Salt Lake Tribune 17 Jan 1897

history of Masons in Utah, includes Elias Ransohoff as treasurer in 1866

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Salt Lake Tribune 17 Jan 1897 - MASONIC GRAND LODGE Its Twenty-fifth...
MASONIC GRAND LODGE Its Twenty-fifth Anniversary Celebration this Week. HISTORY OF MASONRY IN UTAH Th» Various Dispensations and the Dates of the Formation of the Several Lodges—Sketches of Prominent Prominent Ma*on*—Halls in Which tho Member* Hare Met in the Early Day*---The Order and the Grand Lodge-Vow in Excellent Condition —A Grand Time at This Annual Meeting. souri, relative to the lodge, this language language is used: "Among the papers I tind a letter from Bro; Richard Wilson of the Fourth artillery, the secretary, dated March 27, 18C1, enclosing 1 annual returns to December 27, 1860, and announcing announcing that the name of the post had been changed from Camp Floyd to Fort Crlttenden. The membership was-composed was-composed principally of officers and soldiers soldiers or the United States army then quartered there, and when the location, was changed to New Mexico, the charter, charter, jewels, records, etc., were all returned returned to, this office, more perfectly arranged arranged and the accounts more correctly completed than those ever received from any surrendered lodge under the jurisdiction of this grand body since its organization. "The jewels and working tools were of the very best quality, in fact everything everything received by this office from that i lodge bore evidence of more than ordi- ! nary refinement and culture. The relationship relationship between thia grand lodge 1 and her daughter lodge in the then great Far West was of a very affectionate affectionate character, and the same spirit has ever since been manifest between her and the former members of that HE twenty-fifth anniversary o£ the grand lodge of Utah,,Free and Accepted Accepted Masons,, will occur this week in connection with th« regular annual communication of the grand lodge, that will begin in the Masonic hall on Tuesday morning. It will be an event long anticipated anticipated by the crafts- mc-n of tho TerrU&ry and State, tor it proves that Ancient Craft Masonry has been firmly, established In Utah, after early struggles, »uoh as few jurisdictions jurisdictions ever had to engage In. It had been intended at one time to make ' this anniversary tho occasion for an International celebration, but more modest counsels prevailed, and the cum- rriittec in charge decided to limit the afCalr to Utah in the main, although Masons of prominence will bo present from several of the neighboring States. Although grand lodge Masonry in. Utah dates* back only to July 1G, l&TX craft Masonry was practiced at a much earlier date, the first lodge being established under a Missouri dispensation dispensation at Camp Floyd in 1850. bap L,ako'H first lodge, Mt. Moriah, was Instituted Instituted in 1866. but the Nevada dispensation dispensation was subsequently withdrawn and tho Waaatrh lodge. Montana registry, registry, is tho earliest instituted lodge now in existence. \Vhnri tho grand lodge wa» Instituted In 1872, there were 124 master Masons In tho grand jurisdiction of Utah. The membership on October }w. 1874. was 840. Six years later tho roster exhibited exhibited only fifty-two additional, members. Today the total mAnbership is a trifle less than 800. This, however, does not Include all the members of tho craft in the State, for it is estimated thero are 1000 Masons in Utah who preserve their fofnllations with mother lodges in other States and countries. Whf-n the grand lodge was organized organized in. 1S72 It wa.s in the Masonic hall on the second floor of the old Commerce Commerce hall on Main street, that has long since disappeared from existence. Though spacious for the time, and furnished furnished well, considering the financial condition of the struggling lodges, U was vastly different from the elegantly adorned quarters tho fraternity now occupy in the Mackintosh building. Though poverty and hostility were their portion, the Uttld band of devoted men who were present at the birth of gr&nd lodge Masonry cheerfully accepted accepted their lot, aaid with the precepts of the order-inspiring courage In their hearts, they entered upon the arduous struggle -i'or existence and advance- Thus ended the first attempt of planting planting Masonry on Utah soil. Whether any member of this early lodge yet lives or all have dimitted to the celestial celestial lodge above is not known. Certainly Certainly none remains in Utah. MASONRY'S 'BEGINNING IN THIS CITY. Gen. E. P. Connor's arrival in Salt Lake City In 1363, and the establ sh- ment of Camp Douglas attracted tmui- er many business men and miners from Nevada. Some were Masons. They decided decided to organize, and-for