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o'clock p. m., Peter H. Peters, W. M."

On the next page are the minutes of the secretary dated March 22, 1870,
telling how the lodge was organized.

On the grand lodge records will depend the proof as to wdiich of these
two lodges has the honor of being the first permanent lodge in the county.

The first lodge was the old Frankfort lodge, but its charter was revoked.

The historical statement that gives November 3. 1869. 'is the date of the
dispensation for Sutton lodge with E. A. Berry. H. C. Whistler and J. D.
Wilson, makes no mention of any meeting, under dispensation. The record
states that the lodge was instituted June i, 1870, with the following officers:
E. A. Berry, worthy master; W. C. Johnson, senior warden; W. P. Mudgett,
junior warden; F. Spaulding, treasurer; G. B. Vrooni, secretary; F. Leach,
senior deacon ; J. D. Farwell. junior deacon.

A charter was granted to Sutton Lodge No. 85 at Waterville, October
20, 1870. Since that time the lodge has been in a very satisfactory condi-
tion. Peace and harmon}- have always prevailed and the work has pros-
pered, the worthy have not been neglected nor has the w^ork of the helping
hand been advertised. The present membership is seventy-seven. The



present officers are: O. H. Rommell, worthy master; M. I. Parker, senior
warden; C. W. Edwards, junior warden; M. Delaney, treasurer; H. C.
Willson, secretary; G. I. Thatcher, senior deacon; L. D. Argonbright, junior
deacon; R. E. Berner, senior steward; M. Brammer, junior steward, C. M.
Sawin, tyler.


To establish a lodge of master Masons in the home of A. G. Barrett
in the F>ankfort district after the close of the war, or in Waterville after
the new railroad made that town its western terminal, was easy, because
neither of these places had widely diverging ambitions nor warring factions.
At Marysville the conditions were vastly different. In the early fifties,
Frank Marshall's ferry landing marked the extreme frontier and last trad-
ing post of civilization. At times the camp ground was thronged with a
motley gathering of a thousand people.

It would not be well to go into the early history of some of these men,
or inquire why they were here, perhaps some of them had no homes where
they could stay. Sveral companies of soldiers had been recruited here for
the Northern army. The members of the old Palmetto Town Company were
Southern supporters. The very fact that Marysville had been the hotbed
of strife and hatred and warring faction, was the reason why the influences
of the teachings of Masonry and its levelling of differences, were here most

During the earlier period of the war the people of Marysville held and
expressed very radical differences of opinion as to the cause involved. Peter
H. Peters, who edited and printed a very radical and outspoken pro-slavery
paper, had his press smashed and type scattered in the street by Union sol-
diers. An organization of the INIethodist church. South, supported the gos-
pel of secession and slavery. It failed of financial support and one of its
members who had furnished all the material for the church building, R. Y.
Shibley, sold it to the county for a court house. Northern church mem-
bers came and preached the faith of the North, and even after the close of
the war, these differences of opinion had not been eliminated.

Were half the power that fills the world with terror.
Were half the wealth bestowed on camps and courts,

Given to redeem the human mind from error.
There were no need of arsenals nor forts.



Speculati\c Ancient Im'cc and Accepted Alasunry has lor its object the
redeeming of the human mind from error. Masons are in search of truth and
strive to bar from their meml)ershii) the c|uarrelhng, fault-finding dissenter.
The dissenter may be all right. i)rovided he does not impose his peculiarities
on his neighbors, but is broadly charitable and will grant to others that free-
dom of individuality which he himself enjoys.


As soon as the Barrett brethren had received their dispensation, the
Alarysville master Masons were frec[uent visitors and a few young men
from Marysville became members at Barrett. One day a master Mason
returning from Colorado met several strangers here and they all became
friends at once and arranged to visit the Frankfort lodge. Peter H. Peters,
who had resumed and renamed his paper, seeing this familiarity among
strangers, inc[uired the cause. At once he found that he had a favorable
opinion of the institution, a desire for knowledge and a sincere wish to be
of service to his fellow men. In due time and form he w^as made a Mason ;
passed on to the workman's degree and then elevated to the honored place
of a master Mason. So thoroughly was Brother Peters impressed wdth the
nature and object of Masonry that he hired an additional foreman to man-
age his business in Marysville, while he went to Frankfort for a month to
study the work and meaning of the lodge.

