mason1.gif (3406 bytes) Eunice Lodge #830
of the
Free & Accepted Masons

 

HISTORY

Mar. 23, 1899 First informal meeting to discuss organizing a Masonic Lodge.
Mar. 31, 1899 Second meeting. Officers elected and appointed.
Oct. 1899 Dispensation granted by Grand Lodge for formation of
  Caledonia Lodge. Rooms were rented in the Guthrie Building, now the Church of God on West Main Street.
Nov. 2, 1899 Regular meetings began with 22 charter members.
Dec. 31, 1899 First public appearance of the new lodge for a George Washington Memorial Service at First Presbyterian Church.
Sept. 27, 1900 Lodge constituted by an emergent Grand Lodge with ceremonies held in Burgess Hall and permanent charter given for Eunice Lodge No. 830. The name "Eunice" was chosen as a memorial to an infant daughter of James Tennent who helped greatly in the organizing of the lodge.
Nov. 2, 1905 Masonic Temple Association formed.
Apr. 17, 1908 Present Masonic Temple purchased for $7,500.00
Mar. 23, 1909 Masonic Temple dedicated with large crowd and many grand officers present. The ceremonies were direction of M\W\( and Judge) S. Nelson Sawyer, Grand Master. Rochester Union and Advertiser article reported "It is considered one of the finest temples in western New York outside of the cities:"
May 15, 1925 25th Anniversary dinner held at Spring Brook Inn with M\W\S. Nelson Sawyer, Past Grand Master and R\W\George W. Tinklepaugh, Past Grand Sword Bearer as Principal speakers.
Nov. 6, 1947 Recognition was made that W\Emmett M. Day, Past Master, had been secretary for over 25 years, a splendid and unusual record.
May 18, 1950 50th Anniversary dinner at Caledonia High School. R\W\Henry G. Meacham, Grand Lecturer, was speaker for the occasion.
Sept. 20, 1951 Dues raised from $7 to $9 per year. Initiation fee raised from $41 to $50.
Mar. 6, 1952 W\Harold G. Relyea installed Master after having recovered  from a heart attack suffered before the prescribed installation.
Jun. 19, 1952 New carpet authorized. Maximum cost to be $1400. (It went over).
Jun. 4, 1953 Bro. Wilbur Place presented 50-year pin.
Nov. 5, 1953 R\W\Henry G. Meacham, Grand Lecturer and a member of Pocahontas Lodge No. 211, Seneca Falls, New York was duly elected an honorary member of Eunice Lodge No.830.
Mar. 28, 1954 Bro. George McDonald received 50-year pin at his home. New light and globe to be installed on front of building.
Nov. 19, 1954 Bro. Edward J. Johnston received 50-year pin.
Jan. 6, 1955 Our Trestleboard was instituted by an initial contribution of $50 from Bro. Nathan Dinion.
Jun. 2, 1955 Third degree conferred on combined class from Avon and Caledonia by Avon Springs Lodge No.570. R\W\Luther Webster, Commander in Chief of Rochester Consistory, Spoke after the degree.
Jan. 5, 1956 W\Charles Russ, became the Third member of his family to serve Eunice Lodge as Master.
May 17, 1956 Master's expense allowance for Grand lodge annual communication was raised from $50 to $75.
Winter 1956 At the end of 1956, Eunice Lodge Had 160 members.
Nov. 21, 1957 Dues were raised from $9 to $12 per year.
Nov. 20, 1958 New lodge officer's aprons were received and worn this night.
Jun. 4, 1959 Charter member Bro. Fayette VanZile was presented with a 60- year palm.
Mar. 17, 1960 At a second degree, R\W\Grand Senior Warden Clarence Henry delivered the charge to the candidates. (He later became Grand Master).
Feb. 7, 1963 Bro. Wilbur Place presented with a 60-year palm.
Summer 1963 A lodge family picnic was held at Cedar Springs, the first of several yearly picnics.
Oct. 17, 1963 Bro. George McDonald presented with 60-year palm.
Nov. 21, 1963 The Temple Club mortgage was symbolically burned.
Jan. 6, 1965 Bro. Fayette VanZile died at 90. He was the last Charter member of Eunice Lodge.
Jun. 27, 1965 80 members and families attended the family picnic at Letchworth Park.
Apr. 7, 1966 Eunice Lodge honored Bro. Edgar Simpson, our chaplain, for his many years of faithful service.
Apr. 21, 1966 R\W\Murray A. Cayley, Grand Chaplain and a member of Valley Lodge was guest speaker.
Nov. 3, 1966 W\Sidney V. Clark received his 50-year pin.
Apr. 6, 1967 Bro. Jack MacKay was appointed chairman of a committee to collect and send clothing to Vietnam to be distributed by Bro. Elmer Storm.