this purpose asseinblecl on November 11. ISGo, at Odd Fellows' hall. Among those present were James M. Ellis,. William G. Hig- luy, Louis Cohn, William L. Halsey, Theodore.' JJ. Auerbach, Oliver Durant, Charles Popper and James Thurmond. It was decided to petition the grand master of Nevada for a dispensation, and' this course was adopted, Lander lodge No. 8, located at Austin, Nev., recommending the petition. Grand Master Joseph Du Bell immediately responded, responded, issuing his letter of dispensation dispensation for Mt, Moriah lodge to be located at Salt Lake City. Utah. But to this dispensation an edict was attached requiring requiring the lodge to "exclude all who were of the Mormon faith." James W. Ellis became master of ,tho lodge, William G. HIgley senior warden and WHIIam L, Halsey junior warden. Mt. Morlah's first meeting was held on February 5, 186G. Immediately the lodge prospered. Tho 2000 California 1 volunteers volunteers In Camp Douglas and the discovery discovery of gold in Montana made Salt Lake very lively. Many Masons were impelled impelled to this city. They gathered about the altar of Mt. Moriah, and good men and true from the profane world petitioned for tho degrees. For a while perfect peace and harmony prevailed, prevailed, but the edict of the Nevada grand master disturbed the waters. At the second annual communication of the Nevada grand lodge, held September September IS, ISfHI. a petition for a charter was refused, the committee on charters reporting in part, as follows: "In view of the peculiar circumstances soir- roundtng the brethren of Mt. Moriah lodge, we would recommend that a charter be not granted at thia grand communication, but that the dispensation dispensation be continued for one* year." In 1S67 another petition fo'i» a charter was made and refused, and the dispensation dispensation discontinued, thus ending the short career of Mt. Moriah lodge, U. D., under the grand lodge of Nevada. THE FIKST LODGE. But organized Masonry still, continued continued to exist in Salt Lake City, for on- October 22. 1SGG, Wasatch lodge had been issued a dispensation by Grand Master John J. Hull of Montana, The lodge's first officers were Reuben H, Robertson, master; Joseph Milton Orr. senior warden; Stephen De Wolfe, junior junior warden. . The first meeting- was hc>ld on Friday evening. November 30, 1866. To the worshipful master, Mr. Grand Master Darby and the Quarter-Centennial Siegel, who was installed as secretary, and Ellas Ransohoff as treasurer. ARGENTA LODGE. With the year 1370 a fresh Impetus was given to Masonry in Utah. The two great railroad systems, building from the Missouri river westward, and the Pacific ocean- eastward, had met at Promontory In October, 1869. Utah no longer was isolated. It was in constant touch" with the populous centers of the East and the thriving 'centers of the coast country. A large immigration followed the railroad. Miners prospected prospected the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains. mountains. The treasure vaults of the eternal eternal hills were unlocked, and with the opening of new avenues to wealth came capitalists to erect. smelters and reduction works. Commerce took on lifo anew. The- day was prosperous and the future rosy with hope. Of the new population much came from Nevada Nevada and California, in both of which Masonry Masonry was strongly intrenched. Fresh activity was quickly manifested in the city lodges, and soon an agitation was begun for the formation of >a third lodge, which would make possible the establishment of a grand lodge. Wh<in United States Senator Henry M. Teller, grand master of Colorado, was in the city in 1S71, the'matter was placed before before him in detail, and he promised to grant a dispensation to a third lodge upon proper application being made. This was done, and on April 8, 1871, an authorization was given to a number of Masons to open Argenta lodge with the following officers: Ebenezer H. Shaw, master; Elias B. Zabriskie, S. W.; Martin K. Harkness, J, W.; Edward Edward Reed, treasurer; A. S. Gould, secretary; secretary; L, B. Thurjttian, S. D.; Samuel Woodward, J. D., and Thomas' A. Bates, Warren Hussey, W. S. Woodhull Woodhull and F. D. McKenna. Argenta lodge held its first meeting- May 9, 1871. On September 26, 1871, a charter was issued to the lodge. At that time the lodge had fourteen members members in all. , THE GRAND LODGE. With the foundation for the main edifice—the edifice—the grand lodge—thus completed, work was begun on the structure. The three lodges agreed formally to establish establish a grand lodge, and a meeting for that purpose was called for January 16, 1872. At this communication there were present J. M. Orr, M.'H. Walker a-itid Morris Meyer from Watsatch lodge, No. S; Louis Cohn, Sol Siegel and Charles F.