Pg. 1 - Location
Pg. 2 - The Different Masonic Lodge Rooms
Pg. 3 - Brief Mention of Some Notable Brethren of this Lodge Who Have Passed to Their Reward
Pg. 5 - The Early History of the Lodge
Pg. 6 - A Leaf From the Past
Pg. 9 - Petition for New Lodge 104
Pg. 11 - The Lodge Complimented
Pg. 17 - Recommendation
Pg. 27 - Members of Corsicana
Lodge No 104
Pg. 28 - Members of Corsicana Lodge No. 174
Pg. 37 - Worshipful Master of Corsicana Lodge No. 104,
A. F. & A. M., and Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A. F. & A. M., with
the years in which they served
Pg. 39 - Other Masonic Bodies in Navarro County
Pg. 40 - Certificate Men
Pg. 40 to 41 - Report of Printing Committee
1 - Location
This Lodge is situated in the City
of Corsicana, in Navarro County, Texas. Corsicana is the
county seat of Navarro County, and is situated on the 32nd parallel of
latitude. The county takes its name from Antonio
Navarro, a member of an
early Legislature of Texas at the time of the organization of the county
in 1844. Antonio Navarro was a native of the Island of Corsica, and
the city of the county was named in honor of his birthplace.
It is now a city of some 15,000
population, with three trunk lines of railroad passing through it, one
branch railroad, and one interurban road, which gives access to North
Texas. Its civic progress is attested by 25 miles of paved streets
and 100 miles of paved sidewalks. Its industries are numerous and
substantial. Among the principal industries is that of the
production and refining of petroleum oil. Corsicana is called
the Oil City, and here was discovered and opened the first oil field west
of the Mississippi River. Although this is the oldest oil field in
the South, the production is still holding its own, and has been for the
past twenty years. The production of this field at present
averages 40,000 barrels per month of high grade oil, and has induced the
building of a million-dollar refinery here. One of the largest
cotton mills in the South is located here, and some thirty other
manufacturing plants comprising nearly all kinds of manufactures.
Corsicana is a city of churches;
all the denominations are represented, and all own handsome and commodious
church buildings, which, with an $85,000 Y.M.C.A.
building, evidences the
moral and religious atmosphere of the city.
The educational facilities of
Corsicana are unsurpassed. A fine Carnegie
Library, together with an
up-to-date and efficient system of public free schools, of which our
citizens are justly proud, the High School being affiliated with the State
University. The social life of Corsicana is highly developed.
Numerous clubs and societies, social and literary, afford ample means for
the cultivation of the refinements of life. The citizenship to a
very degree is refined, cultivated and hospitable.
Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A. F.
& A. M., with a present membership of 387, is the only Masonic Lodge
in the city. All the other fraternal orders are represented, and are
The State Orphans' Home and the
Odd Fellows Orphan's Home are both situated in the edge of the city.
2 - The Different Masonic Lodge Rooms
The first Masonic Lodge ever held
in Corsicana held its communications in a log building which stood about
the middle of the block between Thirteenth and Fourteenth Streets on the
north side of Second Avenue, and from this place it was moved to the
second story of a wooden building called "The Academy," situated
in the middle of the block between Second and Third Avenues, which stood
just behind the present residence of Bro. J. M. Blanding, and the Lodge
was called together by the ringing of the old-fashioned triangle.
Here Lodge No. 104 and its successor, Lodge No. 174, remained until the
lodge room was moved to the second floor of the S. A. Pace
the corner of Beaton Street and Sixth Avenue. This move was made in
1875, at which time the Lodge acquired the title to the second floor of
the Pace building. In 1886, the Lodge sold its holdings in the Pace
building, and erected a two-story brick building on the east side of
Beaton Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, where it remained
domiciled in the second story of this building until the building was sold
by the Lodge to Mr. W. H. Barth in 1898. The Lodge then purchased
the site of the present Masonic temple and began the erection of a
four-story brick building thereon. Until the completion of this
building, the Lodge rented and occupied the second floor of a business
house on the north side of Collin Street between Beaton and Eleventh
Streets. The present Lodge quarters, which occupy the third and
fourth floors of the Masonic Temple, situated one door east of the corner
of Eleventh street and Fifth Avenue on the north side of Fifth Avenue, are
in facilities and equipment equal to any in the State. This Lodge
room contains a unique feature for conferring the Fellow Craft degree,
being an actual winding stairway, consisting of three, five and seven
steps, properly lettered, ascending back of the Senior Warden's station.
This arrangement is said to be the only one in the South. The
building is worth the sum of $30,000.00, and is fully paid for, and the
Lodge has a good cash balance in the Treasury, which with Liberty Bonds
amounts to about $6,000.00. The Royal Arch Chapter No. 41, and
Bertrand du Guesclin Commandery No. 14, K. T., by written agreement of the
Blue Lodge, in consideration of funds furnished by these bodies for the
building of the Temple, have perpetual quarters in the building, rent
free. The title to the property is vested in Corsicana Lodge No.
174, A. F. & A. M. That the Masonic bodies have this valuable
and commodious building is due in large measure to the foresight, energy
and financial skill and ability of the Building Committee which had charge
of the location and construction of this building, which committee was
composed of Brothers Chas. H. Allyn, A. Harris, S. W. Johnson, W. A. Polk,
F. C. Hand, and Jno. H. Rice.
3 - Brief Mention of Some Notable Brethren of this Lodge Who Have
Passed to Their Reward
In addition to several
distinguished men and Masons who have been mentioned in the early history
of the Lodge, under a head of "A Leaf From The Past," among
others, there may be called to mind Brother Samuel Harris Kerr, who moved
to Corsicana from Tennessee in the early fifties, and from the very first
was prominently identified with this Lodge during his long life.
Bro. S. H. Kerr was County Clerk of this (Navarro) county for eighteen
successive years and was honored and loved by a very large circle of
friends, both in and out of the Lodge. He was Worshipful Master of
the Lodge in 1874 and 1875, and was a very zealous and bright Mason,
illustrating in his daily lift the principles and tenets of Freemasonry as
fully as it is possible for human nature to do. He was a sincere
Christian gentleman of the sweetest spirit and manners, and his blameless
and pure life abides with the Lodge and community as a benison.
Bro. Eldred J. Simkins came to
Corsicana from Florida in 1870 and at once affiliated with this Lodge.
He was Worshipful Master in 1885 and 1886, and was a regular attendant as
long as he lived. Soon after he came to Texas he was elected
District Attorney of the Thirteenth Judicial District. At that time
affairs were in a formative state, and there was much lawlessness.
Brother Simkins made an enviable reputation as a vigorous and fearless
prosecuting officer and contributed very largely to the establishment of
law and order in this and the surrounding counties. He was elected
to the bench of the Court of Criminal Appeals, where he greatly
distinguished himself, as he was an able and profound lawyer. He was
probably one of the best educated men in the State, and an original
thinker. He was a recognized power in the Grand Lodge of Texas.
No history of this lodge would be
complete without mention of Bro. Chas. H. Allyn, who at the time of his
death was spoken of as "the first citizen of Corsicana."
He never held office in the Lodge, but for three terms was Eminent
Commander of Bertrand du Guesclin Commandery No. 14, K. T. For many
years he was a prominent grocery merchant of Corsicana, and to write the
history of Corsicana is but to write the history of the life and services
of Bro. Chas. H. Allyn. He was identified with the Lodge from 1873
until his death, and the Lodge relied on him as its financial and business
adviser. Born in the State of New York, he came to Corsicana in 1873
from New Orleans, La. A polished gentleman and broad-minded business man,
with a heart overflowing with the milk of human kindness, he was
prominently identified and led in every civic improvement, and in movement
for the material and moral uplift of his adopted city and county.
Bro. William A. Polk came to
Navarro County from Tennessee. He was of the same family as
President Jas. K. Polk, and was a typical old-fashioned Southern
gentleman. He was first a member of the old Dresden
Lodge demised, and affiliated with this Lodge when he moved from his
country place into the city. Brother Polk was elected Worshipful
Master of this Lodge four times, in 1890, 1891, 1892, and 1896.
His son, Edwin M. Polk, filled the same office in 1916.
Bro. Joshua L. Halbert was one of
the early members of this Lodge, and the high esteem in which he was held
by the Craft is shown by the fact that he held the office of Worshipful
Master six times, in 1858, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865. It will
be noted that this time embraced the period of the war between the States,
and during that conflict Captain Halbert was a gallant Confederate soldier
in the field. He was a prominent lawyer at the early Corsicana bar,
a man of sterling character whose memory lingers fragrant to this day in
this community, for all that was high-minded and good.