Jun. 1, 1967 R\W\Gerald R Keith received the Livingston District Distinguished Achievement Award at the annual Communion breakfast.
Sept. 5, 1967 A plaque was received from Bro. Elmer Storm in appreciation for clothing sent to the Air Force Advisory Group MACV orphanage committee.
Feb. 1, 1968 Dues were increased from $12 to $15. Initiation fee raised to $75.
Feb. 17, 1968 First George Washington dinner dance was held with over 90 in attendance.
May 16, 1968 Lodge contribution for Master's expenses for Grand Lodge Annual Communication was raised from $75 to $100.
Dec. 19, 1968 50-year pins presented to Bro's. Gordon E. Peisler, John L. Alexander and Harry H. Emerson. 60-year palm presented to George Stears in Florida.
Dec. 4, 1969 An altar bible was given to Eunice Lodge by Jeanne Armstrong, owned by her father, Burt Snyder. R\ W\ Johnston J. Doley made the presentation.
Jan. 15, 1970 By-Laws amended-Lodge to meet the first Thursday of each month.
May 1, 1970 Bro. Elmer Storm received the District Meritorious Service Award for his work aiding orphans in Vietnam.
Oct-71 First fall auction held, W\ Louis Johnston, Sr. auctioneer.
Feb. 26, 1972 The first Masonic Talent Show for youth was held.
May-72 A lady in a new Buick attempted to gain admission by smashing the stone pillars on the porch; car came to rest partly through the front door.
April-73 The kitchen was remodeled with the help of the Eastern Star.
May 20, 1973 R\ W\ J. J. Doley received the Livingston District Distinguished Achievement Award at the annual Communion breakfast.
Nov. 1, 1973 50-year pins were presented to Bro's. David Alloway, Fox D. Holden, J. M. Bostwick and W\ Joseph W. Ward, Sr.
Jun. 6, 1974 W\ Sidney Clark presented with a 60-year palm. W\ Louis Purvis and Bro. Alphonse J. Baldeck received 50-year pins.
Dec-74 Lodge rooms painted in preparation for our 75 year of Masonry in Caledonia.
Jan. 18, 1975 Our first public installation of officers was held. D.D.G.M. R\ W\ Eugene E. VanOverbake was installing Master. R\ W\ Luther Webster, Past Judge Advocate, was guest speaker.
Jun. 5, 1975 64% of Eunice Lodge brothers have contributed to the Brotherhood Fund.
Sept. 13,1975 The 75th Anniversary dinner held at the Caledonia-Mumford Central School. The Grand Master, M\W\Arthur Markewich was guest of honor and speaker for the event.
Dec. 4, 1975 Election of officers for 1976 and voted to sell bonds to help Temple Club pay off the mortgage.
Jan. 8, 1976 '76 officers installed. And Bro. & Dr. Fred M. Hinsdale presented a slide show of his travels in Russia. A ham dinner was planned for the public.
Jun. 3, 1976 Brotherhood fund reported to be 60% with $600. We voted to help pay for new carpet in the clubroom on the second floor.
Sept. 2, 1976 A breakfast was held for family "go to church day" and a ladies night was also planned.
Apr. 7, 1977 $226.50 was realized from the ham dinner.
Jun. 2, 1977 W\Walt Howe won 2 photo contest plaques from Grand Lodge and W\Joseph W. Ward Sr. received the Livingston District Distinguished Achievement Award at the annual Communion breakfast.
Sept. 7, 1978 50-year pin & certificate was presented to W\ S. Clark Place and he took a 60-year pin & certificate to Florida to present to Bro. Gordon Piester.
Jan. 04, 1979 Officers for '79 installed. It was decided to split the cost of our new fire escape three ways. Eunice Lodge, Caledonia Temple Club and the Caledonia Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.
May 3, 1979 The proceeds of the old fashioned days food stand was reported to be 1229.31. Mother & Daughter banquet is planned.
Mar. 06, 1980 Past Masters Night, a roast beef dinner was held and the past masters filled the officers chairs. We had several visitors from surrounding lodges.
May 1, 1980 The talent show, antique car show & the old fashioned farming day food are good fund-raisers, but it is very hard to get help.
Jun. 05, 1980 W\Howard Burt was honored with the presentation of a 50- year pin & certificate. The Worthy Matron of Caledonia Chapter O.E.S. invited the brothers to a dinner.
Apr. 07, 1981 Past Masters night, all the offices were filled by past masters. They all felt good about being in office one more time.
May 7, 1981 The old-fashioned day food stand netted over $1500.
