The History of San Mateo Lodge

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in About Us, featured |

 1872 – 1899   In The Beginning On December 27, 1872, a dispensation was granted by Grand Master Leonidas B. Pratt to brethren at Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, to organize as Hayward Lodge, U.D. The name was reluctantly granted to the petitioners by the Grand Master solely because he considered it to be improper to name a Lodge after a living man. In fact, the creation of the Lodge brought about a revision of Grand Lodge regulations, henceforth forbidding the naming of a Lodge after any living person. Our Lodge was originally named for Right Worshipful Brother Alvinza Hayward, then Senior Past Master of Henry Clay Lodge No. 95, at Sutter Creek, Amador County, and Past Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of California. At the Twenty-fourth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, October 18, 1873, a charter was granted to Hayward Lodge #226, F. & A.M., with the following officers and members: Officers Henry B. Lea, W. M. William A. Yates, S.W. John Johnston, J.W. James Hatch, Treasurer John P. Johnston, Secretary James W. Bluett, Chaplain Charles H. Davids, S.D. James N. Langley, J.D. George R. Borden, Marshal Albert Milliken, Steward Jacob Rosenblum, Steward Jacinto Lourenco, Tyler Master Masons Josiah P. Ames Chas. W. Borden Wm. H. Campbell Joseph A. Davis Joseph B. Freitas Alex. Gordon James Johnston Fernand Levy Alex. Rar Eliphus B. Wooley Louis B. Bernard Robt. Campbell Lafayette Chandler George Duncan Manuel F. Garcia Griffith P. Hartley Thos. Johnston Robt. A. Rawls Chas. W. Swanton Entered Apprentices Franklin C. Gilbert A. B. Maynard   When the Lodge was instituted, Brother Hayward presented the officers with silver jewels, which have been continuously used to this day. The limited territorial jurisdiction in which Hayward Lodge was authorized to operate, together with the slow population growth of the area, restricted an increase in Lodge membership. The net result was that, by 1898, a quarter century after the charter was granted, there were only two more members in the Lodge than was the case in 1873. Brother Henry E. Lea, our first Worshipful Master, did excellent work in laying the foundation of our Lodge. Brother Joseph Freitas served as Master for seven years, 1876 to 1878, 1881, 1882, 1885 and 1886. Worshipful Brother George Duncan served three years, 1879, 1880 and 1883. Brother Louis B. Bernard was elected W.M. in 1884 and again in 1895. Brother Horatio M. Templeton was elected and served as Master from 1887 to 1894.   1880 – 1889   Early in 1880, a committee of three was appointed to interview the I.O.O.F. for the purpose of having the rent reduced. A report was submitted at the next meeting to the effect...

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Who are Masons?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in About Us, featured |

Many of the United States’ – and the world’s – most respected men have been Masons. These accomplished individuals include: Astronauts: Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom Authors and Poets: Robert Burns, Voltaire, Sir Walter Scott, Goethe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling Aviators: Charles Lindbergh, James H. Doolittle, Eddie Rickenbacker Business Leaders: J.C. Penney, Henry Ford, Dave Thomas, John Wanamaker Composers: John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohen, Irving Berling, Wofgang Mozart Entertainers: Roy Rogers, Clark Gable, Oliver Hardy, John Wayne, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Arthur Godfrey, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives, Jonathan Winters, Duke Ellington Explorers: Lewis and Clark, Commodore Perry, Admiral Byrd Frontiersmen: Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill Cody, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie Military Leaders: The Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill, Admiral John Paul Jones, Marquis de Lafayette, General Douglas McArthur, Paul Revere, Simon Bolivar, Benito Juarez, Sam Houston, Napoleon Bonaparte, Peter the Great Presidents: George Washington, and 13 others, including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Gerald Ford Eight signers of the Declaration of Independence, eight signers of the Articles of Confederation and 13 signers of the U.S. Constitution, including Benjamin Franklin and John...

