Poems from WB Dale B – Union No. 3 McMinnville Or.

A wonderful example of love of poetry is shared for all.  In Union NO. 3 in McMinnville Or. we were blessed with a wonderful man and Freemason WB Dale.  He was our Poet laureate.  During many degrees and meetings he would sit quietly and listen to the business of the lodge diligently writing the poetry for the night.  At the end of the meeting he would raise his hand and announce to the WM in the East that he had something to share.  He would slowly stand and present his poem to the Brothers.  Those nights are greatly missed by this Brother.  Our dear WB Dale is greatly missed.


GLO – Digital Archives New Addition

The Library and Museum Committee is very excited to announce the upload to the GLO Digital Archives the GLO History Volumes 1-3.

Grand Lodge of Oregon History Volume 1-3 


New: Grand Lodge of Oregon GLO Digital Archives Topical Index

The MWB Robert M. Richmond Memorial Library and Museum is very proud to share the new GLO Digital Archives Topical Index.


The GLO Library and Museum Committee have been working on this new index to replace the old Digital Archives for over a year.

This Digital Archives will be using very large Digital Digests and direct links to GLO Museum Accession Numbers within the archives.  Many of these files are very large so patience is needed when researching.

The entire GLO Lodge History folders are now available within the index which took over a week to upload.  This directory alone was over 280 GB.


GLO Library and Museum Committee

1871 Cornerstone Article

Fun article.  The contents of this cornerstone are located in the Museum of the GLO.

Beaver Coin Article – $

An interesting find found within the Archives of the Grand Lodge of Oregon Musuem.

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?

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.