Peters and a few others applied to the grand master for a dispensation
and received it. There is no record of this dispensation in the Marysville
lodge. Under date of March 22, 1870, nine a. m., there is a statement that
a dispensation had been received and a call for the brethren to assemble,
and on the next page under date of March 22, 1870, are the secretary's
minutes of the first meeting and organization of the lodge under the name
of Harmony Lodge U. D. with nine members. The officers were : Peter
H. Peters, worthy master ; Perry Hutchinson, senior w^arden ; Absalom Jester,
junior warden; James S. Magill, secretary; Thomas McCoy, treasurer;
Elijah Bentley, senior deacon; David Wolf, junior deacon; J. j\I. Carter,
tyler, and Brother Joseph Samuels as the only member not an officer.

At this first meeting there were tw'o visitors — both members of Frank-
fort Lodge No. 67 — Alonzo Cottrell, a druggist in Marysville, and C. S.
Bolton, county superintendent of public instruction. At this communica-
tion four applications for degrees were received. Just four days later, March
26, 1870, their second communication was held and they voted on the four


applications and elected and initiated three of the applicants; Dr. A. G.
Edwards was the first.

The first few communications were held over D. Wolf's grocery store
on the south side of Broadway, where the White Brothers building now
stands, but they soon moved out of this building because intoxicating liquors
were being sold in the store below. The second floor of Bendel's hall, a
new building on the north side of Broadway, was rented, but after a few
months the first floor of this building was fitted up for a saloon and again
the lodge moved out and used the upper floor of the old stone school house
on the hill, where they remained until the east half of the Koester block
was built. They occupied the upper part of this until the three-story building
on the west was finished, when they moved to the third floor, and it has
been the home of the lodge ever since.


Here was the first jjublic positive step taken in the county in the cause
of prohibition, in the cause of freeing the oppressed victims of John Barley-
corn. Harmony lodge moved out because Masonic law would not permit a
lodge to convene in such close proximity to the liquor traffic. Here was an
example of the basic principles on which the institution has always stood.
Its mission is to assist the erring, but to do it in such a tender manner that
it will elevate and not humiliate. These nine men who assembled in Har-
mony lodge may not have been perfect models themselves, but Masonic law
would not permit the lodge with all that it represents to be so desecrated.
These nine men had lived in and around Marysville for some time and
they knew of the w^arring factions among them; they came from several
nationalities. Here were found the late Northern soldier and the strong
Southerner; Jews and Gentiles, Democrats and Republicans, Catholics and
Protestants, so they called their organization Harmony lodge.


In the vear 1893 Marysville lodge passed a resolution prohibiting smok-
ing in the lodge room. This, we believe, was the first positive stand taken
in the county to check the use of tobacco.

This resolution did not simply provide for the control during the time
the lodge w^as open, but at all times. Masonry teaches the control of the


passions ; charity concerning the interests of others, and that we are not
to impose on others our personaHties which may be unpleasant to them.

In 1870 Marysville lodge took a stand against the liquor traffic. In
fact. Masonry has always been a leader in the uplift of humanity and in
the suppression of everything that lowers its standard.

The lodge continued to work under a dispen.sation until the fall meet-
ing of the grand lodge. October 20, 1870, when a charter was granted and
on November 3, 1870, at a stated communication, Deputy Grand Master
E. D. Hillyer informed the lodge that a charter had been granted and the
name changed to Marysville Lodge No. 91. The following officers were
elected under the charter, and were installed by the deputy grand master :
P.. H. Peters, worshipful master; P. Hutchinson, senior warden; Joseph
Samuels, junior warden; A. J. Edwards, treasurer; J. S. Magill, secretary;
E. Bentley, senior deacon; D. Wolf, junior deacon; G. Borgman, senior
steward; R. Y. Shibley, junior steward; I. B. Davis, tyler.