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Facts About Freemasonry

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Description: Freemasonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization. It is based on the belief that each man can make a difference in the world. There are approximately 5 million Masons worldwide, including 2 million in the United States. The Grand Lodge of California has nearly 90,000 members and about 400 lodges throughout the state. History: Freemasonry dates back to the guilds of European stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals during the Middle Ages. Temporary buildings called lodges were built next to the cathedrals, and the Masons used them to meet, receive their pay, plan their work, train new apprentices, and socialize. The first Grand Lodge was established in England in 1717; by 1731, Masonry had spread to the American colonies. Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere, and other founding fathers were among the first Masons in the United States. The Grand Lodge of California was established in Sacramento in 1850 during the height of the California Gold Rush. Mission: The mission of Freemasonry in California is brotherhood, community involvement, and self-improvement through education, family values, moral standards, and charity. Membership: Membership in the Masons is open to men 18 or older who believe in a Supreme Being and meet the qualifications and standards of character and reputation. One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members; men must seek membership on their own. Anyone is welcome to request information about the fraternity. What do Masons do? Charity is at the heart of most Masonic activities. Each year, California Masons donate millions of dollars to both small and large philanthropic causes. This strong commitment to public education is exemplified by the California Masonic Foundation, which offers an innovative outreach program for educators and a generous scholarship program for approximately 100 high school students each year. Another result of the Masons’ spirit and brotherhood is the Masonic Homes of California. Established in 1898 to help make Masons affective by the cholera epidemic, the Masonic Home at Union City and Covina provide housing and health care to Masons and their wives or widows. Originally a refuge for orphaned children called the Masonic Home for Children, the renamed Masonic Home at Covina today offers care and assistance for children who suffer from neglect or abuse. Since 1899, more than 1,800 children have thrived in this caring and compassionate environment which is open to all deserving children. In 1990, the Masonic Home at Covina added separate apartments to provide independent and assited-living care for senior Masons and their wives or widows. It is important to note that Masonic charities receive no local, state or federal funding and are supported entirely by member...

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History of Freemasonry

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The inception of Freemasonry In the Middle Ages, the term “freemason” was awarded to highly skilled stonemasons who were hired as free agents to build castles and cathedrals in England and Scotland. Because of the inherent danger of their work, stonemasons formed local organizations, called lodges, to take care of sick and injured members as well as the widows and orphans of those who were killed on the job. The first Grand Lodge was established in 1717 in London. In 1718, English Freemasonry spread to France and Spain, and after 1729, to India, Italy, Poland and Sweden. Freemasonry spread to the other parts of Europe and eventually made its way to the American colonies. In 1733, the first American lodge was established in Boston, under the authority of the Grand Lodge of England. Of the 39 men who signed the U.S. Constitution, 13 were Masons. Freemasonry comes to California Freemasonry has been an integral part of California for more than 150 years. During the Gold Rush of 1849, thousands of settlers came to California in search of fortune. Many of these men had been Masons back East and brought with them the tradition of Freemasonry. Not surprisingly, some of California’s first Masonic Lodges were established in the mining towns of the Gold Country. In 1850-the same year California became a state-the Grand Lodge of California was established in Sacramento. Within 10 years, the number of Masonic Lodges had grown from 11 to 130, while membership soared from 258 to more than 5,000. Over the years, the Masons have played a key role in shaping the history of California. To date, 19 California governors have been Masons, and at least four California Masons have been elected to the U.S. Senate. Today, the Grand Lodge of California has almost 90,000 members in about 400 Lodges located throughout the state, making it one of the largest Grand Lodges in the world. A legacy of philanthropy Throughout their 150 year history, the California Masons have remained steadfast in their commitment to helping others and serving the community. They have volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours and donated millions of dollars to support a wide range of charitable programs. Among the fraternity’s first charitable activities was helping victims of the great cholera outbreak in Sacramento in 1850. Three Lodges, with a combined membership of 69 men, raised more than $32,000 to help build and maintain a hospital at Sutter’s Fort....

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