Sunday, March 22, 2015

The History of Ellensburg Lodge #39 F&AM of Washington

This little blog is an attempt to gather and consolidate the historical information relating to the Lodge.  Mostly the members.  The Lodge is really the people, the building is termed the Masonic Temple.


The true website for Ellensburg #39 can be found here:  www.eburgmasons.com

 Here are a few other pictures of this historic building:
Knights Templar in front in 1909


This picture seems to have been taken in the 1960s



This picture seems to have been taken in the 1980s


Calling card........


This is a drawing of the first Masonic Temple in Ellensburg.
 It was on the corner of 4th and and Pine.  
It was completed in April of 1889 - just in time to
burn to the ground in the July 4th, 1889 fire that leveled most of Ellensburgh.



This picture is striking visually, of course, but if you know the background history it tells a more profound story.  

How did this group of 20 or so men get the money together to build a two story brick building, and how did they feel looking at the burnt-out shell?  

The fact that they built the building, and quickly rebuilt the current building speaks to the importance that these men placed on their masonic membership.

For a more detailed discussion of the history of the buildings the Lodge has called home, click here to go to the #39 website.




Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ellensburg #39 Lodge Officer Installation photos - 1965 and 2015!

Separated by 50 years, the lodge looks very similar in these two photos..


That is by design, we staged the second photo, the actual installation of officers in the fall of 2014 to look as much like the picture taken in the fall of 1964 as possible.  The postures of the officers, the deacon's rod leaning in the doorway to the left and even the people having a conversation in the doorway.

We found the old photo in the Fred Breckon colletion.  What a jewel.

The Tyler's register from that installation ceremony still exists and a photo of it is below:



The register helps to figure out who the men in the photo are... and this was written on the back of the actual photo:


It seems strange, to me at least, that the first position from the left is blank.  That chair is usually occupied by the Brother to be installed as Master for the next year, and that person is in fact wearing the Master's Jewel of Office:

WB Jack Burrows - Master 1965.
Jack passed away a few years ago, but I did get to meet him and talk to him.  He maintained his membership after moving to Seattle and now and then drove over for a lodge meeting when the weather was favorable.

Jack is probably wearing the same officer's jewel that the current master wears.


One other thing that has not changed...  The Lodge Bible:

This is a recent photo of the title page of the Lodge Bible.  It was donated to the Lodge by Erich A. Brattkus - Master of the Lodge in 1950


The men seated in this photo, from left are Marc Thompson, Chris Beyer, Nick Henderson, Wayne Erickson, Patrick Stanton, Austin Marshall, Bob Johnson, Ron Graham, Tedd Hansen, Scott Randall and Andrew Caveness.

Barely visible in the doorway are Aaron Carlton (#39) and Kyle Nickolson (WM of CleElum #139)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Timing Is Everything - or - The final payment on the building that burned....

In my digging around in the Lodge Safe, this funny little receipt kept falling out and I kept putting it back in the little shelf it seemingly had sat on since 1889.  Then one day I looked carefully at it - and decided to frame it.

Probably the first time I saw it I thought - "how cool - 1889!"  "I wonder why they kept it, or even if it was kept on purpose."

Then I looked carefully at the date.  And by now I knew a lot more about the history of Ellensburg #39.  By the way, it says 'Ellensburgh' with an H and 'W.T.' as in Washington Territory.


It is a receipt from the Masonic Building Committee for the Balance due on  Masonic Temple Construction, $1,169.

It was signed by a Mr. Geddis as Bondsman for (something i can't make out.)  Geddis was an important builder in town and we still have a section called the Geddis Block.
By the way, $1,169 in 1889 would be approximately $30,000 today, adjusted for inflation.  And this payment represented the balance due, the final payment.


The significance of the date is that June 26th, 1889 was eight days before the July 4th, 1889 fire that leveled the town of Ellensburg, and the newly paid for Temple!
And from the other pieces of information that we have, no fire insurance was in force.  A brother was assigned the task to obtain two policies - this is in the minutes, but no money ever showed up.


I guess the lodge had to bear it.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Past Masters of Ellensburg Lodge #39


Listed Below are the Past Masters of Ellensburg Lodge #39


There is a link for further expanded information that is currently known for each of these members who served the Lodge as Master.

