History of Masonry in Decatur

The booklet “History of Masonry in Decatur, 1859-1970” is the result of research done by the late Brother Lowell Smith (Decatur Lodge 571), an individual who possessed a great interest in preserving the history of our area. No longer in print, it was originally published by Brother Smith and Decatur Lodge No. 571, F. & A.M. in 1970 at Decatur, Indiana.

The format of the booklet has been changed slightly for better presentation on this web page and some spelling errors in the original document have been corrected; the content, however, is exactly as originally presented by Brother Lowell Smith.

We hope you enjoy this visit back in time with us.

 

Original Book Covers

Lodge Front – ca 1968

Front

Officers – 1970

OFFICERS OF THE GRAND LODGE

Richard E. Hickham…………………………………………………………………Grand Master

Charles R. Brown…………………………………………………………Deputy Grand Master

John H. Jena………………………………………………………………Senior Grand Warden

Forrest A. Wakeman……………………………………………………Junior Grand Warden

John H. Jefferson…………………………………………………………………Grand Treasurer

Dwight L. Smith…………………………………………………………………..Grand Secretary

The Rev. Earl Vaughn…………………………………………………………..Grand Chaplain

Howard O. Hunter………………………………………………………………….Grand Lecturer

William E. Hepley………………………………………………………………….Grand Marshall

Frank J. Krug………………………………………………………………Senior Grand Deacon

George F. Becknell………………………………………………………Junior Grand Deacon

Wayne Guthrie………………………………………………………..Grand Steward and Tyler

OFFICERS OF THE DECATUR LODGE 571, F. & A.M.

Keith Schnepp…………………………………………………………………..Worshipful Master

Dean Boltz…………………………………………………………………………….Senior Warden

William Murray………………………………………………………………………..Junior Warden

Robert Raudenbush……………………………………………………………………….Treasurer

Niland Ochsenrider………………………………………………………………………..Secretary

Richard Rambo………………………………………………………………………………Chaplain

Thomas Garner……………………………………………………………………..Senior Deacon

James Nelson………………………………………………………………………..Junior Deacon

Richard Van Arsdel………………………………………………………………Senior Steward

Norman Koons………………………………………………………………………Junior Steward

Richard Fifer…………………………………………………………………………………………Tyler

TRUSTEES

Richard Maloney

Robert Raudenbush

William Hutker

Foreword

Reading the records of the two Masonic Lodges in Decatur, No. 254 and 571, has been a lengthy but challenging and interesting task. To select pertinent and principal facts to be incorporated in this history, then to combine them into a cohesive and continuing story was a challenge to the writer’s historical sense and his ability with the English language.

To anyone interested in history, and with the thought before him that the present is what it is because the past was what it was, it becomes a pleasure to delve into the past because we see there the foundation of the present. Names of people involved in the happenings of those days stir memories of places and incidents which make one realize that the past is not dead but very much alive in the people and activities of today. One cannot but be glad to belong to on organization that has done so much for this community, and whose membership includes so many illustrious names, both of the past and present.

My thanks to the following Brothers for reading my manuscript and offering suggestions and helps toward its completion: Cal Peterson – Ed Jaberg – Weldon Bumgerdner – Richard Maloney and Bob Krick.

– Lowell J. Smith

History of Masonry in Decatur

You can find the complete version of the booklet by Lowell Smith here

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