Jun. 04, 1981 The antique car show netted $1822.48, which was divided with our Star Chapter. Their help was appreciated.
Dec. 02, 1982 Election of officers and voted to give a $100 scholarship to a senior who plans to go to college.
Feb. 3, 1983 $200 music scholarship presented to a senior going on to college. 60-year palms & certificates were presented to Bro. Sylvanus Hollbrook and to W\Joseph W. Ward Sr. Lodge voted to sell unused kitchenware.
Apr. 7, 1983 60-year palm & certificate was presented to Bro. Floyd Eberts. Past masters filled the officers chairs and each were given time to reminisce.
May 5, 1983 Old-fashion days food stand netted $2182.55.
Jun. 2, 1983 Brotherhood fund is a success with 80% participation. It was noted the R\W\Gerald Keith is a member of the Grand Lodge Committee on publications.
May 3, 1984 Five Master Masons from Scotland visited Eunice Lodge.
Sept. 6, 1984 Received $500 from a estate of a deceased brother. An equal amount was added and invested in an interest account.
May 1, 1986 The horse show & talent show were successful. Lodge voted for two (2) scholarship for college bound seniors.
May 7, 1987 Our lodge rooms have been painted and with the new carpet that the Star and lodge agreed to share in the cost back in March, makes a very pleasant meeting for the Star and us. Plus we have new officers aprons and jewels.
Jun. 4, 1987 The Star Chapter invited us to a dinner and meeting for Master Mason night, June 9th.
Dec. 17, 1987 A special open meeting for the purpose of presenting a 50-year pin & certificate to R\W\Gerald F. Keith. His wife and daughter were present. Refreshments were served after the meeting.
Feb. 4, 1988 R\W\Allen Roggen gave an interesting talk about Royal Arch Masonry.
May 2, 1988 Grand Lodge session was held in Niagara Falls.
May 5, 1988 A Masonic Widows dinner and social was held and ten (10) widows attended. They were impressed and pleased.
Sept. 15, 1988 An open meeting was held was held to present R\W\Francis Oberer with an apron as a badge of his office as Grand Director of Ceremonies. Also to present Bro. Fred M. Hinsdale with a 50-year pin.
Oct. 6, 1988 We voted to order Masonic signs for access routes to our village and the old-fashion days horse show netted $953.16.
Mar. 2, 1989 Our village Chamber of Commerce is planning a Memorial Day celebration. We voted to participate. Bro. Alan McNab was surprised with the presentation of the Dedicated Service Award apron and carrying case.
Nov. 16, 1989 We voted not to have the Lodge Youth Talent Show this year, due to a lack of interest.
Dec. 7, 1989 Bro. Jack McKay was honored for his excellent work with the Brotherhood Fund campaign and he was presented with a certificate.
Mar. 1, 1990 Our By-Laws are amended to start our meeting at 7:30PM.
Sept. 6, 1990 Thank you letters were read from recipients of the scholarships awards. An invitation was extended to all to the reception of W\ Walter Howe at The Gateway in Henrietta. He is the Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star of the State of New York.
Oct. 4, 1990 Bro. Floyd Manley thanked all who honored him by going to his O.E.S. Homecoming celebration. He held the office of District Grand Lecturer.
May 2, 1991 Bro. Lester McGray was recently reinstated in our lodge and graciously sent a $1,000 check for our lodge to use as needed. We voted to buy a Masonic flag for our lodge room. Help needed for the National Warplane Museum Air Show food stand in Geneseo.
Sept. 5, 1991 Wor. Master thanked all who helped with the success of the Air Show food stand. The O.E.S. also had a food stand.
Oct. 4, 1991 W\Eugene Hill gave an account of the progress at the Hospice House in Geneseo. Several brothers discussed differences in lodge work in different states.
Jan. 2, 1992 The Livingston District College of Grand Lodge Officers installed our officers for the last time in January. The Wor. Master and officers will hold office for six months.
Jun. 4, 1992 Officers were installed for the ' 92-' 93 year ahead. W\Eugene Hill reported that Kodak had donated $500 to the Hospice House. Grand Lodge appointed R\W\Gerald Keith and R\W\Arnold E. Palmer as members of a Grand Lodge Committee.
Jan. 7, 1993 Our own W\Eugene Hill is a member of the board of the Hospice House.
