The Kerrville Times from Kerrville, Texas on November 10, 1991 · Page 3
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The Kerrville Times from Kerrville, Texas · Page 3

Kerrville, Texas
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Sunday, November 10, 1991
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Local Stuwi Sunday, November 10, 1991 3A Kerrville Masons chartered in 1890 EDITOR'S NOTE — This is last of a series on the people and places behind the 45 Texas historical markers in Kerr County. The series was written in cooperation with the Kerr County Historical Commission. By MICHAEL BOWLIN Times Staff Writer KERRVILLE — The city of Kcr^ rvillc was only a year old when the Kerrville Masonic Lodge No. 697, A.F. & A.M. came into being in the fall of 1890. Previous to its securing a charter, Masons in the city traveled 10 miles to Center Point to meet at the Rising Slar Lodge No. 429, A.M. & EM. This was still in the days of horse and buggy and the trip took one to two hours in each direction. According to Michael Milner, past master of the Kerrville lodge, meetings, which were held at night, were usually scheduled on the full moon of each month so that those who did travel great distances to attend the meetings could do so in sufficient light The number of Masons in Kerrville grew and on Nov. 21,1890, a petition, sponsored by the Rising Star Lodge, was prepared for submission to the Grand Lodge Of Texas A.F. & A.M. On Dec. 11, it was resolved that a charter for a Kerrville lodge be granted. Three months passed before the lodge was constituted, the delay in the opening being attributed to problems in the completion of the building at 211 Earl Garrctt Street where the lodge would be housed for the next 27 years. The Kerrville lodge occupied the upstairs room of the native stone building. The bottom floor was then leased out to such businesses as the United Slates Postal Service, the C.C. Butt Grocery Company and Garrctt Insurance, among others. By 1917, the Kerrville lodge had increased its membership to 76 men. By 1922 that number had increased to 119. Throughout the 1920s, attempts were made to relocate the lodge to a larger building. The minutes show that many different committees were appointed and recommendations made, but no action was ever taken. In February 1927, Capt. Charles Schreiner died and his family offered to sell his two-story Romanesque-style mansion to the lodge. Lodge members voted on SALE "Cuisine" 18/8 Stainless 33% Off 40, 44, 60 and 64-Plece Set* Plus 25% Off Open Stock •*•*», rf* »* , ^ The Capt. Charles Schreiner mansion was used as the Kerrville Masonic Lodge from 1927 to 1972. Signs of Old Times May 17 of that year to purchase the native limestone structure for $15,000. Terms of the sale were $3,000 down and $1,200 annually for 10 years. The First meeting in the new temple was on Dec. 20, 1927. Lodge meetings would continue to be held in this location for the next 46 years. As early as 1951 concern over the high maintenance cost on the lodge building, then 72 years old, prompted appointment of a committee to investigate the possibility of moving to a new location. Over the years, several recommendations were made, but no action was taken until the early 1970s. In 1969, lodge members were told about $20,000 in repairs needed to be made to the building to fix a faulty sewer system and bring the structure up to standard. With only $4,000 in the bank, a new effort was begun to find a new home. In March 1972 it was reported by the Special Building Committee that an offer of $65,000 to buy the almost century-old former mansion was made by Mary Walters. The lodge voted to accept that offer on April 4 of that year. Over ihc next several months, an additional $14,000 was raised through community donations and a plot of land was purchased from St. Paul's United Methodist Church on which to building a new lodge hall. The cornerstone was laid on February 26,1972, and the first meeting was conducted on Sept. 4. It continues to serve as home to the almost 400 Kerrville Masonic Lodge members. Spire/Golden Spire ON SALE »T MIRYOUetN NOV. 11 - 24,1991 COUNTRY BASKET* fowbMf ffws« Ttxaitomt Texas Sheep Dog finals in Kerrville Nov. 16, 17 Silver Care Products 20% Off Sale CHICKEN FILLET BASKET Fow CWCRMI Mwt stnpCii country ffwy* fnMr iMNMtMSt tagg silver foam* COUNTRY M participating 0s»y Quew stores. ® fteo U.S. Pat. i Tm. OH. Am O.Q Corp. 'AM Reg US. Pa & Tm. Tx 0 Q Op Coufl ©T*.0.0.0|i.Coun. dbmS* 1 wasbe Save on polish, foam, wash, gloves, storage bags and more. Reg. 4.50 to 33.55 NOW 20% OFF Handlers from across state to compete KERRVILLE — The Texas Sheep Dog Association will hold their State Finals next Saturday and Sunday in Kerrville at Schreiner College. The event is sponsored by the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau and is sanctioned by the Texas Sheep Dog Association (TSDA). Handlers from all over Texas will be in Kerrville to compete at their year-end dog trial. In addition, the association will hold its annual membership meeting to elect directors and officers. Convention headquarters will be the Inn of the Hills River Resort. The judge for the dog thai will be Alistair Mundell, a well known stock dog handler from Wales, Great Bfltain. The course director for the event will be Carter Whitney, Center Point "We're very excited about holding the finals here in Kerrville," said Whitney. "It was a very competitive bidding process and the voting was close. Sudie Johnson Burdili, convention and visitors bureau director, has done a tremendous job of organizing the event and I encourage anyone who is interested in livestock to come and watch." The TSDA Slate Finals is open to four divisions of entries: Open Class for professional handlers with professional dogs; Open Ranch Class for professional handlers with novice dogs or novice handlers with professional dogs; Ranch Class, novice handlers with novice dogs; and the Nursery Class in which dogs must be 30 months of age or less. The event will culminate with the naming of the Texas Sheep Dog Association Dog of (he Year. You can feel at home with San Marcos Long Distance! We have more than 90 years of experience in providing leading-edge telecommunication services to Hill Country customers. As a Hill Country owned and based company, we are especially proud to be providing our neighbors with the service, quality, and savings that have made San Marcos Long Distance the number one long distance choice in San Marcos. Texas Based—Texas Owned Fiber Optic Network Conference Calling Operator Services Traveler's Cards 800 Numbers 1+ Dialing Call on your Hill Country connection! 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