Masonic fraternity. Two of his sons have re- 
ceived light in Miners' Lodge No. 273, and found 
companionship in Jo Daviess Chapter No. 51. 
Israel Mitchell was iniated. 

November 1st, Bro. John J. Chandler, the fiist 
initiate of the Lodge, was Passed and Raised. Two 
other meetings for general work were held during 
the month. 

December 16th and 27th, Lodge met and did work 
in the E. A. degree. At the latter meeting, T. B. 
Farnsworth, a brother long an active member of all 
subsequent Lodges in this city, was initiated. 

January 31st, A. L. 5828 three brothers were 
Passed, one of whom was Bro. Farnsworth. At the 
meetings in March and April the work was of a gen- 
eral character and in the several degrees. 

May 29th an election of officers was had, resulting 
as follows : Moses Meeker, W. M. ; Daniel Murphy, 
S. W. ; M. Faucette, J. W. ; Jas. Harris, Treas. ; J. 
J. Chandler, Sec. These officers were initiated June 


3d, and the following appointments made: Bro. F. 
S. Clopton, S. D. ; Bro. R. R. Holmes, J. D. A com- 
mittee was appointed to " procure a suitable room for 
our next regular communication." This committee 
failing to report, another one was appointed July 
24th, with orders to rent for *' four months or a year ! " 

Evidence of prosperity is here indicated in the 
presentation of three petitions: One from J. H. 
Rountree, since a prominent citizen of Wisconsin. 
And the Craft were fully justified in their desperation 
to incur so great a liability as the renting of a room 
lorfour months, or even one year. 

The W. M., Moses Meeker, presented his bill of 
196.24, money paid out for the Craft, which on mo- 
tion of P. M. Chas. Gear, was ordered paid " out of 
money not otherwise appropriated." 

Now as special orders had been drawn for almost 
every article which could have been desired or re- 
quired for the work of the Lodge, we may reasonably 
infer that this sum of money was for " refreshments" 
had at the recent installation. Further evidence of 
prosperous times is found in the order to print 200 
copies of the By-Laws, by Mr. Jones, for which they 
paid the sum of $25. Here is the first record of a 
Printing Office >n Galena. 

Records of this meeting are attested by Moses 
Meeker W. M., and J. J. Chandler, Sec. 

From July until Dec. the records are missing. 
Sunday Dec. 1st, a Lodge of sorrow was held and 
preparations made to attend the funeral of Bro. 


Thos. H. January. Officers all present except treas- 
urer, which office Bro., H. Newhall was called upon 
to fill ami Bro., A. Philleo that of S. D. 

All arrangements being perfected, the Lodge ad- 
journed until Monday, Dec., 1st, at 9 o'clock A. M. 

The records of this meeting exhibit so fully the 
spirit of Masonry as exemplified by the brethren of 
" Strangers' Union Lodge " that we give them in 
full : 

"MONDAY, Dec. 2d, A. L. 5828, 9 o'clock. 

" Lodge met pursuant to adjournment. 

" The Lodge then proceeded to take charge of the funeral of Bro. 
Thos. H. January, who was buried according to the Ancient Masonic 

"Visiting Brethren A bner Fields, A. T. Crow, H. H. Gear, Jas. 
Douglass, of Davis Lodge No. 22, Lexington, Woodbridge, L. Frank- 
lin, Union Lodge No 7, Mo., and Morris Holmes, of Morning Lodge, 

" Moved and seconded, that a committee of five be appointed to remove 
the body of our deceased brother's wife to the place of his interment. 
The following were the committee: Bros. A. T. Crow, A. Philleo, Jas. 
Harris, Abner Fields and M. Faucette. 

" Lodge closed in Harmony. 
" J. J. CHANDLER, Sec. " M. MEEKER, Master.' 

We regret that the Secretary forgot that good Ma- 
sonic usuage, which requires that the names of all the 
brethern present be recorded, as there is no doubt 
but there was a large attendance; and that this was 
the first funeral in the great north-west where the 
solemn and beautiful rites of Free Masonary were ob- 

December 13th, the W. M. read an address relative 
to the propriety of surrendering the charter. On mo- 
tion it was resolved, "that the charter be retained 
and G. L. dues paid for 1827-8." 

The usual committee was appointed "to procure a 
suitable Lodge room." 

December 20th, Brother Fields, Harris and Gear, 


were appointed a committee "to make arrangements 
for celebrating the 27th, by providing a dinner, and 
obliging some brother to deliver an address." 

Here is how they celebrated "Saturday December 

27th, A. L. 5828." 

" Lodge met pursuant to adjournment, when the brethren proceeded 
to celebrate this day in due and ancient form. 

"On motion of Bro. Chandler and seconded by Bro. Hunt, that Bros. 
A and B be not permitted to walk in procession to-day. Carried by a 
unanimous vote of the Lodge." 

The Lodge then proceeded to celebrate the day 
(parade we presume,) and then adjourned until 6 
o'clock P. M., when it again convened pursuant to 

b: On motion the 31st section of the By-Laws was dispensed with for 
the time being. Bro. Sec. presented and read the petition of Benjamin 
Dolrey for Masonry. Keferred to a committee of Bros. Murphy, Harris 
and Hnnt. 

" The Lodge was then opened in the 2d degree and proceeded to con- 
fer the b\ C. degree upon tiros. Barrel and Morse. 

"Bro. Sec. presented and read the petition of D. B. Morehonse for 
Masonry, which was referred to a committee of Bros. Holmes, Hunt and 

'On motion, Bros Ch.ndler, Holmes and Faucette were appointed a 
commi.ttee to get bro. Chas. (jear to lecture from day to day, until the 
irethren had made such advance as would enable them to work. 

'Visiting brethren Bros. Abner Fields, Jas Clark, Charles C. P. 
Hunt. If. H. Gear, Jonathan Brown, Culver Woodburn, A. Philleo, H. 
Newhall, Eliot Kerney, Philip Rosobrough, of Western Star Lodge No. 1, 
Kaskaskia, Thos. Moore, Edon Lodge No. 11, and Root, Adams, of Union 
Lodge No. 7. 

" Lodge closed in Harmony." 

Our curiosity being excited to know why those 
two bros. " A " and " B " were " not permitted to 
walk in the procession " we have made repeated en- 
quiries of Bros. H. H. Gear and C. C. P. Hunt, but 
they have as steadily refused, and ask the indulgence 
of the Craft for the refusal, pleading that they were 
the guests ol Strangers' Union Lodge on that occa- 
sion, and that it would be improper and discourteous 
to disclose anything which took place during that 


" celebration in due and ancient form, Dec. 27th, 

Remembering the social customs of those early 
days, from which not even our fraternity was exempt 
and the fact, that Galena was a frontier town, outside 
the pale fall oi civlization, we submit, that the brethren 
were excusable for being tired so early in the day, 
and thus getting excused from joining in the process- 

January 2nd, A. L. 5829. D. B. Morehouse for 
many years so well known as Captain Morehouse was 
initiated. Brother Morehouse took an active part in 
Masonry until his death in 1870, holding membership 
al that time in Miner's Lodge No. 273 and Jo Daviess 
Chapter No. 51. 

On the 3rd inst., Brothei T. B. Farnsworth, also 
a member of the above named Lodge and Chapter at 
the time of his death, was raised to the sublime de- 
gree of Master Mason. 

Here occurs a period oi unusal prosperity and press 
of work reminding the brethern of Miner's Lodge of 
the charge so often made, that they frequently work 
"eight nights in the week." To this we may plead 
guilty, with this qualification, that we do not, never 
have, and never will do other work on the Sabbath, 
than that of a Lodge of sorrow. Our brethern of 
Strangers' Union Lodge did not however hesitate to 
do general work, and confer degrees on the Sabbath, 
and we for one say. they were excusable. Situated as 
they were at that early day, we doubt if there was any 


more proper place, in which our brethren could con- 
gregate, or more durable work in which to engage 
than that to be found in the work of a Masonic Lodge. 

January 4th, the Lodge was in session and on the 
7th, Brother James Craig was elected on demit. 

Sunday llth, Brother Morehouse, Crafted. 

12th, Brother Morse Raised. 

13th, Brother Block Crafted. Many visitors were 
present, among wh,om was Bro. Samuel Smoker, of 
Philanthropic Lodge, No. 104, who afterwards be- 
came a member on demit. A petition was received 
from Mr. William Hempstead, an active business man 
and prominent citizen, whose generous liberality as a 
Mason, during the remainder of his life, only equaled 
by his love for the church with which he was con- 

Jan. 14th, Wm. Hempstead elected and initiated. 

Jan. 16th, Bro. E. Black raised. 

Jan. 17th, Bro. D. B. Morehouse raised. 

Jan. 31st, work in E. A. degree, and Bro. Newhall 
joined on demit. 

Sunday, Feb. 1st, Bro. Wm. Hempstead crafted. 

Feb. 14th and 15th, Lodge met for work in E. A. 
and F. C. degrees. From this time Bro. James 
Craig became the Secretary, and the minutes show 
much care and are beautifully written. Bro. Craig 
afterwards settled in Wappelo, now Hanover, where 
he died honored by all who knew him. 

March 14th and 21st, work in all of the degrees. 
Bro. J. H. Rountree raised. 


March 22d, Bros. Win. Hempstead and Peter 
Prim were examined in open Lodge as to their pro- 
ficiency in the firsi two degrees of Masonry, which 
proved satisfactory. This is the first record we have 
of an examination. Bros. Hempstead and Prim 
were then raised to the sublime degree of Master 
Mason . 

March 27th, Lodge met and arranged to inter 
Bro. F. S. Clopton with Masonic honors. 

March 30th, work on E. A. degree. 

April 18th, we find an order of $8.00 drawn in favor 
of Bro. Wm. Hempstead to nay for " music at 
funeral of Bro. F. S. Clopton," also the following 
good thing, which is a contract with the Tyler, de- 
fining his duties and emoluments : " The committee 
appointed to procure a Tyler, reported that Bro . 
James Harris would accept the station and perform 
the duties on the following terms: One dollar for 
each meeting, 50 cents for summoning the members 
in town to special meetings and serving process from 
the Lodge, the same fees as the sheriff is allowed for 
serving summons. His duties will be to tile the 
Lodge, keep the room in order, have wood and can- 
dles supplied at the expense of the Lodge, and when 
the clothing wants washing, he is to procure it done 
the Lodge to pay on his order for the same." 

May 14th, Lodge met for general work. 

June llth, A. L. 5829, A. D. 1829. At this 
communrcation of the Lodge, a resolution was adopted 
postponing the election of officers, and agreeing that 


all the officers should hold over. This is no doubt 
one of the main causes why the Lodge soon ceased to 
work, which it certainly did, no more records of 
its meetings being found. When the brethren of 
a Lodge arrive at the conclusion that they cannot 
make any change in their officers, they are then as 
certain to destroy their Lodge as a brother is to de- 
stroy his usefulness when he believes the Lodge can- 
not exist without his services. The next worst thing 
to re-electing the same officers year after year, is to 
have them " hold over," and the Masonic body which 
will do this must sooner or later surrender its char- 
ter. This resolution was offered : 

''Resolved. That we return our charter to the O. M. or D. G. M. of 
Illinois, and apply to the G. L. of Missouri fora new one." 

The further consideration of this question was 
postponed until the 18th inst. 

The strictest search and most diligent enquiry fail 
to give any further light upon the doings of 
"Strangers' Union Lodge." Whether it died be- 
cause of failure to hold the annual election ; because 
the G. L. of Illinois had become defunct, or because 
of the storm of fanaticism which was then abroad in 
the land, we cannot tell. Perhaps it was all three 
combined. Suffice it to say, that Galena was not 
long without a Masonic Lodge. But we anticipate 
we have been thus full in our history of " Strangers' 
Union Lodge No. 14," the first Lodge in the " North 
West" that the brethren of Miners' Lodge should 
know to whom they were indebted for the early 
introduction of Masonry in this frontier town. To 


complete this record, we give the names of all borne 
upon the records as members, the names of all who 
were Initiated, Passed or Raised, together with the 
names and address of all visitors, so far as recorded : 


Lemon Parker, Charles Gear, James Harris, 
Benson Hunt, L. P. Vausburg, Moses Meeker, 
M. Faucette, W. Spear. G. W. Britton, 

Daniel Moore, Clayne, James Smith, 

Thos. H. January, Jos. Hardy, R. R. Holmes, 

Alben T. Crow, Jas. A. Clark, John O. Hancock 
John Colter, W. F. Maneyen, F. S. Clopton, 

James Craig, Sarnl. Smoker, E. Welch, 
Horatio Newhall. 


R. P. Guyard, Saml. Jamison, J. R. Vineyard. 
Jesse B. Williams, J. P. B. Gratiot. 


A. C. Caldwell, Israel Mitchell, John Barrell, 
Lieut. Christopher, C. Hobert, U. S. A. 


John J. Chandler, E. Block, Danl. Murphy, 
T. B. Farnsworth, J. R. Hamraett Peter Prim, 
L. R. M. Morse, D. B. Morehouse Win. Hempstead 
J. H. Rountree. 


Capt. H. H. Gear, L. Hadley, Gov. John Wood, 
Benj. Burbridge, Swallow, John Johnson, 
A. Philleo, Keiialy Friar, E . Brigham, 


Blanchard, N. F. Smith, <leo. Haokett, 

M. Smith, Jas. Wanton, Holman, 

Robt. Clark, Massey, J. S. Parker, 

T. Jones, J. Bivins, Douglass Bailey. 

Alsworth Baker, Woodbridge. 

Morris Holmes, Morning Lodge, Albany. 

H. P. Rundle, Olive Branch Lodge No. 4. 

Jonathan Brown, Olive Branch Lodge No. 4. 

John Campbell, Maysville Lodge No. 26, Ky. 

Elliot Kerney, Equality Lodge No. 136 . 

Bowling, Mystic Lodge No. 74. 

N. F. Dean, Zion Lodge, Detroit. 

Chas. C. P. Hunt, Detroit Lodge, Detroit. 

Philip Rochblane, Western Star Lodge No. 1, 

Thos. Moore, Edon Lodge No. 11. , 

Robt. Adams, Union. Lodge No. 7, Missouri. 

James Barnes, Ciota Lodge No. 6. 

Wm. Bennett, Edon Lodge No. 11. 

Seleh Beach, St. John's Lodge No. 8. 

Jas. Reynolds, Hebron Lodge No . 18. 

Wm. M. Penn, E. A., Lebanon Lodge, Tenn. 

P. Hinney, Mt. Zion Lodge No. 9. Knox Co., 

J. R. Carter, Abraham Lodge No. 7, Louisville, 

Jas. Douglass, Davis Lodge No. 22, Lexington. 

L. Franklin, Union Lodge No. 7, Missouri. 

Francis Allen, Warren Lodge No. 23. 

Belus Jones, La Fayette Lodge No. 14. 


Jas. Nagle, Olive Braiich Lodge No. 4. 

Samuel Phillips, Adair City Lodge No. 27, Ky. 

Hampton Wade, La Fayette Lodge !No. 14. 

John T. Potter, St. Louis Lodge No. 1. 

Culver Woodburn, Olive Branch Lodge No. 4. 

Wm. Richards, N. C. Harmony Lodge No. 2, 
Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Daniel Mclelain, Hiland Lodge No. 28, Hills- 
boro, Ohio. 

Ephraim F. Ogden, Cincinnati Lodge No. 17, 
N. J. 

Able Proctor, Richmond Lodge No. 10, Va. 

Loran Wheeler, Elan Lodge No. 12. 

W. J. Freeland, Missouri Lodge No. 1. 

J. E. Woolcot, Clinton Lodge No. 143. 

H. Beash, Cincinnati Lodge No. 17, N. J. 

Abner Fields, Union Lodge No. 10. 


. 5830. 

Far West Lodge II. D. and No. 29, 

Under the M. W. Grand Lodge of Missouri; Dec. 29th, A. L 
5838, to June 26th, A. li. 5846. 

Far West Lodge No. 5 and No. 41, 

Under the M. "W. Grand Lodga of Illinois, June 29th, A. L. 
5846, to Sept. 1st, A. L. 5848. 

Galena Lodge II. D, 

Under the M. W. Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, A. L. 5846. 

Phoenix Lodge II. D. 

Under the M. W. Grand Lodge of Illinois ; February A. L. 
5854, to March A. L. 5855. 


Our last chapter closes with the motion pending 
to surrender the Charter of " Strangers' Union Lodge 
No. 4." No later record can be found, and as the 
Grand Lodge of Illinois had ceased its existence, so 
did this and all other subordinate Lodges in the 

The first record of Galena Lodge U. D. states that 
it is working under a Dispensation from the Grand 
Lodge of Missouri. The date of this record is July 
17th, A. L. 5830: 

" Officers and members present, Bro. Benjamin Mills, W. M ; Daniel 
Wann, 8. W.; Moses Meeker, J. W. p. t. ; Wm. Hempstead, S. D. ; 
Samuel Smoker, Sec. 

"Visitors. Bros. Jas. A. Clark, Jas. Barns and Lewis M. Morse. 

" Lodge opened in the third degree. Committee on by-laws reported, 
and report recommitted." 

The next meeting is on the 22d, and is entirely 
taken up with business o"n by-laws. But one other 
meeting io recorded, and that on the 29th, when a 
petition for initiation is read and referred, and one for 
membership on Demit. The name of Bro. T. B. 
Farnsworth appears as J. D. 

This is the brief history all which can be found 
of Galena Lodge U. D., working under Dispensation 


from the Grand Lodge of Missouri. For eight years 
and more the Great Lights of Masonry were closed 
except in the privacy of the family. The storm of 
Anti-Masonic fanaticism had swept over our fair land, 
and Masonry in Galena as elsewhere had bowed its 
head and waited in silence the return of reason. 
During all that period of Masonic darkness, the fraters 
of Strangers' Union Lodge never forgot the divine 
teachings so often inculcated around its altar, and no 
sooner did persecution cease than they hastened to 
take steps for the formation of a new Lodge. 


December 27th, A. L. 5838, pursuant to a public 
notice, the following named Master Masons met in 
the "Chamber of Commerce: " 
Chas. Gear, A. T. Crow, T. B. Farnsworth, 
H. H . Gear, M. Faucette, E . W . Turner, 
S. McLean, John Sherman, John E. Smith, 

R. Pattison and Jas. A. Clark. 

These brethren proceeded to organize by electing 
the following officers : 

Chas. Gear, W. M. E. W. Turner, S. W. 
S. McLean, J. W. T. B. Farnsworth, Treas. 

John E. Smith, Sec. A. T. Crow, S. D. 
H. H. Gear, J. D. M. Faucette, Tyler. 

Who were afterwards installed in form, Nov. 16th, 
1839, in the stone buildings east side of Main street, 
opposite Diagonal, then used as a Court House, by 
P.M. William R. Smith, of Pennsylvania, whose 
eloquent oration on that pleasing occasion was 
ordered printed, and 500 copies were distributed 
among the friends of the craft. 

A committee was appointed to draw up a petition 


to the G. L. of Missouri for a Dispensation, when 
the Lodge adjourned until the 29th. The petition 
was drawn up in due form and signed by all present, 
and before being forwarded, Bros. Daniel Wann, 
George M. Mitchell and Samuel Smoker's names 
were added thereto. One well known citizen and 
member being prevented from signing by reason of 
the following resolution : 

" Resolved, That, owing to the atheistical opinions as publicly expressed 
by A B, he is unworthy of being taken by the hand as a Maeon." 
Which was unanimously adopted. 

This is sound Masonic law, and speaks well for 
the brethren forming the new Lodge, as it is one of 
the old charges which says : " A Mason is obliged 
by his tenure to obey the moral law; and if he rightly 
understands the Art, he will never be a stupid 
atheist, nor an irreligious libertine." 

A committee was appointed to procure a room. 
Said committee reported January 5th, 1839, when 
the brothers subscribed five dollars each toward 
fitting up the Lodge. 

January 19th, Bro. Daniel Wann, on behalf of the 
committee previously appointed to look up the "jew- 
els of the old Lodge," reported their inability to find 
any but the S. and J. Wardens columns. 

Meetings were held every two weeks until March 
23d, when a Dispensation from the Grand Lodge of 
Missouri was received, read and accepted. Bro. E. 
L. Ogden was thanked for procuring said Dispensa- 
tion, and admitted free of the regular fee. Bros. C. 
P. Burrows and T. C. Legate also became mem- 
bers. From this date commences the work of " Far 


West Lodge U. D." afterward No. 29, under the 
G. L. of Missouri. 

Petitions were received from Wra. H. Hooper 
and A. J. Jackson. 

April 6th Wm. H. Hooper and A. J. Jackson were 
elected and initiated. These gentlemen were well 
known to all Galenians. The first, since a member of 
Congress, and the last long the efficient clerk of the 
city, and but recently deceased. Bro. R. Thompson 
was admitted to membership. Regular work was 
continued without anything worthy of special men- 
tion until October 18th, when Bro. Geo. M. Mitchell 
returned from the G. L. of Missouri and presented 
the Lodge with its Charter as "Far West Lodge No. 
29," by which it was hereafter to be known. 

March 21st, A. L. 5840. In answer to a com- 
munication from Bodley Lodge No. 1, of Quincy, 
111., relative to the formation of a new Grand Lodge, 
Bros. James L. James and Dennis Rockwell were 
appointed as proxies to represent Far West Lodge in 
the proposad convention to be held at Jacksonville 
the first Monday in April, and recommended that the 
G. L. be located at Springfiield. 

The Secretary, Bro. John E. Smith, under same 
date congratulates the Lodge on its prosperous con- 
dition as follows : 

" Cash receipts, $353 87. 

Paid out, - - 352 75. 

Leaving a balance of Si. 12^-. 

Wonderful prosperity ! Just like " John E." The 
report continues: " M. M's 27, E. A, 3." There 


had been nine initiations and six raisings, which was 
a large amount oi work for a new Lodge, and the 
fact that they were out of debt was to their credit. 