5 - The Early History of the Lodge
It is somewhat difficult to give a
particular history of the early days of the lodge, owing to the lack of
consecutive early records, some of which are missing. The writer is
convinced that he can not do better than to adopt the report made to this
Lodge in June, 1915, by our lamented Bro. R. S. Neblett, deceased.
Brother Neblett made an exhaustive research of our own records, and in
addition spent several days in going over and copying the records of
Lodges No. 104 and 174, in the office of the Grand Secretary at Waco.
The results of his investigation were embodied in his report, above
mentioned, under the title of "A Leaf from the Past." The
writer recently spent several days in the office of the Grand Secretary
and verified all the records quoted by Brother Neblet in "A Leaf From
6 - A Leaf From the Past
Believing that the Lodge will be
interested not only in the early history of this Lodge, but in early
Masonry in Navarro County, I have looked into the records of the Grand
Lodge and find many interesting facts. I have also reached the
conclusion, in fact I know, that one of our important records is missing.
I have seen the record which contains a great portion of the minutes of
Lodge No. 104, when it was working under dispensation before it was
chartered. I have also seen the recorded minutes of Corsicana Lodge
under dispensation, and the early records after it was chartered. I
trust that each member of the Lodge will feel it his duty to make search
for the lost record.
On January 29, 1852, the Most
Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas met in Austin. On the 21st of
January, 1852, Brother E. L. Tarrant, then Deputy District Grand Master of
the Fourth Masonic District, embracing the territory of Navarro County, in
his report made the following statement:
"I have granted dispensation
for a new lodge at the town of Corsicana in Navarro County, and owing to
the great distance which that portion of the county was from a Lodge, and
that there were but few Masons there, I was forced to grant a number of
dispensations for the conferring of the several degrees, the fees for
which were left with the Secretary, and owing to the sickness of its
Master, returns of said Lodge have not been returned to the Grand Lodge.
I therefore recommend that their dispensation be continued for another
On the 29th day of December, 1851,
James M. Riggs, Secretary Pro Tem, certified to the returns from Corsicana
Lodge under dispensation as follows:
Copies of Records respecting
Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A. F. & A. M., under dispensation before
Lodge 104, and after Lodge 104.
"I, James M. Riggs, Secretary
Pro Tem of the Corsicana Lodge U. D., organized the 28th day of May, A. D.
1851, A. L. 5851, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a correct and
true return of the matters and things therein set forth.
Given under my hand and seal
(using private seal, there being no Lodge seal) at Corsicana, Navarro
County, Texas, the 29th day of December A. D. 1851.
JAMES M. RIGGS
Sec'y. Pro Tem
The officers reported were as
G. L. Martin, W. M.
W. M. Love, S. W.
B. D. Gerrold, J. W.
Jacob Eliot, Treasurer
Ethan Melton, Secretary
N. M. Burford, S. D.
J. H. Reagan, J. D.
Members reported as follows:
Past Master, G. L. Martin
C. M. Winkler, Wm. J. Ladd, Wm. F. Henderson, Wm. L. Browing, Wm. H.
Morrell, Lucien L. Bartlett, Jno. M. Morrell, James M. Riggs, Jno. C.
Bartlett, Alexander Beaton, Thos L. Burkhead, David R. Mitchell, Wm. J.
Stokes, Radford Ellis, Wm. P. Wood, Jas. B. Barry, Berry L. Ham, Jas. D.
Cyrus, Daniel B. Hartzell, James Maulding, Hampton McKinney, Benjamin W.
Jas. L. Carruthers, Adam M. Byers, Fielding L. Smithy, James Moody,
William Richie, T. W. Goodwin, William Croft.
Entered Apprentice Masons:
Robert N. White, Nathaniel H. Carroll, James Bryant, John Treadwell, James
A. Johnson, Wm. M. McCabe, Cornelius Vernoy, James R. Porter.
It is therefore certain, combining
the two statements, report of the Deputy District Grand Master, and the
certificate of Brother J. M. Riggs, Secretary Pro Tem, that the first
Masonic Lodge that ever met in Corsicana assembled under dispensationship
on the 28th day of May, 1851, and the membership is stated above.
It is not without pride that I
point to the fact that David R. Mitchell appears, according to the
records, to have been a Mason and a member of Corsicana Lodge Lodge No.
104 as early as 1851. His services to the county and the town of
Corsicana are well known. It was he who deeded 100 acres of land in
the location of the county seat for a town site, the courthouse square, as
now located, being the center of the land and the adjoining lots being
used for county seat purposes. In recent years, I am glad to say, a
modest monument was erected by the City of Corsicana to mark his grave in
We all knew and know of many
members of Corsicana Lodge who have passed away, and I do not mean to
minimize the services of any one of them as Masons and as good citizens to
the community in which they lived, by mentioning by name the few mentioned
in this report. I think it would be a beautiful tribute if we
should at some suitable time organize a Lodge of Sorrows and give
expressions of our appreciation of the many brethren who have fallen
beneath the all-devouring scythe of the grim reaper,
"Who with his sickle keen,
Reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between."
I also find from the records of
the Grand Lodge a petition for a charter, which petition is without date,
and is as follows:
9 - Petition for New Lodge, 104
"To the Most Worshipful Grand
Master and Wardens of the Grand Lodge of the State of Texas: The
petition of the undersigned members of Corsicana Lodge U. D. would
respectfully represent that the Lodge of which they are members held their
first communication on the ____ day of May, A. D. 1851, under dispensation
granted by Brother Tarrant, D. D., Grand Master of the State, and was then
organized by him, and he has since said organization presided at our
second communication and superintended the work of said Lodge.
They would further represent that
a transcript of the work of said Lodge was being prepared by the
Worshipful Master, G. L. Martin, for the inspection of your honorable
body, and while engaged upon the same was suddenly stricken down by an
attack of dangerous sickness which has confined him to his bed ever since.
He is now, in consequence, utterly unable to complete said transcript,
which, together with the incompetency of the other members of said Lodge
caused by inexperience, to complete the transcript already commenced by
said Worshipful Master, your petitioners find to their regret it cannot be
made out and forwarded in time for the inspection of your Honorable body.
Your petitioners will further show
that the members of said Lodge have expended a considerable sum of money
in the erection of a commodious hall for the use and benefit of the craft,
and have in various ways made many sacrifices to advance the prosperity of
the institution since becoming members thereof, and to which they are each
and all devotedly attached.
Your Petitioners would further
show that during the existence of their dispensation they were governed by
the by-laws of the Springfield Lodge, and that they held their regular
communications on the Saturday before the last Monday in each month.
Your Petitioners would further
show that the circumstances of their case, as heretofore set forth,
prevent them from ascertaining precisely the number of institutions,
passings and raisings since the opening of the order and the fees
due to the Grand Lodge thereon, but they believe that the some of $33.00
as a tender to your Honorable Body will cover the amount so received,
subject to a correction hereafter when the exact amount is ascertained.
They also make a tender of the further sum of $25.00, price of a charter,
should your Honorable Body see fit to grand one.
At the last regular communication
of the Lodge the following named officers were elected for the present
G. L. Martin, W. M.
B. D. Gerrold, S. W.
C. M. Winkler, J. W.
Alec Beaton, Secretary
James M. Riggs, Treasurer.
Wherefore your petitioners pray,
the peculiar circumstances under which they are placed being considered,
that Your Honorable Body would grant a charter to Corsicana Lodge No.
____, with power as usual in such cases to conduct said Lodge, and when
the transcript, aforesaid is completed the same will be forwarded to the
Grand Secretary, and in duty bound will ever pray.
WM. F. HENDERSON, M.M.
HAMPTON McKINNEY, W.M.
JOHN MORRELL, M.M.
ALEC. BEATON, M.M.
W. H. MORRELL, M.M.
JAS. R. ARMSTRONG, M.M.
On the 4th day of January, 1852, I
find the following report from Brother C. A. Evarts, which was adopted by
the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Wardens and members of the Grand Lodge
of the State of Texas:
"The Committee on Petitions have had the petition of Corsicana Lodge
praying for the charter to issue to it under consideration, it appears
from the petition of said Lodge that owing to the sudden sickness of the
Master of the Lodge, it has failed to send up it returns, but sent up the
sum of $25.00 for its charter. Your committee, in view of all the
premises and under the precedent of the Grand Lodge in the case of Ionia
Lodge, respectfully recommend charter to issue.
Respectfully, C.A. EVEARTS."