- Smith from Mount Moriah No. 70; A. S. Gould, proxy for E. H. Shaw, E. B. Zabriskie from Argenta No. 21, J. M. Orr was elected chairman and A. S. Gould secretary of the convention. convention. After the adoption of a resolution, resolution, offered by Louis Cohn, providing for the organization of a grand lod^e,' the election of officers followed, resulting- resulting- in the selection of O. F. Strickland, grand master; Louis Cohn, deputy grand master; E. B. Zabriskie, S. G. W.; A. S. Gould/J. G. W.; Charles F. Smith, grand treasurer; Joseph F. Nounnan, grand secretary. At the request request of Grand Secretary Nounnan, Christopher Diehl was appointed assistant, assistant, secretary by the grand master. The elected and appointed grand lodge officers were installed by Reuben H. "Robertson, a constitution arid code of by-laws adopted. The three subordinate subordinate lodges were instructed to return return their charters to the mother grand lodge, each receiving a new charter from the grand lodge of Utah, numbered numbered according- to their seniority. Wasatch Wasatch No. 1 at the time had forty-eight, members on its rolls; Mount Moriah No. 2. fifty-two members, and Argenta. No. 3, twenty-four members, making- a total of 124 Maso>ns in the jux-isdiction. But with- the establishment of the past, storms will arise, the wind will howl and whistle above and the troubled troubled waters roll beneath us, but with a steady hand at the helm, with the Bible as our polar star, the compass as our guide and 'Brotherly Love» Relief Relief and Truth' as our motto, we can wrestle with the contending waves and ride upon their billows. We need never cast anchor for repairs." UTAH LODGE. Grand Master .Strickland was Judge of the First District court at Provo, Ira M: Swartz, clerk of the court, was also a zealous Mason. Both worked energetically energetically for a lodge at their home, with the result that Utah lodge was granted a dispensation on February 15, 1872, and a day later the lodge commenced work with the following officers and members: members: Ira M. Swartz, master; Charles S. Benham, S. W.; Samuel Paul, J. W.; Benjamin Bachman. secretary; F. H. Simmons, John P. Doolan, Samuel E. Greeley, Still P. Taft and John N. Whitney were also members. 'At the first annual communication of the grand lodge, the lodge was granted a charter, its name being 1 changed to Story No. 4. The name Story was selected selected in memory of W. R. Story, a former member of Wasatch lodge, who had been assassinated near Tooele in 1870. CORINNE LODGE. Corinne lodge No. 5 at, Corinne wa« granted a dispensation by Grand Master Master Robertson on October 15, 1872, its charter being- issued November 11, 1873. Its first -set of officers' were B. P. Johnson, Johnson, master; Louis Demars, S. W.; James A. Farnum, J. W. WEBER LODGE. Grand Master Louis Cohn, granted a dispensation to Weber lodge on December December 27. 1873, with C. S. Nellte as master, A. D. Shakespeare, senior warden, warden, and Henry Bruce, junior warden. The lodge received its charter on November November 12. 1874;; From a modest beginning—it beginning—it ha'd'C-nly twenty members —Weber"lodge 'has -grown until today it is the largest and most flourishing.ia the State, having 182 members on its roster at the close of 1S96. The prophecy prophecy of Grand Master C. W. Bennett. who instituted the lodge, is fulfilled. "It affords me great pleasure to say," he said, "that although Weber lodge is the youngest in our sisterhood yet she evinces' the true spirit,of Masonry in such degree that she promises ere long- to rival, if she does not excel, her elder sisters in the good work in which we are all engaged.-" UINTAH LODGE. Uintah lodge at Park City was Issued Issued a dispensation by Grand Master Frank Tilford , on August 20, 1880, receiving receiving its- charter as No. 7;. on November November 9, 1880. Beginning with • seventeen members it has today a membership of eighty-two. For years Uintah lodgre had the finest and best furnished hall in the State. ST..JOHN'S LODGE. St. John's lodge at Frisco was born, throve and died within a-few years. Nineteen brethren were issued a dis- .peiTsation by Grand Master Philip A. Emergon on November 1, 1SS1, to open a. lodge in the then thriving town of Frisco. The lodge was chartered op. January 7,' 1882; as St. John's lodge No. 8. But the mines declined, and on 'April: 14, 18SS. St. John's lodge surrendered surrendered Its charter. The largest membership membership the lodge ever had was thirty-five. It had. twenty-two members when it surrendered, its charter. During the seven years of its existence H. C. Hill 'wa.3 its master'and G. W. Crozier its secretary.. Most of the members of St. John's lodge have since joined lodges in,Salt Lake City. . It a of its to ! ' ; is of

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