Grand Lodge of New York Masonic Lodge Histories Lodge Nos. 201-230



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Grand Lodge of New York - Masonic Lodge Histories

Lodge Nos. 201-230

from the 1910 GL Proceedings

Transcribed, formatted and edited by R.’.W.’. Gary L. Heinmiller

Director, Onondaga & Oswego Masonic Districts Historical Societies [OMDHS]

www.omdhs.syracusemasons.com

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. 1910. pages 129-197.


Copy of 1910 Grand Lodge Historian’s Report kindly provided by R.’.W.’. Thomas Savini, Director,

The Chancellor Robert R Livingston L Livingston Library of Grand Lodge – 20 Oct 2011




No.

Lodge Name

City or Village

County

Proc

Page

201

Joppa

Brooklyn

New York

1910

130

202

Zschokke

New York City

New York

1910

132

203

Templar

New York City

New York

1910

134

204

Palestine

New York City

New York

1910

136

205

Hyatt

Brooklyn

New York

1910

138

206

Empire City

New York City

New York

1910

140

207

United States

New York City

New York

1910

142

208

Cyrus

New York City

New York

1910

144

209

National

New York City

New York

1910

147

210

Worth

New York City

New York

1910

149

211

Pocahontas

Seneca Falls

Seneca

1910

152

213

Racket River

Potsdam

St. Lawrence

1910

155

214

Geneseo

Geneseo

Livingston

1910

158

216

Franklin

Westville/New York City

Franklin/New York

1910

164

217

Gouverneur

Gouverneur

St. Lawrence

1910

167

218

Hartland

Johnson’s Creek

Niagara

1910

169

219

Summit

Westfield

Chautauqua

1910

171

221

Cayuga

Scipio

Cayuga

1910

175

223

Roman

Rome

Oneida

1910

177

224

Oriental

Utica

Oneida

1910

182

225

Allegany

Friendship

Allegany

1910

185

226

Antwerp

Antwerp

Jefferson

1910

187

227

Eastern Star

New York City

New York

1910

191

229

Oriona

Fillmore

Allegany

1910

193

230

Wellsville

Wellsville

Allegany

1910

195


Joppa Lodge No. 201, Brooklyn, New York

Warrant: 27 Dec 1850

Name and Number: The name and number has never been changed. It was No. 22 on the register of St. John’s Grand Lodge

Minutes: Intact.

Joppa Lodge was organized during the early summer of 1850. It was constituted under the authority of St. John’s Grand Lodge in the month of June and continued to work under the jurisdiction of that Grand Body until the great Union meeting of 27 Dec 1850, when it surrendered its warrant, obtained its present warrant and became No. 201 under the authority of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York.

The organizers of the Lodge came mostly from Lebanon Lodge No. 1919. The first Master, Charles S. Westcott. Was the leading spirit in the organization.

The charter members were:


George Leeds.

M. K. Bridges.

O. A., Roorback.

Charles S. Westcott

L. W. Champney

C. W. Atwood

W. H. Arthur

The first regular meeting after the Lodge had been constituted was held in rooms on the corner of Fulton and Orange Streets with the following as officers:



Charles S. Westcott Master

George Leeds SW

Daniel Sickles JW

Robert McCoy Treas

W. H. Arthur Secy

J. E. Canning SD

Elias Combs JD

The first applicant for degrees was William Steele, who was proposed, ejected, initiated and passed on 10 Jul 1850.

The Lodge met regularly until 24 Dec, when an election for officers was held which resulted as follows:


George Leeds, Master

Nicholas L. Pettit SW

Samuel B. Read JW

George A. Gurand Treas

Jonathan Morrison Secy

Bradley Parker SD

A. Hodge JD

Charles S. Westcott Trustee

C. W. Leed Trustee

Nicholas Pettit Trustee


The warrant issued 27 Dec 1850 named the following officers:

George Leeds Master

Nicholas L. Pettit SW

Samuel B. Read JW
The Lodge has had an unbroken existence since it was organized and its growth has been steady and conservative. A notable action of the Lodge occurred on 24 Apr 1861, when a resolution was unanimously adopted by which it assumed the care of the family of any member who volunteered in defense of “Old Glory.”

It was among the first to pay its quota toward paying the “Great Debt” upon the Masonic Hall in New York City.