The new lodge under the charter started with the original nine mem-
bers and seven new master Masons, who had been raised by the lodge under
dispensation : A. G. Edwards. J. Borgman, F. Garrety, E. Hanka, J. Lock-
wood, I. B. Davis, R. Y. Shibley. Besides these sixteen master Masons,
the lodge had se^■eral entered apprentices and fellowcraft members. The
lodge continued to grow in membership and proficiency, rejecting many
applications for membership and expelling others, because they were be-
lieved to be defective timber, or not properly prepared for the temple. ■


Marysville is one of the few lodges in the state, and the only one in
the county, where the craft has been drilled for the dramatized form of work
in the third degree. During the years when the work was in the hands of
three custodians for the state, Marysville lodge frequently held a school of
instruction under the supervision of one of the board. Since the grand lec-
turer plan has been adopted by the grand lodge, Marysville lodge still con-
tinues to hold a school of instruction frequently. A lecturer has several
times been employed to instruct the craft and lecture on semi-Masonic topics.
For several years the annual district meeting has been held at Marysville
and the rest of the county, not in this district, has always been invited.

During the last twenty years a tendency to study has grown up among
Masons, and for some time Marysville lodge has had a question box, which
has furnished much instruction as well as amusement.


The lodge has several Masonic histories, encyclopedias, periodicals, and
other works on Masonry and this study course is, to some of the craft, the
best part of Masonry.

On December 31, 1916, Marysville lodge had one hundred and twenty-
three master Masons. The first master and founder of the lodge, Peter H.
Peters, served five years in the oriental chair. In 1906 his son, Magill C.
Peters, was chosen as the master.


In the following list the name of the worshipful master appears first;
next, that of senior warden, junior warden, treasurer and secretary, in order
given throughout, from 1870 to 191 7:

1870 — P. H. Peters, P. Hutchinson, Absalom Jester, Thomas McCoy,
J. S. Magill.

1870 — P. H. Peters, P. Hutchinson, J. Samuels, A. G. Edwards, J. S.

1871 — P. H. Peters, P. Hutchinson, E. Bentley, A. G. Edwards, J. S.

1872 — P. H. Peters, A. G. Edwards, I. B. Davis, James Smith, C. F.

1873 — P. H. Peters, A. G. Edwards, F. F. Thompson, C. F. Koester,
Joseph Samuels.

1874 — F. F. Thompson, C. F. Koester, I. B. Davis, H. S. Clark, E.

1875 — P- H. Peters, A. G. Edwards, J. R. Voorhees, H. S. Clark, E.

1876 — F. F. Thompson, A. G. Edwards, I. B. Davis, H. S. Clark, M.

1877 — A. G. Edwards, E. Hutchinson, M. Balgue. H. S. Clark, J. S.

1878 — E. Hutchinson, C. F. Koester, A. Hohn, H. S. Clark, J. B.

1879 — E. Hutchinson, F. F. Thompson, A. Hohn, H. S. Clark, J. B.

1880— E. Hutchinson. A. Hohn, D. Wolf, H. S. Clark, J. B. Winkler.

1881— I. B. Davis, G. B. Bullock, F. J. Pierce, H. S. Clark. J. ^lerk-


1882— rC. F. Koester, F. F. Thompson, C. T. Mann, IF S. Clark, J. M.

i'883 — F. F. Thompson, W. B. Scamon, C. B. Wilson, H. S. Clark, C.
H. Lemon.

1884 — F. F. Thompson, J. !\IcCoy, J. Lonergan, H. S. Clark, J. AL

1885 — F. F. Thompson, A. Hohn, J. Lonergan, H. S. Clark, E. R. Ful-

1886 — F. F. Thompson, J. Lonergan, J. A. Davis, H. S. Clark, E. R.

1887— C. B. Wilson, C. Brown, E. R. Fulton, H. S. Clark, H. Selz.

1888— C. Brown, E. R. Fulton, C. D. Schmidt, M. Barlow, George

1889— E. R. Fulton, C. D. Schmidt, C. H. Shafer, ^L Barlow, C. A.

1890— E. R. Fulton, C. D. Schmidt. C. H. Shafer, M. Barlow, C. A.

1891— C. D. Schmidt, C. H. Shafer, F. Powell, M. Barlow, Alex.

1892— C. D. Schmidt. C. H. Shafer, F. Powell, M. Barlow, Alex.

