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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta GROWTH OF MASONRY IN CITY OF LETHBRIDGE j-ETHBBIDGE, ALBERTA. WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1909 The Grand Lodge of Albvrtu. A. F. A..M. are in Lethbrklpe tochy hflckiiTig-'Stlioir annual session, -ho .iruestj! of the Uiree local The chairman of the entertainment com- jnittee is J. H. Fleeuvood and rhe secretary I'. May. Of these three lodges. North star W. BRO. REV. J. S. CHIVERS P. M., North Star Ladge ".No. 4. Lethbridge Xo. 39. and the Shekinah Chapter of Royal Arch Ma- sons, the first named is the oldest es- tablished in the city. The North Star Lodge was organized March 13, 1888, under a dispensation charter grafted by the Grand Lodge of Man- toba. It was tie fourth lodge to be organized in Alberta., those of" Calgary Medicine Hat and Macleod organized previously. It was number 41 and the officers named in the dispensation charter were: W. M Thos. MePherson; S.W., Robert Xi ven; J.W., Prank Lowery; Treasurer Fred Charupness; Secretary. Alex Moffatt; J.D., Malcolm McKemie; Ty- ler, Jas.'Pierie; Chaplain, Rev. Chas. McKillop. A working charter was granted to the lodge in February, 1SS9. at which time the lodge had a" 'mem- bership of only a few. On June'26th, 1889, the following officers were elected: W.M., Thcs Mc- Pherson; S. W. Jesse B. Wal- ter; J.W., Albert J. Scott; Chaplain, Rev Chas. McKillop; Treasurer, Fred Champness; Secretary, Alex. -Moffat; Senior Deacon, ,Fred J. Borden; Jun- ior Deacon, Alex Tate; Director of Ceremonies, John Brown; Senior Steward, Win, Henderson; Junior Steward, D. Fraser; Tyler, John Bur- rell. The lodge was instituted by Rt. Worshipful Bro.Brogden who was D. D. G. M., District Vo. ,7 of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. Amonast the early visitors to the lodge were I James Haslett, Inspector SLT, and George Kraser. The to bi- imtbU'd wen- B. Bunvll. B. i and Fivd J. Bourdon. "Tlio early history of Masonrv 'Lothbridge was a struggle for exist- said Thomas McXabb, a past'1 master of the lodge, t the Herald. "We were' forced to uuvt almost any old place. Finally having increased in membership :o thirty-eight in I8y2 we decided on having a hall of our own by taking shares in the Leth- bridge Building Co. (now the A. R. I. Co. offices) for this purpose. We I raised 5400 and paid a rental of per month. This was unfortunately a bad break and came nearly swamp- ing the lodge. But in the struggle we kept our heads above water and are now not only abb to swim but to float, easily." After meeting for a time in these 1 rooms the lodge met for years in the I Oddfellows' Hall (old Oliver Hall) un- til three years ago when they leased their present commodious rooms in the Post Office block. The lodge an- ticipates building a temple on its lots on Burden Street next year. From the organization until 1904 the lodge did not make very rapid in- crease in membership, the average! ncrease being only two per annum, f In 1905 the membership was ninety-j nine and since that time the lodge j las made very rapid until i oday the lodge is the strongest fin- ncially in the district and has the argest membership. In 1905 when the territories were Phere'g not a Flaw n Mall or Tub EDDY'S FIBRE- WARE Every Solid. Hardened, without a Hoop or Seam. Many other ExcJusive Features are too when you Positively Persist in ing Eddy's. AH Good Grocers can supply you. in BRO. D. MAY Secretary of Reception Committee W. BRO. N. T. MACLEOD P. M. North Star Lodge W. BRO. A. C. MESSER 'Master Lethbridge Lodge WV.4.J.A 1.W1 J.L.. J ll Ci C j divided into provinces, the Grand W. BRO. E. ADAMS P. M., Lethbridge Lodge Lodge of Alberta was instituted, all lodges in Alberta coming under its jurisdiction. The North Star lodge .re- ceived its charter from the Grand R. W. BRO. THOS. McNAB Lodge of Alberta in October, 1905, and was. numbered four. Formation of Second Lodge The North Star lodge is working un- der what is known as the Ancient York rite. In 1907 there were quite a number of uuaffiliajed Masons in the city, the majority of whom were regular visitors to North Star but who were accustomed to working un- der the Scottish rite. These with a few Scottish rite members who had affiliated with North Star Lodce, or- ganized what is known as Lethbridge Lodge No. 39, receiving their charter in April, 190S. The. first officers were W. M., A. C. Messer; S. W., D. Mar; J. W., Geo W Whelen; Secretary, G. V. Storkey; Treasurer, J. T. Graham; Senior Deacon, F. J. Deacon, J. L. H. Prince; L G., T. S. Harold; Tyler. A. G. Nedham! On June 17, 1907, there was institut- ed the Shekinah.Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, the fourth in the province. The first officers were Z-E Comp. B. Morton Jones, H-E' Comp. D. S-E. Comp. J-E. Comp'" R. W. BRO. J. H. FLEETWOOD Chairman of Reception Committee ,A. C Messer, A.G. Nedham. ,Treas. Comp., C. G K Ncurse, PS- jE Comp. N. T. McLeocT. SS-Comp. H. PA. Driggs, J.S.-E Comp. E. E. Rey- Jnolds, M.V.-Comp. W. H. McGregor W. BRO. DR. J. S. STEWART Master of North Star Lodge I The Grand Lodge, A. F. A. M. of Alberta was organized October llth, 1905 at Calgary. Previous to the formation of the of Alberta and Saskatchewan the lodges in Al- berta had been under the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. At that time the only lodge. in Lethbridge was the North Star Lodge No. 41 and the del- J egates to the Grand Lodge were Rev. i J. S. drivers.. J. H. Fleetwood and Hugh Scott. The first Grand Master was DJJ. G. R. Macdonald of Cajgary. H. C. Taylor, now Judge Taylor, of" Edmonton was Deputy Grand Master and Rev. J. S. Chivers, of Lethbridge, was Grand Chaplain. "LONG MAC" LEAVES (Cranbrook Herald.) W. McDonald left last Tuesda for Milk River, Alberta, where h will engage in the drug business. Mr McDonald will be much missed, no only by the patrons of Beattie