It participated in the ceremonies attending laying of the corner­stone of the Masonic Hall, 8 Jun 1870, and was represented at the laying of the cornerstone dedication of the Home at Utica, NY.

One of the most notable members of the Lodge was Joseph J. Couch, who was initiated 16 Feb 1859, serving five years as Master and continuing in active membership until his death, which occurred 10 Febeeeee 1909. He was Commissioner of .Appeals in 1874; Deputy Grand Master in 1876 and Grand Master in 1877. For almost fifty years he was a faithful and devoted member of the Lodge.

“From the date of his membership in the Lodge he was ever striving to do something for his Lodge. A faithful attendant at its communications and an earnest worker in everything for the benefit of the Lodge. As years rolled on and he became somewhat infirm his attendance at our communications was not so regular, but I have often heard him make the statement that there never was a Wednesday evening that passed but what he thought of Good Old Joppa, as he was wont to call her." Such was the deserved and fitting tribute by a Master of the Lodge.

Grand Lodge Officers



Bradley Parker DDGM

James Huggins DDGM

Joseph J. Couch Grand Master


Masters

1850 Charles S. Wescott

1851 George Leeds

1852 Nicholas L. Pettit

1853 Bradley Parker

1854 Nicholas L. Pettit

1855 Richard Whidden

1856 George W. Hand

1857 Charles A. Marvin

1858 Joseph H. King

1859 William H. King

1860 Mordecai A. Briggs

1861 John B. Harris

1862 Mordecai A. Briggs

1863 Joseph J. Couch

1864 Thomas D. Norris

1865 James Howell, Jr.

1866 James Howell, Jr.

1867 James Howell, Jr.

1868 James Howell, Jr.

1869 Joseph J. Couch

1870 Joseph J. Couch

1871 Joseph J. Couch

1872 Robert D. Farron

1873 Robert D. Farron

1874 Joseph J. Couch

1875 John T. Baxter

1876 John H. Valentine

1877 John H. Valentine

1878 Thomas Bell

1879 Thomas Bell

1880 Thomas Bell

1881 Horace A. Hooker

1882 William H. Riley

1883 William H. Riley

1884 Benjamin F. Adams

1885 John Douglass

1886 James Huggins

1887 James Huggins

1888 Charles R. Randall

1889 Charles R. Randall

1890 William H. Lewis

1891 William H, Lewis

1892 William H. Ludlum

1893 William H. Ludlum

1894 George M. Duval

1895 WilIiam T. Wheeler

1890 Lester R Henderson

1897 Henry Lange.

1898 Benjamin S. Duhel

1899 William H. Jenkins

1900 Karl A. Arvidson

1901 Samuel H. Holmes

1902 John C. Thomas

1903 John C. Thomas

1904 John C. Thomas.

1905 James R. Pollock

1906 William A. Armstrong

1907 Edwin A.. Quick.

1908 Andrew H. Mills

1909 Walter R. McKee

1910 Albert Sjostrom.



Zschokke Lodge No. 202, New York City

Warrant: 27 Dec 1850

The name has never been changed. It was No. 23 on the register of St. John's Grand Lodge.

Minutes: Intact.

A preliminary meeting called for the purpose of organizing the Lodge was held July 2, 1850. Philipp Merkle, of Independent Lodge, No. 185, acted as Chairman and John P. Finkelmeier, of York Lodge, No. 197, acted as Secretary. It was decided to apply to St. John's Grand Lodge for a warrant and it was decided to name the Lodge Zschokke. This name was chosen in honor of the renowned Swiss poet and historian, Johann H. D. Zschokke, who was a native of Magdeburg, where he was born in 1771 and died at Aaran in 1848.

The warrant was immediately granted and is dated July 2, 1850.

It named as officers :

Philipp Merkle Master

John H. Hoffman SW.

John P. Finkelmeier JW.

This warrant is in possession of the Lodge. The charter members were:


Philipp Merkle, of Independent Lodge No. 185.

John H. Hoffmann.

Adam. Gullich.

David Kuechling.

