Dues Card Found 1848 – Grand Lodge of Illinois

A wonderful find today during indexing.  It appears to be a scan of a dues card not a certificate of standing.  Dated 1848!

Traveling Trowel – 1905 ~ 1923

In 1905 a “Traveling Trowel” began its long journey spreading fellowship and Brotherly Love along the way.

Starting in New York from Justice Lodge No. 753 and returning back home 22 years later.

The new Grand Lodge of California F. & A.M. magazine has a wonderful article sharing this story.  This story has been shared by other Masonic organizations over the years, but the GL of C. article has some pretty enjoyable pictures added.

In the MWB R.M.R. Memorial Library there is a small pamphlet in the special collection that shares the visit of the Traveling Trowel to Oregon when it visited Willamette Lodge No. 2 1908.

The minutes for Willamette No. 2 have not been searched for this important visit.  It is on a high priority to do so.


Petition Handwritten for Degrees of Freemasonry – 1874

First time in this jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Oregon that a hand written petition for the mysteries of the Ancient Craft has been located.  The question of how a man requested the degrees at a lodge has always been there.  Was there a form back in the 19th century for the degrees or was it always handwritten by the petitioner and submitted for review and vote?