1893 — P- Powell, J. Lonergan, Alex. Schmidt, M. Barlow, George

1894— C. D. Schmidt, E. A. Bittel. John Otto, M. Barlow, F. V. Shaw.

1895 — E. R. Fulton, J. ^Montgomery, C. A. Hammett, M. Barlow, F.
V. Shaw.-

1896 — J. Montgomery, C. A. Hammett, J. I. Schloss, M. Barlow, F.
V. Shaw.

1897— C. B. AA^ilson, J. L Schloss, W. Lonergan, M. Barlow. F. V.

1898 — J. L Schloss, W. Lonergan, C. H. Davis, M. Barlow, F. V.

1899 — ]. L Schloss, \y. Lonergan, C. H. Davis, AL Barlow, F. V.

I90C^C. H. Davis, F. G. Powell, Alex. Schmidt. M. Barlow. F. V.

1901 — F. G. Powell, Alex. Schmidt, Arthur Hohn, M. Barlow, F. V.


1902 — C. A. Hammett, Arthur Hohn, R. W. Hemphill, yi. Barlow, F.
v. Shaw.

1903 — Arthur Hohn, I. B. Davis, S. C. Schmidt, 'M. Barlow, J. [Mont-

1904 — L. E. Davis, S. C. Schmidt, E. A. Hohn, A. G. Shepard, F. V.

1905 — S. C. Schmidt, AI. C. Peters, L. H. Hammett, A. G. Shepard,

F. V. Shaw,

1906 — M. C. Peters, R. Hawkins, E. L. AliHer, A. G. Shepard, F. V.

1907 — R. Hawkins. J. AI. Ross, H. F. AVhitten, A. G. Shepard, F. V.

1908— J. Ai. Ross, H. F. W'hitten, L. H. Eddy, A. G. Shepard, M. W.

1909— H. F. \\^hitten, L. H. Eddy, H. W. Hoyer, A. G. Shepard, C. H.

1910 — H. W. Hoyer, W. E. Cottrell, J. E. Andrews, A. G. Shepard,
L. E. Davis.

191 1 — R. Hawkins, R. L. Parker, R. C. Guthrie, A. G. Shepard, L. E.

I9I2^R. L. Parker, R. C. Guthrie, \Mlliam Kraemer, A. G. Shepard,
L. E. Davis.

191 3 — R. C. Guthrie, William Kraemer, G. Mohrbacher, A. G. Shep-
ard, L. E. Davis.

1 9 14 — William Kraemer, G. Mohrbacher, ^^^ R. Breeding, A. G. Shep-
ard, L. E. Davis.

19 1 5 — G. Mohrbacher, \\'. R. Breeding, H. R. Fisher, E. R. Fulton,
L. E. Davis.

191 5 — G. Mohrbacher, W. R. Breeding, H. R. Fisher, E. R. Fulton, L.
E. Davis.

1916 — W. R. Breeding, H. R. Fisher, L. R. Broderick, E. R. Fulton,

G. T. Mohrbacher. .

19 1 7 — H. R. Fisher, L. R. Broderick, J. E. Andrews, E. R. Fulton, G.
T. Mohrbacher.


Axtell lodge was chartered on February 19, 1885, with D. \\'. Acker,
worshipful master: C. B. Thummel, senior warden; C. D. Russell, junior war-
den ; P. S. Wheeler, secretary ; C. Anderson, treasurer.


Since its organization the lodge has been popular and has met with suc-
cess in all its undertakings. Schools of instruction have been held and lec-
tures given for the benefit of the craft. Many of its members have been
men of prominence in the affairs of the community, county and state. The
present membership is one hundred and five, the second largest Masonic
lodge in the county.

The present elective officers are : W. J. McKnight, worshipful master ;
J. A. Ingram, senior warden; J..Medlack, junior warden; G. T. Whitscraft,
secretary; E. Mack, treasurer.


Oketo lodge was granted a charter on February 15, 1893, ^^i^^ had a
membership of forty-three on December 31, 1916. The present master is
Rav Elev, and the secretarv is Henrv C. Waters.

During the year 19 16 the lodge initiated three new members, lost two
by death and one withdrew on demit.


