Clipped From The Galveston Daily News
\He Claims to Be Oldest mwMason Living in Texas Taking Degrees in the em- them injunction tentatively the, any shops, picket the full notice the doing enjoins to congregating To The Neirs. "That the record may be kept clear." please publish this in your paper. On July 3 'an article appeared in The News which claimed Henry L. Quulls of Gonzales to be the oldest Mason in the grand jurisdiction of Texas. After reading this article carefully, I am convinced that Hopkinsville Lodge No. 183. Waelder. (lonzales County. Tex., has an older Mason, from a Masonic viewpoint, than Brother Quails. Your article states that Brother Quails moved to Gnnzales June 2. 1852; that he decided to join the Masonic order in | 1S53. and did so in a lodge located i then at Eelmont. "This was in 1853. and he was made a master Mason there," Brother E. "W. Walker. Hopkinsville Lodfre No. 183. Waelder. Tex.. aged 94, claims the honor of being the oldest Mapon in Texas, and disputes the claim of Mr. Quails of Brother "Walker, in a letter to Brother William M. Atkinson. Uon- zales Lodpe No. 30. in part says: "I was made a Mason in .ftaleigh. Miss., at the regular meeting of said Masonic lodge in October. A. B. 1S50, and I moved to Texas in the fall of 1S50. I have resided in Gonzales (County) ever since, except the time I was in the confederate army. 1 am the only charter member of Hopkinsville Lodge 183 at %Vaelder. I am the only one of the building committee l i v i n g that built the Masonic lodge or hall at Waelder, Tex. I was the first secretary that was elected by Hopkinsville lodge In 1855 or 1856. Due respects to Brother Quails. He is an older man than I am. but I am the oldest Mason by about two years. Please have the history corrected, as you did once before when Austin was claiming the oldest Mason. Gonzales County still has the oldest Mason." A letter forwarded to the San Antonto Express by William M. Atkinson. Gonzales attorney and member of Gonzales Lodge No. 30, says: "In the interest of justice and fair-dealing, and that the records mar be kept clear. I am sending you a letter received from Brother E. W. Walker, an old, very old, .master Mason, and also an old confederate soldier who lives at Waelder, Gonzales County, Tex. I may say in passing that I have personally examined the Masonic'history of the brother, and E. W. WALKER. find that it tallies in every particular ivith his written statement." Brother Walker was born in Simpson County. Miss.. J u l y 2. 1S28. lived in Mississippi until he was 22 years old. He came to Gonzales County in December. 1850. and has lived in Precinct No. 3 ever since, He joined the Baptist church in summer of 1866. He was justice of Â·the peace from August. 1866. up until the election of 1922. a period of fifty-four years, when he retired, as he was getting too old to serve. During his life as justice of the peace, he performed between 600 GOO marriage ceremonies. He is healthy and able to walk a mile every day for his mail. He was 94 years old on July 2. 1922. and on day his lodge presented to him a lambskin or white leather apron in t o k e n - o f th'eir appreciation of services as a Mason and in honor his life as a man. W. C. STEPHENS. Waelder, Tex.