It is quite evident that the
report I have just quoted has reference to the petition asking for
charter, which is inserted above. I have been unable to find any record of
the Charter of Corsicana Lodge No. 104, but evidently it must have issued
in January, 1852, or soon thereafter.
11 - The Lodge Complimented
On the 17th of January, 1853, the
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas met at the Masonic Lodge of Milam
Lodge No. 3 in the City of Nacogdoches. The proceedings of which, to
which I have access, do not disclose who represented Corsicana Lodge 104
in that grand body, if any one; but on the 18th of January, 1853, the
Committee on Returns of Chartered Lodges reported that they examined the
returns of Corsicana Lodge No. 104, together with other Lodges, and made
the following complimentary statement with reference to Corsicana Lodge:
"The returns of Corsicana
Lodge are made out with most extraordinary neatness and accuracy and
reflect great credit on so young a Lodge and its Secretary."
At the same communication of the
Grand Lodge the by-laws of the Corsicana Lodge were passed on and
approved, except that two words were stricken out. The word
"work" was eliminated from the preamble, and in Article 7, Sec.
4, the word "honorable" was stricken out. This last word
was used with reference to some title of distinction, whereas, Masonry
teaches, we are upon the level, and the word brother should be used as the
appropriate Masonic term. However, notwithstanding the favorable
condition under which the Lodge was organized and the neatness and
accuracy of its work, it seems it was lacking in that cement of brotherly
love and affection which unites us into one sacred band or society of
friends and brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist, but that
noble contention, or rather emulation, of who can best work and best
On the 16th day of January, 1854,
the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge met at the Masonic hall of Euclid Lodge
No. 45, in the town of Rusk, Cherokee County. Brother Francis L.
Barziza was then Deputy District Grand Master of the 13th Masonic District
embracing the territory of Navarro County. On the 19th of January,
in making his report, he had this to say respecting Corsicana Lodge No.
"There was much difficulty
among the brethren of Corsicana Lodge, which injured the fraternity in
that section and came very near disorganizing the same; and I have no
doubt if any attempt had been made to investigate the conduct of the
brethren of said Lodge it would have led to the most serious consequences.
But I am happy to say by mild and pacific course the unfortunate
difficulties have been reconciled, and the Lodge up to the 27th of
December last was working in peace and harmony.
A difficulty has occurred between
two of the brethren since that time which will be adjusted by prompt
action of the Lodge. Charges will be preferred against the brethren
and they will doubtless be punished, as they should be, for any violation
of their duty as Masons."
On the 15th of January, 1855, the
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge met in the City of San Antonio in Alamo
Lodge No. 44. Brother F. L. Barziza again represented the 13th
Masonic District, embracing the territory of Navarro County. On that
day his report was read, and it, together with a communication from
Corsicana Lodge presented to the Grand Lodge, was referred to a special
committee for consideration. In the report Brother Barziza said
respecting Corsicana Lodge, that he had suspended on the ________ day of
December, 1854, Corsicana Lodge No. 104 for causes set forth in the
charges annexed to his report.
I have been unable to find in the
archives of the Grand Lodge the charges referred to in the report of the
Deputy District Grand Master, but the report states that, in addition to
the causes set forth for suspension, there was intense, bitter and
malignant feeling existing between Masons residing in the jurisdiction of
the Lodge and there was scarcely any hope of reconciliation. He
further stated that after deliberate investigation of the difficulties he
had dismissed the Lodge, and further stated that coercive means could not
be resorted to by these brethren who were disposed to walk up to their
duty as Masons and prefer charges and punish the offenders without
rendering their personal safety by so doing dangerous. He further
reported that sanctified spirits, urbanity, pretended courtesy and Masonic
faith floated over the Lodge, but no sooner is the communication closed
than the same spirit mediates and puts in motion malignant plans to
promote personal aggrandizement and cherish party resentments and
animosities. No Lodge of Masons can exist with such materials.
The committee to whom the report
of Brother Barziza and the petition from Corsicana Lodge was referred,
reported in substance, that the action of Brother Barziza in suspending
the Lodge and withdrawing its charter was in excess of the authority of
the Deputy District Grand Master. But the committee further reported
that the conduct of the Lodge was such that the Grand Lodge should arrest
the charter, and accordingly the following resolution was adopted:
"That the Grand Lodge of
Texas now in session, arrest the charter of Corsicana Lodge No. 104, said
Lodge having been derelict in its duty in failing to prefer charges
against some of its members for gross un-Masonic conduct."
"That all Masons heretofore
residing within the jurisdiction of Corsicana Lodge No. 104 are under the
jurisdiction of the nearest working Lodge to where they may respectively
reside, and that express power and authority are hereby delegated to such
Lodges to prefer charges against any person formerly a member of Corsicana
Lodge No. 104, and try the same, if necessary, for any un-Masonic conduct
that they or any of them may have heretofore been guilty of, and for which
they have not already been tried."
Illustrating and showing how the
spirit of Masonry prevailed at that time, the records of the Grand Lodge
disclose that Brothers W. A. Oakes and W. F. Henderson from Corsicana
Lodge No. 104, were in attendance on the Grand Lodge in San Antonio; and
they further disclosed that Brother W. A. Oakes was Grand Standard Bearer
in that Grand Annual Communication. The Grand Lodge passed a
resolution authorizing the expenses of Brothers Oakes and Henderson,
members of old Corsicana Lodge No. 104, to be paid out of the funds and
property of said Lodge. It is evident that these brethren were
surrounded with difficulties in attending that Grand Lodge Annual
Communication. Private conveyances or stage coach were the
only means offered for reaching San Antonio, which was at a distance of
some three hundred miles from Corsicana, requiring six or eight days to
make the trip to that city, and the same length of time to return.
This evidences the fact that Masonry must have been held in high esteem
among the Masonic fraternity in Corsicana.
Thus it is shown that Corsicana
Lodge No. 104 was organized and set to work under dispensation on the 28th
of May, 1851; that its charter was arrested in December, 1854, and that in
January, 1855, the action of the Deputy District Grand Master was declared
illegal, but that the causes existed that authorized the arrest of its
charter, and accordingly the charter was withdrawn, and Corsicana Lodge
No. 104 passed out of existence.
The following extract taken from
the Minutes of the Grand Lodge sows the officers and members of Corsicana
Lodge 104 when it demised.
Corsicana Lodge No. 104 was
chartered in 1852. The Lodge forfeited its charter in 1855.
The last return of that Lodge showed the following officers and members:
G. L. Williams, W. M.
Clinton M. Winkler, S. W.
James M. Riggs, J. W.
W. F. Henderson, Treasurer
W. L. Browning, Secretary
James Maulding, S. D.
J. G. Cox, J. D.
Joseph C. Bartlett, S. S.
William Hamilton, J. S.
James B. Barry, Tyler
G. L. Martin, Ethan Melton, John H. Reagan, Alexander Beaton, Lucian L.
Bartlett, W. J. Stokes, Berry L. Ham, Radford Ellis, Hampton McKinney, B.
D. Gerrold, William Croft, B. J. Fortson, W. L. Bundy, Robert R. Jackson,
James L. Carruthers, M. Allan, N. N. Burford, Jacob Elliot, W. H. Morrell,
John M. Morrell, David R. Mitchell, W. P. Wood, Jas. D. Cyrus, Daniel B.
Hartzell, W. M. Love, James Hamilton, Malcolm Johnson, Joseph White, F. L.
Smithy, William Richie, Henry B. Kathe, N. H. Carroll.
It will be observed that this is
the first instance in which the powers of the Deputy District Grand Master
were defined. This appears in the records of the Grand Lodge
respecting Corsicana Lodge No. 104. It will also be observed from
the report of the committee and the proceedings of the Grand Lodge that
members of Corsicana Lodge No. 104 were placed under the jurisdiction of
the nearest Lodge. Accordingly we find Brother Roger Q. Mills
affiliated with Quitman Lodge No. 122 at Chatfield Point, and that Brother
C. M. Winkler also affiliated with that Lodge, and these brethren
afterwards visited Corsicana Lodge, reorganized under dispensation after
the forfeiture of its charter. This is also noted in the
minutes of the Grand Lodge of Texas.
In April, 1855, Brother W. E.
Oakes wrote the following letter or communication to Brother E. B.
Nichols, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
You received petition from nine brethren for a dispensation to open a
Lodge of Master Masons at this place. I take great pleasure in
assuring you that these brethren are good Masons and entirely free of
prejudice on account of our former difficulties at this Lodge. I
also have full faith in their ability to govern a Lodge here in the right
I hope you will also grant them the privilege of holding their Lodge in
our former Lodge room.