Vermillion lodge was organized and worked for about a year under a
dispensation, and was chartered on February 20, 1889. First officers:
George W. Kelley, worthy master ; B. F. Johnson, senior warden ; R. L.
McBride, junior warden; N. B. Hall, secretary; H. E. Turner, treasurer;
W. S. Domer, senior deacon ; G. W. Warren, junior deacon; S. A. Hall,
tyler, and John L. Mathers, W. S. Stowell, A. V. Thomas, Daniel Fuget,
R. V. Coulter, J. F. Bensley, J. S. Dodson, Leonard Coulter, John VanVliet,
members. The first regular communication was held in the old school house.
The order has now sixty members and is in a prosperous condition.

The present officers of Vermillion lodge are : A. E. Wormer, worthy
master; \\\ M. Steele, senior warden; H. W. Bowers, junior warden;
H. C. Schafer, treasurer; J. H. Johnson, secretary; T. F. Smith, senior dea-
con; A. D. Lobbe, junior deacon.


Upon petition of twenty-seven master Masons a dispensation was granted
on June 5, 1895, and on June 21. Summerfield lodge was organized U. D.
with the following officers and members : W^illiam F. Rittershouse, worthy


master; John E. Mann, senior warden; Frank Thomann, junior warden;
Henry D. Maitland. secretary; James H. Bonon, treasurer; Robert W. Hemp-
hill, senior deacon; Jacob Hoffman, junior deacon; Fred R. Joseph, senior
steward; James McCaughey, junior steward; Charles S. Evans, tyler, and
John A. Gallant, WilHam Johnston, William A. Fleming, Alonzo O. Ger-
hart, Benjamin W. Smith, Frank P. Glick, George S. Smith, Peter Appleby,
John L. Magaw, James Hemphill, members.

A charter was issued on February 19, 1896, and the lodge was organ-
ized on March 4, 1896, at which time D. Walker, deputy grand master,
installed the following officers : Frederick Rittershouse, worshipful master ;
John E. Mann, senior warden ; Frank Thomann, junior warden ; James Bonon,
treasurer ; Henry Maitland, secretary ; R. W. Hemphill, senior deacon ; Jacob
Hoffman, junior deacon; Fred R. Joseph, senior steward; J. G. McCaughey,
junior steward ; E. V. Allen, chaplain ; C. S. Evans, tyler. Since the date
of organization to December 31, 191 6, fifty-five brethren have been raised
to the sublime degree of master Masons. The number of master Masons
in the lodge on December 31, 1916, was thirty-seven. Lodge furniture and
parapliernalia are valued at three hundred dollars. Regular communications
are held on first and third Saturday of each month.

The present officers are : P^rederick G. Bergen, worshipful master ;
Leonard H. Stephens, senior warden ; Roy Connard. junior warden ; William
Johnston, treasurer; Henry D. Maitland, secretary; John H. Small, senior
deacon, Gideon E. Glick, junior deacon; John G. Graham, senior steward;
George Transue, junior steward ; Louis Poggerman, tyler.


Blue Rapids lodge was instituted on October i8, 1876, with the fol-
lowing charter members and officers : A. J. Brown, worshipful master ; C. W.
Farrington, senior warden; S. Hill, junior warden; W. Burr, treasurer;
D. W. Hinman, secretary; members, N. Halstead, C. Holman, L A. Chand-
ler, A. X. Taylor, D. Minium, J. P. Peck and R. S. Craft.

The present officers are : S. L. Stauffer, worshipful master; F. G. Moser,
senior warden; W. W. Kendall, junior warden; F. O. Waynant, treasurer;
S. W. Gilson, secretary; C. D. Smith, senior deacon; L. B. Tibbetts, junior
deacon ; C. W. Closer, senior steward ; F. AL Layton, junior steward ;. John
Higgins, tyler. Past masters : A. J. Brown, C. W. Farrington, D. A. Peoples,
W. Burr, W. T. Ross, J. O. Buell. M. X. Cox, A. E. Winter, C. L. Garrison.
J. H. Wanamaker, L H. Dean, E. D. White, S. W. Gilson, C. \\\ Moser,


C. D. Sniilli. F. A. Estes and C. A. Ho(lj»-es. Regular meetings are held
in iheir own hall on first and third Alonday evenings of each month.