The years 1841 and 1842 were prosperous ones for 
Far West Lodge. Much interest seems to have 
been taken in the meetings, there being a large 
attendance of the brethren and visitors. A brief 
glance at the latter shows how universal is Masonry. 
We find at one neeting as visitors, Gen. George 
('ubbage, Iowa Territory, M.Sullivan, Benevolence 
Lodge No. 273, England, John 8. Crawford, Ballabay 
Lodge No. 192, Ireland, Benjamin W. Reuey, Har- 
mony Lodge, Indiana, Elisha Dwelle, St. Andrew's 
Lodge, Boston, Mass., Benedict Solomon, Mechanics 
Lodge No. 153, N. Y, 

May 16th, 1841. The petiti' n to the Grand Lodge 
of Missouri of " certain Master Masons for a Lodge 
to be located at Mineral Point, Wisconsin Terri- 
tory," was recommended. 

July 2d, 1842. A Lodge of sorrow was held and 
resolutions adopted expressive of the feelings of the 
brethren on learning of the death of Bro. John 
Sherman in Missouri. Bro. G. C. Ehlenfreit Beaner, 
Maister of St. Andrew's Lodge No. 388, London, 
England, applied for and received relief July 16th. 
The death of Bro. Philip S. Dade, of Dubuque, Iowa 
Territory, was announced July 22d. Grand Visitor 
Alex. T. Douglass, of Missouri, lectured the Lodge 
for several days, the brethren being highly pleased 
as well as instructed. 
August 22d. The petition of several brother 


Master Masons of Dubuque, Iowa Territory, to the 
G. L. of Missouri, for Dispensation, was presented, 
read, and on motion recommended, also a petition 
from divers brethren at Platteville, Wisconsin Terri- 
tory, for Dispensation, was recommended 10 the G. 
L. of Missouri. 

January 14, 1843. In the records of this month we 
find the Lodge attended the funeral of Bro. Samuel 
Smoker, to whose memory the Secretary, Bro. R. 
Pattison, pays this eloquent tribute: " Whilst the 
saored charities of our Noble Order shall be dear to 
the Mason's heart, so long shall the recollection of our 
deceased brother's manly virtues and goodness, be 
present to the surviving brethren of Far West 
Lodge." Light be the earth upon his grave. 

The records of 1843, '44 and '45, are very imper- 
fect, here and there a pencil memorandum from 
which we have been able to rescue but a few of the 
many interesting facts connected with the history of 
this Lodge. We find that after meeting in the Court 
House for a year or two, they found comfortable quar- 
ters in the commodious stone house on the east side 
of the river owned by Bro. John P. DeZoya, where 
they met in regular communication during the years 

Sunday, March 10th, 1844, the Lodge met to attend 
the funeral of Bro. John Turney, Dubuque Lodge 
No. 3, ol Iowa, and many brethren from abroad par- 
ticipating. This was undoubtedly the largest Ma- 
sonic funeral which ever took place in this city, Bro. 
Turney being universally respected and loved by all 


who knew him. The funeral took place from the 
Episcopal Church, the several Lodges of Odd Fellows 

July 17th, we find our brethren called upon again to 
attend a funeral, that of brother David Wells, which 
they did in large numbers. 

October 3d, all the members were summoned and 
visitors requested to meet at Lodge room in Bro. 
John P. DeZoya's. Object of meeting not stated. 
The following names appear here for the first time. 
We do not know if they were members of the Lodge 
or visitors, but give them a place in our record as 
having been recognized among the old Masons : 
Stephen Hempstead, Jas. Douglass, R. J. Depue, 
A. S. Buchanan, Thos. E. Browne S. E. Lewis, 

Geo. L. Nightingale, X. Wachtler, P. G. Genes, 
Win. Bennett, James Edwards, Sol. Oliver, 

John Kresse. 

Dec. 26th, 1844, the propriety of changing their 
allegienne from the G. L. of Missouri to that of Wis- 
consin was discussed, and a resolution adopted that 
"application be formally made to the Grand Lodge of 
Wisconsin for a Charter, and if granted that the name 
be that of Galena Lodge. Bro. M. Y. Johnson was 
elected on Demit, and made Secretary. Nothing of 
interest appears in the work until March 20th, 1846, 
when a Lodge of Sorrow convened, to attend the 
funeral of an old and active member, T. C. Legate . 
March 21st, we find what would surprise us did we 
not know there was such a Lodge : " JResolved, That 


Bros. Morse and Welch, members of Galena Lodge, 
be admitted free." Which was carried. 

The Secretary was then instructed to enquire of 
the " Grand Secretary of Illinois on what terms a 
Charter can be procured." 

June 22d, 1846, M. W. G. M. Rev. Bro. Wm. 
F. Walker being present and in the East, the Lodge 
was opened in " ample form " when it was resolved 
that " we accept a Charter from the Grand Lodge of 
Illinois, and return our present Charter to the Grand 
Lodge of Missouri." 

An invitation from Dubuque Lodge No. 3, to par- 
ticipate with them in the celebration of St. John's 
Day, was accepted, when the Lodge went into an 
election of officers, with the following result : 
M. Y. Johnson, W. M. W. C. Bostwick, S. W. 
Daniel Wann, J. W. M. P. Silverburgh, Treas- 

D. II. Moss, Sec. 

June 26th. Officers installed and appointed: 
Osee Welch, S. D. J. E. Smith, J. D. 

P. J. Dennevan, Steward. Jos. Dopier, Steward. 
H. H. Gear, Tyler. 

After a brief season spent in lecturing and general 
work, the M. W. G. M. closed the Lodge in due 
form until the 26th inst, when the officers elected and 
appointed were ' duly installed and invested with 
their jewels and badge," the retiring Master, H. H. 
Gear, delivering a valedictory address, and the new 
Master, M. Y. Johnson, an inaugural, when Far 
West Lodge No. 29, under the jurisdiction of the 


Grand Lodge of Missouri, closed, never to resume. 
We deem it fitting to end this chapter with a list 
of the members and the work of No. 29 so far as 
completed, omitting the names of those who were 
only Initiated or Passed. It being well known that 
no one is recognized as entitled to any Masonic 
privileges until raised to the sublime degree of a 
Master Mason . 

OFFICERS FROM 1839 TO 1846. 

Charles Gear, W. M., 1839-40-1-2-3-4. 
H. H. Gear, W. M., 1845. 
M. Y. Johnson, W. M., 1846. 


E. F. Ogden, J. Turney, James Rice, 

R. Thomson, W. C. Bostwick. 


T. B. Farnsworth, J. Tnrney, R. Thomson, 
John McNulty, Sr., A. C. Davis, H. H. Gear, 
M. Faucette, Daniel Wann. 


Daniel Wann, T. C. Legate, John M. Smith, 
John Turney, John E. Smith, M. P. Silverburgh. 


John E . Smith, Walter F. Franklin, Samuel Smoker, 
James Rice, John Turney, R. Pattisou, 

M. Y. Johnson, D. H. T. Moss. 


Charles Gear, T. B. Farnsworth, A. T. Crow, 

H. H. Gear, 
E. W. Turner, 
R. Pattison, 
Daniel Wann, 
R. Thomson, 
Thos.- Clark, 
James Craig, 
.D. F. Slitt, 
T. Fanning, 
PhilipS. Bade, 
J. N. Johnson, 
James Armour, 


M. Faucette, 
JohnE. Smith, 
James A. Clark, 
Samuel Smoker, 
W. Warwick, 
E. F. Ogden, 
C. Lowe, 
John McNulty, Sr 
J. S. Crawfotd, 
J. McNulty, Jr. 
Wilmot Cady, 
J. Parven, 

S. McLean, 
John Sherman, 
Geo. M. Mitchell 

C. P. Burrows, 
T. C. Legate. 

D. B. Morehouse 
R. Dunlap, 
James Rice, 
Daniel Wells, 
James N. Hume, 
John Lane, 

M. Y. Johnson, 

Osee Welch, D. H. Moss, 


A. J. Jackson, John Tnrney, J. M. Stanley, 
Wm. H. Hooper, R. M. Long, A. C. Davis, 
Walter F. Franklin Wra. M. Campbell F. J. Dunn, 
Joseph Doplar, James Stewart, James Sullivan 
Josiah B. Latham, Samuel Alex, N. Nadean, 

B. W. Whiteside, L. N. Cummings, L. Peyton, 
N. C. McGrew, John P. DeZoya, Nicholas Wall, 
Goble, P. J. Donevan, W. C. Bostwick 
M. P. Silverburgh, George Houy, Philip Weber. 

In looking over a list of the membership of No. 
29, we find those veteran Masonic workers, the'Bros. 
Gear, one of whom, Capt. H. H. Gear, is at the 
present writing a member of all the Masonic bodies 
now organized in this city, Lodge, Chapter, Council 
and Commandery. Initiated in Massachusetts in the 
year 1815, he is now at the advanced age of 82 years, 


with a service in the brotherhood of 58 years, still an 
active, zealous member of the Craft, and bears his 
Knightly honors with becoming dignity and courtesy, 
while Charles Gear, the Worshipful Master of 
Strangers' Union Lodge No. 14 for one or more 
years, and the Master of Far West Lodge No. 29 
for six consecutive years, full of Masonic honors, his 
life and conduct tried with the unerring square ot 
the Grand Tyler, was admitted to the Grand Lodge 
above in the year 1861, his funeral being attended by 
prominent Masons from all the surrounding juris- 

Of the other prominent members of the mother 
Lodge, Strangers' Union, Bro. James Harris died 
October 10th, 1829, universally loved ar.d respected 
by all who knew him, leaving a family honored 
throughout the North West for their energy and in- 
tegrity, one son having sought and found Masonic 
light and Companionship in our present Lodge and 
Chapter. The same may be snid of Bro. Benson 
Hunt, whose son was long a member of our Lodge. 
Bros. Moses Meeker, Wm. Hempstead, and all the 
old members of that " First Lodge " have long since 
been called upon to give that pass which alone shall 
gain us admission into those blessed regions of light 
and life eternal, the Grand Lodge above. 

Our researches are amply rewarded in finding the 
Dispensation granted by M. W. Wm.F. Walker, 
Grand Master, to the brethren of Far West Lodge. 
The dispensation bears date June 29th, 1846, and 


gives our brethren the same name, but changes the 
number to five, as follows: 

" KNO -V YE, Therefore, That 1, William F.Walker, Grand Master of 
the Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois, aforesaid, reposing special trust 
and confidence in the prudence and fidelity of our Brethren of Far West 
Lodge above named, have constituted and appointed, and by these 
presents do constitute and appoint them a regular Lodge of Free and 
Accepted Vfasons under our jurisdiction aforesaid, under the name, title 
and designation allotted to them by our Grand Lodge, to-wir: Far 
West No 5, hereby ratifying their choice of officers, whereby Brother 
M. Y. Johnson has been elected Master, Brother Wm C. Bostwick. 
Senior Warden, and Brother Daniel Wann Junior Warden of this said 
Lodge " 

We have also brought to light the charter bearing 
date October 8th, 1846, signed by M. W. Nelson D. 
Morse, G. M., and attested by Levi Lusk, Grand 
Secretary. This dispensation and charter, carrying 
with them all the members of No. 29, we shall uot 
repeat their names, but will add those who join by 
Demit or are Raised in the'new Far West Lodge No. 
5, which through some causj to us unknown is char- 
tered as No. 41 . 

Before pursueing our investigations into the work 
of Far West under its new Dispensation, we will 
briefly look for the reason of this change of Charter, 
and where this " Galena Lodge " mentioned in the 
closing records of No. 29 came from. 

Situated so far from their Grand Lodge as the 
brethren of No. 29 were, and anxious to send a Rep- 
resentative without so great an expense as required 
to reach the Grand Lodge of Missouri, they cast 
about them, first, to sever their connection with Mis- 
souri; next, to find the Grand Lodge nearest to them. 

Being in the centre of the lead region and having 
large interests in Wisconsin, the brethren made ap. 


plication to that Gran- 1 Lodge, forgetting the well 
settled principle of American jurisprudence which 
prohibits a Grand Lodge issuing a charter to a subor- 
dinate in a State where there is a Grand Lodge es- 
tablished. Tne Grand Lodge of Wisconsin or its G. 
M. seemed to have acted in ignorance of the same 
law until the prompt action of Grand Master Walker, 
of Illinois, and his visit to Galena brought about a 
correction of these irregularities. 

We have seen that Grand Master Walker did grant 
hi.s dispensation to the brethren of No. 29, and the fol- 
lowing copy of a paper no\v before me attests that 
they properly severed their connection with the 
Grand Lodge of Missouri: 

"This is to certify, That Far West Lodge No. 2.} has paid up all dues 
and arrearages to the Grand Lodge, and agreeable to Resolution of said 
Grand Lodge of Missouri, (see proceedings October, 1845, page 26) having 
surrendered her charter, has consequently withdrawn from under the 
jurisdiction of said Grand Lodge. 

" ST. Louis, July 7th, 1846. 

'FRED. L BILLON, Grand Secretary." 

Thinking the consent of the Grand Lodge ol Mis- 
souri all that was necessary, No. 29 applied for and 
received a Dispensation from the Grand Lodge of 
Wisconsin, for a Lodge, to be known as " Galena;" 
hence, we find this Lodge at work January 2d, 1846, 
composed of the same members as No. 29, which did 
not cease to exist until June 26th, 1846. 

The prompt action of Grand Master Walker in this 
matter, brought about the following action of the 
Grand Lodge of Wisconsin : 

" Resolved, That Kavanaugh Lodge and Galena Lodge under Dispensa- 
tion, be and they are hereby instructed toconfer with the Grand Lodge of 
Illinois, and ask of that Grand Lodge its sanction to their uniting them- 
selves with this Grand Lodge, and working under ite jurisdiction as 


other Lodges in this Territory. And that a'l such correspondence be con- 
ducted upon true Masonic principles and fraternal love. 
" MADISON, W. T , January 17th. 1846. 

' Wm. K. SMITH, Grand Secretary." 

To this proper request, the members of Galena 
Lodge took exceptions, asserting their right to " pe 
tition the- Grand Lodge of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, or 
Wisconsin." Correct, but only the Grand Lodge of 
Illinois could legally grant the request. 

The final result was the return of the Dispensation 
to the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, and the acceptance 
of one from Illinois. 

The records of Galena Lodge U. D. under Grand 
Lodge of Wisconsin, record but five meetings and 
give the names of the following well known Masons 
as officers and members. The first meeting bearing 
date January 2d, 1846, and the last March 20th, 1846. 
Osee Welch, W. M. J. Armour, S. W. 

Daniel Wann, J . W . M . P. Silverburgh, Treas. 

D. H. T. Moss, Sec. John E , Smith, S. D. 

Wilrnot Cady, J. D. Robt Thomson, Steward. 

P. J. Dumieran, Steward, Joseph Doplar, Tyler. 

And brothers 

M. Y. Johnson, John P. DeZoya, H. H. Gear, 
A. D. Boyce, Geo. M. Mitchell, Philip Weber, 
A. J. Salame. 

Bros. Daniel Wann, John E. Smith and D. H. T. 
Moss were appointed a committee to draft suitable 
By-Laws, which was done, and the result of their 
labors is before us in the form of a printed pamphlet 
of eight pages, neatly printed by Messrs H. A. and 


H. W. Tenney, of this city. The By-Laws being in 
the usual form, we make no extracts. 

Thus ends Galena Lodge U. D., and we resume our 
labors in Far West U. D. Nos. 5 and 41, the records 
of which commence with a copy of the Dispensation 
from G. M. Walker. 

July 17th Bro. Armour reports having settled all 
the indebtedness ot No. 29, and having a balance 
of $20. On motion of Bro. -Gear it was agreed "to 
accept the books, stationery and furniture of Galena 
Lodge U. D., and pay all indebtedness against the 
same." Communications are held almost every week, 
and woi-k done in the several degrees. 

O'Jt. 9th Record shows that Lodge is now held in 
a building owned by Geo. Boddewig. A good 
resolution was adopted requiring " all Master Masons 
coming within the jurisdiction of this Lodge to report 
themselves as such, otherwise they will be deprived 
of the benefits and privileges of the same." This is 
good old Masonry, reaching away back of the old 
Anderson Constitution of 1721, and if strictly en- 
forced at the present day, would be productive of 
much good. 

While no Mason should neglect his family or busi- 
ness to attend his Lodge, yet all should remember 
there are duties to be performed by himself, as well 
as to be required of others. Obligations are not one 
sided, but mutual. If all were to absent themselves, 
there would be none to perform those " sacred du- 
ties " which constitute the crowning glory of the 


Masonic tie : " unsullied honor, unweared industry in 
the cause ol a brother, and universal benevolence." 

Who that ever knew Bro. Geo. M. Mitchell will 
fail to picture him as he rises in this meeting and 
" apologizes to brothers Welch and Johnson ? " Who 
can fail to picture him as with all the manner of a 
gentleman of the olden time, with all the grace of a 
courtier, or courtesy of a Red Cross Knight, he asked 
the brethren to " excuse him for speaking hastily? " 
Need we say that his excuse was " accepted by the 
Lodge and the brethren named?" The records say 
so, so must we. This meeting is full of good things, 
Just think of the following in the year of oar Lord 
1874, and yet the youngest of us date back thus far, 
only 1846! 

"Resolved, That all notices from the W. M. addressed to members 
through, the Post Office, be folded and sealed in letter form." 

This was before the day of envelopes. 

Dec. 28th, 1846, the following officers were elected: 
John E. Smith, W. M. James Armour, S. W. 

Daniel Wann, J. W. D. H. T. Moss, Treas. 

W. Cady, Sec. 

July 7th, 1847 Lodge of sorrow convened to bury 
Bro. Joseph Johnson, at which Bro. Chas. Gear, of 
" Olive Branch Lodge " W. T. presided, many vis- 
itors being present. 

So far as the records show, the Lodge is doing 
well, and yet on the 30th day of August a motion is 
made to surrender the charter, and it was resolved by 
the " casting vote of the W. M. that a committee be 


appointed to assist the officers in settling tip the af- 
fairs of the Lodge." 

This, however, was the end of the matter for a sea- 
son, and the Lodge went along with its work under 
the same officers until Dec. 27th, St. John's Day, when 
the following officers were installed : 
Geo. W. Woodward, W. M. A. D. Boyce, S. W. 
W. Cady, J. W. Joseph Harris, Treas. 

John E. Smith, Sec. 

The Lodge continued to work until Sept. 1st, 1848, 
after which time we find no records. What it died 
of, or how we are unable to tell. The following was 
it? work: 


Geo. W. Woodward, Geo. P. Clark, Jas. Orrastead. 


Edward Bloomer, James M. Maughs, O. D. Boyce, 
W. M. Young, Joseph Harris, J. B. Coleman, 
Alfred S. Gore, John G. Weiser, J. Stickle. 

From September 1st, 1848, until February 9th, 1854, 
a period of nearly six years, we have no record that 
any Masonic body was at work in Galena. At the 
latter date we find the record of " Phoenix Lodge 
U. D.," which did some work for one year and a 
month, and then disappeared as suddenly as it ap- 
peared. The only record we can give is as follows: 
E. R. Hooper, W. M. L. J. Germain, S. W. 

W. R. Rowley, J. W. T. M. Wilcox, Treas. 

J. E. Smith, Sec. G. W. Woodward, S.D. 

Jacob Davis, J. D. A. Lovenstein, Tyler. 



H. H. Gear, Geo. M. Mitchell, Geo. G. Gould, 
Geo. Houy, Nathan Meyer. 

Visitor, Jesse R. Grant. 

Dispensation from Grand Lodge of Illinois read and 
accepted . 

Though the Lodge held a number of meetings and 
did some work, yet it disappeared before a Charter 
was granted. Five are the total on whom the third 
degree was conferred: S. H. Helm, Isaac Shuster, 
Casper Klett, Max Levi and Hermann Hirschberg. 

The visitors to this Lodge were numerous. " Uncle 
Jesse " being frequently present, as the older mem- 
bers of the present Lodge can attest. A great lover 
of Masonry, he embraced every opportunity to be 
present with the Craft. 

Masonic darkness is once more upon our city, and 
no cheerful sound of the gavel is again heard until 
taken up by that Master Workman, Ely S. Parker, to 
whose skill as a wise and accomplished Craftsman we 
are indebted for the present permanent foundation 
upon which our Masonic bodies so firmly rest, and 
upon which we trust they will remain until time shall 
be no more. 

Having thus followed the various Lodges which 
have struggled to maintain themselves, from "Strang- 
ers' Union" in 1826, to "Phoenix," in 1855, rejoic- 
ing with them in their prosperity, and sympathizing 
with them in their adversity, we have seen much to 


admire, amuse, and instruct in these old records. In 
the hope that our readers have patience enough left 
to follow us still further, we again take up the record 
in 1858. 


A.. B\ and .A.- 1VE, 

From April 17th, A. L., 5858, to Nov. A. L , 5874. 

Jo Daviess Chapter, Ho. 273, R. A. XL, 

From June 9th, A. D. 1859, to Nov. A. D., 1874. 

Ely S. Parker Council, Ho. 60, H. S. E. 
and S. M., 

July 9th A. 1)., 1873, to Nov. A. D. 1874. 

Galena Commandery No. 40, Knights 

From Sept. 19th, A. D. 1871, to Nov. A. D. 1874. 

By-Laws and Masonic history of all the Members of 
the above named bodies. 


To the early members of Miners' Lodge we are in- 
debted for the sure foundation upon which they build- 
ed our present Masonic edifice, and while it is our 
earnest desire to award to each his just measure of 
praise we must concede that toBro. Ely S. Parker 
are we principally indebted . 