I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you in Galveston next winter.
W. E. OAKES.,
Corsicana April 10th, 1855 "
Accompanying this letter was a
petition from nine Brother Masons, all of whom had been members of
Corsicana Lodge No. 104, which petition is as follows:
To the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Free and Accepted Masons of the
State of Texas:
We, the undersigned, being regular Master Masons, formerly members of the
Lodge mentioned against our names, and at this time not members of any
Lodge, pray for dispensation empowering us to meet as a regular Lodge at
Corsicana, to be called Corsicana Lodge, and there discharge the duties of
Masonry in a constitutional manner according to the powers of the Order
and the rules and regulations of the Grand Lodge. And we have
nominated and do recommend Brother Bethel D. Gerrold to be First Master;
Brother Samuel H. Kerr to be First Senior warden, and Brother Alexander
Beaton to be First Junior Warden of said Lodge.
The prayer of this petition being
granted, we promise strict conformity to the ancient landmarks of the
Order and the rules and regulations of the Grand Lodge.
B. D. Gerrold, Corsicana Lodge No. 104.
Samuel H. Kerr, Corsicana Lodge No. 104
Alexander Beaton, Corsicana Lodge No. 104
James M. Riggs, Corsicana Lodge No. 104
J. L. Loughridge, Corsicana Lodge No. 104
A. M. Byers, Corsicana Lodge No. 104
H. McKinney, Corsicana Lodge No. 104
F. L. Smithey, Corsicana Lodge No. 104
Dan Donaldson, Corsicana Lodge No. 104
17 - Recommendation
At a meeting of Quitman Lodge, No
122, held at old Chatfield Point on the 7th day of April 1855, A. L. 5855,
on motion made and seconded, resolved that the above petition be
recommended to the favorable consideration of the Most Worshipful Grand
B. J. FORTSON, W. M.
GEORGE M. HOGAN
This petition for dispensation was
granted on the 22nd day of April, 1855, and the following is a copy of
"In the Name and by the Authority of the Grand Lodge of Texas:
WHEREAS, a petition has been
presented to me by some of the brethren, to-wit: Brothers B. D. Gerrold,
Samuel H. Kerr, Alexander Beaton, James M. Riggs, J. L. Loughridge, W. N.
Byers, H. McKinney, F. L. Smithey and Dan Donaldson, residing at Corsicana
in the County of Navarro, State of Texas, praying to be congregated into a
regular Lodge and promising to write in their pages the ancient usages and
landmarks of the Order and the laws of the Grand Lodge; and,
WHEREAS, such petitioners have
been recommended to me as Master Masons in good standing by the Master,
Wardens and brethren of Quitman Lodge under our jurisdiction, therefore,
I, E.B. Nichols, Grand Master of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Texas, reposing
full confidence in the recommendation aforesaid, and in the Masonic
integrity of all of the petitioners, do by virtue of the authority in me
vested, hereby grant this dispensation empowering and authorizing our
trusted and well beloved brethren, aforesaid, to form and open a Lodge
after the manner of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons therein admitting
many of our Masons according to the ancient custom, not otherwise,to be
named Corsicana Lodge. This dispensation to continue in full force
until the next Annual Communication of our Grand Lodge, aforesaid, unless
sooner revoked by constitutional authority.
I hereby appoint Brother Bethel D.
Gerrold to be First Master, Brother Samuel H. Kerr to be first Senior
Warden and Brother Alexander Beaton to be first Junior Warden of said
Lodge, and it shall be their duty and they are hereby required to return
this dispensation with correct manuscript of all proceedings had under
authority of the same, together with attested copy of by-laws adopted, to
our Grand Lodge, aforesaid, at the expiration of the time herein
specified, for examination and for such further action in the premises as
shall then be deemed wise and proper.
Given under my seal and authority
of the Grand Lodge at Galveston, this the 21st A. D. 1855k, A. L. 5855.
E. B. NICHOLS,
I believe there is now now living
a single member to whom this dispensation was granted in 1855..
In 1855, Brother D. M. Pendergast
was the Deputy District Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District,
embracing the territory of Navarro County. On the 21st of January,
1856, the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas met in Masonic Harmony
Lodge No. 6, in the city of Galveston, and on that date Brother Pendergast
made his report, and among other matters spoke of Corsicana Lodge as
That a dispensation was granted
for a new Lodge at Corsicana soon after the adjournment of the last Grand
Lodge, and the propriety of setting the Lodge to work was referred to him;
that at first he felt not inclined to set the Lodge at work, but after
making general inquiry he reached the conclusion that those to whom the
dispensation was granted were not responsible for the trouble in the old
Lodge and that he believed them to be "good men and true," and
that they would steer clear of the rock on which the old Lodge had split,
and consented to set them to work; that he took into consideration the
distance that Corsicana was from any other Lodge and that unless they were
set to work many good Masons would be deprived of the benefits of Masonry;
that the duty of setting the Lodge to work was performed by Brother F. L.
Barziza. He reported that the Lodge was doing well and that the
Master was in attendance on the Grand Lodge.
The following is a copy of the
minutes for the Grand Lodge showing when the Corsicana Lodge was set to
work, the officers of the Lodge, etx.
Copy of the Minutes of Corsicana
Lodge, U. D. for Inspection of the Grand Lodge.
Corsicana, Texas, June 1st, 1855.
Corsicana Lodge A. F. & A. M.
In accordance with the
dispensation granted by E. B. Nichols, Grand Master of the W. M.Grand
Lodge, of Texas, authorizing Brother B. D. Gerrold, Sam H. Kerr, Alexander
Beaton, James M. Riggs, A. N. Byers, H. McKinney, F. L. Smithy, Dan
Donaldson, residing at Corsicana to form and open a Lodge after the manner
of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Brother D. M. Prendergast, District
Deputy G. M., proceeded to call the brethren together for the purpose of
opening and forming a Lodge, Brother W. F. Henderson being in attendance
as a visiting brother.
After an impressive charge by
Brother Barziza, the following named brethren were appointed to fill the
offices below specified until the next annual communication of the Grand
Lodge, the first three having received their appointment from Brother C.
B. D. Gerrold, W. M.
Sam H. Kerr, S. W.
Alexander Beaton, J. W.
Dan Donaldson, Secretary
H. McKinney, Treasurer
J. M. Riggs, S. D.
A. N. Byers, J. D.
F. L. Smithey, Tyler
The by-laws of Quitman Lodge No.
122 were then adopted for the government of this Lodge until the meeting
of the Grand Lodge. It was then resolved that the stated meetings of
the Lodge. It was then resolved that the stated meetings of the
Lodge be held on the Saturday night preceding the full moon in each month.
The lodge was then closed in due form.
DAN DONALDSON, Secretary.
It thus appears that this Lodge
was organized under dispensation on the 1st day of June, 1855.
On January 1856, the Grand Lodge
met in Galveston, and as near as I can ascertain from the records, about
the 21st day of January, 1856, the Committee on Lodges Under Dispensation
recommended that the charter issue to Corsicana Lodge, and thereafter on
the _____ day of January, 1856, the charter issued.
It would be of interest, I
believe, to familiarize this Lodge not only with the work as Masons of our
brethren who have long since been numbered among the dead, and to note the
high position which many of them attained in business affairs, government
stations and the private walks of life. It has furnished many men
who have attained high positions in the State. It will be seen that
Brother John Reagan was Junior Deacon of Corsicana Lodge under
dispensation, which afterwards became Lodge No. 104, in 1851.
At that time, I think he was residing at what is now the town of Trinidad
in Henderson County, and with others was attempting to establish a city
which was supposed to be at the head of navigation of Trinity River.
His career is known to us all. He was not only a member of
Congress before the war, but was a member of the Secession Convention in
1861, Postmaster General under Confederate Government , and when he died
about ten years ago was the last surviving member of the Confederate
cabinet. He was after the war a member of the United States
Senate and afterwards Railroad Commissioner
Texas furnished ninety-seven
colonels in the Confederate war; two of these were from Navarro County and
from Corsicana Lodge, Brother C. M. Winkler and Brother Roger Q.
Mills. Brother Winkler afterwards became a member of the
Criminal Court of Appeals and died in 1882 while on the bench. He
attained to the position of Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most
Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas. Brother John B. Jones became
Adjutant General of Texas, and likewise attained to the position of Grand
Master of the State of Texas, and also reached the position of Grand High
Priest of the Grand Chapter of Texas. Brother James Garitty also
reached the high position of right Eminent Grand Commander of the Right
Eminent Grand Commandery of Texas. The career of Brother Q. Mills is
known to us all.