The first meeting of the chapter was held under dispensation July 6, 1875.
The otihcers appointed at the first meeting were : William P. iMudgett, high
priest; N. P. Hotchkiss, king; Fillmore L. Dow, scribe; Robert Campbell,
captain of the host; R. L. Weeks, princi])al sojourner; F. L. Dow, Sr.. treas-
urer ; T. C. Powell, secretary ; W. : A. Thurston, royal arch captain ; Francis
Baird, master of third veil; George R. Kelly, master of second veil; F. J.
Faulkner, master first veil; B. W. Curtis, guard.

A charter was granted on October 20, 1875, and the first meeting under
the charter was held on November 16, 1875. T"'""^ following officers were
installed : W. P. Mudgett, high priest ; W. P. Hotchkiss, king ; F. L. Dow,
scribe ; F. F. Dow, treasurer ; Charles F. Koester, secretary ; J. F. Voorhees,
captain of the host ; Cal. T. Mann, principal sojourner ; L C. Legere, royal
arch captain; George E. Kelly, master of third veil; F. J. Faulkner, master of
second veil; W. F. Boyakin, master of first veil; John Lockwood, guard.
Members present, P. H. Peters, John Means.

The officers for 1917 are; W. W. Potter, high priest; H. H. Fisher,
king; Arthur Hohn, scribe; E. R. Fulton, treasurer; George T. Mohrbacher,
secretary ; !>. R. Broderick, captain of host ; Louis T. Hardin, principal
sojourner; S. C. Schmidt, royal arch captain; Stewart Clarke, master of third
veil ; Z. M. Nellans, master of second veil ; E. M. Carlson, master of first
veil ; A. B. Campbell, sentinel. Present membership, eightv-nine.


Letters of dispensation were granted on July 17, 1893, to the following;
Edward Hutchinson, Fred Powell, August Hohn, Frank G. Powell, Charles
B. Wilson, Edgar Ross Fulton, Charles F. Koester, Charles D. Schmidt,
Amos W. Kirkwood, Simeon J. Gillis, John B. Simminger, Omar Powell,
Edward B. Fox, Harry J. Diffenbaugh, Thomas B. Fredendall, William
Jacobs, Marion Hawk, William E. Haur, G. A. Seaman, A. J. Brunswig, Cal.
T. Mann and Daniel Spence.

A charter was granted on May 8, 1894. and at the first meeting held
under the charter the following knights were installed : Edward Hutchinson,
eminent commander ; August Hohn, generalissimo ; Charles D. Schmidt, cap-


tain general ; Fred Powell, prelate ; Edg-ar Ross Fulton, senior warden ; Charles
B. Wilson, jnnior warden: Charles F. Koester, treasurer; Frank G. Powell,
recorder; Andrew M. Fluhrer, standard bearer: John Lonergan, sword bearer;
Elijah Rentley, sentinel. Members : Isaac B. Davis, Chauncy S. Chapman,
Stewart Clarke, T. L Hatfield, R. B. Moore, Robert Campbell; Emmett A.
Bittell, J. Norton Abbott, V. ]. J\anlkner, G. A. Seaman, Lewis E. Helvern,
Perry Hutchinson, Arthur J. Whitmore, August Jaedicke, Jr., Frederick
Ehrke, August Soller, Herman O. Jaenicke, Joseph G. Lowe, Theo. H.
Parrish, Henry M. Mueller, James Madison HoweU and William James Burr.
Present officers are : W. W. Potter, eminent commander ; Emil A. Hohn,
generalissimo; Sylvester C. Schmidt, captain general: Amos W. Kirkwood,
treasurer (deceased); Ale.x. B. Campbell, recorder; Al. G. Garber,
senior w^arden ; Stewart Clarke, junior warden ; Arthur Hohn, prelate ; Charles
U. Barrett, standard bearer; Zoa. M. Nellan, sword bearer; Glen T. Ligalsbe,
warder; Herman R. Fisher, sentinel. Present membership, eighty.


The Order of the Eastern Star as it now exists, is of recent origin and
is distinctl}- an American institution. Many attempts in Europe as well

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