As good citizens and "bright" Masons many of our 
early members were the equal of Bro. Parker, but, in 
the qualities which make up the presiding officer, the 
Worshipful Master, he who is to "rule and govern his 
Lodge with harmony and regularity;" he who can 
with tact, grace and dignity, awe into silence not 
through fear, but love by his presence alone. Bro. 
Parker had no equal. Of commanding presence, and 
great native dignity, he ruled with a firmness tem- 
pered only with fraternal love. 

To Bro. P. M., J. C. Spare, we are indebted for the 
following notice issued to all Master Masons residing 
in Galena, and which is the oldest Masonic document 
relating to Miners' Lodge we have been able to find, 

MB. J. C. SPARE, ESQ. : 

" You are hereby requested to attend a meeting of the Masonic breth- 
ren residing in this city and vicinity, on Saturday, Feb. 20th, 1858, at ly* 
o'clock, P. M., at the De Soto House. " 

(Signed) GEO. G. GOULD, Sec. 


The subsequent records fail to show that Bro. Spare 
was present when the Lodge was constituted, or the 
Corner Stone of the Custom House laid, and yet we 
know of our own knowledge that he was present on 
both occasions and assisted in the work. 
Our first record bears date as follows : 
Miners' Lodge, U. D., Galena, 111., April 17, 1858. 


Ely S . Parker, W . M . John E. Smith, S. W. P. T. 
M. Y. Johnson, J. W. M. P. Silverburgh, Treas. 
Geo. G. Gould, Sec. Samuel Frazer, S. D. 

Geo. M. Mitchell, J. D. 


John E. Smith. Samuel Snider. 

W. R. Rowley. S. H. Helm. 

M. F. Burke. 

Those recorded as visitors were resident Masons, 
who soon became members of the Lodge. The fact 
that a Lodge so recently constituted did not keep its 
records more full is an evidence of the difficulty sur- 
rounding the "Ancient Records" of the Craft. 

In this case many members from Hazel Green, Wis- 
consin, Elizabeth, and Hanover, in this County, were 
present, to aid in constituting the Lodge ; and to 
rekindle the altar tires of Masonry in Galena. A vote 
of thanks was awarded them and yet not a name ap- 
pears of record. 

So it was of the special communication to lay the 
Corner Stone of the new Custom House, which was 
laid with Masonic Honors by Bro. Ely S. Parker, 


proxy for the M. W. G, M., many brethren from a 
distance being present and participating, and yet not 
a record is made of the event other than that at this 
first meeting : "It was voted to attend the laying of 
the Corner Stone of the new Custom House, in accor- 
dance with Masonic usage," which, as the files of the 
Galena Advertiser, now Gazette, inform us, was done 
on this same day, April 17th, 1858. 

We cannot follow were we disposed so to do, the 
workings of Miners' Lodge, No. 273, as closely as we 
have the Lodges which preceded it. The record is 
too volumnious, the workmen plenty, and the rnateri. 
al at hand to give us full employment in making his- 
tory, rather than in writing it. The list of member- 
ship is a volume in itself which speaks more eloquent- 
ly of the work done, than aught the writer can say. 
And as for the quality of the material it is before the 
craft for inspection. We do not hesitate to give our 
opinion and pronounce it good. 

October 15th, 1858. Miners' Lodge, 273, received 
its Charter and was duly consecrated. The Officers 
before mentioned were installed excepting that Bro. 
E . W. Turner being present assumed his duties as 
S. W., and Bro, Geo. G. Gould, having removed, Bro. 
M. F. Burke was made Secretary, Bro. Bond of Mt. 
Carroll, officiating. 

Februarv, 3rd, 1859. Grand Lecturer Levi Lusk, 
present, also many visitors from Lena and other 
Lodges to meet Bro. Lusk. 

June 24, 1859. St. John the Baptist's day. The 


brethren of Miners' Lodgo, together with their guests 
from Hanover, Elizabeth, Shullsburg, Hazel Green, 
and Platteville assembled at the Court House, there 
formed a procession, preceded by Schreiner's Band, 
and marched to their new Hall onJBench Street, for- 
merly known as Mitchell's Hall, which they had fitted 
up in a manner suitable to the purposes of the Craft. 
.The Hall was dedicated in ample form, Bro. Ely S.- 
Parker officiating. An address appropjiata to the 
occasion was delivered by Bro. Parker, a copy of 
which was entered in the record book. At the con- 
clusion of the address the large audience composed of 
ladies and gentlemen, together with the brethren from 
the surrounding country, were dismissed, the visiting 
brethren and invited guests being requested to meet 
at the De Soto, at 5 P. M., to partake of a banquet. 
Among the invited guests were Hon. E. B. Wash- 
burne, M. C.,Hon. C. B. Denio, and other promi- 
nent citizens. After partaking libei ally of the lux- 
uries of the table, the toasts were announced, and ap- 
propriately responded to by Bros. Capt. H. H. Gear, 
Ely S. Parker, John S. Williams, of the Press, Dr. 
Fowler, of Hanover, Robinson, of Shullsburg,Hons. E. 
B. Washburne, C. B. Denio, J. C. Smith and others. 

The procession, dedication and festival were each 
voted a success, after which Bro. Parker dismissed 
the company, each one retiring with the happy thought 
" that it were good to have been there." 

December 27th, 1859. St. John tho Evangelist's 
day. A grand Masonic and Citizen's dress ball was 


given at the De Soto House under the auspices of Mi- 
ners' Lodge, which was largely attended by the Fra- 
ternity and the prominent citizens of Galena. The 
great feature of the occasion being the entrance of 
Bro. ElyS. Parker, clothed in the full uniform of a 
Knight Templar. 

The usual routine of Lodge work continued until 
June 7th, 1861, two funerals having tak2n place Bro. 
Bailey, a Canadian Mason, and the Tyler, Bro. S. H. 
Helm. At this communication a Lodge of sorrow 
was held in memory of Bro. U. S. Senator Stephen A. 
Douglass, who died in the city of Chicago, June 3d, 
1861. A committee was appointed to draft resolu- 
tions expressive of the great loss sustained by the 
whole country, north and south, east and west. The 
nation being on the verge of a deadly struggle for the 
preservation of the Union, the recent utterances of 
the great Senator were yet echoing through the land 
though his voice was hushed in death. 

We make the following extract from the report: 

" Resolved, That the memory of Stephen A. Douglass will be cherish- 
ed in the precious recollections of hi a brother Masons, and the bright 
light of his deeds will assure and encourage posterity to emulate his no- 
ble example, as a law giyer, as a citizen, and as a Mason." 

During the exciting years of the war the Lodge 
continued to work, though many times it seemed like 
a hopeless task to get a quorum, so many of the active 
members being in the military service of the Union. 
We call to mind of those who were absent, Bros. Gen. 
Ely S. Parker, afterwards Commissioner of Indian 
Affairs, Gen. John A. Rawlins, Secretary of War, 
Gens. John E. Smith, W. R. Rowley, and John C. 
Smith, Oapt. Geo. W. Felt, and others. 


To Bro. J. C. Spare, who succeeded Bro. Parker, 
in 1861, and Bro. Samuel Snider who for several years 
presided over the destinies of Miners' Lodge, together 
with the Officers and members who encouraged them 
by their regular presence and support, are we indebt- 
ed for the continuance of work in the Lodge as well 
as in Jo Daviess Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. 

No event of importance transpired until February, 
1866, when the Lodge was called upon to administer 
the last sad rites, and give Masonic burial to an old 
and active Mason Bro. Geo. M. Mitchell, whose re- 
mains had been brought from Memphis, Tenn., to be 
buried in the city of his adoption. Upon the records 
of Miners' Lodge is found the following tribute to 
Bro. Mitchell: 

" The members of this Lodge can only cherish, as they do and will, the 
memory of a man who was indeed a just and upright Mason." 

The regular work of the Lodge continued, and the 
Lodge membership increased. Bro. Gen. John A- 
Rawlins died in the city of Washington, D. C., Sept. 
6th, 1869, which is noted in the records, and the fol- 
lowing entry made. 

" His work was not done, yet his column is broken. The silver cord is 
loosed, the golden bowl is rent in twain ; the dual nas returned to the 
earth as it was, and the Spirit to God who gave it." 

During the year 1872, the question was seriously 
agitated of purchasing a lot and building a Masonic 
Home. Several pieces of laud were examined as were 
many buildings, but all falling short of the wants of 
the Craft until attention was called to the buildings on 
Main, near Warren Street, owned by Messrs. Henry 
Corwith and Chas. H. Rogers, which, upon a thor- 


ough examination, were found suitable for Masonic 
purposes, and on July 18th, 1873, the W. M. and 
Wardens were constituted a Committee, with full 
power to purchase said buildings " on the best terms 
to be obtained. " 

Plans for alteration of the buildings so as to adapt 
them to Masonic purposes were then perfected, and at 
the regular communication Sept. 5th, 1873, the same 
Committee were directed " to proceed in fitting up 
the buildings for Masonic purposes, at an expense of 
not to exceed thirty-five hundred dollars." 

It was not, however, until the 25th day of Novem- 
ber, 1873, that the buildings were purchased, soon 
alter which the work of demolishing and rebuilding 
commenced in earnest, and the work was vigorously 
pushed, under the direction of the Master assisted by 
Bros. W. R. Rowley, J. B. Young, and S. O. Still- 
man, until completed and dedicated June 15th, A. D. 
1874, A. L. 5874. On this day the several Masonic 
bodies of the City, assisted by all the Lodges from the 
surrounding country, joined in a grand procession and 
proceed to lay the Corner Stone of the new Public 
Hall of the " Galena Social Turner Society," with Ma- 
sonic ceremonies, W. M. J. C. Smith, as proxy of the 
Grand Master, officiating, assisted by Bros. J. C. 
Spare, D. G. M., M. Coleman, S. G. W., A. Reynolds, 
J. G. W., Geo. Broderick, G. Treas., Daniel LeBet- 
ter, G. Sec., B. Yerrington, G. S. D., A. J. Louch- 
heim, G. J. D., A. H. Simpson and John Eiseraan, 
Grand Stewards, and J. A. Berryman Grand Tyler. 


Having brought our history of Masonry in Galena 
from the organization of the first Lodge in 1826, to 
the present time, 1874, a period of 49 years, we 
most graciously take our leave closing with a report 
of the " New Masonic Hall " and the " Dedication, " 
as published in the " Galena Gazette. " 


In accordance with the announcement made through the columns of 
I he Gazette, the elegant rooms of the Masonic Fraternity of this city 
were thrown open for the inspection of the public from 3 o'clock until 6, 
of Monday afternoon. The invitations extended to the friends of this 
society and the general public, to attend the reception, were gladly ac- 
cepted, and there was one steady throng of ladies and gentlemen enter- 
ing 'during the hours of inspection. 


consisting of 8. K. Miner, R. H. Fiddick, D. LeBetter, C. S. Merrick, J. 
R. Davidson, D. N. Corwith, Jesse Crooks, Richard Heller, S. Hunkins. 
H. H. Browning, and Daniel Stewart, were indefatigable in their exer- 
tions to answer all question*, show all the rooms, main Hall, Prelate 
Chamber, Armory, Guard rooms, Tyler's rooms, and Banquet rooms 
even to the place where the famous "goat" is securely housed, and well 
fed, all of which being done in a true and courteous manner, pleasing to 
the visitor and honorable to the host. In the banquet rooms were found 
an unlimited supply of refreshments, not the coarse fare of the Knights 
of old, but more in keeping with our modern ideas of what the valiant 
Sir Knights deserved and hart fairly won. 


Seven o'clock found the hall and its various rooms filled with the fai r 
daughters of Galena, leaving but little space for their gallant attendants 
Among the well known Masons from other places, we recall : 

P. M. Capt. H. H. Gear, Iowa ; P. M Dr. A. Campbell, Dunleith ; P. 
M's. Hon. J D. Platt, H. H. Peckham, Warren; P. .M's. John Weber, 
George Marshall, Mark Thomas, Jr., and Henry Glessner. Elizabeth ; P. 
M's. Abe Keynolds, Thos. E Moore, and J. G. Love, Hanover ; P. M. 
H. Tyrrell, Morseville; P. M. Capt. J. P. Black,Apple River; W M. Capt. 
J. E. Hoover, Shullsburg ; W. M. Jos. Treganza, and P. M. Hon. *}eo. 
Broderick, Hazel Green. 

P. M.'s John C. Spare and M. Y. Johnson, of this city, were also pres- 

W. Bro. H. H. Gear, Master of Ceremonies, announced the following 
order of exercises, which were duly executed: 

Voluntary on the organ Selected, 

Prof. E. Kempter. 

Anthem "Awake, Put on thy Strength," 

Galena Musical Union, under leadership oj Hon. Bro. B. Seal. 


Bro. Rev. E. H. Downing. 

Hymn "How beautiful in Zion," 

Galena Musical Union . 




The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Illinois then entered i'i the fol- 
lowing order: 

Tyler with drawn sword. Bro. D. Stewart. 
Stewards with white roils, Bros. A. H. Simpson and John Eiseman. 

Grand Secretary, Bro. 1) Le Better. 

Grand Treasurer, W. Bro. J. E. Hoover. 

Bearer of wreat Lights, P, M. \. Reynolds. 

Junior Grand Warden, carrying silver vessel with corn, P. M. J. D. Platt, 
Senior Grand Warden, carrying a silver vessel with wine, P. M. A ('amp- 
Deputy-Grand Master, carrying a golden vessel with oil. P. M. John C. 

The Lodge, carried by four Past Masters, Bros M. Y. Johnson, J. P. 

Black, J. G. Love and U H. Peckham. 
Book of Constitutions, P. M. Geo. Marshall. 

Grand Master, R W. Bro. John C. Smith, supported by Grand Junior 
Deacon, Bro. A. J. Louchheim and Grand Senior Deacon 

Bro. Jacob Fawcet. 

During the entrance of the Grand Lodge, Prof. Xempter presided at 
the organ and performed the Grand March, Bro. Senior Warden, M. Cole- 
man, welcomed the Grand Lodge, after which, Bro. S. O. Stillman, on 
behalf of his colleagues of the building committee presented the Grand 
Master with the keys to the various parts of the building. The Lodge 
was then uncovered and the Rev. Bro. E. H. Downing, made an appro- 
priate consecration prayer. The Galena Musical Union then sang the 
" Most Excellent Master's Song " as follows : 
All hail to the morning 
That bids us rejoice ; 
The temple's completed, 
Exalt high each voice ; 
The Cap-stone is flnish'd. 

Our labor is o'er ; 
The sound of the gravel 
Shall greet us no more. 

To the Power Almighty, who ever has guided 
The tribes of old Israel, exalting their fame ; 
To Him who hathgovern'd our hearts undivided, 

Let's send forth our voices to praise his great name. 
The Grand Junior Warden having presented the 'Grand Master with 
the vessel of corn which he poured upon the Lodge, after which the 
grand honors of masonry were given. The singing continued : 
Companions assemble 
On this joyful day ; 
(The Occasion is glorious,) 

The key-stone to lay ; 
Fulflll'clls the promise, 

By the Ancient of Days, 
To bring forth the cap stone 
With shouting and praise. 
There is no more occasion for level or plumb line, 

For trowel or gavel, for compass or square ; 
Our works are completed, the ark safely seated 

And we shall be greeted as workmen most rare. 
After which, the Grand Senior Warden presented the vessel of wine, 


which H'as poure 1 upon the Lodge and the grand honors were twice re- 
peated, closing with the last verse 

Almighty Jehovah ! 

Descend now and fill 
This Lodge with thy glory, 
Onr hearts with good will ! 
Preside at our meetings. 
Assist us to find 

True pleasure in teaching 
Goodwill to mankind. 
Thy wisdom inspired the great institution 

Thy strenth shall support it till nature expire; 
And when the creation shall fall into ruin. 
Its beauty shall rise through the midst of the fire. 

The Deputy Grand Master presents the vessel of oil which is also 
poured upon the Lodge, and the grand honors are thrice repeated. The 
Grand Chaplain then closed with an invocation, after which, R. W. Bro. 
J. C. Smith, delivered the following address : 

Ladies, Gentlemen, Brothers, Companions and Illustrious Sir Knigfus : 
[n accordance with a custom which has the sanction of Ancient, Free 
and Accepted Masons from the earliest period, we have this evening,ded- 
icated this substantial and elegant building to the principles of Free and 
Accepted Masons, and to the practice of those Masonic virtues which are 
at once tne foundation of all that is great and good, and the safeguard of 
society, -'Virtue, faith, Hope, and Universal Benevolence," the crown- 
ing virtues of our ancient and honorable Order. Justly may the Mason 
point with pride to his proud lineage and trace nis geneaology from the 
dim past, through whose countless ages the grand lessons or Free Ma- 
sonry have been handed down, and as we have reason to believe will so 
continue until time shall be no more. The principles of Free Masonry 
are divine and co-eval with that time, when "the earth was without form, 
and void." and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the spirit of 
God moved upon the face of the waters, and God said, let there be light 
and there was light." Such light a* only the angels ever saw, and such 
light as every true Mason may hope to see when his earthly pilgrimage 
shall be ended, when he shall burst the bonds of mortality, hare passed 
over the broad river of death; and given the true word and signet, which 
shall gain him admission into that Holy of Holies above. Laying aside 
the traditions of centuries we may refer to the building of King Solo- 
mon's temple as a period in operative Masonry to which we, as specula- 
tive Masons, may point with pride, a period when, under the superior 
wisdom of our first most excellent Grand Master, Solomon, King ol Isra- 
el, and his illustrious companions. King Hiram, of Tyre, and the ''wid- 
ow's son,'' Masonry assumed an organized form. In that great light of 
Masonry, (the Holy Bible), now before me, we are informed, that there 
were employed in the building of that magnificient temple, three Grand 
Masters, 3,600 Masters or Overseers of the work. 80,000 fellow crafts and 
70.000 entered apprentices or bearers of burdens_. They were so classi- 
fied by King Solomon that during the entire period of building the tem- 
ple, seven and a half years, there was no discord or strife known. When 
the temple was completed a day was set apart for its dedication, hence 
the custom of dedicating public buildings. The ceremonies of dedica- 
tion of the magnificent temple erected to the glory of the one ever living 
and true God are so well known to all, that I need not dwell upon them. 
I may here remark and my attention has been particularly called to the 
charge made that we ''know not the Savior," I will not enter into a the- 


ological discussion upon this point, else I may have to answer many oth- 
er charges of what we do not know, or what we do not do. It is suffic- 
ient to say we are not a religious society founded upon a creed, we are 
an association of good moral men, and law abiding citizens. Our cere- 
monies are derived from those which obtained at the building of the first 
temple. It matters not whether we were constituted at that lime, as our 
Taditions teach, it is sufficient that pur ceremonies are founded upon 
that event, and that our symbolic teachings are of the age we represent. 
We are neither bound nor trammeled by a narrow creed, upon our tesse- 
lated floor are found in one harmonious brotherhood, men of every clime 
and faith. Jewish in our birth,can we exclude the Jew because he believes 
the Savior has not. yet come 1 No ! We do not ask the particular creed, 
but do -require that each, and every one who enters the portal of our Lodge 
have a firm and lasting belief in the exi stance of the one true and ever 
living God. 

In symbolic Masonry, we have the old dispensation. In Chivalric Ma- 
sonry in the Commandries of Knights Templars and Knights of Malta, 
we are governed by the new dispensation. These Orders were founded 
since the birth, life and death of our Savior, and here, we have the addi- 
tional requirement of a belief in the death and resurrection of oar Lord 
and Savior But. I need not dwell upon this subject, our laws and man- 
uals, our professions and our actions are before you, j udge what we are, 
and how worthy we may be of the high esteem in which we are held by 
all whose good opinion is worth the seeking. 

I need not trace our genealogy from the building of the temple of Sol- 
omon or Zeruobabel ; our history is to be found in the philosophical so- 
cieties of ancient Greece and Rome, in the operative Masons of the Mid- 
dle. Ages, and thence down to the speculative Masons of our own day 
Masons are not now engaged in the erection of those immense monu- 
ments of architecture which seem to defy time and are destined to en- 
dure forever, but engaged in the building of a spiritual temple, a house 
"not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." 

The Masons of Galena have a record of which they may well be proud. 
A Lodge was formed here when this city was but a frontier post. The 
venerable brother and illustrious Sir Knight, Capt. II. H . Gear, uow pre 
siding, who has resided in this city from time immemorial ; certainly, so 
long th-it "the memory of man runneth not to the contrary," informs me, 
that he found a lodge at work here in May, 1827, and knows it had been 
at work for one or two years previous. Records are in my possession of 
earlier meetings, and in them I find Bro. Gear recorded as a "visitor," at 
the time he speaks of. This was the ''Stranger's (Jnion Lodge," which 
was afterwards succeeded by "Far West," ''Galena" and "Phoenix," from 
the ashes of which arose our own loved Miners' Lodge, No 273, and its 
three higher bodies. There are so many pleasant memories clustering 
about those old Lodges it would be interesting 10 speak of, but more elo- 
quent than word of mine are the living witnesses who are 
present with us on this occasion. K. W. Bro. and Illustrious Sir 
Knight H H. Gear, of Strangers' Union Lodge, who was raised to the 
eubhme degree of a Master Mason, the Thursday preceding the full of the ,/ 
moon in the month of March, 1815, in ''Mystic Lodge," Berkshire, Mass a- * 
chnsetts, immediately after his discharge from the military service of the 
United States, having borne a gallant part in the war of 1812. 

Bro. and 111. Sir Knight Daniel Wann, and R. W. Bro. W. Y. Johnson, 
of Far West, and the succeeding Lodges ; while of our own we have pres- 
ent of those who assisted in its organization : 

R. W. Bro. John C. Spare, now officiating as D. G. M., and who suc- 
ceeded to the Chair so long and acceptably filled by the Eminent Bro. / 
whose portrait is to be seen in the west. Bro. Gen. Ely S. Parker, whose /* - 

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absence on this occasion the brethren deeply regret, as they do that of P. 
M.'s Samuel Snider and T. R. Bird. 

