September 20, 2012

Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 to Honor 160th Anniversary With Re-Dedication Celebration

The Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 will be celebrating its 160th Anniversary with a re-dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 29th at 2 p.m. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome to celebrate and learn more about what the charitable fraternity is all about. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

The first meeting of Memphis Lodge #16 was held in Memphis Missouri on the 8th day of August, 1851 under dispensation (allowance) issued by the Grand Lodge of Missouri. However, the first chartered meeting was held on June 7th, 1852 when the Lodge received its charter. Brother Howard Roberts, a past master of Monticello Lodge #58, as proxy for the District Deputy Grand Master with a written appointment proceeded to install officers and set the lodge at work as a chartered lodge.

The officers installed were as follows: Levi J. Wagner, Worshipful Master; Henry M. Gorin, Senior Warden and Freeman Farnsworth, Junior Warden. Officers appointed by the Worshipful Master were: John M. T. Smith, Senior Deacon Pro Tem; Samuel G. Briggs, Junior Deacon, Pro Tem; Thos. S. Richardson, Secretary Pro Tem; Darius Wellington, Treasurer Pro Tem; Wm. S. Pettibone, Tyler Pro Tem; and Brothers Robert A Bryant and Thompson Walker. There was one visiting brother, N. A. Langston of Bloomfield Lodge # 102.

Incidentally, 160 years later, Brother Roberts who set Memphis Lodge at work (to function as a chartered Lodge) was the grandfather of our own Past Master Wallace H. Roberts who was Master of Memphis Lodge #16 at the time of completion and dedication of the present temple.

Freemasonry is a charitable fraternal organization that has played an important role in the lives of some of our most notable citizens, including founding fathers such as Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere. Fourteen United States Presidents were also Masons, among them President George Washington and President Harry S. Truman, Harry probably the most prominent because of his Missouri roots. Freemasonry teaches brotherly love, relief and truth.

Freemasonry is the world's oldest fraternity. For over 300 years, Masonry has successfully inspired and brought men together, shaping their characters and establishing lifelong friendships and brotherhood.

The Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 is located on the east side of the Memphis city square at 112 South Market Street.

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