A Century of Masonic Purpose 1951

The Grand Lodge of Oregon at the 1951 Annual Communication had the newly assigned Centennial Committee give a report on the progress of the upcoming September 1951 Centennial.

As a side note many Masonic Lodges in the Oregon Jurisdiction each were preparing for their own 100th Centennial Observance. In many of the lodge historical files held within the archives of the museum of the Grand Lodge of Oregon can be found the individual lodge centennial programs.


In 1951 an address was given at the Oregon City Senior Hight School.  The program was called, “A Century of Masonic Purpose”.

A Century of Masonic Purpose
An Address Upon the 100th Anniversary of the
Founding of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons of Oregon

W. R. May
Editor Co-Publisher
Oregon City, Oregon

Location was
Oregon City Senior Hight School

September 15, 1951

Paper PDF

Digital Archives Grand Lodge of Oregon Centennial Observance 1951 Oregon City 1951 J. C. Wilkinson Files D9 295, 297-318, 329

You can access the above J. C. Wilkinson File at  Digital Archive Digest No. D9


GLO – Visitation Card

A neat little item surfaced yesterday at the museum.  It appears that there was a Form 14 which was available through GLO which was a card to be used when a Brother visited another lodge.

The card would be filled out by the lodge and sent to the visiting Brother’s lodge to let them know that they were honored to have him visit.


John Sherer Masters Carpet

A wonderful find today.  In a folder for Union No. 3 in McMinnville was a little gem.  a small folding booklet.  Inside was an item I have never seen before.  Inside was a Masters Carpet Certificate for a Freemason dated 1857.  What makes this item so fantastic is that it is a minature of the Large Masters Carpets that are in many lodges through out America.  This one is different where it has the Masters Carpet and at the bottom area for the Brothers Names and Degree Dates and Affiliation.  Awesome Find!




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!

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?

Charity for a Brother – 1878

Interesting act of Charity from a Masonic Lodge in Eugene Lodge No. 11.

Lafayette No. 3 1854 – Certificate of Standing Hand Written

A very interesting item surfaced this morning during indexing.  A handwritten certificate of standing from Lafayette No. 3 1854.  Very early correspondence for this young jurisdiction.

Plymouth Illinois – 1866 Correspondence (concerned son and Brother.)

A very interesting correspondence from 1866 from a Brother in Illinois to Eugene City Lodge No. 11.  I will leave the reader to read through.  I wonder how the story ended.

Wasco No. 15 – Records copy

During a recent trip to accept a donation of records from Wasco No. 15 to the Grand Lodge of Oregon Museum Archives many wonderful documents were discovered.  Here are a few that caught my eye after the scanning of 806 documents .  I am peculiarly interested in the early correspondence between lodges during the 1860’s-1890’s.  This time in Oregon Freemasonry were growing pains for the Grand Lodge of Oregon and how they received communications from their subordinate lodges and also communicating with them from the GLO.  Enjoy..