It will be observed also that our
ancient brethren did not hesitate to occupy whatever positions might be
assigned them in Masonic work, it being noted that Brother Reagan was
Junior Warden in 1854, and Brother Roger Q. Mills was Tyler of Corsicana
Lodge No. 174, in 1860. It is also to be noted that in 1857 Brother
Roger Q. Mills contributed an opinion for the Committee on Grievances and
Appeal in the Grand Lodge in which he pointed out and advocated the true
method of taking appeals from subordinate Lodges to the Grand Lodge, and
his suggestions became the law of the Grand Lodge and are in force today.
In addition to the troubles
through which this Lodge passed in its early life, it had other troubles.
At a later date I find in the records of the Grand Lodge a letter from
John B. Jones, who was then Deputy District Grand Master for the district
embracing Navarro County, under date July 30, 1865, directed to R. W. G.
H. Bringhurst, Secretary Grand Lodge, Houston:
Corsicana, Texas, July 30, 1865.
R. W. G. H. Bringhurst,
Secretary Grand Lodge, Houston.
Dear Sir and Brother:
Enclosed please find return of Corsicana Lodge 174 for the years 1861,
1862, 1863, 1864. Also note of Brother Riggs for $53.80,
amount of dues that is due the Grand Lodge for these years, including 50
cents back dues.
I authorized said Lodge to resume work.
JOHN B. JONES,
D. D. Grand Master Thirteenth Masonic District.
It is evident from the above
letter that the work and meetings of the Lodge had not been kept up nor
proper reports made to the Grand Lodge, I also find in looking among the
records of the Grand Lodge that several of the brethren who were in the
Confederate Service were paying their dues in Confederate States money.
Later the minutes of the Lodge disclose that the Lodge was in trouble
again. From page 22 and 23 of the Proceedings of the Forty-eighth
Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, December
11, 1883, I quote the following from the report of Worshipful Grand Master
"On February 11, 1883, on the streets of Corsicana, Texas, two Master
Masons - one a member of Corsicana Lodge, the other demitted from said
Lodge - engaged in a personal difficulty and fight, cutting at and
striking each other until separated by parties standing near. After
R. W. Brother Allen had several times called the attention of the proper
officers of said Lodge to the fact that the negligence of the Lodge to
arraign the brethren who had been guilty of so gross an offense against
Masonry, and to investigate the case and properly discipline the
offenders, would cause the arrest of the charter, charges were finally
preferred at the stated Communication on Saturday, May 18, 1883, and
Saturday, June 9th, was appointed to investigate and dispose of said
case. When the time (June 9) arrived there was no meeting of
the Lodge, and hence no investigation was then had. At the next
stated Communication of the Lodge, R. W. Brother Allen was present and
finding that the Lodge was about to close without mentioning the case at
all, he called the Worshipful Master's attention to the fact that the case
had been passed by without notice, and the W. M. then appointed Saturday,
the 7th day of July to dispose of it, and when that time arrived there was
again no meeting of the Lodge. At the next stated meeting of
the Lodge, which occurred August 18, no disposition was made of the case
and the Lodge closed without appointing a time to investigate it.
From this statement it appears
that the fight occurred on the 11th of February A. D., 1883, and no notice
was taken by the Lodge until the 10th day of May thereafter, a period of
more than three months, and it would seem that no notice would have been
taken of it at all but for the threat of the suspension of the charter of
said Lodge made to its officers by the R. W. District Deputy Grand Master.
It also appears that two distinct
periods, to-wit, June 9, and the 7th of July, were appointed for
investigation of the case and that at both appointed days there was no
meeting of the Lodge, and that finally on the 18th of August the Lodge
closed without action in regard to the case, and without fixing any time
for its investigation and disposition.
More than three months elapsed
before charges were preferred, and more than six months had passed without
effort on the part of the Lodge to bring the accused to trial.
Upon learning these facts I wrote to the D. D. G. M. asking if there was
any good cause for this delay on the part of the Lodge, and I was informed
that there was none, and that no proper excuse could be made for the
conduct of the Lodge.
The facts as stated forced the
conclusion on my mind that there was an entire absence of desire on the
part of Corsicana Lodge No. 174 to enforce discipline and to maintain the
character and usefulness of Masonry, and thus believing, I on the 15th day
of September, 1883, directed the R. W. John A. Allen, D. D. G. M. of the
Eighteenth District, to arrest the charter of said Corsicana Lodge No.
174, which order was duly executed by him on the 22nd day of September,
The report of the Grand Master was
referred to the usual committee and that committee reported the following
resolution, which was adopted:
"To the Most Worshipful Grand
Lodge of Texas:
Your Committee on Petitions beg leave to report that we have had referred
to us the petition of the officers and fifty-six members of Corsicana
Lodge No. 174, for the restoration of their charter. The charter of
the Lodge was arrested by our M. W. G. M., Brother Chas. Stewart, for want
of diligence in enforcing discipline. Your committee has fully
considered the facts as reported by our M. W. Grand Master in his annual
address and also the petition from the members of Corsicana Lodge.
The Grand Master based his action upon the information furnished by R. W.
Brother J. A. Allen, D. D. Grand Master of the Eighteenth District, and
upon his statement arrested the charter of the Lodge. The
petitioners, on the other hand, state that their delay in enforcing
discipline was owing to a chain of unfortunate events and circumstances,
over which they had no control, and are evidently suffering from what they
regard as a too severe discipline.
After a careful examination of the
facts, your committee believe that the Lodge has been severely punished,
and that her petition for restoration should be granted. Your
committee recommend the adoption of the following resolution:
Resolved: That the charter of Corsicana lodge No. 174 be restored.
Fraternally submitted, J. N. P. CRAMER, For Committee."
In the proceedings of the Grand
Lodge held at Houston in 1884 I find the following:
"R. W. John A. Allen, in
compliance with his instructions, arrested the charter of Corsicana Lodge
No. 174 because it had not maintained the character and usefulness of
Masonry through a neglect in enforcing discipline.
Page 109 of last year's proceedings show that the Grand Lode ordered the
charter to be restored. R. W. Bro. Allen addressed me on December
25: " I returned home a few days since to find my house, office,
furniture, books, papers, clothing, in fact, all my possession, consumed
by fire, the work of an incendiary, and with them the charter of our
Lodge, which in obedience of Grand Master Stewart, I held in my possession
subject to the order of the Grand Lodge. Under such circumstance we
can, of course, have no meeting without a permit from you. As no one
was to blame for its loss but the scoundrel who fired the house, I trust
you will not hesitate to issue us the necessary dispensation."
R. W. R. M. Love, D. D. G. M.,
after a visit to Corsicana, indorsed the petition of the Worshipful Master
favorably and returned it to me. I at once issued a dispensation to
Corsicana Lodge No. 174, to resume labor and sent it to the D. D. G. M. R.
W. Brother R. M. Love on the 21st of January. On the 1st
of February he set the Lodge to work, and reports:
"The meeting was pleasant, and I hope one of profit to the Lodge, all
of them that were present expressing their gratitude for the promptness
with which they obtained authority to continued work, and from the
expressions given by the members, to work for the peace and harmony of
their Lodge, we have good ground to look for them to move off in good
At the same session of the Grand
Lodge the committee above referred to reported as follows:
"The petition of twenty-three Master Masons of Corsicana Lodge No.
174 represents that the charter of their Lodge was arrested and taken from
them by Brother J. A. Allen, then District Deputy Grand Master, in
September, 1883, and was ordered restored to them by the Grand Lodge at
the last Annual Communication, but that Brother Allen has failed to comply
with the resolution adopted by the Grand Lodge and has never returned the
charter. The brethren, failing to get their charter, asked for
and obtained a dispensation from the Grand Master, under which the Lodge
is acting at this time. It will be remembered that a resolution was
adopted at the last Grand Communication restoring the charter of Corsicana
Lodge, but it seems that the act of restoration has failed, and we
recommend the adoption of the following resolution:
Resolved: That a duplicate charter be granted Corsicana Lodge No.
174 free of Charge."
The minutes of the Lodge on the
16th of February, 1884, disclose that Brother E. E. Dunn was refunded the
sum of $62.00, Grand Lodge dues which had been advanced by him.
Below is given the name of every
man who was ever a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 104, and of Corsicana
Lodge No. 174.
27 - Members of Corsicana Lodge No 104
Barry, James B
Bartlett, Joseph C.
Bartlett, Lucien L.
Beard, Geo. W.