Thanking you for the kind interest taken by the citizens, young and 
old, manifested on this occasion by the large attendance of the fair and 
brave ol this city and surrounding country, f esteem it my pleasure to 
introduce to you my old friend and companion, K. W. Bro. John O. Spare 
P. M. of this Lodge. 

At. the close of the U. M.'B address, P M. J. (J. Spare was introduced, 
and spoke with much fee. ing of the early history of Miner's Lodge, and 
of his pleasant recol lections regarding its members, many of whom are 
absent; Bro. Parker, the first Master, Bro. SnidiT the third (Bro. Spare 
being the second), and many others who were detained by business or 
distance, while not afew had gone to "that bourne from whence no trav- 
eler returns." 

P. M 's Hon. J. D. Platt, Dr. A. Campbell and Dr J. G. Love, were 
each introduced, and gave their experience as to the beauties and benefits 
of Masonry. 

The Hon. Judge Wm. Brown, of the Ciicuit Court, of this District, 
though not a Mason, was called out, and in sincere and impressive lan- 
guage, told the audience what he knew the Mason- did not do, thereby 
refuting the slanders of many ignorant persons. The Judge commenced 
by saying, that it hsdbeen a "fixed purpose with him in life, never to 
speak unless he had something to say, and as this was one of the times 
when he had nothing to say, he must ask to be excused." We can assure 
the Judge that if last evening was "one of the times when he had noth- 
ing to say," that we. as well as every person present who were fortu- 
nate enough to hear him, will deem it a special and lasting favor if he 
will invite us to be present, when he has something to say. 

P. M. Joseph J. P. Black was peculiarly happy in his remarks. His 
treatment of the aims and purposes of Free > asonry, its friendly and 
social tie; its grand charities, which, silent and unseen, like the dews 
of heaven, were carrying blessings to the needy throughout the world, 
was in exceeding good taste, and unansweiable, while his calm and cut- 
ting sarcasm of tnose who, through "meicenary motives, or willful ig- 
norance,' 1 vainly assailed the granite walls of truth presented by Free 
Masonry, was no doubt prompted by the presence of a known maligner 
of the cralt, one who had not come for the purpose of receiving light, or 
to reply by argument 

Bros. Daniel Wann, a Mason of 45 years, S. O. Stillman and others, 
were then introduced, adding interest to the occasion. 

p. M. H . H. GEAR 

moved the audience to tears wiih his eloquence, calling down the bless- 
ings of heaven upoi all and as the divine love rested upon all those be- 
longing (> the hcuse in which the Ark of the Covenant rested, eo this 
gall'nt old soldier of 1812. veteran Mason of sixty years and valient 
' emplar prayed for that love to rest upon al! entering the portals of Free 
Masonry. I oking upon the stalwart form of him over whoce honored 
head the summers of eighty -four years have passed, his brethren of the 
craft were moved to tears, he who had graced the "East" and honored 
with his presence, every Lodge organized in this city from "Strangers' 
Union" in 1827, to ''Miners" must soon pass "to that rest prepared from 
the foundation of the world." 


Rev. Bro. Josepk Crummer. Rev. A. C. Smith, Rev. J P. Yatee, Hon. 
James G. Soulard. Hon. EV Stahl, Hon. Bro. H. S. Townsend, Hon. K. 
H. McClellan, Hon. Thomas J. Sheean, Mayor of the city, John Lor- 
rain, N. Stahl and many others of our prominent and oldest citizens 


While of the fair sex who graced the occasion with their presehce, space 
will not permit us to do them justice. 

The Galena (layette, the family newspaper of the Northwest, without 
which, no Galenian can keep house was spoken of as the source of all 
news, and as the Editor was present and suppose'! to know a little of 
everything, he was loudly called for and introduced. Bro. J. B. Brown 
made a brief response, and closed by informing the audience that as he 
was an Editor, he spoke only through the columns of his paper, and 
would be happy to 'tell them all about it in the Gazette." 

"Burn's Farewell" was then rendered by the Galena Musical Union, 
the brethren all singing. 

The Benediction by 'the Rev. Bro. B. M. Downing, followed after 
which the audience lingered in seeming regret that the exercises were 
ended. All feeling that it were g.iod to be there. The Musical UL ion 
sang "The Lord is King," with feeling effect. 

The audience were '.hen dismissed by W. M., J. O. Smith, who on 
behalf of the 'Praters" of Galena, thanked the Brethren of the Lodges 
of Jo Daviess 'ounty, Hazel Green and Shullsbnrg, large delegations 
from each of which were present, the ladies and gentlemen of Galena, 
hut particularly Prof. E. Kempter, musical director, Bros. K. Seal. W. 
Ford and other gentlemen, and especially Mrs. Ford, Miss Bachelor 
and the ladies of the Galena Musical Union, expressing a hope that 
all might live long to grace the public receptions and installations of 
the Masonic Fiaternity of Galena. 


The various Masonic bodies of Galena have purchased of Mr. Henry 
Corwith the two large and substantial brick buildings on Main S'.reet, 
next north of the bank of Galena, and have already commenced the 
work of fitting them up for an elegant Masonic Hall. The deed has been 
made and the entire amount of purchase money paid down, so that the 
Fraternity commence the improvements free from debt, "'he buildings 
are among the most substantially constructed edifices on Main Street. 
On the the Main Street front they are four stories high, and five stories 
on Bench, with an area of 70x36 feet. The two stores on Main Street will 
be rented for mercantile purposes, together with the room over each, 
which disposes of the two lower stories. 

The third and fourth floors will t>e converted into one story, and here 
will be the handsome Masonic Hall which is to comprise an area of 45x30 
feet and 18 feet high. It will be -handsomely finished in black and 
white walnut, with frescoed ceilings, and will be lighted with a double 
cone reflecting ventilator, with twenty-four gas jets. This is on the Main 
Street front. The three upper stories of the Bench Street front will be 
thrown into two stories. On the first floor of these two, will be the 
Tyler's room, 13x17, and the preparation room, armory and Prelate Cham- 
ber, which will be 17x22. These rooms are 11 feet high. Above these 
are two banquet halls, each 17x22. Alongside the main hail, and running 
parallel with it, lengthwise, is an area of 50x6 feet, which will be occu- 
pied as guard rooms, and Commandery closets for storing the uniforms 
and equipments of the Knights Templars, the doors having large pannels 
of French plate glass. All the Masonic apartments will t>e handsomely 
frescoed with appropriate Masonic designs, 

The work will be in progress during this winter, but as good plastering 
work cannot be done at this season of the year, the improvement* wifi 
not be completed till spring. It is believed that this will be the finest 
and most complete Masonic Hall west of Chicago. The plan was con- 
ceived, and the purchase of the buildings effected by Gen. J. C. Smith, 
who is the presiding officer in each of the four Masonic bodies. 


'Sit Lux. Et. Lux, Fuit: 

The Most Worshipful Ira A. W. Buck, Esq., Grand Master of the Most 

Honorable Society of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of the State 

of Illinois : 
To all and every our Right Worshipful Living Brethren SEND GEKET- 

INO : 

KNOW YE, That we, at the petition of our Right Honorable and be- 
loved Brethren Ely S. Parker, E. W.Turner, M. Y.Johnson, Geo. M. 
Mitchell, Samuel Krazer, Geo. G Gould, and M. P. Silverburgh, and sev- 
eral otber Brethren residing in or near Galena, in the County of -Jo Da- 
viess and State of Illinois, do hereby constitute the said Brethren irto a 
Regular Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, to be opened at the afore- 
said Galena, by the name of Miners' Lodge, No. 273, and do further, at 
the said petition and of the great trust, and confidence reposed in the 
above named Brethren hereby appoint Ely S, Parker, Master, E. W. Tur- 
nar, Senior Warden, and M. Y- Johnson, Junior Warden, for opening 
said Lodge, and for such time only as may be thought proper by the 
Brethren thereof. It being our will that our appointment shall in no 
wise effect any future election of Officers of that Lodge, but that the same 
shall b according to the Regulations of the Lodge, and consistent with 
the general Laws of the Society, contained in the Book oi Constitutions. 

And we do hereby require you. the said Ely S. Parker, to take special 
care that all and every, the said Brethren, "are or have been regularly 
made Masons, and that they do perform and observe and keep all the 
Rules and Orders contained in the Book of Constitutions, and aleo such as 
may from time to time be transmitted to you from us. And further, 

^hat you do trom time to time cause to be entered in a book to be kept 
for that purpose, an account of your proceedings in this Lodge, together 
with such Regulations as shall )e made for the good government thereof, 
a copy of which, you arc in no wise to omit laying before the Grand 
Lodge once in each year, together with a list of the members of the 
Lodge. Tha_t you annually pay into the Grand Treasury such sums as 
may be required of you towards the Grand Lodge fund. And moreover, 
We hereby join and require of you, the said Ely S. Parker, as soon as 
conveniently may be to send an account in writing of what shall be done 
by order of these presents. 

Given at Springfield, under our hand and seal of Masonry this sixth day 
of October, A. L. 5858, A. D. 1858. 


F, M.BLAIR, D. G. M. 
8. C. Toler, S. G. W. 

Attested. W. G. REYNOLDS, [SEAL] 

Grand Secretary. 

!B. Y-X. A.W Sfc 






OCTOBER 6, 1858. 





In Masonic Hall, Galena, Illinois 




SEC. 1. This Lodge shall be known by the name 
of MINERS' LODGE, No. 273, Ancient Free and Accep- 
ted Masons. 



Sec. 1. This Lodge shall consist of a Worshipful 
Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, 
Secretary, Senior Deacon, and Junior Deacon, Chap- 
lain, two Stewards, a Tyler, and such brethren as 
may be constitutionally admitted members. 


SEC . 1 . The Worshipful Master, Wardens, Treas- 
urer and Secretary, shall be elected at the regular com- 
munication, next before the lestival of St. John, the 
Evangelist, in each ye.^r, (Dec. 27,) and shall be in- 
stalled at the same or some special communication, on 
or before Saint John's day, Dec. 27, of each year, and 
shall hold their offices until their successors shall be 
duly installed . 

Sec. 2. In all elections a majority of the whole 


number of votes given shall be necessary to a choice. 
SEC. 3. The Senior Deacon, Chaplain and Tyler 
shall be appointed by the Worshipful Master, the Jun- 
ior Deacon -by the Senior Warden, and the Stewards 
by the Junior Warden. All other officers and all 
committees shall be appointed by the Worshipful Mas- 



SEC. 1. The Worshipful Master shall preside at 
all meetings of the Lodge; shall have charge of the 
Dispensation or Charter, which he shall have present 
in the Lodge when open; shall see that the Ancient 
Constitutions and Landmarks, and that the Constitu- 
tion, laws and regulations of the Grand Lodge are 
obeyed, and that the officers and members faithfully 
perform their Masonic duties. 

SEC. 2. The Worshipful Master shall have the 
right to call special communications; to open, close,or 
call off the Lodge at pleasure, but shall not permit 
appeals to be taken from his decisions on any ques- 
tions, he being ameanable for his conduct in the gov - 
eminent of the Lodge to the Grand Lodg<; or Grand 
Master only. 

SEC. 3. All other duties of the Master shall be 
such as are required by Masonic usage, and our time- 
honored Masonic Ritual. 

SEC. 4. The Wardens shall assist the Worshipful 
Master in conducting the business of the Lodge. In 
the absence or disability of the Master, the Senior 


Warden shall preside, and shall, for the time being, 
be entitled to all his privileges, and shall be vested 
with all his powers. In the absence or disability of 
the Master and Senior Warden, the Junior Warden 
shall succeed to the same rights, powers and privi- 
leges, and in the absence of the Master and both War- 
dens the Lodge cannot be opened for any purpose, 
except by the Grand Master or his Special Deputy. 

SKC. 5. The Treasurer shall receive all moneys 
from the hands of the Secretary, and give his receipt 
therefor. He shall pay all orders and bills drawn on 
him by the Worshipful Master, with the consent of 
the Lodge, when attested by the Secretary. He shall 
keep an exact record of all his acts appertaining to 
his office, in a suitable book procured for that pur- 
pose, and shall at all times hold his accounts, vouch- 
ers and funds, subject to the inspection of the Mas- 
ter, Lodge, or its authorized committee; and shall be 
fore entering upon the duties ot his office, give a bond 
with good security, for the faithful performance of the 
duties of his office, to be approved by the first three 
officers of the Lodge. 

SEC. 6. The Secretary shall keep a true and cor- 
rect record of all the proceedings of the Lodge prop- 
er to be written, and preserve in appropriate files all 
papers and documents relating thereto; issue all no- 
tices when required ; make the necessary returns to 
the Grand Lodge; receive all moneys paid into the 
Lodge, and pay the same over to the Treasurer, tak- 
ing his receipt therefor. He shall be exempt from 


dues, and receive in addition thereto, $1.00 for each 
meeting of the Lodge, 25 cents for each Demit, and 
$1.00 for each Diploma, to be paid by the applicant, 
together with such other compensation for extra ser- 
vices as the Lodge may from time to time determine. 

SEC. 7. The Tyler shall tyle the Lodge faithful- 
ly, go on errands, attend the sittings of committees, if 
required, serve summons, and keep the Lodge and 
ante-rooms, with all their furniture, neat and in good 
order. He shall receive $1.00 lor each communica- 
tion of the Lodge, or meeting of its committees, and 
be exempt from all dues. 

SEC. 8. The Master and Wardens shall constitute 
a standing committee, whose duty it shall be to exam- 
ine and adjust all accounts presented to the Lodge, to 
compare and audit the Treasurer and Secretary's ac- 
count, when necessary, and report on the same. It 
shall be their duty to hear and settle private difficul- 
ties between members; and in case of the sickness of 
a brother, they shall see that said brother is furnish- 
ed with suitable comforts, together with medical aid 
watchers if necessary; also, to afford assistance to 
the needy and distressed Mason, his widow and or. 
phatis, when they may think it necessary and pru- 
dent. They may draw on the Treasurer for any sum 
not exceeding $10.00 at any one time, and shall re- 
port all their proceedings to the Lodge. 

SEC. 9. No brother shall be elected Master who 
has not been duly elected, installed, and served as 
Warden, except in case of emergency, and then by 


authority by dispensation from the Grand Master* 


SEC. 1. In case of the death, removal, suspension 
or expulsion of either of the Wardens, Treasurer, Sec- 
retary, or Senior Deacon, the vacancy shall be sup- 
plied by appointment of the Master. A vacancy in 
the office of Junior Deacon shall be supplied by the 
Senior Warden. 

A vacancy in the office of Steward shall be supplied 
by the Junior Warden. All other vacancies shall be 
supplied by the Master. 

SEC 2. No officer shall resign or Demit after he 
has been duly installed. 



SEC. 1. Master Masons, after producing a proper 
Demit may be admitted to membership in this Lodge, 
upon petition, regularly recommended in writing, at a 
regular meeting, after a favorable report of a commit- 
tee of inquiry, at the regular communication thereaf- 
ter, and a unanimous ballot of the members present, 
and on paying the sum ol$5.00. 

SEC. 2. Candidates applying for admission shall 
be men " under the tongue of good report;" of good 
moral character, and believers in God; twenty-one 
years of age; upright in body, with the senses and or- 
gans of men, and not deformed or dismembered; in 
the full possession of their moral and intellectual fac- 


ulties; in the unrestrained enjoyment of civil and per- 
sonal liberty, and this, too, by the birthright of inheri- 
tance, and not in consequence of release of them- 
selves or immediate progenitors from hereditary bon- 

SEC. 3. Every petition for initiation in this Lodge 
shall be in writing, and shall be presented and read 
at a regular communication ; shall be accompanied 
with a fee of $5 .00, and shal: be referred to a commit- 
tee of three members, who shall carefully examine in- 
to the character and standing of the petitioner, and 
make report thereof at the second regular communi- 
cation hereafter. 

SEC . 4 . Upon the report of the committee, wheth- 
er favorable or unfavorable, the Lodge shall, at the 
same or some subsequent regular communication, pro- 
ceed to ballot. 

SEC. 5. No ballot for any purpose shall be taken 
at any but a regular communication, unless by author- 
ity of a Dispensation from the Grand Master. 

SEC. 6. In balloting for candidates for initiation 
or for membership, all members of the Lodge present 
shall vote, for according to an old regulation, " no 
man can be entered a brother in any particular Lodge, 
or admitted to be a member thereof, without the unan- 
imous consent of all the members of that Lodge then 
present when the candidate is proposed;" nor shall a 
member be excused from the performance of this im- 
portant duty, except by the unanimous consent of all 
the members present. No Mason shall be required 


by the Master or Lodge to give his reasons for the 
vote which he has deposited. 

SEC. 7. After the ballot has been taken and duly 
examined, first, by the Wardens an I finally by the Mas- 
ter, the result shall be declared by the Master. In 
case of a negative vote, the Master may order a sec- 
ond, and even a third passing of the ballot, to avoid 
the possibility of a mistake; but when declared as 
aforesaid, shall in all cases be final and cannot be set 

SEC. 8. It shall not be in order to move the re- 
consideration of a ballot which has been declared on 
the petition of a candidate for initiation or member- 
ship, neither shall the Master entertain any such mo- 
tion at any time. 

SEC. 9. No candidate shall receive more than one 
degree on the same day, nor shall a higher degree be 
conferred on any brother at a less interval than four 
weeks from his receiving a previous degree without 
special Dispensation from the Grand Master; nor un- 
less he has passed a satisfactory examination in open 
Lodge on the degree or degrees taken . 

SEC. 10. All Masons, raised to the sibiime degree 
of Master Mason, and all Master Masons admitted as 
members, after signing the By-Laws, shall be entitled 
to all the rights of membership in this Lodge. 


SEC. 1. The fees for the Degrees conferred in this 
Lodge shall be as follows : 


For that of Entered Apprentice, $15 . 00 

For that of Fellow Craft, 10. 00 

For that of Master Mason, 10.00 

And in no case shall the three degrees be conferred for 
a less sum than $35.00, and the fees shall in all cases be 
received before the candidate shall be initiated. A 
Fellow Craft having received the second degree in 
any other Lodge, shall pay $5. 00 in addition to the 
regular fee for raising, and the same shall accompany 
his petition . 

SEC. 2. In all cases where an application for ini- 
tiation is rejected, the money shall be returned, with 
information of the rejection ; which information shall 
in no case be communicated by any member of this 
Lodge, or any visitor who may be present, to one not 
a Mason, under the penalty, in the former case, of ex- 
clusion from the Lodge; in the latter, of never again 
being admitted to visit. The same shall apply to the 
disclosure of any of the proceedings of the Lodge. 
The Worshipful Master shall frequently cause this sec- 
tion to be read in open Lodge. 

Sec. 3. Every member shall pay $3.00 per annum 
in advance as Lodge dues, and if not paid within the 
year, such member shall not be entitled to vote at the 
annual election, and shall be ineligible to office. 

The year shall commence on the first day of Jan- 
uary. Each member who is one year in arrears for 
dues, and still neglects to pay, after due notice from 
the Secretary, may be indefinitely suspended, unless 
from indigence, or other good reason, by a unanimous 


vote of the Lodge he shall be exempted from payment. 


SEC. 1. Master Masons, members in good stand- 
ing, free from charges and not in arrears for dues,shall 
be entitled to Demits for one only of the following 
reasons, (upon the payment of fees :) 

First, In;case of residence without the jurisdiction 
of the Grand Lodge of Illinois. 

Second, In case of a desire to join another Lodge in 
the same city or town, or a Lodge nearer to the resi- 
dence of the applicant than this Lodge. 

Third, In case of a desire to assist in the forma- 
tion of a new Lodge. 

SEC. 2. Members of the Lodge in good standing 
shall be entitled to a Lodge diploma on paying to the 
Secretary the cost of the same, and the fee of one 

All applications for Demits shall be made in writ- 
ing, signed by the applicant, be presented to the 
Lodge at a stated communication. Shall be read in 
open lodge, and lie over until the next or some subse- 
quent stated meeting, when if the applicant's dues are 
paid, and there are no charges against him, a Demit 
may be granted by a vote of the majority of the mem- 
bers present. 



SEC. 1. The regular communications of this Lodge 
shall be held on the First and Third Fridays of each 


month. The hours for working shall be from Y 
o'clock until 10 o'clock in the evening. 

SEC. 2. The Lodge shall in all cases proceed to 
open within fifteen minutes after the stated time for 
assembling if a sufficient number ot Masons be present. 


SEC. 1. This Lodge has full power and authority 
to exercise penal jurisdiction over all Masons, unaffil- 
iated, or affiliated, as well as members of this Lodge, 
within its jurisdiction, for violation ot moral and Ma- 
sonic law. 

SEC. 2. All Masons are bound by their tenure to 
obey both the moral and Masonic law, for every Ma- 
son should live honestly, injure nobody, and render to 
every one their just due; should conform to the rules 
specified in the Ancient Charges, and follow the mor- 
al and Masonic precepts laid down in our time-hon- 
ored ritual forms and^ceremonies; hence,profanity, im- 
piety, neglect of social and domestic duties, murder, 
cruelty, adultery, dishonesty, perjury, malevolence, 
falsehood, coveteousness, gambling, drunkenness, and 
the numerous other vices injuriously affecting the re- 
lations of man to God, his neighbor and himself; un- 
seemingly or irreverent conduct in the Lodge; private 
piques and quarrels, brought into the Lodge; impru. 
dent conversation in relation to Masonry in the pres- 
ence of uninitiated strangers; withholding relief when 
applied for by a worthy brother; wrangling, quarrel- 
ing, backbiting and slander; improper revelations; un- 


due solicitations for candidates; angry and over-zeal- 
ous arguments in favor of Masonry with its enemies; 
all acts tending to impair the unsullied purity of the 
order; want of reverence for, and obedience to Mason- 
ic supriors; expressing contemptuous opinions of the 
original rulers and patrons of Masonry, or of the insti- 
tution itself; countenancing irnposters; holding Ma- 
sonic intercourse with clandestine Masons; or visiting 
irregular lodges; are, all and each, violations of mor- 
al and Masonic law, and are, thereiore, Masonic crimes, 
for which the perpetrators shall be amenable to Ma- 
sonic punishment. 

