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


Interesting Tid Bit – Traveling Lodge from Illinois to Oregon 1852

While indexing for the Digital Archives this interesting find surfaced.  It appears that in 1852 the Grand Lodge of Illinois sent a Traveling Lodge by the name of Pilgrim Lodge to Oregon on the Oregon Trail.  It appears that because of the death of the WM along the way the dispensation never reached the Oregon Territory.  It would have been very interesting to see how the new Grand Lodge of Oregon (Oregon Territory) would have handled this.

February 1951 Enlightener Magazine GL Illinois

“He [GM Illinois Ames] followed the precedent established by Brother Lavely and issued a dispensation for a traveling lodge, appropriately named Pilgrim Lodge to go across the plains of Oregon.  The Master however became ill and the dispensation was never used and it was returned from Iowa.”


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.