Bundy, Wm. H.
Burford, Nat. M.
Bankhead, Thos. L.
Browning, Wm. m.
Byers, Adam L.
Carroll, D. A. A.
Carroll, Nathaniel H.
Carruthers, Jas. H.
Cox, J. G.
Cyrus, Jas. T.
Fortson, B. J.
Goodwin, T. W.
Ham, Berry L.
Hartzell, Dan B.
Henderson, D. B.
Henderson, Wm. F.
Hicks, Wm. E.
Howard, Jno. L.
Jackson, Robert R.
Johnson, James A.
Kerr, Saml. H.
Kothe, Henry H.
Ladd, William J.
Love, Wm. M.
Martin, B. H.
Martin, G. L.
Miller, David M.
Miller, John L.
Mills, Roger Q.
Mitchell, David R.
Morrell, John H.
Oakes, W. E.
Reagan, Jno. H.
Richardson, G. C.
Riggs, James M.
Smithey, Fielding L.
Stokes, Wm. J.
Taylor, Benj. W.
White, Robert N.
Williams, G. L.
Winkler, C. M.
Wood, Wm. P.
28 - Members of Corsicana Lodge No 174 [note:
book has another short list after the first]
Adams, E. T.
Adams, Z. T.
Addkisson, D. R.
Aiken, E. H.
Albritton, C. C.
Albritton, O. L.
Alexander, E. R.
Allen, J. A.
Allen, J. C.
Allen, R. J.
Allyn, C. H.
Anderson, J. S.
Andrews, E. L.
Armstrong, R. C.
Ashmore, L. J.
Averett, J. W.
Ayers, W. L.
Bagby, A. C.
Bagby, Scott C.
Bailey, E. E.
Baker, I. W.
Baker, M. M.
Baker, W. B.
Baker, W. G.
Banner, P. S.
Barkley, T. S.
Barnett, W. F.
Barett, F. J.
Barry, D. C.
Bartlett, J. W.
Bates, J. H.
Bates, J. Y.
Bates, P. A.
Bates, T. R.
Beaumont, G. N.
Beck, C. B.
Bennett, S. L.
Benton, C. A.
Berry, A. H.
Berry, Joe M.
Beets, J. W.
Biery, W. F.
Bird, F. R.
Bird, M. H.
Bishop, Jno. G.
Bishop, J. H.
Black, J. C.
Blackmon, P. J.
Blair, J. B.
Blair, J. M.
Blair, P. P.
Blanding, J. M.
Blanding, R. P.
Blassengame, B. F.
Bloxom, J. N.
Bondurant, S. F.
Bonner, T. H.
Barton, H. E.
Bradley, J. W.
Breedlove, J. D.
Brennan, M. J.
Bridges, A. J.
Briggs, R. F.
Bright, T. S. D.
Bringhurst, W. L.
Brooks, D. W.
Brooks, F. S.
Brown, E. R.
Brown, S. M.
Browning, W. L.
Bryan, R. R.
Bryant, J. D.
Buckalew, W. T.
Bullock, E. H.
Bullock, K. K.
Bullcok, W. L
Bunert. A. Sr.
Burnett, S. H.
Burrow, H. D.
Burton, H. W.
Butler, N. H.
Byers, A. M.
Carl, Thos. R.
Caldwell, R. B.
Calhoun, J. C.
Callicutt, Jno. S.
Campbell, J. W.
Cantwell, J. W.
Carl, D. H.
Carl, W. N.
Carpenter, G. T.
Carroway, P. T.
Carroll, J. D.
Carroll, W. J.
Carson, H. W.
Carson, Jno. R.
Carter, T. N.
Carter, W. T.
Carver, H. W.
Caston, M. C.
Carruthers, F. W.
Cerf, I. N.
Cerf, L. A.
Chambers, S. A.
Chapman, D. A.
Chilcoat, M. B.
Clark, G. B.
Clark, J. D.
Clarkson, Wiley, G.
Clarkson, Wm. Jr.
Clarkson, Wm. Sr.
Clary, M. P.
Clary, S. J.
Claunch, D. M.
Clayton, J. R.
Clough, G. C.
Cobb, D. L.
Cafferty, M. F.
Cole, L. W.
Collier, Willis C.
Collins, C. R.
Collins, E. C.
Collins, F. M.
Collum, M. V.
Cooper, L. C.
Cotton, M. C.
Coulson, J. T.
Cowan, H. Kerr
Cubley, R. H.
Cubley, R. M.
Culbreath, R. W.
Cullom, Jno. A.
Cunningham, C. C.
Cunningham, E. Y.
Cunningham, J. D.
Cunningham, Jesse L.
Cunningham, M. G.
Craig, J. M.
Crane, W. D.
Crank, J. C.
Crawford, J. W.
Crews, W. A.
Corft, E. T.
Croom, J. C.
Crumbley, G. W.
Dantzler, T. J.
Davis, B. J.
Davis, B. L.
Davis, G. C.
Davidson, C. G.
Dean, T. R.
DeJarnett, N. B.
DeLafosse, Geo. T.
DeLafosse, C. H.
Belahay, B. T.
Derden, W. L.
Derrough, J. H.
Dewey, A. C.
DeWitt, D. A.
Dickson, L. F.
Diffey, J. B.
Dillard, A. K.
Dixon, Jas, M.
Dodson, H. A.
Dodson, J. E.
Doke, F. Y.
Doolen, J. M.
Doke, F. L.
Douglas, A. B.
Douthell, J. W.
Dunn, E. E.
Dunn Wm. F.
Dunnagan, L. A.
Dunnam, M. A.
Durham, L. H.
Duren, J. W.
Duren, W. W.
Dyer, J. M.
Eaton, A. H.
Edens, J. N.
Edens, J. W.
Edwards, T. W.
Elliott, A. G.
Ellis, J. N.
Emery, E. R.
Estes, R. C.
Eubank, J. S.
Evans, W. W.
Fendley, C. H.
Fendley, C. M.
Fendley, W. H.
Ferguson, T. M.
Folk. F. K.
Ford, H. R.
Foreman, E. H.
Fox, M. A.
Freeman, E. R.
Freeman, J. W.
Frost, Sam R.
Fryar, T. V.
Fryar, J. T.
Fullbright, J. W.
Fuston, P. A.
Gibbon, M. F.
Gibbs, J. D.
Gibson, Guy M.
Gillean, B. E.
Gladney, J. T.
Glover, E. R.
Godley, Jno. T.
Goden, J. F.
Goodman, J. W.
Gorman, G. A.
Grady, R. J.
Grandberry, R. C.
Graves, R. J.
Graves, Robt. R.
Greenlee, J. W.
Greer, R. A.
Grifen, A. W.
Grout, J. T.
Groves, Jno. L.
Gage, W. W.
Gaines, J. O.
Galbreath, J. H.
Garner, Jos. M
Garrett, W. A.
Garrison, J. F.
Gerrold, D. B.
Gershefske, H. J.
Gulick, J. W.
Guthrie, E. L.
Halbert, J. L.
Halbert, L. J.
Hall, A. C.
Hall, W. J.
Hall, W. R.
Hamilton, R. L.
Hanks, M. L.
Hardeman, J. A.
Harris, B. E.
Harris, B. G.
Harrison, H. R.
Harrison, W. T.
Hart, C. H.
Hartzell, B. F.
Hastings, W. H.
Hay, J. E.
Hayes, J. H.
Haynes, T. J.
Hays, J. D.
Heard, J. H.
Hearne, M. E.
Heath, W. N.
Helm, Sam J.
Henderson, W. F.
Henry, A. S.
Henslee, J. R.
Herbert, J. E.
Herod, C. W.
Hester, Thos. J.
Hewett, A. L.
Heflin, G. L.
Higgason, Jno. T.
Hightower, T. D.
Hill, C. A.
Hodge, Z. T.
Holleran, R. O.
Holland, Jas. B.
Holloway, R. W.
Holman, J. T.
Holman, W. L.
Holmes, F. W.
Hook, H. M.
Hopkins, F. B.
Horton, V. E.
Hoskins, J. M.
Howell, Joe H.
Howell, Walter B.
Howren, A. S.
Hudnall, W. C.
Hughes, J. A.
Hunter, W. (?, looks like I)
Idlefeldt, F. G. H.
Inman, Sam H.
Ivie, C. B.
Ivie, R. B.
Jackson, S. J.
Jackson, T. J.
Jackson, W. G.
Jarman, J. S.
Jarrell, L. O.
Jefferson, R. L.
Jester, C. L.
