Richard Frey June 2017From the Archives

Las Palmas Lodge received its Dispensation in April of 1905 and was granted its Charter when the California Grand Lodge met in October of that year.  Unfortunately, the minutes of meetings from 1905 have been lost.  The earliest Lodge minutes start in January of 1906.  In order to learn more about the history of Las Palmas Lodge and its founding members, I read all of the Lodge minutes from January 1906 through December of 2005.  It is from these minutes, and my own memory, that I have been able to write my monthly column entitled "From the Archives".  Most stories are presented in a loose chronological order.  Richard W. Frey, PM.

2012

May--First Story

June--Charter Members

July--Early Members

August-- 1976 Our Bicentennial Year

September--Membership and Salaries of Secretary, Organist and Tiler

October--Early Technology

November--WW I and Las Palmas  part 1

December--WW I and Las Palmas  part 2

2013

January--Masonic baseball games to raise money for Red Cross

February--Old time Masonic Funerals, A brother who helped with a Lodge in Germany during WW I

March--Black cube in the ballot box

April--Las Palmas grows, Masonic Trowels, Masonic Club Houses at UC Berkeley and UCLA

May--Visit from our local Congressman, calling down for a proficiency, Life Membership

June--Members named after famous people 

July--Roll Call Meeting

August--Quartettes to sing at Masonic funerals, Lodge Charity at Christmas

September--Hiram Award

October--Greeting the new Master, guest speakers at Lodge

November--Candidate's Occupational Degree Team

December--The Great Depression and Lodge finances

2014

January--Imposters posing as Masons and Las Palmas representative at dedication of George Washington Memorial

February--Steam Roller Talk

March--The Great Depression, French First Degree

April--New form for Masonic Funerals, Stereopticon slices for First Degree Lecture

May--Investing Lodge funds during the depression, serving a dinner before the Stated Meeting

June--WW II years

July--WW II years continued

November--WW II part 2, Las Palmas is getting busy

December--WW II part 3, The busiest years of Las Palmas

 

2015

January--The Post WW II Years part 1

February--The Post WW II years part 2 and the beginning of Ponderosa Lodge

March--The Post WW II years part 3

April--Masonic Blood Bank and acquiring land for a new Temple

May--Changes in ritual and our 50th Anniversary

June--Problems with the old Fresno Masonic Temple and progress report on building a new joint Temple

July--The formation of Sierra Lodge in Oakhurst, Funding the joint Masonic Temple

August--Past Master Dee Moyers and his wife deed land for our own Masonic Temple

September--Raising money for our new Temple and Ground Breaking

October--Excerpts from 1942 to 1945 Las Palmas Trestleboards

November--Cemetery plots available to members and their families

December--The end of Las Palmas's tenancy in the old Masonic Temple

 

2016

January--The opening of our New Temple

February--A dark part of Las Palmas history

March--Problems selling our stock in the old Masonic Temple

April--The failed attempt to build a joint Masonic Temple

May--Why there was a failed attempt at a joint Masonic Temple and why Las Palmas built its own Temple

June--Why there had not been a Grand Master from the Fresno area in several decades

July--Las Palms was getting plenty of candidates and the other local Lodges were not so fortunate

August--Old Masonic Temple sold, but no money for Las Palmas

September--Las Palmas thrives in our new Temple

October--Hard feelings between Las Palmas and the members of other local Lodges over no payment from sale of old Temple

November--Lodge Mortgage Burning Ceremony

December--Las Palmas is busy in the 1960's

 

2017

January--My introduction to Masonry and Las Palmas

March--Joining Las Palmas Lodge

April--My application process with Las Palmas

May--Our two Grand Masters and what Las Palmas was like in 1967

June--Changes in the election of Lodge officers

July--Leonard "Len" Gottner, our Senior Past Master

August--Bud Pope PM

September--Dinner with our Dates on Valentines Day and I get my 3rd Degree

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