J. MIuhlhauser.

F. X. Boschart, all of York Lodge No. 197


On August 8, 18150, the Lodge was constituted and the following offices installed in 'Warren Hall, corner of Oliver and Henry Streets, by the officers of St, John's Grand Lodge:



Philipp Merkle Master

John H. Hoffman SW

John P. Finkelmeier JW

Adam Gullich Treas

David Kuechling Secy

F. X. Boschart SD

J. Muhlhauser MC

The first work done by the Lodge was on 3 Sep 1850, when Ferdinand Raab and Heinrich Schmidt were initiated.

The Lodge continued to work under the jurisdiction of St. John's Grand Lodge until the great Union meeting of 27 Dec 1850, when it received a new warrant and became No. 202 on the register of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York. The same officers were named in both warrants.

The Lodge is noted for its liberal charitable donations. A marked instance of this character occurred 18 Dec 1851, when it adopted a resolution to "Pay to the widow of each of its deceased members $6.00 monthly, so long as she remained a widow and conducted herself Properly." It was very active in the establishment of the German Masonic Temple Association, which resulted in the erection of the German Masonic Temple on East Fifteenth Street and the founding of the Home at Tappan, NY, where the orphan, the widow and the aged are cared for in a commendable manner.,.

The Lodge participated in the ceremonies attending the laying of the cornerstone of the Masonic Hall on Twenty-third Street 8 Jun 1870, the laying of the corner-stone of the German Masonic Temple on Fifteenth Street 2 Jul 1879, and was also represented at the laying of the corner­stone and dedication of the Home at Utica, NY.

The first meeting place was in Warren Hall, corner of Oliver and Henry Streets, where it remained until May 1858, when it moved Into Botanic Hall, No. 68 East Broadway, remaining there one year, when it moved, to Pythagoras Hall, No. 138 Canal Street. In May 1861, it returned to Warren Hall, where it remained until May 1864, when it moved to Odd Fellows' Hall, corner of Grand and Centre Streets, where it remained until May 1875, when it moved into the Amsterdam Bank Building, Corner of the Bowery and Rivington Street. On 4 Mar 1880, it moved into the German Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fif­teenth Street, where it Is now located.

Grand Lodge Officers


Francis de Malignon, DDGM

Alfred Erbe, DDGM

Jacob Eidt, Grand Sword Bearer.

Ludwig Boettcher, Grand Sword Bearer



Masters

1850. Philipp Merkle.

1851. Philipp Merkle.

1852. John P. Fjnkelmeier.

1853. John P. Finkelmeier.

1854. Adam Gullich.

1855. Adam Gullich.

1856. Ernst. J. Baumgartel.

1857. F. H. Hellwig.

1858. F. H. Hellwig.

1859. Philipp Merkle.

1860. Philipp Merk]e.

1861. Heinrich Zubiller.

1862. Josep Kaiser.

1863. Josep Kaiser.

1864. Josep Kaiser.

1865. Josep Kaiser.

1866. William Franke.

1867. William Franke.

1868, A. G. Lange.

1869. A. G. Lange.

1870. Martin Grossmann.

1871. Heinrich Berger.

1872. John Keim.

1873. John Keim.

1874. John Keim.

1875. Francis de Malignon.

1876. Francis de Malignon.

1877. Jacob Eidt.

1878. Jacob Eidt.

1879. Jacob Eidt.

1880. Jacob Eidt.

1881. John Keim.

1882. Alfred Erbe.

1883. Alfred Erbe.

1884. Hermann Grobe,

1885. Jacob Eidt.

1886. Adam Lahr.

1887. Carl Ludolph.

1888. Carl Ludolph.

1889. Carl Ludolph.

1890. Carl Ludolph.

1891. William Weidlich.

1892. William Weidlich.

1893. Car! Ludolph.

1894. Heinrich Boehmer.

1895. Heinrich Metz.

1896. Theodor Wallesen.

1897. Theodor Wallesen.

1898. Theodor Wallesen.

1899. Theodor Wallesen.

1900. Jacob Eidt.

1901. Carl H. Niemeyer,

1902. Carl H. Niemeyer.

1903. Emil Bartsch.

1904. Emil Bartsch.

1905. Emil Bartsch.

1906. Emil Bartsch.

1907. Robert Huebner,

1908. Ludwig Boettcher.

1909. Ludwig Boettcher.

1910. Ludwig Boettcher.



Templar Lodge No. 203, New York City

Warrant: The warrant in possession of the Lodge is dated Decem­ber 27, 1850.