Jun. 2, 1994 Officers were installed for the '94-'95 year. R\W\Gerald Keith received the Wendall Walker Award medal. Bro. Jack McKay received the Dedicated Service apron, certificate and pin.
Mar. 2, 1995 Our R\W\Eugene Hill read a letter of thanks from the Theresa Hospice House for the $5,200 that was contributed by Masons of the Livingston District.
Apr. 6, 1995 We voted to contribute money to the District Association to help two young people to go to Camp Turk.
Jun. 1, 1995 So many officers were sick, that the installation of the officers was postponed to a later date. Grand Lodge sent us an award for community service.
Oct. 5, 1995 Installation of the officers was finally done by the Liv. Dist. Purple Apron Club.
Nov. 9, 1996 W\Walter Howe was presented the Dedicated Service Award, apron, pin, certificate and carry case. R\W\David Parish gave a fine talk about Masonry during the civil war.
Dec. 4, 1997 R\W\Gerald Keith was honored and presented his 60-year palm. Also R\W\Charles Russ was presented with his 50-year pin.
Jun. 4, 1998 Officers for the years '98-'99 were installed. R\W\Charles Russ gave up being our secretary after many years of faithful service to our lodge.
Oct. 1, 1998 The Grand Master to be here May 13, 2000 for 100anniversary. Bro. Mel Hussey was the recipient of a certificate of appreciation for his work with the Brotherhood Fund.
Nov. 5, 1998 The elected officers moved ahead one station and all did well. R\W\Eugene Hill donated Eunice Lodge share of the Camp Turk money to Livingston Masonic Association. A noble deed.
Jan. 7, 1999 R\W\Gerald Keith reported very ill. The brothers voted to raise our dues to $50 and the By-Laws will be changed.
Feb. 4, 1999 R\W\Gerald Keith passed away, he will be sorely missed by our lodge and community. Reported that 40% contributed to the Brotherhood Fund. R\W\Arnold E. Palmer to be Married in July. Recent fires at two lodges in the district prompted us to look at our own insurance coverage.
Mar. 4, 1999 Regular meeting was cancelled for bad weather (Over 24 inches of snow).
Mar. 18, 1999 Lodge finally met after digging out from the snowstorm. Brotherhood chairman reported almost 60% of the members contributing.
Apr. 1, 1999 Bro. George Middleton has been seen sporting around town on his electric cart. Fred Keith presented our lodge with $1,000 in honor of his father, R\W\Gerald Keith. Plans for the horse show (Old-Fashion Days at Estes Farm) were discussed.
May 6, 1999 It was reported that the horse show was a success, but there was a shortage of help. R\W\Arnold E. Palmer, the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, State of New York R.A.M. was present and given grand honors. Officers were elected for the next year.
Nov. 4, 1999 Bro. Louis Bedford was presented his 50-year pin and certificate in the hospital. The pie sale netted $188.00. R\W\Allen Roggen was honored by the presentation of a Symbolic Award from the Scottish Rite, Valley of Rochester.
Dec. 2, 1999 Bro.'s Robert Baldeck and Howard Smith were presented with their 50-year pins and certificates. Bro. Kenneth Mattice and wife (Barbara) gave $100 in honor of Barbara's father, Bro. George Middleton.
Jan. 6, 2000 The Brotherhood fund is at 57% with 32 contributors. The anniversary committee reports some progress.
Feb. 3, 2000 Second degree will be conferred by Eunice Lodge, in Nunda. Two of our new brothers will be in the class. R\W\Allen Roggen report on the 100th year anniversary celebration. A discussion was held about the feasibility of staying with the Livingstone publication or to go with the Monroe Masonic Times. Old Fashioned days refreshment stand was discussed. Date is Apr. 30th.
Mar. 2, 2000 Our two newest members attended Lodge tonight, David & Dereck Howlett. R\W\Allen Roggen announced that there is a need for commitment to help with the Old Fashioned days set up, work the stand & tear down & store equipment. Discussion about the 100th anniversary. The District Assoc. dinner & meeting to be held here on Mar. 27. The lodge brothers will be putting on the dinner. W\ Floyd Manley report that the lodge is over the top with 104% contributions to the Brotherhood Fund. Eunice Lodge is to share the expense of sending a young person to Camp Turk.

 

 

 

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