SBC. 3. The Masonic punishment which may and 
shall be inflicted by this Lodge for the moral and Ma- 
sonic crimes thus specified, shall be in either one of 
the following grades, to-wit : 

1st. Reprimand. 

2d. Definite Suspension. 

3d. Indefinite suspension, 

4th. Expulsion from the Lodge, and consequently 
expulsion from all the rights and privileges of Masonry. 

SEC. 4. AH trials in this Lodge shall be as follows: 

1. A regular charge, in writing, specifying the na- 
ture of the offense, aiid signed by the accuser, shall 
be delivered to the Secretary, who shall read it at the 
next regular communication, at which time the Wor- 
shipful Master shall appoint the time for trial, of 
which it shall be the duty of the "Secretary to give 
due and timely notice to the accused, who shall be en- 


titled to a copy of the charges, and to ample time and 
opportunity to prepare his defense. 

2. All trials shall be in the Lodge of the highest 
degree to which the accused has attained, in which 
the examination of witnesses shall take place in the 
presence of both the accused and accuser, who shall 
have the right to be present at all examinations of 
witnesses, in or out of the Lodge, and to propose such 
relevent questions as they may desire. 

3. After the trial is concluded the accused and the 
accuser shall be requested to retire, and in case the 
trial has been in a Lodge of Entered Apprentices or 
Fellow Crafts, the Lodge shall then be opened on the 
third degree, for no decision shall be made lor or 
against a brother, after regular trial, except in a Mas- 
ter Mason's Lodge, in which the question of "Guilty" 
or "Not Guilty," shall be put by the Master, in which 
all the members present shall be required to vote, and 
of which two-thirds shall be in the affirmative, or the 
accused shall be declared "Not Guilty." 

4. If the verdict is "Guilty" the Master or presid- 
ing Officer shall put the question as to the amount of 
punishment, beginning with the highest and ending 
with the lowest Masonic punishment herein provided. 
The vote on the nature of the punishment may be tak- 
en by a show of hands, and decided by a two-thirds 
vole of the members present. 

5 . Should the accused member believe that the 
proceedings had against him have been informal or 
irregular, whereby he has suffered, he can carry the 


matter up before the Grand Lodge, by appeal, by leav- 
ing a notice of appeal with the Secretary of the Lodge, 
and also with the Grand Secretary, one month before 
the next annual communication of the Grand Lodge. 

6. If the residence of the accused is not known, 
or, if upon due summons, he refuses or neglects to at- 
tend, this Lodge may proceed to trial without his 

7. The testimony of Masons shall be taken in 
Lodge or in Committee; that of competent persons, 
not Masons, by a Committee on oath, administered by 
a competent legal officer, and may be by affidavit. 

8. A member cannot be suspended for non-pay- 
ment of dues without written notice and a fair trial. 

9. The witnesses in all Masonic trials, whether 
Masons or not, shall be persons who have their rea- 
son, and such religious belief as to feel the obligations 
of an oath; who have not been convicted of any in- 
famous crime, and who are not influenced by interest 
or malevolence. 



It is particularly enjoined by this Lodge that all its 
members treat each other with kindness and decorum, 
avoiding all slander, malice and u.ijust, 
and talking disrepectfully of a brother's pars j.i or per- 
formance, by which the character of a brother may be 
injured, his feelings wounded, or the most excellent 
tenets oi our Order, [Friendship, Morally and Broth- 
erly Love,] be violated or in any degree intercepted 


in their exercise; nor must they suffer any to spread 
unjust reproaches or calumnies against a brother be. 
hind his back, nor to injure him in his fortune, repu- 
tation or character; but they shall defend such broth- 
er, and give him notice of any danger or injury where- 
with he maybe threatened, to enable him to escape 
the same, as far as is consistent with honor, prudence, 
and the safety of Religion, Morality and the State, but 
no further. Hypocrisy and deceit should be unknown 
among Masons; sincerity and plain dealing should 
distinguish them, and heart and tongue join in pro- 
moting each other's welfare. 



No part of these By-Laws shall be repealed, altered 
annulled, suspended or amended, unless a proposition 
in writing shall have been presented at a stated meet- 
ing, at least lour weeks previous to its consideration, 
when, if two-thirds of the members present vote in 
favor ot the proposal it shall be adopted . 


RULE 1. When the W. M. takes the chair, the 
brethren shall retire to their respective places, and 
shall observe profound silence. 


1. Reading of the Minutes. 

2. Reading and referring of Petitions. 

3. Reports of Committees. 

4. Balloting. 


5. Work. 

6. Unfinished Business. 
6. New Business. 

RULE 3. No brother will be permitted to leave his 
seat, or move Irom one part of the room to another, 
except such as may be required to do so in the per- 
formance of their duty, without permission from the 
Worshipful Master. 

RULE 4. Every brother shall stand up when he 
speaks, and shall address the Worshipful Master in a 
respectful and Masonic manner; he shall speak but 
once upon any subject, unless it be merely to explain, 
until every member present who chooses to avail him- 
self of the privilege has spoken . 

RULE 5. On all motions and debates, parliamen- 
tary rules shall be adhered to, as far as the regula- 
tions of the Grand Lodge of Illinois and the ancient 
usages of Masonry will permit. 

RULE 6. The Worshipful Master shall rule and 
govern with order and regularity all the communica- 
tions of the Lodge. 

RULE 7. When a question is put every member 
shall vote thereon, unless for special reasons he shall 
be excused by the Lodge, according to the By-Laws. 

RULE . 8. In order to preserve on all occasions the 
dignity of the Oriental Chair, all debates shall cease 
and strict silence be observed when the Worshipful 
Master rises. 

RULE 9. The Worshipful Master shall cause the 


Constitution, Laws and Regulations of the Grand 
Lodge, together with these By-Laws, to be frequent- 
ly read in this Lodge, that none may pretend igno- 
rance of the excellent precepts they enjoin. 











A Mason is obliged by his tenure to obey the moral 
law ; and if he rightly understands the Art he^will 
never be a stupid atheist, nor an irreligious libertine. 
But though in ancient times Masons were charged in 
every country to be of the religion of that country 
or nation, whatever it was; yet it is now thought 


more expedient only to oblige them to tl>at religion 
in which all men agree, leaving their particular 
opinions to themselves; that is, to be good men and 
true, or men of honor and honesty, by whatever de- 
nominations or persuasions they may be distin- 
guished, whereby Masonry becomes the centre of 
union, and the means of conciliating true friendship 
among persons that must have remained at a perpet- 
ual distance. 


A Mason is a peaceable subject to jhe civil powers 
wherever he resides or works, and is never to be con- 
cerned in plots and conspiracies against the peace and 
welfare of the nation, nor to behave himself unduti- 
fully to inferior Magistrates ; for as Masonry hath been 
always injured by war, bloodsheed and confusion, so 
ancient Kings ind Princes have been much disposed 
to encourage the Craftsmen, because of their peace- 
ableness and loyalty, whereby they particularly an- 
swered the cavils of their adversaries, and promoted 
the honor of the fraternity, who ever flourished in 
times ot peace. So that if a Brother should be a 
rebel against the State, he is not to be countenanced 
in his rebellion, however he may be pitied as an un- 
happy man, and if convicted of no other crime, 
though the loyal brotherhood must and ought to dis- 
own his rebellion, and give no umbrage or ground of 


political jealousy to the government for the time be- 
ing, they cannot expel him from the Lodge, and his 
relation to it remains indefeasible. 


A Lodge is a place where Masons assemble and 
work; hence that assembly, or duly organized society 
of Masons, is called a Lodge; and every Brother 
ought to belong to one, and be subject to its By-Laws^ 
and general regulations. It is either particular or 
general, and will be best understood by attending it, 
and by the regulations of the General or Grand Lodge 
hereunto annexed . In ancient times, no Master or 
Fellow could be absent from it, especially when 
warned to appear at it, without incurring a severe 
censure, until it appeared to the Master and Wardens 
that necessity hindered him. 

The persons admitted members of a Lodge, must 
be good and true men free born, and of mature and 
discreet age. No bond-men, no women, no immoral 
or scandalous men, but of good report 


All preferment among Masons is grounded upon 
real worth, and personal merit only; that so the Lords 
may be well served the Brethren not put to shame, 
nor the Royal Craft despised ; therefore, no Master 
or Warden is chosen by seniority, but for his merit. 


It is impossible to describe these things in writing, 
and every brother must attend in his place, and learn 
them in a way peculiar to this fraternity. Only can- 
didates may know that no Master should take an Ap- 
prentice, unless he have sufficient employment for 
him, and unless he be a perfect youth, having no 
maim or defect in his body, that may render him in- 
capable of learning the Art of serving his Master's 
Lord, and of being made a Brother and then a Fellow 
Craft in due time, even after he has served such a 
term of years as the custom of the country directs; 
and that he should be descended of honest parents 
that so, when otherwise qualified, he may arrive to 
the honor of being the Warden, and then the Master 
of the Lodge, the Grand Warden, and at length the 
Grand Master of all the Lodges, according to his 

No Brother can be a Warden until he has passed 
the part of a Fellow Craft; nor a Master until he has 
acted as a Warden ; nor Grand Warden until he has 
been Master of a Lodge; nor Grand Master unless he 
has been a Fellow Craft before his election, who is 
also to be nobly born, or a gentleman of the best 
fashion, or some eminent scholar, or some curious 
architect, or other artist, descended of honest parents 
and who is of singular great merit in the opinion of 
the Lodges. And for the better and easier and more 
honorable discharge of his office, the Grand Master 
has a power to choose his own Deputy Grand Mast er 
who must be then, or must have been formerly, the 


Master of a particular Lodge, and has the privilege 
of acting whatever the Grand Master, his principal 
should act, unless the said principal he present, or 
interpose his authority by a letter. 

These rulers and governors, supreme and subordin- 
ate, of the ancient Lodge, are to be obeyed in their 
respective stations by all the brethren, according to 
the old charges and regulations, with all humility, 
reverence, love and alacrity. 


All Masons shall work honestly on working days' 
that they may live creditably on holy days, and the 
time appointed by the law of the land or confirmed 
by custom, shall be observed. 

The most expert of the Fellow Craftsmen shall be 
chosen or appointed the Master or Overseer of the 
Lord's work, who is to be called Master by those that 
work under him. The Craftsmen are to avoid all ill 
language, and to call each other by no disobliging 
name but Brother or Fellow, and to behave them- 
selves courteously within and without the Lodge. 

The Master, knowing himself to be able of cunning 
shall undertake thj Lord's work as reasonably as pos- 
sible, and truly di spend his goods as if they were 
his own; nor to give more wages to any Brother or 
Apprentice, than he really may deserve. 


Both the Master and the Masons receiving their 
wages justly, shall be faithful to the Lord, and honest- 
ly finish their work, whether task or journey / nor 
put the work to task that hath been accustomed to 

None shall discover envy at the prosperity of a 
Brother, or supplant him, or put him out of his work, 
if he is capable to finish the same; for no man can 
finish another's work so much to the Lord's profit, 
unless he be thoroughly acquainted with the designs 
and draughts of him that began it. When a 
Fellow Craftsman is chosen Warden of the work, 
under the Master, he shall be true both to Master 
and Fellows, shall carefully oversee the work in 
the Masters absence, to the Lords profit, and his 
brethren shall obey him. 

All Masons employed, shall receive their wages, 
without murmuring or mutiny, and not desert the 
master till the work is finished. 

A younger Brother shall be instructed in working 
to prevent spoiling the materials for want of judgment, 
and for increasing and continuing of brotherly love. 

All the tools used in working shall be approved by 
the Grand Lodge. 

No laborer shall be employed in the proper work of 
Masonry : nor shall Free Masons work with those that 
are not free, without an urgent necessity; nor shall 
they teach laborers and unaccepted Masons as they 
should teach a Brother or Fellow. 



1. In the Lodge, while constituted, you are not to 
hold private Committees, or separate conversation, 
without leave fiom the Master, nor to talk of any- 
thing impertinent or unseemly, nor interrupt the Mas- 
ter or Wardens, or any Brother speaking to the Mas- 
ter; nor behave yourself ludicrously or jestingly 
while the Lodge is engaged in what is serious and 
solemn, nor use any unbecoming language upon any 
pretence whatsoever, but to pay due reveience to your 
Master, Wardens, and Fellows, and put them to wor- 

If any complaint be brought, the Brother found 
guilty, shall stand to the award and determination of 
the Lodge, who are the proper and competent judges 
of all such controversies, (unless you carry it by ap- 
peal to the Grand Lodge,) and to whom they ought 
to be referred, unless a Lord's work be hindered the 
meanwhile, in which case a particular reference may 
be made ; but you must never go to law about what 
concerneth Masonry, without an absolute necessity 
apparent to the Lodge . 

2 Behavior after the Lodge is over, and the breth- 
ren not gone. You may enjoy yourselves with inno- 
cent mirth, treating one another according to ability; 
but avoiding all excess, or forcing any Brother to eat 
or drink beyond his inclination, or hindering him 
from going when his occasions call him, or doing or 


saying anything offensive, or that may forbid an easy 
and free conversation, for that would blast our har- 
mony and defeat our laudable purposes. Therefore, 
no private piques or quarrels must be brought within 
the door of the Lodge, far less any quarrels about re- 
ligion or nations, or State policy. We being only, 
as Masons, of the Catholic religion above mentioned; 
we are also, of all nations, tongues, kindreds, and 
languages, and are resolved against all politics, as 
what never yet conduced to the welfare of the Lodgo, 
nor ever will. This charge has been always strictly 
enjoined and observed ; but especially, since the ref- 
ormation in Britain, or the dissent and secession of 
these nations from the communion of Rome. 

3. Behavior when brethren meet without strangers, 
but not in a Lodge formed You are to salute one 
another in a courteous manner, as you will be instruct" 
ed calling each other Brother; freely giving mutual 
instruction, as shall bethought expedient, without be- 
ing overseen or overheard, and without encroaching 
upon each other, or derogating from that respect which 
is due to any Brother were he not a Mason ; for though 
all Masons are as brethren upon the same level, yet 
Masonry takes no honor from a man that he had be- 
fore; nay, rather it adds to his honor, especially if he 
has deserved well of the Brotherhood, who must give 
honor to whom it is due, and avoid ill manners. 

4. Behavior in presence of strangers NOT Jfefa- 
one* You shall be cautious in your words and car 


riage, that the most penetrating stranger shall not be 
able to discover or find out what is not proper to be 
intimated ; and sometimes you shall divert a discourse, 
and manage it prudently, for the honor ot the wor- 
shipful fraternity. 

5. Behavior, at home, and in your neighborhood. 
You are to act as becomes a moral and wise man ; 
particularly, not to let your family, friends, and neigh- 
bors, know the concerns of the Lodge, <fcc., but 
wisely to consult your own honor, and that of the an- 
cient brotherhood, for reasons not to be mentioned 
here. You must also consult your health, by not 
continuing together too late, or too long from home 
after Lodge hours are past, and by avoiding of glut- 
tony and drunkenness, that your family be not neg- 
lected or injured, nor you disabled from working. 

6 Behavior towards a strange Brother . You are 
cautiously to examine him in such a method as pru. 
dence shall direct you, that you may not be imposed 
upon by an ignorant, false pretender, whom you are 
to reject with contempt and derision, and beware of 
giving him any hints of knowledge; but if you dis- 
cover him to be a true and genuine Brother, you are 
to respect him accordingly; and if he is in want you 
must relieve him if you can, or else direct him how 
he may be relieved ; you must employ him some days, 
or else recommend him to be employed. But you 
are not charged to do beyond your ability only to 
prefer a poor Brother, that is a good man and true 


before any other poor people in the same circum- 

Finally, all these charges you are to observe, and 
also those that shall be communicated to you in anoth- 
er way cultivating brotherly love, the foundation 
and cap-stone the cement and glory ot this ancient 
fraternity, avoiding all wrangling and quarreling all 
slander and backbiting, not permitting others to slan- 
der any honest Brother, but defending his character, 
and doing him all good offices, as far as is consistent 
with your honor and safety, and no farther; and if 
any of them do you injury, you must apply to your 
own or his Lodge, and from thence you may appear 
to the Grand Lodge at the Quarterly Communication, 
and from thence to the annual Grand Lodge, as has 
been the ancient laudable conduct of our forefathers 
in every nation never taking a legal course but when 
the case cannot be otherwise decided, and patiently 
listening to the honest and friendly advice of Master 
and Fellows, when they would prevent your going 
to law with strangers, or would excite you to put 
a speedy period to all law-suits, that so you may 
mind the affairs of Masonry with more alacrity and 
success. But with respect to Brothers or Fellows 
at law, the Master and Brethren should kindly offer 
their mediation, which ought to be thankfully sub- 
mitted to by the contending Brethren, and if that 
submission is impracticable, they must, however, 
carry on their process, or law-suit, without wrath 


and rancour, (not in the common way,) saying or 
doing nothing which may hinder brotherly love, 
and good offices to be renewed and continued, that 
all may see the benign influence of Masonry, as all 
true Masons have done from the beginning of the 
world, and will do to the end of time. AMEN. 



V Ely S. Parker. W. M. E. W. Turner, S. W. 

M. Y. Johnson, J. W. M. P. Silverburgh, Treas. 

Geo. G. Gould, Sec. Samuel Eraser, S. D. 

Geo. M. Mitchell, J . D. S. H. Helrn, Tyler. 


\/ Ely S. Parker, W. M. S. O. Stillman, S. W. 

J. C. Spare, J. W. M. P. Silverburgh, Treas. 

M. F. Burke, Sec. Wm. Spaulding, S. D. 

J. W. Woodruff, J. D. S. H. Helm, Tyler. 


Ely S. Parker, W. M. Wm. Spaulding, S. W. 

Samuel Snider, J. W. M. P. Silverburgh, Treas. 

M. F. Burke, Sec. H. C. Newhal!, S. D. 

J. C. Smith, J. D. M. Faucette, Tyler. 


J. C. Spare, W. M. D. Hunkins, S. W. 

Geo. R. Sanford, J. W. M. P. Silverburgh, Treas. 

M. F. Burke, Sec. Samuel Snider, S. D. 

E. T. Green, J. D. M. Faucette, Tyler. 



Samuel Snider, W. M. S. O. Stillman, S. W. 

Geo. M. Mitchell, J. W. M. P. Silyerburgh, Treas. 

J. C. Smith, Sec. A. L. Rogers, S. D. 

J . M . Spratt, J . D . M. Faucette, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1863. 

Samuel Snider, W. M. T. Hallet, S. W. 
T. R. Scott, J. W. M. P. Sirverburgh, Treas. 

S. O. Stillman, Sec. A. L. Rogers, S. D. 

J. M. Spratt, J. D. O. Marble, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1864. 

Samuel Snider, W. M. T. R. Bird, S. W. 

Daniel Stewart, S. W. M. P. Silver burgh, Treas. 

S. O. Stillman, Sec. A. L. Rogers, S. D. 

J. M. Spratt, J. D. M. Faucette, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1865. 

Samuel Snider, W. M. Geo. M. Mitchell, S. W. 

A. L. Rogers, J. W. M. P Silverburgh, Treas. 

S. O. Stillman, Sec. Samuel Frazer, S. D. 

J. M. Spratt, J. D. M. Faucette, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1866. 

Samuel Snider, W. M. A. L. Rogers, S. \V. 

Geo. L. Shears, J. W. M.P Silverburgh, Treas. 

S. O. Stillman, Sec. T. R. Bird, S. D. 

M. M. Miller, J. D. J. B. Young, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1867. 

Samuel Snider, W. M. T. R. Bird, S. W. 
Samuel Frazer, J. W. J. M. Spratt, Treas. 


S. O. Stillrnan, Sec. M. M. Miller, S. D. 

J. C. Spare, J. D. Chas. Seraraern, Tyler. 

OEFICEKS. 1 868. 

T. R. liird, W. M. Daniel Stewart, S. W. 

B. J. Ewing, J. W. J. M. Spratt, Treas. 
S. O. Stillman, Sec. Daniel LeBetter, S. D. 
S. K. Miner, J. D. C. Koontz, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1 869. 

A. Campbell, W. M. J. C. Spare, S. W. 

S. K. Miner, J. W. J. M. Spratt, Treas. 

S. O. Stillman, Sec. Daniel LeBetter, S. D. 

C. F. Miller, J. D. F. S. Koontz, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1870. 

J. C. Smith, W. M. D. LeBetter, S. W. 

Wrn. Passmore, J. W. J. M. Spratt, Treas. 

S. O. Stillman, Sec. John W. Luke, S. D. 

Edward Jones, J. D. F. S. Koonts, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1871. 

J. C. Smith, W. M. Wm. Passmore, S. W. 

S. K. Miner, J. W. J. M. Spratt, Treas. 

S. O. Stillman, Sec. Rev. E. H. Downing,Chap. 

D. LeBetter, S. D. A. J. Louchheim, J. D. 

D. Stewart, Tyler. 

OFFICERS. 1872. 

J. C. Smith, W. M. S. K. Miner, S. W. 

D. LeBetter, J. W. J. M. Spratt, Treas. 

S. O. Stillman, Sec. Rv. E. H. Downing,Chp 

H. H. Oldenhage, S. D. R. H. Fiddick, J. D. 

D. Stewart, Tyler. 


OFFICERS. 1873. 