            
Braxton Duncan (B.D.) Southern  - 1883
Samuel Tate Packwood - 1884
Samuel Clinton Davidson - 1885
Samuel Tate Packwood - 1886


 
Samuel Clinton Davidson - 1887

             
John Peter Sharp - 1888, 1889

              
Mitchell Gilliam -  1890

              
William McGuire - 1891

              

              
Martin Cameron - 1892

                                                                          

              
Howard M. Baldwin - 1893



               

Dr. Benjamin S. Scott - 1895, 1896

              
Dexter Shoudy -1897

              
John Peter Sharp - 1898, 1899

              

               
Frank N. McCandless - 1900, 1901, 1902
              


John E. Veach - 1903

             

J. H. Scott - 1904
 


Howard M. Baldwin - 1905
            

Harry W. Eldred - 1906


John A. Patchett - 1907, 1908, 1909
     

William Albert Steinman - 1912
              
Abraham Lincoln Kreidel - 1913
              


D. L. Jenkins - 1914

              
John N. Faust - 1915

              
Frank Crimp - 1916

              
Jay A. Whitfield - 1917

             

Fred P. Wolff - 1918

              
Chester C. Churchill (center)  - 1919


E. Eugene Henderson - 1920
         
Kenneth J. Larimer - 1921

L. A. Jungst - 1922
           
Arthur McGuire - 1923



Arthur Sorenson - 1926

             
John T. Honeycutt (left) -  1927

James M. Snowden - 1928
    

            
Archie Crim - 1930


Ben J. McDonald - 1931

            
E. C. McMechan -1932

John A. McCune - 1933
              

James Chalmer Sterling - 1934

              

Lloyd R. Fulton - 1935

              

Ellis T. Bramlett - 1937
              
Amasa Eugene Fulton - 1936

Charles E. Culp (left) - 1938

              
Herman G. Turner - 1939

John Albert Shaw - 1940

              
Andy Hugo Gustafson - 1942

John W. Bilbie - 1943
              
George P. Williams - 1944

R. I. Marsh - 1945
              
Henry Eugene George - 1946
John E. McKnight - 1947

              

Theo O. Evanson - 1948
              

              
Wilfred F. Baker - 1949

             

Erich Arthur Brattkus - 1950
              
John Fremont Breckon (left) - 1951

Albert A. Hanneman - 1952
             

John Donald McCullough - 1953


              

Arthur M. Gregory - 1954

Harrel J. Shull - 1955

              

Willis William Sheckler - 1957
       
Hiram H. Colburn - 1958
N. Harold Sorenson - 1959


              
Howard Henry Thomas - 1960

              
Robert James Johnston - 1961

              

James Richard DeVries - 1962
              

Edward Lawrence Sullivan - 1963


              

Jack Morgan Burrows - 1965

              
Glen Alvin Hartman -1966

 
Lawrence Harold Stewart - 1968
Donald Paul Cotton - 1967
              




               
James Hugh Tatum - 1970

              


Robert Benson Leahy - 1971

              

    James F. Hunter - 1972


              

    Wallace Wayne Hoover - 1975

          
Hiram H. Colburn - 1976

              
Warren Orville Kidder - 1977

              
Larry C. Helms - 1978

Henry Robert Stampf Jr. -  1979   

              

              

    William Victor Cory Jr. - 1980
    Vernon Lee LaBay - 1981

             

  Harold Wayne Grissom -  1982  
    Edward Alexander Kiesz - 1983

              

Vernon Lee LaBay - 1984   
              
Edward Lawrence Sullivan - 1985
Andrew James Olson - 1986   

     
Alfred Loscoe Taylor - 1987

              

Harold Webster Jenkins - 1988

Ben Batchelor Johnson - 1989


                
Alfred Loscoe Taylor - 1990

 
Richard Lee Denner - 1991



              

              

              

              

               Donald Emil Sorenson     1992
 
Frank William Phelps Sr. 1993
              
               Charles William Elkins      1994
               Carl George Christensen                1995
               Andrew James Olson       1996
               Neil James Leibly              1997
               Charles William Elkins      1998

              
 
Alfred Loscoe Taylor - 1999

        

       Andrew James Olson       2000

           
 
Ronald D. Elkins - 2001

   

               Neil James Leibly              2002

         

     
Robert Earl Crosier - 2004
      
Gregory Michael Julian Maes - 2003

 
Nicholas Charles Henderson - 2005, 2006


   
Tedd Robert Hansen - 2007

          
Patrick Casey Stanton - 2008

 
Nathan A. Hill - 2009

    


Gregory Michael Julian Maes - 2010
         
Christopher Marco Thompson - 2011
             

     
Jeffrey Sherman Bartow - 2012

         
Tedd Robert Hansen - 2013

Ronald Patrick Graham - 2014
  
                     
So Mote It BE!

This is a picture of a chart that has hung in the Ellensburg Temple as long as anyone can remember.