Jester, C. W.
Jester, Geo. T.
Johnson, A. B.
Johnson, A. C.
Johnson, Clay S.
Johnson, E. A.
Johnson, E. D.
Johnson, H. D.
Johnson, M. C.
Johnson, S. J. T.
Johnson, S. W.
Johnson, W. D.
Johnson, W. N.
Johnson, W. P.
Jones, Jno. D.
Jones, Jno. B.
Jones, J. O.
Jones, T. M.
Jones, W. E.
Jordan, A. B.
Karmany, M. S.
Keen, K. L.
Keever, Z. L.
Keener, W. N.
Kerr, D. G.
Kerr, Joel A.
Kerr, Samuel H.
Kerr, W. J. W.
Kinchelow, G. W.
Kinsloe, H. E.
Kinsolving, W. C.
Knotts, J. H.
Knox, C. L.
Kory, M. I.
Lamb, H. S.
Lonsford, M. M.
Lea, P. J.
Lea, A. J.
Lee, C. C.
Lee, J. P.
Leighton, H. J.
Leman, A. L.
Lester, F. M.
Levi, A. C.
Lewis, J. W.
Liscomb, S. C.
Litsey, L. T.
Little, D. A.
Little, Geo. W.
Little, W. K.
Lockhart, T. J.
Loggins, P. H.
London, Max H.
Loughride, J. R.
Looney, B. E.
Love, Jos. A.
Lovett, T. W.
Lowrey, E. B.
Lowney, W. P.
Lutch, Robt. G.
McAfee, D. M.
McCammon, D. B.
McCleary, J. L.
McCleary, J. W.
McClung, J. E.
McClung, J. M.
McCormick, C. C.
McDermia, W. J.
McElwee, W. H.
McFall, A. W.
McGill, J. W.
McGrew, Will C.
McIlvaney, G. A.
McIntosh, W. L.
McKee, J. W.
KcKee, W. A.
McKee, W. F.
McManus, J. D.
McNamara, D. B.
McPhail, W. W.
McQuillan, J. R.
McSpadden, F. A.
Mack, M. F.
MacKey, B. F.
Maddox, R. C.
Maddox, W. M.
Mallory, S. T.
Malone, W. H.
Manley, I. N.
Marchbanks, W. H.
Markham, W. N.
Marks, Alex E.
Marks, S. H.
Martin, E. E.
Martin, E. R.
Martin, G. S.
Martin, G. W.
Matthews, C. L.
Maxwell, J. F.
Mayo, E. A.
Meadow, O. J.
Medarias, W. R.
Medford, W. P.
Megarity, J. A.
Melear, H. S.
Melton, T. J.
Metcalf, H. Edgar
Mikell, J. B.
Millender, J. E.
Miles, S. J.
Miller, G. P.
Miller, Jno. L.
Miller, Jno. R.
Millerman, J. S.
Mills, Chas. H.
Mills, R. Q.
Minkler, J. W.
Minor, Jno. R.
Mitchell, A. S.
Mitchell, G. E.
Mitchell, R. B.
Malloy, H. H.
Molloy, H. L.
Molloy, R. B.
Montgomery, R. E.
Moore, G. T.
Moore, S. D.
Morrell, H. R.
Morrell, Jno. M.
Morrell, W. M.
Morris, C. W.
Morris, G. D.
Morse, C. H.
Morse, J. H.
Moreton, C. C.
Mosley, J. H.
Moses, R. P.
Moss, H. C.
Mull, C. C.
Mullens, S. G.
Murchison, J. S.
Myrick, W. R.
Mirus, Fred G.
Nash, H. C.
Neblett, R. S.
Newburgh, L. N.
Nelson, J. R.
Nicholson, J. B.
Norwood, E. C.
Norwood, G. W.
Norwood, T. A.
Norvell, S. J.
Oakes, W. E.
O'Daniel, Jno. C.
Overtnell, C. G.
Owen, G. G.
Oxford, T. D.
Pace, S. A.
Padgett, J. D.
Palmer, R. O.
Pannill, C. C.
Parker, M. W.
Parrish, J. R.
Patterson, B. A.
Peak, J. W.
Peoples, H. L.
Permenter, C. L.
Perry, P. C.
Peters, O. M.
Petty, W. L.
Phillips, Al. G.
Pickett, Jno. W.
Pinkston, C. P.
Pinkston, W. E.
Peacock, W. J.
Plumly, E. E.
Polk, Ed M.
Polk, W. A. Jr.
Polk, W. A.
Potts, Stephen M.
Powell, J. J.
Price, B. N.
Prine, Ben L.
Prince, Robt. E.
Prine, J. E.
Proctor, W. C.
Pryor, W. C.
Puckett, J. H.
Purdom, J. M.
Rakestraw, G. A.
Ransome, E. E.
Read, N. C.
Redden, D. N.
Revare, L. C.
Rice, John H.
Rich, G. L.
Richards, F. V.
Richardson, A. L.
Richardson, L. J.
Riggs, J. M.
Rippey, W. T.
Robbins, A. F.
Roberts, A. J.
Roberts, H. G.
Roperts, J. C.
Roberts, S. A.
Roberts, Walter L.
Robinson, D. L.
Robinson, J. B.
Robinson, W. D.
Roe, J. A.
rothschild, F. M.
Royster, A. B.
Rucker, J. M.
Runyan, R. A.
Russell, P. S.
Rutledge, W. J.
Sadler, T. B.
Sanders, R. C.
Sandford, A. A.
Sartwell, W. D.
Sanders, R. A.
Scales, J. A.
Seale, W. F.
Sealy, I. M.
Senor, W. F.
Sharp, J. R.
Shaw, D. P.
Shell, W. A. C.
Sherrill, David W.
Shilling, G. W.
Simkins, E. J.
Simkins, W. S.
Simpson, A. P.
Sims, R. L.
Sizemore, R. C.
Skipworth, C. D.
Slade, J. B.
Slaughter, R. W.
Slaughter, W. C.
Smalling, J. H.
Smith, C. W.
Smith, D. B.
Smith, F. B.
Smith, F. C.
Smyrle, J. K.
Smith, J. S.
Smith, J. W.
Smith, O. L.
Smith, R. M.
Smith, W. G.
Smith, Wm. O.
Smithey, F. L.
Somes, Jules F.
Spaulding, G. A.
Spence, J. T.
Spikes, A. J.
Spurlock, D. W.
Stanley, S. F.
Starks, J. E. F.
Starley, J. F.
Starley, Wm. F.
Stegall, J. A.
Stephens, B. H.
Stewart, J. W.
Stewart, J. Y.
Stiteler, Jno. B.
Stone, T. A.
Stout, J. F.
Stroud, J. B.
Suess, Robt. C.
Sullivan, J. H.
Sullivan, J. T.
Suttle, J. T.
Talbot, H. C.
Tankersley, G. W.
Taylor, T. J.
Taylor, W. B.
Taylor, W. C.
Taylor, W. M.
Teague, A. M.
Teas, T. A.
Telfair, J. S.
Terry, J. V.
Thompson, J. A.
Thompson, R. M.
Thornell, C. M.
Thornell, T. A.
Thornton, M. G.
Tidd, Lewis T.
Touchstone, J. C.
Towns, J. B.
Towns, W. J.
Townsend, J. A.
Townsend, J. W.
Traxler, W. H.
Traylor, H. E.
Traywick, J. M.
Trimble, Joe C.
Swain, R. D.
Swoape, A. J.
Upchurch, C. E.
Utley, G. P.
Vaughn, W. H.
Voorhees, G. B.
Waddill, A. K.
Walker, A. K.
Walker, G. B.
Walker, H. B.
Walker, H. E.
Walker, H. P.
Walker, J. A.
Walker, P. F.
Walker, Arthur C.
Walton, C. C.
Walton, J. L.
Walton, T. J.
Warren, W. H.
Watkins, R. A.
Watkins, T. N.
Watkins, W. B. W.
Watson, L. B.
Watson, T. W.
Watterman, W. H.
Wattles, Z. T.
Wauling, Jas, R.
Weaver, J. M.
Webb, J. A.
Wham, R. S.
Whatley, E. R.
Wheeler, L. T.
Wheelock, R. L.
Whidden, W. H.
Whittaker, M. F.
Whitaker, R. D.
White, Fred L.
White, J. C.
White, L. G.
White, R. D.
White. S. H.
White, T. C.
White, W. R.
Whitley, S. H.
White, T. C.
White, W. R.
Whitley, S. H.
Whittenberg, A. J.
Wiley, J. C.