J. C. Smith, VV. M. H. H. Oldenhage, S. W 

J. W. Wann, J. W. J. M. Spratt, Treas. 

Daniel LeBetter, Sec. Rv. E. H. Downing,Ch] 

L. A. Rowley, S. D. C. S. Merrick, J. D. 

D. Stewart, Tyler. 
OFFICERS. 1 874. 

J. C. Smith, W. M. M. C&leman, S. W. 

C. S. Merrick, J. W. J. M. Spratt, Treas. 

Daniel LeBetter, Sec. Rv. E. H. Downing,Chp 

T. E. Armitstead, S. D. A. J. Louchheim, J. D 
D. Stewart, Tyler. 


Demitted. J Honorary, f Deceased. || Suspended 

* Expelled. 

Ely S. Parker, \ April 17th, 1858. 

E. W. Turner, f " " 

M. Y. Johnson, " 

M. P. Silverburgh, f " " 

Geo. G. Gould, '" 

Geo. M. Mitchell, f " 

S. H. Helm, t May 15, 

JR. Scroggs, t " 

Samuel Snider, " " 

John E. Smith, \ " 
T. Hallctt, 


W. R. Rowley, 
J. C. Spare, 
Henry Jones, 
M. F. Burke, 
M . Faucette, 
J. P. DeZoya, 
D. K Morehonse, 
Thos . Gooch, 

C. Klett, 

D. Warn,, 
Robert Fraser, 
Samuel Fraser, 
J. W. Woodruff, 
S. O. Stillman, 
J. B. Slichter, 

E. T. Green, 
Wm. Spaulding, 
E . V . Holcorab, 
D . Hunkins, 
H.H. Gear, 
Wm . Bulger, 
D. D. Mills, 

H. C. Newhall, 
John C. Smith, 
A. H. LeFever, 
J. S. Williams, 
John S. Marshall, 
Thos. J. Maupiu, 
Geo. R. Sanford, 
Richard Seal, 

May 15th, 1858. 
May 22, " 


g (( 

July 17, 

Aug. 7, 

a n 

Aug. 21, 

Sept. 8, " 

* " 11, " 

g Oct. 27, " 
January 5, 1859. 

I " 7, 

f February 3, " 

|| March 25, " 

May 6, " 

" 21, " 
July 21, 

Aug. 5, 

Dec. 2, " 
February 3, 1860. 

March, 16, " 


A. L. Rogers, 
J. M. Spratt, 
R. S. Harris, 
Oliver Marble, 
H. W. Foltz, 
O. M. Troxell, 
G. M. Conlee, 
John H. Conlee, 
J. C. Calderwood, 

A. H. Davis, 
Geo. J. Edwards, 
Wm. Butler, 
Thos. R. Scott, 
Geo. W. Felt, 

J. B. Young, 
John R. Booth, 
Richard Harvey, 

B. J. Ewing, 
Daniel Stewart, 
T. R. Bird, 

T. B. Farnsworth, 
J. W. Newburg, 
Wm. H. Roberts, 
J. S. Hunt, 
Lyman 1 [unt, 
Benj Worden, 
Charles Sernraern, 
J. K. Haiues, 
Wesley Jacobs, 
S. K. Miner, 

|| July 6th, 

July 28, 
Sept. 7, 
Nov. 16, 



5 May 16, 
June 13th, 
June 20, 
Jnly 4, 
January 2d, 

" 16, 
April 7, 
May, 15, 



Sept. 4, 

Dec. 6, 

March 4th, 
" 18, 
" 22, 

Oct. 7, 


F. S. Koontz, 

|| December 2d : 


J. C. Hawkins, 

February 17, 


Geo. H. Shears, 

I April 13, 

E. A. Small, 

" 21 > 


C. P. Fox, 

June 2, 


W. J. Fallen, 

II " 30, 


John A. Rawlins, 

f July 26, 

W. P. Haines, 

|| Aug. 24, 


Addison Philleo, 

October 9th, 


M. M. Miller, 

Dec. 1, 


O. L. Grant, 

January 5th, 


J. B. Parkins, 

" 19, 


W. R. Holder, 

Feb. 28, 


M. Col eman, 

March 2, 


W. H. Kneebone, 

Aug. 20, 


M. G. Mills, 

Sept. 6, 


James Brown, 



John Bethel, 

Nov. 2, 


Wm. Passmore, 

April 19th, 


Joseph Perrin, 

June 7, 

J. J. Hassig, 

July 5, 


Wm. James, 

Aug. 2, 


Rev. C. F. Wright, 

f September 6, 


James Arnott, 

" 13, 


James B. Brown, 


Thos. B. Bray, 



Thos. Scandlyn, 

" 20, 


Daniel LeBetter, 

" 27, 

R. S. Raw, 

Nov. 1, 


Joseph Bascom, 

II " 15 


August Campbell, 
Joseph Vincent, 
N. R. Cozzens, 
John Corabellick, 
Charles F. Miller, 
C. S. Bentley, 
Win. Spensley, 
L. T. Thomas, 
S . B. Raw, 
A. J. Louchheim, 
Wm. R. Burkhard, 
G. H. Mars, 
L. Hassig, 
Thos. Robinson, 
C. A. Haskel, 
J. W. Luke, 
H. R. Bachelor, 
C. Koontz, 
John Thomas, 
Geo. Arnott, 
Edward James, 
Edward Courtney, 
H. H. Oldenhage, 
Edward Jones, 
John A. Jones, 
Jacob Wernli, 
P. Trewartha, 
R. H. Fiddick, 
Jesse G. Crooks, 
R. J. Edwards, 


December 6, 1867. 

January 17, 1868. 

Feb. 2, " 

I May 1, 

jj June 19, " 

Sept. 4, 
February 12, 1869. 

March 5, 

" 8. 

" 8, 

" 12, 


|| Aprils, 

" 9, 
May 7, 

June 11, " 

Sept. 17, " 

Oct. 15, " 

" 21, " 

Dec. 3, " 

f " 17, " 

March 4th, 1870. 

" 4, " 

Nov. 24, " 

January 6, 1871 . 

" 20, " 


T. (1. Drenning, 

B. F. Merten, 
R. Weiland, 

W. F. Crummer, 
Rev. E. H. Downing, 
Joseph Raw, 
T. E. Armitstead, 
J. W. Wann, 
Theodore Burkhard, 
Sidney Hunkins, 
A. H. Simpson, 
J. D . Pryor, 
Robert Swaim, 

D . A. Taylor, 
A. V. Richards, 
W. H. Martin, 

E. G. Newhall, 

C. S. Merrick, 
L. A. Rowley, 

H. N. Bridgeman, S*-. 

J. R. Davidson, 

J. Fawcett, 

Wm. Beadle, 

John Hatch, 

J. C. Glenat, 

Wm. Gary, 

R. H. Heller, 

H. D. Howard, 

H. N. Bridgemau, Jr. 

D. N. Corwith, 

April 2d, 1871. 

Jan . 20, " 

May 5, " 

June 23, " 

July 7, " 

(c 7 u 

Feb. 12th, 1872. 

" 16, " 
" 16, 

March 4, " 

" 4, " 

" H, 

" 11, " 

" 15, " 

April 15, " 

" 5, " 

" 19, " 

" 19, " 

May 1, " 

f Nov. 1, " 

Jan. 17th, 1873. 

Feb. 28, " 

" 7, 

March 7, " 

April 14, " 

May 17, " 

" 16, 

June, 19, " 

" 19, " 

" 19, 


Robert Pool, June 20th, 1873. 

J. P. Williams, June 20, " 

A. F. Powell, Oct. 17, " 

Wm. H. Myers, January 20, 1874. 

Conrad Bahwell, April 1, " 

E. C. Ripley, " 3, " 

G. C. Biesmann, " 6, " 

H. F. C. Schneider, " 6, 

H. F. Browning, 7, " 

John Eiseman, May 15, " 

Walter Ford, July 22, " 


JoDaviess Chapter, No. 51, of Royal Arch Masons, 
was organized under Dispensation, June 9th A. D., 
1859, A. S. 2389., by Deputy Grand High Priest, 
Corap. Wm. Mitchell. 

Present, Companions Rev. E. M. Boring, of Chi- 
cago, Capt. H. H. Gear, Ely S. Parker, Geo. Thomp- 
son and M. D. Chamberlain, of Freeport, J. M. Sher- 
raerhorn, Lena, Daniel Wann, Wm. Spaulding Wm. 
Bulger, Dr. J. A. Scroggs, and Geo. M. Mitchell, of 

After the Chapter was duly constituted, petitions 
were received from a number of Master Masons, act- 
ed upon and elected. From June 9th. 1859, to the 
present time the work of JoDaviess Chapter has 
been continuous, but as its history would be but a 
repetition of that of Miner's Lodge, we content our- 
selves with the By-Laws and a history of its work as 
shown in the list of Officers who have been called up- 
on to preside over its destinies, and the large mem- 
bership which has found companionship around its 







JUNE 9TH, A. D. 1859, A. J. 2389. 


NOVEMBER 24, 1859. 




In Masonic Hall, Galena, Illinois 





To all whom itnwy concwn. Send ff > e'f7.--KNO W YE, "That we, thy 
Grand Hival Arch <-hapter or Illinois, do hereby authorize and empower 
onr trusty and well beloved Companions, Ely 8 Parker, High Priest, Dan- 
iel Wann, Kins, George M. Mitchell, ^cribe, and others, their Compan- 
ions and Associates, to open and hold a Itoyal Arch Chapter, at the City 
of Galena, by the name of JoD iviess Chapter, No. 51, and therein to 
confer the several degrees of Mark Master, Pust Master, Most Excellent 
Mast -.r. and Royal Arch, according to the ancieut customs and usages of 
the craft, and not otherwise." 

" \nd we do further am bonze and empower onr said trusty and well 
beloved Companions to install their successors in office, to whom the_y 
shall deliver thin Wanant of Constitution, and invest them with all their 
powers and dignities as such and they in like manner ihoir successor* 
in office, during the continuance of the said Royal Arch Chapter Forever. 
Provided always. That the said a^ove named companions, and their 
successors do pay and cause to be paid, due respect and obedience to the 
Most Excellent Grand Hnyal *rch Chapter of 'llinois. aforesaid, and to 
the Edicts, Rules and Regulations thereof ; Otherwise th'.s Warrant of 
Conx/itittion to be void, and of no effect. 

Given under the hands of our Graud Officers, and Seal of onr Grand 
Chapter, at "onaijfleld this 30th day of September, A. 1)., 1859, A. L., 
5859. Y. D. 2389. 

A G. ELLWOOD. Grand Hizh Priest 

WM. tVALI \CEMfTCHELL. Deputy High Prieut. 

A. W BLAKESLt-Y, Grand King. 

A. W. MOMR S, Grand Scribe. 

Grand Secretary. 




This Chapter shall be known by the name of "Jo- 
Daviess Chapter, No. 51. Royal Arch Masons." un- 
der the jurisdiction of the Grand Chapter of Illinois. 



The Stated Convocations of this Chapter, shall be 
held on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each 
month at 7 o'clock, P. M. 



The Annual Convocations for the election of officers 
shall be held on the regular convocation next before 
St John's day in December, of each year. 



The M. E. High Priest, 
M. E. King, 
M. E. Scribe, 
Captain of Host. 


Principal Sojourner, and Royal Arch Captain, shall 
be elected by ballot at the annual convocation of each 
year . 



Previous to the installation the M. E. High Priest 
shall appoint a 

Grand Master of the 1st veil, 
Grand Master of the 2d veil, 
Grand Master of the 3d veil, and a Tyler. 


The Officers of this Chapter shall be installed as 
soon after their election as practicable, but on or be- 
fore Saint John's day, Dec. 27th of each year. 


SEC. 1. The duties of the several Officers shall 
be such as the Constitution and Masonic traditions 
have settled, as well as the By-Laws of this Chapter, 
and the Laws and Edicts of the Grand Chapter of 
Illinois and the General Grand Chapter of the Unit- 
ed States. 

SEC. 2. It is incumbent on the High Priest of this 
Chapter, as appertaining to his office, duty and dig- 
nity, to see that the By-Laws ot this Chapter, as well 
as the Constitution of the General Grand Chapter of 
the U. S. and the Regulations of the Grand Chapter 
of Illinois, be duly observed; that all the subordinate 


officers perform the duties of their respective stations 
faithfully, and are examples of diligence and industry 
to their Companions; that true and exact records be 
kept of all the proceedings of the Chapter by the 
Secretary ; that the Treasurer keep and render exact 
and just accounts of all moneys belonging to the 
Chapter ; that regular returns be made by the Secre- 
tary annually to the Grand Chapter, of the admission 
of all candidates or members; that the annual dues 
to the Grand Chapter be regularly and punctually 
paid. The Charter of the Chapter is committed to 
his special care and charge. He lias the right and 
authority ot calling his Chapter at pleasure, upon 
any emergency or occurrence which in his judgment 
may require their meeting, and he is to till the chair 
when present. 

SEC. 3. Th'e Secretary shall keep a correct record 
of all the proceedings of this Chapter proper to be 
written. Keep accounts with all its members, make 
reports to the Grand Chapter when required, and 
make report to this Chapter at each annual convoca- 
tion of its membership and of all moneys received 
and paid out by him during the current year together 
with the amounts due by the Companions, and for 
such duties the Secretary shall receive one dollar per 
night and be exempt from yearly dues. 

SEC. 4. The Treasurer before entering upon the 
duties of his Office shall give a bond for the faithful 
performace and discharge of his duty, to be approv- 
ed by the first three officers of the Chapter, and it 


shall be his duty, to make report at each annual con- 
vocation of the moneys received and paid out by him. 

SEC. 5. The Tyler shall take charge of the Hall, 
Rooms and Furniture of the Chapter, and keep them 
in proper order for the transaction of business and 
comfort of the Companions. He shall attend all Con- 
vocations of the Chapter, and serve all summons or 
other notices, and for such duties he shall bo exempt 
from yearly clues and receive one dollar per night. 

SEC. 6. The M. E. High Priest, King and Scribe 
shall be a Committee on Finance , whose duty it shall 
be to examine the reports of the Secretary and Treas- 
urer and to audit all bills presented to the Chapter. 


SEC 1 Royal Arch Masons in good standing in a 
Blue Lodge in regular standing may be admitted to 
membership in this Chapter upon presentation of a 
proper Demit, and a petition in writing accompanied 
with a fee of Five Dollars, which petition shall be 
referred to a Committee of three members, who shall 
report at the same or the next stated Convocation, 
when if not elected the fee shall be returned. 


SEC. 2. Each petition for the degrees in this 
Chapter must be in writing, accompanied with the 
fee of Ten Dollars, which shall be referred to a Com- 
mittee of three members who shall carefully examine 
into the character and standing of the petitioner, 


and his proficiency in the first three degrees of Mas- 
onry, and report at the same or the next stated Con- 
vocation, when if not elected the fee shall be returned. 


SEC. 3. The fees for conferring the decrees of 

Zj O 

M.irk Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master 
and Li >yal Arch, shall be as follows: 

For ihe decree of M irk Master, Ten Dollars, which 
eh ill accoinpuiy the petition. 

For Past Master, Five Dollars. 

For Most Excellent Master, Five Dollars, 

For Koyal Arch, Ten Dollars. 

Which sums shall be severally paid at or before the 
time of taking each degree. 

SBC. 4. Eich member shall sign these By-Laws 
on the night of his admission on Demit, or Exhalta. 
tion ; and no one shall be entitled to a vote until he 
has signed said Laws 



Each member of this Chapter shall pay into the 
Treasury the sum of Two dollars per annum, which 
shall include the Grand Chapter dues, and shall be 
due on the first day of January of each year, and pay- 
able before the annual Convocation ; and any 
member indebted to this Chapter shall not be entitled 
to vote, and ineligible to any Office, and if in arrears 
for one year, he may be suspended after due notice 
and trial, unless by a unanimous vote of the Chapter 
be be exempted from payment of said arrearages. 



A Demit may be granted to any member (except 
an elective Officer,) who may have moved without 
the jurisdiction of this Chapter, or for the purpose of 
petitioning tor a new Chapter, provided he be in 
good standing and riot indebted to the Chapter. 



SEC. 1. A regular charge in writing, specifying 
the nature of the offense, and signed by the accuser 
shall be delivered to the Secretary, who shall read it 
at the next regular Convocation, at which time the 
Most Excellent High Priest shall appoint the time for 
trial, of which it shall be the duty of the Secretary to 
give due and timely notice to the accused, who shall 
be entitled to a copy of the charges, and to ample time 
and opportunity to prepare his defense. 

SEC. 2. All trials shall be in the highest degree to 

o o 

which the accused has attained, and the examination 
of witnesses shall take place in the presence of both 
the accused and accuser, whether in the Chapter, or 
before a Committee. 

SEC. 3. The form and manner of trial shall be the 
same as that laid down by the Grand Lodge of Illinois 
for the government of its Subordinate Lodges, where 
the same does not conflict with any law, edict or usage 
of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of this State. 

SEC. 4. This Chapter, may exercise disciplinary juris- 
diction over all Royal Arch Masons, and Masons of any 


of the dependant degrees, residing within its jurisdic- 
tion, Provided, That in all cases of discipline, the ac- 
cused shall have the same rights, and the same rules 
be observed as are prescribed for members of this 
Chapter, and by the usages of the Order. 

SEC. 5. If a member be expelled from this Chap- 
ter, the Secretary shall forthwith notify the Grand 
Chapter thereof, and such other Masonic Bodies as 
the nature of the case may require. 


PEC. 1. These By-La\vs, together with all ordi- 
nances, rules, orders and regulations passed by this 
Chapter, shall be observed in the Lodges of the de- 
pendent degrees, as lar as the same are applicable. 

Sec. 2. No alteration, addition or amendment shall 
be made to these By-Laws unless proposed in writ- 
ing, and read at a stated meeting, and shall not then 
be acted upon until the second stated meeting there, 
after, when it shall require a vote of two-thirds of the 
members present for its adoption, unless directed to 
do so by the Grand Chapter, to conform to the regu- 
lations of the Grand Chapter of this State, or of the 
General Grand Chapter of the United States. 


1. Reading of Record. 

2. Reading and Referring Petitions. 

3. Reports of Committees on Petitions. 

4. Balloting on Petitions. 

5. Miscellaneous Business. 

6. Work. 



Ely S. Parker, 
Daniel Wann, 
Geo. M. Mitchell, 
John E. Smith, 
Wm. Spaulding, 
W. R. Rowley, 
Darius Hunkins, 
Jonathan W. Woodruff, 
John A. Scroggs, 
Madison Y. Johnson, 
S. O. Stillman, 
M. Faucette, 

Ely S. Parker, 
Wm. Spaulding, 
Daniel Wann, 
John E . Smith, 
D. D. Mills, 
M. Y. Johnson, 
D. Hunkins, 
J. W. Woodruff, 


High Priest. 



C. H. 

P. S. 

R. A. 0. 

G. M., IstV. 

G. M., 2d V. 

G. M.. 3d V. 





High Priest. 


C. H. 
P. S. 
R. A. C. 
G.M., 1st V. 
G. M., 2d V. 

J. S. Williams, 
W. R. Rowley, 
S. O. Stillraan, 
M. Faucette, 

Ely S . Parker, 

D. Hunkins, 
M. Y. Johnson, 
John E. Smith, 
J. S. Williams, 

E. T. Green, 
Samuel Fraser, 
J. W. Woodruff, 
G. M. Mitchell, 
W. R. Rowley, 
S. O. Stillman, 
M. Faucette, 

D . Ilunkins, 
M. Y. Johnson, 
H. H. Gear, 
Geo. M. Mitchell, 
J. C. Smith, 
J. S. Williams, 
J. M. Spratt, 
J. W. Woodruff, 
Samuel Fraser, 
D. Wann, 
S. O. Stillman, 
M. Faucette, 


G. M., 3d V 

Treas . 




High Priest. 
0. H. 
P. S. 
R. A. C . 
G. M., 1st V 
G. M.,2d V. 
G. M., 3d V. 


High Priest. 
C. H. 
R. A. C. 
P. S. 
G. M 
G. M 

3d V. 

2d V. 
G. M., 1st V. 
Treas . 


Samuel SnHer, 
M. Y. Johnson, 

D . B. Morehonse, 
Geo. M. Mitchell, 

E. T. Green, 
J. M. Spratt, 
R. S. Harris, 
J. R. Booth, 
D. Wann, 

8. O. Stillman, 
M. Faucette, 

Samuel Snider, 
D. Wann. 

D. B. Morehouse, 
Geo. M. Mitchell, 
S. Fraser, 

E. T . Green, 
O. Marble, 
S. K. Miner, 
J. M. Spratt, 
S. O. Stillman, 
M . Faucette, 

Saml. Snider, 
D. Wann, 
N. F. Webb, 
Geo. M. Mitchell 

OFFICEB8 1863. 

High Priest. 
Scribe . 
C. H. 
R.A. C. 
G. M., 3dV. 
G. M., 2dV. 
G. M., 1st V. 
Treas . 

OFPICEB8. 1864. 

High Priest. 
King . 
C. H. 
P. S. 
R. A. C. 
G. M., 3dV. 
G. M., 2d V. 
G. M., IstV. 
Sec. and Treas. 

OFF1CBB8 1865. 

High Priest . 
C. H. 


O. Marble, 
E. T. Green, 
J. M . Spratt, 
S. K. Miner, 
J. B. Young, 
S. O. Stillman, 
M. Faucette, 

Saml. Snider, 
D. Wann, 
N. F. Webb, 
T. R. Bird, 
J. A. Scroggs. 
J. M. Spratt, 
S. K. Miner, 
A. L. Rogers, 
Geo. F. Shears, 
S. O. Stillman, 
O. Marble, 

Saml. Snider, 

D. Wann, 

E. A. Small 
T. R. Bird, 
E. T. Green, 
J. M. Spratt, 
S. K. Miner, 
J . C . Spare, 
G. F. Shears, 
S. O. Stillman, 
Charles Semrnern, 



P. S. 
K. A. C. 
G. M., 3d V. 
G. M., 2d V. 

G. M., 1st V., 
Sec. and Treus 


High Priest. 



C. H. 

P. S. 

R . A. . 