The name has never been changed. It was No.6 on the register of St. John's Grand Lodge.

Minutes: Intact.

Templar Lodge was organized in the month of July 1850; on the 23rd of that month a dispensation was obtained from M.’.W.’. Henry C. Atwood, Grand Master of St. John's Grand Lodge, and on 30 Jul 1850, the Lodge was regularly organized.

The first officers were:

A. Colo Veloni, Master

Samuel Yates SW

W. P. BYRON, JW
On 3 Sep 1850, a petition for a warrant was read in St. John's Grand Lodge. It met with favorable consideration and, on motion,
"The prayer of the petitioners was granted and a warrant therefor directed to be issued," and it became Templar Lodge, No.6, under the jurisdiction of St. John's Grand Lodge. It continued with that Grand Body until the great Union meeting of 27 Dec 1850, when it received a new warrant and became No. 203 on the register of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York,

The officers named in the new warrant were:

A. Colo Veloni, Master

Samuel Yates, SW

W. P. Byron JW
At this time R. Byron was Secretary; A. P. Moriarity Treasurer; John Bell Senior Deacon, and George Frothingham Junior Deacon.

The forgoing officers with John Murken, H. B. Sears and George Merrcll were given as charter members on the first returns .made to the Grand Lodge.

A leading personage in the organization of the Lodge was A. Colo Veloni, its first Master. He was made a Mason in Independent Lodge, No. 185, and was Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York in 1855. lie was a native of Greece and died at his home In Brooklyn, NY, 1 Dec 1906, in the 92nd year of his age. For over' sixty years he was an active, zealous and enthusiastic worker in the fraternity.

The first meeting place of the Lodge was at No. 149 West Sixteenth Street; in 1851 it moved to Joshua Hall, corner of Eighteenth Street and Eighth Avenue. In May 1894, it moved to the corner of Eighth Avenue and Fifty-eighth Street, remaining there until 1900, when it moved to the Grand Opera House, Twenty-third Street and Eigl1th Avenue, where it still has quarters."

It participated in the ceremonies attending the laying of the corner­stone of the Masonic Hall on Twenty-third Street 8 Jun 1870; the

laying of the Cornerstone of the Egyptian Obelisk in Central Park, New York, 2 Jun 1875,.and the laying of the cornerstone and dedication of the Home at Utica, NY.

Grand Lodge Officers
A. Coin Veloni, Grand Lecturer.

James B. Gillie, DDGM, Trustee of the Hall and Asylum Fund.

Masters


1850. A. Colo Veloni.

1851. A. Cola Veloni.

1852. A. 0010 Veloni.

1853. W. P. Byron.

1854. W. P. Byron.

1855. John D. McEwen.

1856. H. G. Crozier.

1857. H. G. Crozier.

1858. H. G. Crozier.

1859. John Algae,

1860. James Anderson.

1861. James Anderson.

1862. W. P. Byron.

1863. W. P. Byron.

1864. Stephen Merritt, Jr.

1865. Peter L. Buchanan

1866. Thomas P. Pascall.

1867. James Duke.

1868. James Duke.

1869. James Duke.

1870. Thomas W. Cook.

1871. William W. Harrington.

1872. William W. Harrington.

1873. James Anderson.

1874. James Anderson.

1875. Francis J. Campbell.

1876. William W. Keen.

1877. Merritt W. Larabee.

1878. Robert Watts.

1879. William D. Dubois.

1880. William D. Dubois.

1881. William D. Dubois.

1882. Archibald More.

1888. Archibald More.

1884. Charles N. Jones.

1885. Charles N. Jones.

1886. W. J. L. Maxwell.

1887. Robert Graham.

1888. William Watts.

1889. William Watts.

1890. William D. Dubois.

1891. James B. Gillie.

1892. Nelson Lindsay.

1893. James B. Gillie.

1894. William Smellie.

1895. William SmeIlie.

1896. John B. Louden.

1897. John B. Louden.

1898. John B. Louden.

1899. John B. Gibb.

1900. John B. Gibb.

1901. John B. Gibb.

1902. John Tennant.

1903. Charles Boyle.

1904. Charles Boyle.

1905. Thomas S. Cochrane.

1906. Joseph Mallon.

1907. Joseph Mallon.

1908. George Montgomery.

1909. Richard Power.

1910. Richard Power.


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