Williams, G. W.
Williamson, Jas. R.
Winch, J. C. C.
Winkler, C. M.
Winter, M. H.
Weaver, J. M.
Wofford, J. L.
Wood, F. P.
Wood, P. S.
Wood, S. L.
Woodall, N. P.
White, L. Q.
Woodward, C. M.
Worsley, J. D.
Wortham, J. F.
Wright, C. N.
Yates, J. P.
Allman, W. O.
Angier, A. P.
Bonner, H. B.
Boyd, Geo. W.
Boynton, O. M.
Blumfield, B. F.
Bunch, Guy C.
Bunch, J. W.
Burns, J. W.
Caldwell, E. V.
Calkins, R. L.
Coffy, E. O.
Cunningham, C. C.
Calhoun, J. C.
Curington, J. R.
Davant, J. E.
Dickson, R. L.
Duncan, C. G.
Dobbs, S. B.
Dickson, H. A.
Doty, L. A.
Dale, C. O.
Dickson, G. D.
Elkins, E. L.
Etter, H. R.
Elkins, L. M.
Ficklin, F. P.
Gillean, W. D.
Griffen, A. W.
Hall, C. R.
Hambleton, W. A.
Hamilton, W. L.
Harrison, A. H.
Hartman, W. A.
Hartzell, Dan B.
Harvin, H. J.
Hedrick, M. P.
Hedrick, Z. V.
Hilliard, W. C.
Hill, W. T.
Hines, H. F.
Hodge, R. G.
Horger, F. P.
Holmes, E. D.
Howard, H. J.
Hughes, Jno. C.
Ihlefeldt, Geo. H.
Kelton, L. E. Jr.
Knox, C. J.
Kuykendall, G. W.
Lang, W. A.
Little, Geo. W.
Landram, H. B.
McCleary, C. B.
McKee, W. A.
Mayo, R. H.
Martin, D. J.
Matthews, C. L.
Millerman, J. S.
Morgan, L. C.
Morton, L. M.
Mosshart, C. F.
Mun, R. C.
Olsen, C. N.
Petty, Jas. R.
Pruitt, E. T.
Patrick, E. F.
Rhea, R. W.
Roberts, C. C.
Robinson, S. E.
Robinson, W. D.
Sanner, E. E.
Sloan, H. G.
Shell, W. T.
Schoeps, R. E.
Slaughter, W. E.
Spurlock, M. L.
Stambaugh, J. L.
Sorsby, T. R.
Taylor, C. W.
Thomas, H. R.
Thompson, J. P.
Thompson, W. B.
Tomlin, I. D.
VanTrees, W. S.
Walton, J. L.
Walton, T. J.
White, E. M.
Wilkins, C. E.
Williams, Carl C.
Williams, E. F.
Williamson, F. A.
Wills, T. O.
Wilson, H. J.
Wortham, A. A.
Yarbrough, C. B.
37 - Worshipful Master of Corsicana Lodge No. 104, A. F. & A. M.,
and Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A. F. & A. M., with the years in which
|G. L. Martin
|W. E. Oakes
|B. D. Gerrold
||1854 - 1855
|J. M. Riggs
|C. M. Winkler
|J. L. Halbert
|Jno. B. Jones
||1859 - 1860
|J. L. Halbert
||1861 - 1865
|C. M. Winkler
||1866 - 1868
||1869 - 1871
|E. E. Dunn
|S. H. Kerr
||1874 - 1875
|J. M. Doolen
|E. H. Foreman
|J. A. Allen
||1879 - 1880
|F. J. Barrett
|J. F. Stout
||1882 - 1883
|J. W. Edens
|E. J. Simkins
||1885 - 1886
|John H. Rice
||1887 - 1888
|J. F. Stout
|W. A. Polk
||1890 - 1892
||1893 - 1894
|H. C. Talbot
|W. A. Polk
||1897 - 1898
|S. W. Johnson
|R. S. Neblett
||1900 - 1901
|J. H. Bates
|R. B. Molloy
|C. L. Knox
|E. A. Johnson
|E. T. Croft
|P. H. Loggins
|O. M. Peters
|R. F. Briggs
|Sam J. Helm
|S. H. Whitle
|Frank K. Folk
|R. S. Neblett
|Ed M. Polk
|J. Y. Stewart
39 - Other Masonic Bodies in Navarro County
In addition to this Lodge, there
are the following other Masonic bodies in Corsicana and Navarro County,
Bertrand du Guesclin Commandery
No. 14, K. T., stationed at Corsicana; chartered Feb 15, 1877, with a
membership of 192.
Corsicana Chapter No. 41, Royal
Arch Masons; chartered June 25, 1855, with a membership of 239.
Relief Lodge No 236, A. F. &
A. M.; chartered June 16, 1859; located at Kerens, with a membership of
Dawson Lodge No. 155; chartered
Jan 18, 1855; located at Dawson, with a membership of 122.
Rice Lodge No 577, A. F. & A.
M.; chartered Dec. 14, 1883, located at Rice, with a membership of 86.
Blooming Grove Lodge No. 497;
chartered Dec. 14, 1878; located at Blooming Grove, with a membership of
Halbert Lodge No 641, A. F. &
A. M.; chartered Dec. 16, 1886; located at Frost, with a membership of
Richland Lodge No. 809; chartered
Dec 10, 1897; located at Richland, with a membership of 65.
Winkler Lodge No. 826; chartered
Dec 6, 1898; located at Winkler, with a membership of 54.
Barry Lodge No 839, A. F. & A.
M.; chartered Dec. 16, 1900; located at Barry, with a membership of 68.
Eureka Lodge No. 1060; chartered
Dec. 5, 1912; located at Eureka, with a membership of 60.
All of the above named Lodges are
in the One Hundred and Tenth Masonic District.
Blooming Grove Chapter No. 235, R.
A. M., located at Blooming Grove.
40 - Certificate Men
Since 1904 the following named
members of this Lodge have been granted certificates of proficiency,
authorizing them to teach the work, viz.:
W. B. Baker
R. F. Briggs
K. K. Bullock
D. M. Claunch
Ernest T. Croft
R. L. Dickson
W. W. Evans
F. K. Folk
W. R. Gillin
Sam J. Helm
J. H. Howell
C. L. Knox
W. N. Markham
E. Roy Martin
R. B. Mitchell
C. C. Mull
R. R. Owen
J. R. Parish
A. G. Phillips
R. A. Sanders
T. J. Taylor
C. M. Thornhill
S. H. Whitley
40 to 41 - Report of Printing Committee
After the Lodge had accepted this
history, it ordered the Printing Committee to prepare a brief sketch of
Bro. J. H. rice and make it a part of the history. Of course, Bro.
Rice has mentioned a number of prominent members of the Lodge, but all of
them are deceased; the Lodge doesn't regard Bro. Rice as a "dead
one" by any means, but it wants him mentioned. Possibly the
brethren think somebody may be called to account for the history, and they
want his guilt thoroughly established.
Bro. John Holt Rice was born in
Virginia. His father and both grandfathers were Presbyterian
preachers, and he has not departed from their faith. After taking a
classical education, he studied law, moved to Texas and has been an
honored member of the Corsicana bar for two-score years, ten years of
which he served as County Judge, several years as a member of the School
Board, and he has always worked for the educational moral and spiritual
betterment of the city and county. His reputation as a land
title expert is such that many people of this county will not be perfectly
satisfied with their home in Heaven unless Judge Rice passes on the title
Masonically, he is considered
Corsicana's most faithful member. Two weeks after he entered his
thirty-third year, he was initiated, receiving the symbolic degrees in
1885 on Aug, 15, October 20 and November 25. He was Junior Warden in
1886, Master in '87 and '88, a member of Grievances and Appeal Committee
No. 3 in '87, its chairman in '91; on Committee No. 1 in '88 and '96; was
chairman of Committee No. 2 on Petitions in '97, and District Deputy Grand
Master in 1891 and '92. He also served the Lodge as Treasurer in
'94, '95 and '96, and as Secretary in '97 and '98.
He was exalted to the Royal Arch
degrees on Feb. 26, 1892, and soon afterward received the Orders of
Knighthood, passing all the chairs in due time and being the first Thrice
Illustrious Master in 1907 when the Council was made a separate body.
Valuable in all the bodies, the Commandery could not have survived without
him; for years, he has been considered its most learned, most active, most
zealous and most valuable member.
SAM J. HELM,
For the Committee
1909 Corsicana Lodge Receipt
From the Collection of Edward L. Williams
June 24, 1909 Lodge Receipt of John H. Rice