G. M., 3d V. 

G. M., 2d V. 

G. M., 1st V. 

Sec . and Treas. 

High Priest. 



C. H. 

P. S. 

R. A. C. 

G. M. 3dV. 

G. M. 2d V. 

G. M. IstV. 

Sec. and Treas. 

Tyler . 


John C. Smith, 

D. Wann, 

E. A. Small,' 
T. R. Bird, 
B. J. Ewing, 
J. M. Spratt, 
S. K. Miner, 
D. Stewart, 
S. Eraser, 

S. O. Stillman, 
Chas. Semmern, 

J. C. Smith, 
D. Stewart, 
S. K. Miner, 
T. R. liird, 
B. J. Ewing, 
J. M. Spratt, 
J . J . Hassig, 
J. B. Young, 
S. Fraser, 
S. O. Stillman, 
Chas. Semmern, 

J. C. Smith, 
D. Stewart, 
D. LeBetter, 
T. R. Bird, 

S. O. Stillman, 




High Priest. 

King . 

Scribe . 

<J. H. 

P. S. 

R. A. C. 

G. M., 3d V. 

G. M., 2d V. 

G. M,l8t V. 

Sec. and Treas 


High Priest. 

C. H. 
P. S. 
R. A. C. 
G. M., 3d V. 
G. M., 2d V. 
G. M., 1st V. 
Sec. and Treas. 

High Priest. 
C. H. 
P. S. 

J. M. Spratt, 
W. Jacobs, 
J. B. Brown, 
S . K. Miner, 
S. O. Stillman, 
F. S. Koontz, 

J. C. Smith, 
D. LeBetter, 
J. Wernli, 
J. M. Spratt, 
S. O. Stillman, 
M. Coleraan, 
A. J. Louchheitn, 
W. R. Burkhard, 
S. K. Miner, 
S. O. Stillman, 
D. Stewart, 

John C. Smith, 
D. LeBetter, 
J. Wernli, 
J. M. Spratt, 
H. H. Oldenhage, 
M. Ooleman, 
R. H. Fiddick, 
W. R. Burkhard, 
S. K. Miner, 
S. O. Stillman, 
D. Stewart, 


R. A. C. 
G. M., 3d V. 
G. M., 2d V. 
G. M., IslV. 
Sec. and Treas. 

OFFICERS. 1871. 

High Priest. 
Scribe . 
C. H. 
P. S. 
R. A. C. 
G. M., 3d V. 
G. M., 2d V. 
G. M., istV. 
Sec. and Treas. 

OFFICKR8. 1872. 

High Priest. 


Scribe . 

C. H. 

P. S. 

R. A. C. 

G. M., 3d V. 

G. M., 2d V. 

G. M., 1st V. 

Sec. and Treas. 



J. C. Smith, 
S. K. Miner, 
J. Wernli, 
D. LeBetter, 

C. S. Bentley, 

J. C. Calderwood, 
R. H. Fiddick, 
M. Coleman, 
T. E. Armitstead, 
J. M. Spratt, 
S. O. Stillman, 

D . Stewart, 

OFFICERS. 1873. 

High Priest. 
<J. H. 
P. S. 
R. A. C. 
G. M.,3d V. 
G. M,, 2d V. 
G. M., 1st V. 

J. C. Smith, 
S. K. Miner, 
R. H. Fiddick, 
J. M. Spratt, 
D. LeBetter, 
J . Fawcett, 

C. S. Bentley, 
J. R. Davidson, 
J. P. Williams, 

II . N. Bridgeman, Jr. 
A. M. Powell, 

D. Stewart, 





OFFICERS. 1874. 

High Priest. 





C. H. 

P. S. 

R. A. C. 

G. M., 3d V. 
G. M., 2d V. 
G. M., 1st V. 


Ely S.Parker, J June 9th. 1859 

D. Wann, " 9, " 


Geo. M. Mitchell, 
Win. Spaulding, 
H. H. Gear, 
Wm. Bulger, 
John A. Scroggs, 
J. W. Woodruff, 
M. Y. Johnson, 
W. R. Rowley, 
S. O. Stillman, 
D. ITunkins, 
John E. Smith, 
D. B. Morehouse, 
M. Faucette, 
W. Foster, 

D. D. Mills, 

J. S. Williams, 
Samuel Fraser, 
N F. Webb, 

E. T. Green, 
J. C. Smith, 
R. H. Harris, 
Jas. M. Spratt, 
S. K. Miner, 
Saml. Snider, 

J. R. Booth, 
Oliver Marble, 
James B. Young, 
T. R. Bird, 
Wesley Jacobs 
W. H. Roberts, 

June 9, 1859 

" 9, " 

" 9, 

' 9, 

" 11, 
" 11, 

" 11, 

J 22 

f " 22 

f " 22 

July 25 

" 25 

Dec. 1, 

u 1, 
i _ 




March loth. 

" 15, 
March 19th. 

u 19, " 

19, " 

July 3 1st, 1862. 
" 81, 
" 31, 
Dec. 30th, 

" 30, 
I " 30, 
Nov. 25, 




R. E. Odell, 
M. Marvin, 

J. C. Calderwood, 
Geo. J. Edwards, 
A. L. Rogers, . 
Geo. G. Shears, 
M. May 11 aid, 
T. R. Scott, 
E. A. Small, 
J. C. Spare, 
A. II. Davis, 

A. Reynolds, 
Henry Glessner, 
John Weber, 
R. S. Martin, 
D. Stewart, 

C. P. Fox, 

J, P. Black, 

J. C. Robbins, 

H. J. D. Maynard, 

Geo. Marshall, 

B. J. Ewing, 
Chas. Semmern, 
John Bethel, 
Edward James, 
J. B. Parkins, 
Rev. N. F Wright, 
J. B. Brown, 

J. J. Hassig, 

Feby. 10th, 1865. 
11 ]Q ? 

" 10, " 

July 14, " 

II " U, 
Aug. l, " ' 

Jan. 12th, 
" 12, 

" 12, 
June 8, 

Sept. 28, 

Nov. 9, 

" 9, 

" 9, 

March 8th, 

" 8, 



April 26, " 

" 26, 

" 26, 

June 29th, 1868. 

" 29, " 



Ua-is. S Burt, 

A. H. Moody, 

B. Wordon, 
John GoMthorp, 
N. R. Cozens, 
J. II. Bascom, 
John Combellick, 
Danl. LeBetter, 
C.S. Benlley, 
Thos. E. Moore, 
Joseph Perrin, 
John NeCollins, 
Samuel Cook, 

N. M. Bratt, 
F. S. Koontz, 
Jacob Weriili, 
R:-v. S. A. W, Jewett, 
M . Coleraan, 
W. R. Burkhard, 
John Creighton, 
J. B. Chapman, 

A. J. Louchheim, 
Frank Campbell, 
J. W. White, 
Stephen Jeffers, 
John Olinger, 

J. G. Crooks, 
H. H. Oldenhage, 
R. H. Fiddick, 

B. F. Merten, 

July 9th, 

" 9, 


April 29th, 1839 

" 29, " 

|| " 29, " 

I June 3d, " 

" 8, " 

" 3, 

Jan. 27th, 

" 27, 

" 27, 

t Feb. 17, 

" 17 

I " n, 

May, 26, 

\ March 12, 

" 12. 

' ft 12, 

June 9, 

Sepi . 22, 

January 26, 

" 26, 

" 26, 

March 9, 

Mar;h 3o, 



P. Trewartha, 
R. J. Edwards, 
J. S. Higgins, 
N". P. Marlon, 
J. D. Clise, 
J . W. Luke, 
W. R. Holder, 
W. F. Crummer, 
Theo. Bnrkhard, 
Sidney Hunkins, 
W. H. Martin, 
Rev. E. H. Downing, 
T. E. Arrnitstead, 
J. D . Pryor, 
Edward Courtney, 
L. A. Rowley, 
Wm. Cary, 

D. A. Taylor, 
C . S. Merrick, 
J. R. Davidson, 

Rev. Joseph Crummer, 
Jacob Fawcett, 
A. V. Richards, 
M . J. Draper, 
Levi Johnson, 

E. G. Newhall, 
G. H. Mars, 
John Hatch, 

J. C. Glen at, 
1C. D. Howard, 

March 30th, 

" 30, 

May 25, 

" 25, 

" 25, 





March 29th, 

" 29, " 

" 29, " 

I April 25, " 

" 25, " 

" 25, " 

May 30, " 

" 30, " 

" 30. " 

February 3d, 1873, 

" 3, " 

" 3, " 

I March 27, " 

" 27, " 

" 27, 

April 1, " 

u i 

(( I a 

May 22, " 

" 22, " 

" 22, 

July 22, " 


H. N. Bridgeman, Jr. July 22d, 1873. 

John P. Williams, " 22, " 

John E. Hoover, Aug. 14, " 

D. N. Corwith, Nov. 18, " 
R.H. Heller, " 18, " 
A. F. Powell, " 18, " 
H. N. Bridgman, Sr. f Dec. 9, " 
Robert Robson, " 9, " 
James Carr, 9, " 
Wm. Spensley, January 8th, 1874. 
R. M. Spensley, 8~ " 
H. R. Bachelor, 8, " 
James Allen, April 23, " 

E. C. Ripley, " 23, 

C. Bahwell, " 23, " 

H. C. F. Schneider, May 18, 

Geo. C. Biesmann, " 18, " 

Robert Pool, " 18, " 


Ely S. Parker Council, No. 60, was constituted un 
der a Dispensation from the Thrice Illustrious George 
E. Loumsburg, Grand Puissant of the Grand Coun- 
cil of Illinois, July 9th, 1S73, and is duly authorized 
to confer the degrees of Royal, Super Excelk-nt and 
Select Master's degrees, the eighth, ninth and tenth 
degrees cf the Ancient York Rite. The history of 
this Council is brief, named after the first Master of 
Miners' Lodge and High Priest of Jo Daviess Chap- 
ter, Gen. Ely S. Parker, the talented Indian Chief, 
a grandson of Red Jacket, whose history every read- 
er of American events is familiar with, now the pres- 
ent Chief of the Six Nations. It was to be expected 
that the constituting of this body would draw togeth- 
er a large number of prominent Masons. The expec- 
tation was fully realized, as the following notice of the 
event taken from the daily papers fully show : 

"Wednesday, July 9th, was a grand gala day for the tret hren of the 
Mystic Tie, of this city. The event being the organization of a Conncil 
of Cryptic Masonry, an occasion -which bronght to onr city many distin- 
guished alike in civil life and eminent in Masonry. -Among these weie 
Hon H. C. Burehard, M. C., Gen. f-mith D. Atkins. Bon. Rob't little, 
W. S. Best, L. L. Mnnn, Jas. S. McCaH, <;. H. Hntchinson, W. D. .Row- 
ell, W. O. Wright, F. Kindhiger, J . 8. Gates, and S. K. Schofield all of 
Freeport Council No. 39. 


The Craft were called to labor at 8 P. M., by Comp. J. C. Smith, the 
following Companions presiding: 

W. S. Best Thrics Illustrious Grand Master. 

L. L. .Vtnnn Deputy illustrious Grind Master. 

James 8. McCall Principal Con. of Wo rk. 

C. H. Hntchison Captain of Guards. 

Robert Little Recorder. 

After the work of constituting was completed * lie following well known 
Galena Masons were inducted into the Cryptic Kite: 

Gen. W. R. Rowley, S. O. Stillman, S. K. Miner. R. H. Fiddick, , 
J. C. Calderwood. J. Fawcett, C. S. Bentley, G. H. Mars, 

A. J. Lonchheim, Sidney Hunkins, A. H. Moody, Daniel Stewart, 
Daniel LeBetter, M. Coleman, J. M. Spratt. W. R. Holder. 

The Craft con tinned at labor until the "wee sma hours ayant the twae," 
when, after addresses appropriate to the occasion by Companions J. C 
Smith, L. L. Munn, James Me 'all and others, the Craft were called from 
labor to refreshment, when amid a -a flow of reason" and an interchange 
of Masonic sentiments, the brethren disbanded, well pleased with the 
occasion, which called them together. 

1 Ely S. Parker Council" is named after the eminent Mason, Gen. Park- 
er, late Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and the first W. M. of Miners' 
Lodge andH. P. of JoDavieas Chapter of this city. 

Galena Masons are known throughout this and other jurisdictions as 
thorough workers, and may well feej proud of having all the Masonic 
Bodies in this city fully officered and in complete working order 10 confer 
all the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted York Rite, which are as fol- 

Miners' Lodge, No. 273, A P. and A. M. 

Jo Daviess Chapter, No. 51 R. A. M. 

Ely S. Parker Council, U. D., (now No. 60.) 

Galena Commandery, No. 40, Knights Templars. 

The above named bodies are under the charge of that well known Ma- 
sonic worker, D. D. G. M., Gen. J. C. Smith, who has the distinguished 
honor conferred upon him of having received att the Masonic degrees of 
the York and Scottish Rites of Masonry." 



Royal, Super-Excellent and Select Masters. 




ILLINOIS, JULY 9th, 1873. 


NOIS, OCTOBER 29th, 1873, 

Stated Conventions 


In Masonic Hall, Catena, Illinois 



"lam. Alpha and, Omega.' 1 '' 


To All and Kn'.nj. o ir Illiis'-rivut Conpininnt, Sent Greeting KNOW 
YE. That at the Petition of our lilttstrious and Beloved Companions, 
John O. Snrnh. S'mcoc. K. Miner, Malilon Coleman, Oaniel LeBetter, 
.TohnC. Calderwood, Charles S. Bentley, Daniel Stewart, William R 
Holder, Richard EL Picldick, AraasaH. Moody.Sidney Huukins, Jacob Paw 
cett. SarnuelL). "Uillrn-in, lame* M. Spratt, Gerhard H Mars, and A. J 
Louchhiem, residing at or near Galena, m the County of Jo Daviess, and 
State of Illinois, do heredy constitute the said Companions iiilo a Reg- 
ular Councilor Royal and Select "dasters, to be opened at the aforesal'd 
Galena, by the name of Ely S Parker Council No. 60. And do further 
at the said Petition, and the great trust and confidence reposed in the 
above named Companions, hereby appoint John C. Smith, Thrice Illus- 
trious Gra id Master, Richard El. f'iddiek, Deputy Illustrious Grand 
Master, Jacob Fawcett., Principal Conductor of the Work, for opening 
the said Council, and for such time only as may be thought proper by 
the Companions baing my will that said appointments shall in 
no case affect any future election of Officers of the Council, bat that the 
same shall be according to the Regulations of the Council, and consis- 
tent with the General Laws of the Society, contained in the Book of 
Constitutions And t d > hereby require you, the said John C. Smith, to 
take special care that all and every, the said Companions are or have 
been, regularly made Royal, Select and Super Excellent Masters; and 
that they do perform and observe and keep all the rules and orders con- 
tained in tho Book of Constitutions, also such as may from time to time 
be transmitted to them from the Grand Council, and further. That you 
do, from time to time cause to be entered in a book kept for that purpose 
an account of your proceedings in the Council, toarether with such reg- 
ulations as shall be mide for the good government thereof, a copy of 
which you are in nowise to omit laying before the Grand Council once in 
each year, together with a list of the members of the Council. That 
you annually pay into the Grand Treasury, such sunis as may be requir- 
ed of you toward the Grand Council Fund, and moreover I hereby will 
and do require of you the said John C. Smith, as soon as conveniently 
may be. to send an ace Hint in writing, of what shall be done by virtue 
of these presents. 

Given at Chicago, under my hand and Seal of Masonry, this twenty- 
ninth day of October, A. Oep. 2873, A. D. 1873. 


Thrice 111. Grand Puissant, 

Attested, James H. Milss, {SEAL.} 

Grand Recorder. 


Companion John Corson Smith. 

" Loyal L. Muun. 

" Wm . Young. 

" L. J. Turner. 

" Robert Little. 

" W. J. M*Kinn. 

" J. S. Gates, 

" E. C. Warner. 

" George Thompson. 

" James S. McCall. 


Gen. John C. Smith, Thrice Ills. Grand Master, 
Robert Little, Deputy Ills. Grand Master, Loyal L. 
Munn, Prin . Con . of the work . 




The name of this Council shall be " Ely S . Parker 
No. 60," under the jurisdiction of the Grand Council 
of Illinois . 



The stated conventions of this Council shall be the 
first Monday in each month, at 7^ o'clock P. M. 



The annual convention for the election of officers 
shall be held on the first Monday in December of each 



The Thrice Illustrious Grand Master, Deputy Il- 
lustrious Grand Master, Principal Conductor of the 
Work, Recorder and Treasurer, shall be elected by 
ballot, at the annual Convention of each year. 



Previous to the Installation the Tin-ice Illustrious 
Grand Master shall appoint a Chaplain, Captain of 
the Guards, Conductor of the Council, Steward, and 



The Installation of the Officers shall take place as 
soon alter the election as is convenient, but on or be- 
fore Saint John's day, December 27th, of each year. 



The duties of the several Officers shall be in accor- 
dance with the Ancient Landmarks ot Cryptic Ma- 
sonry, the work, Ritual and Laws of the Grand Coun- 
cil of Illinois. 



Before entering upon the duties of his office, the 
Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful perform- 
ance and discharge of his duty, to be approve I i>y 
the first three Officers of the Council. 


At each annual Convention the Recorder and Trea- 
surer shall render an account of all moneys received 


ami puid out by them, respectively, for the current 



The Thrice Illustrious G. M., Deputy Illustrious G. 
M., and P.O. of the Work, shall be a Committee on 
Finance, whose duty it shall be to examine the re- 
ports of the Recorder and Treasurer, and all bills shall 
be referred to and examined by them. 


The Recorder and Sentinel shall each receive one 
dollar for each night's services. 



, The fees for conferring the degrees of Royal, Su- 
per-Excellent, and Select Master shall be ten dollars, 
which amount shall be paid on presentation of Peti- 
tion, or before conferring said degrees. 


No dues will be collected by this Council unless 
there are no funds in the Treasury, when an assess- 
ment will be made pro. rata, to pay whatever liability 
the Council may have incurred. 



A Demit may be granted to any member (except 


the elective Officers,) upon application at a stated 
Convention, and on a majority vote of the members of 
the Council present. 



Any amendment to these By-Laws shall be present- 
ed in writing at a stated Convention, and lie over one 
month, when a two-thirds vote of all the members 
present shall be necessary to the adoption of any such 


1. Reading of Records. 

2. Reading and Referring Petitions. 

3. Reports of Committees on Petitions . 

4. Balloting on Petitions. 

5. Miscellaneous Business. 

6. Work. 

OFFICERS, A. D, 1873, A, Dap, 2373. 

Comp, JohiiC. Smith, Thrice III. Grand Master. 

" Robert Little, Deputy 111. Grand Master. 

" Loyal L. Mann, Prin. Con. of the Work 

" Gerhard PL Mars, Chaplain. 

" Daniel LeBetter, Recorder. 

" Richard tL Fiddick Treasurer . 

" Jacob Fawcette, Conductor. 

" Simeon K. Miner, Capt. of Guards. 

" Abraham J. Louchheim, Steward. 

" Daniel Stewart, Sentinel. 

POSIT. 2873-4. 

Comp John 0. Smith, Thrice 111. Grand Master. 

" Richard H, Fiddick, Deputy 111, Grand Master. 

u Jacob Fawcett, Prin. Con. of the Work. 

" G- H. Mars, Chaplain. 

" D. LeBetter, Recorder. 

" A.J. Louchheim, Treasurer. 

" J. P. Williams, Conductor. 

" J R Davidson, Capt. Guards. 

" D. Stewart, Steward and Sentinel. 

&t fait of ffvnstitoiwg 
choxen totlq^inh oj jjer 


(Jomp. John C. Smith, 

" Loyal L. Muun, 

" Robert Little, 

" William Young, 

L. J. Turner, 

" W.J. McKitn, 

J. S. Gates, 

" E. C. Warner, 

" George Thompson^ 

James S. McCall, 

When Chosen . 

Oomp. John C. Smith, Feby. 19th. 1873. 

" William R. Rowley, July 9 " 

" Simeon K. Miner, " 9 " 

" Mahlon Coleman, " 9 " 

" Daniel LeBetter, " 9 " 

" John C. Calderwood, "9 " 

" Charles S. Bentley, " 9 " 

" Daniel Stewart, " 9 " 

" Wm. R. Holder, " 9 " 

132 Richard H. Fidiick, July 9th, 1873. 

' Ama e H. Moody, " 9, " 

" Sidney Hunkins, " 9, " 

" Jacob Fawcette, " 9, " 

" Samuel O . Stillraan, " 9, u 

" James M. Spratt, " 9, " 

Gerhart H . Mars, " 9, 

" Abraham J . Louchheim, " 9, " 

" Benjamin F. Merten, Aug. J 3. " 

" Jacob R. Davidson, " 13, " 

" Charles S. Merrick, " 13, " 

" Horatio X. Bridgeraan, Jr. " 18, " 

" JohnW. Luke, " 18, " 

" John P. Williams, " 18, 

" John E . Hoover, " 25, " 

" John S. Wiley, " 25, " 

" W. H. Harrison, Sept. 7, " 

" N. H. Brown, % Nov. 10, " 

" H. D. Howard,. " 28, " 

" J. B. Brown, " 28, " 

" D. A. Taylor, " 28, " 

" D. N. Corwith, " 28, 

" T. E. Armitstead, *' 28, " 

" J. G. Crookg, Dec. 1st. " 

" W. H. Martin, "1, " 

" J. C. Glenat, "1, " 

" E. H. Downing, 1, 

" Hiram Tyrrell, " 8th, " 

" John Hatch, "8 " 


Comp. Richard Heller, Dec. 10th, 1873. 

Peter Trewartha, " 10, " 

W. F. Crumraer, " 15, " 

E. James, " 15, " 

" S. JeiFers, Jany. 8th,' 1874. 

J. W. White, " 8, " 

Thos. S. Moore, " 8, " 

A. Reynolds, " 8, " 

" R. M. Spensley, Feb. 19th " 

" James Gary, " 19, " 

" Robert Robson, " 19, " 

" M. M. Wheeler, March 2d, " 

S. D. Pryor, 2, 

E. C . Ripley, May 4th, " 

" A. V. Richards, " 4, " 

C. Bahwcll, " 4, " 

" James Allen, June 1, " 

H. C. F. Schneider, " 1, " 

" Geo. C. Biesmann, " 1, " 


This Body, duly authorized to confer the Chival- 
rous Orders of Knights of the Red Cross, Knights 
Ternpiars, and Knights of Malta, was duly organized 
Sept. 29, 1871. 

Owing to the absence from home of the R. E. Grand 
Commander, John M. Rierson, the Deputy Grand 
Commander, Wiley M. Egan, issued his Dispensa- 
tion bearing date Sept. 19, 1871, under which the 
Body was convened, and such was their work that the 
Grand Commandery was justified in granting a regu- 
lar Charter at its Session which convened the next 
month. What was done at the constituting of this 
body is best told in the language of a writer of that 
day. What was expected ot this Chivalrous organi- 
zation arid what has been done, its work will attest: 


" While Galena has for many years had a flourish- 
ing Blue Lodge of Masons, and a Royal Arch Chapter 
there has been no Commandery here. There being 
several Sir Knights in the County, and others wishing 
to receive the Orders, measures were taken to es- 


tablisb a Conaaan dery in Galena, and the project was 
brought to a successful issue. The first regular con- 
clave of the Commandery was held last Friday, at 
Masonic Hall, under the charge of the officers previ- 
ously appointed: Gen. John C. Smith, Eminent/" 
Commander, Samuel Cook, Generalissimo, and Sim- 
eon K. Miner, Captain General. There were present 
not less than forty distinguished Sir Knights from 
abroad, to assist in conferring the Orders of Knight- 
hood. There were about twenty -five from Freeport, 
among whom we noticed Past Grand Comma. ider Dr. 
N. F. Prentice, Hon. H. C. Burchard, At. C., Gen. 
Smith D. Atkins, Hon. E. L. Cronkrite, Mayor of / 
Freeport, Dr. W. J. McFlim, Robert Little, U. S. 
Collector, James S. Ale Call, C.ipt. Young, and others. 
From Dunleith there were Hon. Samuel Cook, Hon. 
John Ohnger, Homer Graves, and Capt. J. M. Dag- 
gett, while Dubuque was represented by about twelve 
Knights, Past Deputy Grand Commander Horace 
Tuttle and Dr. W. P. Allen being in charge. Sir 
James J. Peck, of Iowa City, and others from a dis- 
tance were also present. 

"The Commandery was opened at 3 o'clock P. M., 
continuing in session until 6 o'clock next morning,ex- 
cept during the brief recesses for refreshment. Or- 
ders were conferred upon the following named Com- 
panions: Gen. W. R. Rowley, Daniel Stewart, M. ^ 
Coleman, Daniel LeBetter, J. C. Calderwood, and W. 
R. Burkhard. P. G. Commander Prentice and P. 


D. G. Commander Tuttle conferring the Orders, with 
Dr. Allen as Prelate. 

"At nine o'clock in the evening a recess was called, 
and the Sir Knights in tull uniform, proceeded to the 
residence of Mr. L. S. Felt, to pay their respects to 
President Grant. They were as fine looking a body 
of men as ever paraded our streets. The President 
received them cordially, and after all had shaken hands 
with him, they returned to their Asylum to resume 
work . 

"At 12 o'clock the hour for refreshments having ar- 
rived, the Sir Knights repaired to Owens' Hall, where 
a fine banquet had been prepared. At the close of the 
banquet, work was resumed, and continued till the 
hour of departure of the trains next morning. 

"The Commandery starts out with flattering pros- 
pects, and its firs t Conclave was a pleasant one to all 

Since the above was written more than fifty Com- 
panions have been created and dubbed with the Chiv- 
alrous orders of Christian Masonry. The Comman- 
dery has been called upon to attend two Templar fun- 
erals: That of Sir Knight W. D. Putnam, of War- 
ren, and the early and warm friend of our Comman- 
dery, Past Grand Commander Dr. N. F. Prentice, of 
Freeport, each of whom were buried with Knightly 
honors, at the place of their late residence. 

On the 15th day of June, 1874, the occasion of laying 
the Corner Stone of the new Public Hall, and the Ded- 
ication of the new Masonic building, Galena Comman- 


dery was out in lull force numbering over thirty 
swords, and " under the command of Generalissimo 
Sir W. R. Rowley, assisted by Capt. Gen. Sir C. S. 
Bentley, excited the admiration of the spectators for 
the rapidity with which they executed the various 
Templar movements in passing from columns of three 
to that of the Passion Cross and several other move- 
ments known to Templar Masonry." 

Fraters, our labors are ended. We have not intend- 
ed, nor did you expect, when you requested that we 
rescue from oblivion the names of the early workers 
in Masonry in this city, that we would give you a trea- 
tise on the Mystic brotherhood, but that we would 
look up the " Old Records. " seek out the names of all 
connected with the Craft, and place them with the 
By-Laws of the present bodies in one book, that each 
and every Galena Mason might the better trace his 
genealogy (Masonic history) from the organization pf 
the first Lodge, "Strangers' Union, " to the present 

If we have succeeded in doing this with a reason- 
able degree of accuracy, and have met your expecta- 
tions, we are amply recompensed, and will close our 
labors in the firm knowledge that the Galena Masons 
have done what it behooves every Masonic body to 
do to put their work on record that it may be in the 
hands of every member. 

We would, therefore, fraternally and courteously 
bid you an affectionate Farewell. 


Galena Coininandery 

3*0-0. 4=0, 




Organized mJer Dispensation from Wiley M, Egan, Deputy Grand Commander 
of the Grand Commandery of Illinois, Sept. 29th, 1871. 


Charter Granted by Grand Commandery of Illinois, Oct. 24, 1871. 



Members under Dispensation, 

Sir John Corson Smith, v 

Sir Samuel Cook, 

Sir Simeon Kingsley Miner, 

Sir John Minott Daggett, 

Sir Mortimer Marcus Wheeler, 

Sir John Olinger, 

Sir Charles Silas Burt, 

Sir Robert Little, 

Sir Smith D . Atkins. ^ 

Officers appointed'by Grand Commander, 
E. Sir John Corson Smith, Eminent Commander. \ 
Sir Samuel Cook, Generalissimo. 
Sir Simeon Kingsley Miner, Captain General. 





To whom it may concern, (Greeting; 

WHEREAS, HERETOFORE, O- WIT: Ou the nine'eenth day of Sep- 
tember, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Kighl Hundred and 
Seventy-one, a Dispensation was granted to Sir John Corson smith, Sim- 
eon Kingsley .Miner, Mahlon (Jolcinan, Mortimer Marcus Wheeler, Wil- 
liam Rudolph Burkhard, William Keuben Rowley, John Carter Calder- 
wood, Daniel LeBetter, and Daniel Stewart, to open and hold a Com- 
mand ery of Knights Templars and the Appendant orders, in the city 
of Galena, in the County of Jo Daviess, and State of Illinois, by the 

AND WHERK AS, Application has been made to this Grand Command- 
ery for a perpetual Charter or -Varrant, to enable them to continue in all 
the rights and privileges of a regularly constituted Commandery, and 
a copy of the By-Laws, and of the Minutes of their proceedings having 
been submitted for our inspection and approval, and no cause adverse to 
the granting the prayer of said applicants to us appearing; 

NOW KNOW YE, That we, the Grand < 'ommandery of Knights Tem- 
. plar of the State of Illinois, reposing spacial confidence and trust in the 
"fidelity zeal, and Knightly courtesy of the officers and Knights of the 
said Commandery, and for the purpose of diffusing the benefits of the 
Order, and promoting the happiness of man, by virtue of the power in 
us vested ; Do by these presents, recognize said Commandery to ba 
known s "'JALENA COMMANOERT No, 40." as regularly constituted and 
established under the jurisdiction of this Grand Commandery with full 
and adequate powers to confer the several Orders of Knights of the Red 
Cross, Knights Templar and Knights of Malta, upon such person or per- 
sons posessing the requisite qualifications, as they may think proper. 
And we do also recognize the present Officers and Knights of the said 
Commandery, with continuence of the same powers and privileges to 
them and their successors forever, except that the Officers of said Com- 
mandery shall not be entitled to act as members of our Grand Command- 
ery, until they are duly elected and installed under this Charter: Pro- 
vided, Nevertheless, that the saidOificers and Knights, and their succes- 
sors pay due respect to our said Grand Comraandery, the Statutes and 
Regulations thereof, and the constitution and edicts of the Grand En- 
campment of the United States of America; and in no way remove the 
ancient land-marks of our order, otherwise this Charter, and all things 
therein conatiued to be void and of no effect. 

Given at Chicago, in the State of Illinois, this twenty-second day of 
December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sev- 
enty-one, and of the order, seven hundred aud fiifty-three. 
5 Signed. 

WILEY M. EGAN, Grand Com, 

DANIEL DOSTIN, Dep. Grand Com. 

JAMBS A. EUWLEY, Grand Generalissimo. 

HIRAM W. HUBBARD, Graud Capt. Gen. 
[SEAL] JAMES H, MILES, Grand Recorder. 




The name of this Commandery shall be "GALENA 
COMMANDERY, No. 40," under the jurisdiction of the 
Grand Commandery of Illinois. 



The stated conclaves of this Commandery shall be 
held ou the first Thursday of each month at 1\ 
o clock, P. M. 



The Annual Conclave for the election of Officers 
shall be held on the first Thursday of December of 
each year. 



The Eminent Commander, Generalissimo, Captain 
General, Prelate, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, 
Treasurer, Recorder. Standard Bearer, Sword Bearer, 
and Warden shall be elected by ballot, at the annual 
Conclave of each year. 



Previous to the Installation, the Eminent Command- 
er-elect shall appoint a Captain of the Guards, three 
Guards and two Stewards. 



The Installation of Officers shall occur as soon 
after the election as may be convenient, but on or 
before Saint John's day, December 27th of each year. 


The duties of the several Officers shall be in ac- 
cordance with the work and ritual of the Order, the 
traditions, statutes, and regulations of the Grand 
Commandery of the State, and the Constitution of 
the Grand Encampment of the United States ot 



Before entering upon the duties of his office, the 
Treasurer shall give good and sufficient surety for 
the faithful performance and discharge of his duty, 
to be approved by the first three Officers-elect. 


At each annual conclave, the Treasurer and Record- 
er shall render an account of all moneys received and 
paid out by them respectively, for the current year, 


which accounts shall he examined by the Finance 
Committee, who shall report the result of their exam- 
inations to the Comrnandery- and proper action shall 
be had thereon. 



The Eminent Commander, Generalissimo, :nd Cap- 
tain-General shall be a Committee on Finance, and all 
bills shall be referred to and audited by them. 


The yearly dues of members shall be three dollars 
(which includes the Grand Comrnandery dues) pay- 
able on or before the annual conclave in each year. 


SEC. 1. Any member of this Comrnandery not 
indebted for dues or otherwise, may become a 
life member of this Commandery and exempt from 
the payment of further dues, by paying into the 
Treasury thereof the sum of thirty dollars, and there- 
by remain and be entitled to all the rights and priv- 
ileges of active membership. 

SEC. 2. Any member of this Commandery who 
has regularly paid all dues and assessments against 
him for twenty years, shall become a life member and 
be exempt from the payment of all further dues, and 
be entitled to all the rights and privileges of active 

SKC. 3. Any Sir Knight becoming a life member, 


:ts provided in Section 1 and 2, shall remain as before, 
subject to all the laws, rules and edicts of the Order, 
and its ancient landmarks, usages and constitutions; 
and in case of expulsion shall forfeit the sum so paid 
for life membership, and all the privileges ol said iife 



The Recorder and Captain of the Guard shall be 
exempt from the payment of yearly dues, and shall 
each receive cne dollar for each night's services. 


It shall be the duty of the Recorder at each An- 
nual Conclave, to read the names in open Comman J- 
ery, of any members who shall be in arrears for due, 
for one year or over, and any member so in arrears 
shall not be entitled to vote at the Annual Conclaves 
or be eligible to office, and such action shall be had 

O ' 

in such cases ,is may be directed by a majority of the 
members j resent. 



The Fees for conferring the orders shall be forty 
dollars, viz: Twenty dollars for the' Order of the Red 
Cross (ten dollars of which shall accompany the pe- 
tition) and twenty dollars for the Order of Knights 
Templar, and Knight of Malta, which amounts shall 
be paid at or before the time of conferring the sev- 
eral orders. The Fee for membership of a Knight 


Templar shall be five dollars, which shall accompany 
the petition, and in case of the rejection of a petit- 
ioner for the orders, or for membership, the Recorder 
shall at once return said fee to sirjh petitioner with a 
notice of his rejection. 



Every petition for the orders or for membership, 
shall be recommend by two members of this Cornmand- 
ery in good standing, and -. unanimous ballot shall 
be necessary to elect. 



A Candidate elect failing to appear to receive 
the Orders within six months after being notified in 
writing of his election, shall be required to present a 
uev petition to be acted upon, and the fee accompany, 
ing the first shall be forfeited to the Commandery. 


A Demit may be granted to any member (excepting 
Officers) in good standing, and clear of the books, 
on his application, at a stated Conclave. 


Every member attending the stated Conclaves shall 
be dressed uniformly in dark, and in case of failure 
or neglect to provide himself with the Regulation 
Uniform of a Knight Templar within three months 
alter his membership shall commence, he shall not be 


allowed to appear in public with the Commandery, 
and such failure or neglect may, in the discretion of 
the Cominaudery, be sufficient cause for the suspen- 
sion of the delinquent member from the rights and 
privilege^ of the order. 



Whenever charges unbecoming a Knight Templar 
shall be preferred against a member, such action shall 
be had, as is consistent with the traditions and rules of 
the order, and ia conformity with the statutes and 
regulations of the Grand Cornandery of the State, 
and the Constitution of the Grand Encampment of 
the United States of America. 



Any proposed amendment to these By-Laws shall 
be presented in writing'at a stated Co.icUve, and 
lie over until the next stated Conclave, when action 
shall be had thereon ; a two-thirds vote of all mem- 
bers present shall be necessary to the adoption of any 
such amendment. 


The order of Business shall be as follows: 

1 . Reading of Records . 

2. Reading and referring Petitions' 

3. Reports of Committees on Petitions. 

4. Uelluting on Petitions. 

5. Miscellaneous Business. 
5. Work. 


Grand Commandery of Knights Templar, 

OCTOBER 24. 1870. 

Conforming to that adopted by the G rand Encampment of the United States, 

Full Dress Black frock coat, black pantaloons, 
scarf, sword, belt, shoulder straps, gauntlets, and 
chapeau, with appropriate trimmings. 

For Sir Knights^ Black cloth cut military style, 
single breasted, standing collar; eleven buttons in 
front, four behind; length, to knee; side edges in 
plait; hook and eye at neck gore, sleeve plain, no but- 
tons at cuff; passion cross of silver on left side of 
collar, buttons round or bell, and of silk twisted cov- 

For Generalissimo and Captain General. Same 
as above . 


For Commanders and Past Commander. Same 
as nhove, except that the co;>t shall be double breast- 
ed, with two rows of; cross uu collar to be 
gold with rays. * 

Fatigue Dress. Same as full dress, except for 
chapeau a black cloth cap, navy form, with appropri- 
ate cross i:i front, an 1 forgurittatfl whitM <^'ove><. 

Scars. Five inches wide in the whole, of white, 
bordered with black one inch on either side, a strip 
of navy lace one-fourth of an inch wide, at the inner 
edge of the black. On the front centre of the scarf, 
a metal star of nine points, in allusion to the nine 
founders of the Temple Order, inclosing the Passion 
Cross, surrounded by the Latin motto, "In hoc Sic/no 
Vinces" the star to be three and three-quarter inches 
in diameter. The scarf to be worn from the right 
shoulder to the left hip, with ihe ends extending six 
inches below the point of intersection . 

Chapeau. The military chapeau, trimmed with 
black binding, one white and two blach plumes, and 
appropriate cross an the left side. 

Gauntlets. Of buff leather, the flap to extend 
four inches upwards from the wrist, and to have the 
appropriate cross embroidered in gold, on the proper 
colored velvet, two inches in length. 

Sword. Thirty -four to forty inches, inclusive of 
scabbard, helmit head, cross handle, and metal scab- 

* None but Commanders and Past Commanders are entitled to nee the 


Belt. Red enatnled or patent leather, two iuchc* 
wide, fastened around the body with buckle or clasp. 

Shoulder Straps, for the Commander and Past 
Commanders of a Subordinate Commandery Em- 
erald green silk velvet, one and a half inches wide by 
four inches long, bordered with one row of embroid- 
ery, of gold, quarter of an inch wide; the Passion 
Cross with a halo, embroidered, of silver, in the cen- 

For the Generalissimo. Same as Commander, ex- 
cept for Passion Cross, the Square, surmounted with 
the Paschal Lamb. 

For the Captain General .Same as the Command- 
er, except for the Passion Cross, the level, surmount- 
ed with the Cock . 

Cap. Navy form; black cloth, four to five inches 
high, narrow leather strap fastened at the sides with 
small metal Templar's Cross, and with appropriate 
cross in front. 

Distinctions. The Sir Knights will wear white 
metal wherever metal appears. Commanders and 
Past Commanders, Grand and Past Grand Officers, 

Officers U, D. 

A. 0. 753 ; A, D, 1871. 

/ E. Sir John Corson Smith, Eminent Com. 

Sir Samuel Cook, Generalissimo. 

Sir Simeon Kingsley Miner, Captain General. 

Sir John Minot Daggett, Prelate. 
Sir Mortimer Marcus Wheeler, Senior Warden . 

Sir John Olinger, Junior Warden. 

Sir Charles Silas Burt, Treasurer. 

Sir Daniel LeBetter, Recorder. 

Sir Robert Little, Standard Bearer. 

Sir Smith D. Atkins, Sword Bearer. 

Sir Daniel Stewart, Captain of Guards. 


A. 0. 754; A. D. 1872 

E. Sir John Corson Smith. 
Sir William Reuben Rowley, 
Sir Simeon Kingsley Miner, 
Sir Daniel LeBetter, 
Sir Mahlon Coleman, 
Sir Mortimer Marcus Wheeler, 
Sir William Rudolph Burkhard, 
Sir Daniel LeBetter, 
Sir Richard Henry Fiddick, 
Sir Edward James, 
Sir John Carter Calderwood, 
Sir Daniel Stewart, 
Sir Sidney Hunkins, 
Sir William Richard Holder, 
Sir Charles Sherman Bentley, 

Eminent Coin. 


Captain General. 


Senior Warden. 

Junior Warden. 



Standard Bearer. 

Sword Bearer. 


Captain of Guard . 

Third Guard. 

Second Guard. 

First Guard. 



A. 0. 755 : A. D. 1873, 

E. Sir John Corson Smith, 

Sir William Heuben Rowley, 

Sir Charles Sherman Bentley, 

Sir Henry Herman Oidenhage, 

SirMahion Coleman, 

Sir Simeon Kingsley Miner, 

Sir Richard Henry Fiddick, 

Sir Daniel LeBetter. 

Sir Edward James, 

Sir Louis Albert Rowley, 

Sir John Carter Calderwood, 

Sir Daniel Stewart, 

Sir Thomas Edmond Artnitstead, 

Sir Sidney Hunkins, 

Sir William Richard Holder. 

Eminent Com. 
Captain General. 

Senior Warden. 
Junior Warden. 
Treasurer . 
Standard Bearer. 
Sword Bearer. 

Captain of Guard, 
Third Guard. 
Second Guard. 
First Guard. 


| Demitted. t Honorary. t Deceased. 


E. Sir John Corson Smith, 

Sir Samuel Cook, f 

Sir Simeon Kingsley Miner, 

Sir John Minott Daggett, 

Sir Mortimer Marcus Wheeler, 

Sir John Olinger, 

Sir Charles Silas Burt, 

Sir Robert Little, 

Sir Smith D. Atkins, 

When Knighted. 

8ir Kt. John Corson Smith, April 26, 1871 

" Simeon Kingsley Miner, April 26, 1871 

" Mortimer Marcus Wheeler, April 5, 1870 

'* William Reuben Rowley, Sept. 29, 

" Daniel Stewart, Sept. 29, 

" Mahlon Coleman, Sept. 29, 1871 

" Daniel LeBetter, Sept. 29, 1871 

" John Carter Cal'derwood, Sept. 29, 

" William Rudolph Burkhard, Sept. 29, 

" Edward James, Jan. 12, 

" Richard Henry Fiddick, Jan. 13, 


Sir Kt. Charles Sherman Rentley, 

" Nelson Munroe Bratt, 

" Anutsa Harrington Mo >dy, 

" Hezekiah Gear, \ 

" William Richard Holder, 

" Daniel Wann, 

u Jacob Wernli, 

" Sidney Hunkins, 

'* Henry Herman Oldenhage, 

" William Henry Martin, 

" Wilbur Fisk Crummer, 

" Louis Albert Rowley, 

" William Gary, 

44 Thomas Ediriond AnniUtead 

" John Dunston Pryor, 

" Elijah Hedding Downing, J 

" John Weslty Luke, 

" Peter Trewartha, 

" James Barton Brown, 

" Daniel Asbury Taylor,' 

" Alonzo Van Ness Richards, 

" Jacob Fawcett, 

" Edward Courtney, 

" Benjamin Frederic Merle u, 

" John Hatch, 

" John Paul Williams, 

" John Eugene Hoover, 

" John Stewart Wiley, 

" David Nash Corwith, 

" Horatio Nelson Bridgeman, 








































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