100th Anniversary Celebration

Greenup Lodge No. 125
A.F. & A.M.

Cumberland High School Gym
Greenup, Illinois
Saturday, September 26th, 1953
6:30 p.m.

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DEDICATION

This booklet is dedicated to those of the Masonic Order, living or dead, who in any way contributed to the success of Greenup Lodge No. 125 A.F. & A.M. in the past one hundred years.

And also to those future masons who will carry on the tradition of our order. We trust that they will rule and govern the lodge with the regularity necessary for the success of any institution.
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PROGRAM
Song - America
Invocation - Fred I. Mills
Dinner - Music by Jo Anne Easton
Welcome Address - Dale Mitchell
History of Lodge - Dallas Shore
Two Selections by Quartet - Wm. Olmstead, Richard Olmstead, Emil Woollen, Wayne Hance
Introduction of District Deputy - Dale Mitchell
Introduction of Most Worshipful Grand Master - Clone Cummins
Address of Grand Master and Introduction of Guests and Dignitaries - James Green
Benediction - G. Haven Stephens
"The Lords Prayer" - Eleanor Shadley
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CHARTER MEMBERS
Thomas Coulson
S.W. Huffcutt
S.W. Quinn
Michael Ruffner
Charles Nisewanger
A.K. Bosworth
Ed Talbott
John Grayson
John Armstrong
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OFFICERS FOR 1953
Worshipful Master - Dale Mitchell
Senior Warden - Wm. Kent
Junior Warden - Carl Benson
Treasurer - Richard Harris
Secretary - Dallas Shore
Senior Deacon - William J. McMorris
Junior Deacon - Ralph Pepperdine
Senior Steward - Victor Wilson
Junior Steward - Richard Shadley
Chaplain - Herman Underwood
Marshal - Reece Wakefield
Tyler - B.O. Brooks

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PAST MASTERS
Thomas Coulson - 1853
Michael Ruffner - 1854
Charles Nisewanger - 1855
Charles Nisewanger - 1856
Michael Ruffner - 1857
James M. Ward - 1858
Charles Nisewanger - 1859
Ed Talbott - 1860
Michael Ruffner - 1861
Ed Talbott - 1862
Michael Ruffner - 1863
Michael Ruffner - 1864
Michael Ruffner - 1865
Charles Nisewanger - 1866
Ed Talbott - 1867
Ed Talbott - 1868
Ed Talbott - 1869
Ed Talbott - 1870
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1871
Ed Talbott - 1872
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1873
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1874
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1875
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1876
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1877
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1878
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1879
G. Monohon - 1880
A.J. Ewart - 1881
Thomas C. Tutewiler - 1882
John Wade - 1883
Peter A. Brady - 1884
Peter A. Brady - 1885
Thomas B. Cox - 1886
Thomas B. Cox - 1887
Joseph M. Cook - 1888
Joseph M. Cook - 1889
Harlow Park - 1890
Peter A. Brady - 1891
M.G. Price - 1892
R.L. Shiels - 1893
Park C. Morgan - 1894
R.L. Shiels - 1895
Park C. Morgan - 1896
W.H. Trent - 1897
William F. Shade - 1898
William F. Shade - 1899
William F. Shade - 1900
William F. Shade - 1901
John W. Ozier - 1902
Luther F. Aldrich - 1903
Luther F. Aldrich - 1904
Ed Peters - 1905
C.J. Hancock - 1906
W.W. Rothrock - 1907
W.W. Rothrock - 1908
John W. Ozier - 1909
W.C. Travis - 1910
J.D. Green - 1911
W.W. Rothrock - 1912
Luke Aldrich - 1913
Luke Aldrich - 1914
Richard Harris - 1915
Oliver Shiels - 1916
Oliver Shiels - 1917
J.H. Neese, Sr. - 1918
William A. Smith - 1919
William A. Smith - 1920
Roy J. Lyons - 1921
P.H. Conzet - 1922
Charles Yago - 1923
E.E. Price - 1924
B.O. Brooks - 1925
Gar Borden - 1926
H.O. Ewart - 1927
Gar Borden - 1928
W.E. Freeman - 1929
C.E. Scholl - 1930
Richard Harris - 1931
Ralph Brussell - 1932
T.K. Shade - 1933
George Holt - 1934
Dallas Shore - 1935
J.P. Ewart - 1936
S.C. Perisho - 1937
B.O. Brooks - 1938
Lewis Holt - 1939
Joe Carrell - 1940
Frank Courtright -1941
Vernon Ozier - 1942
C.C. Carrell - 1943
George Carr - 1944
O.E. Cutright - 1945
Lee Ferguson - 1946
Pearl Dillier - 1947
Dale Stults - 1948
Ernest Hayden - 1949
Ralph Eubank - 1950
Wood E. Spurlock - 1951
Herman Underwood - 1952

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HISTORY OF GREENUP LODGE NO. 125
A.F. & A.M.

One hundred years ago, a group of Master Masons saw the opportunity and the necessity for forming a Masonic Lodge in this vicinity. On October 3, 1853, a group of nine received a charter from the Grand Lodge of Illinois. These charter members were as follows: Thomas Coulson, S.W. Huffcutt, Charles Nisewanger, A.K. Bosworth, S.W. Quinn, E. Talbott, M. Ruffner, John Grayson and John Armstrong.

Thomas Coulson served as the first Master of this newly instituted lodge. Facts and data in connection with these first meetings and members are not clear. According to the records of 1855, Brother Thomas Coulson made a series of Masonic lectures; therefore, supporting the thought that he was indeed an ardent and conscientious Mason, and spent his time in furthering the Brotherhood of Masonry.

At the close of the first year, the names of 18 more members appeared on the roll of membership. These first meetings were held at the S.W. Quinn residence, and on April 26, 1855, the Bible and record book were presented to the lodge, and are still held in its possession today. Dues for membership were $1.40 per year and were later raised to $2.00 and at present time members pay the sum of $5.00 per year.

January 1860, the Lodge moved to the James Ewart Hall, and later to the Monohon building which was partially destroyed by fire June 12, 1888.

The Charter was destroyed and the Grand Master declared the hall unsafe as a meeting place.

Space was rented from Atalanta Lodge I.O.O.F. and a new Charter procured. There the Masons carried on their work until January 8, 1923, when the present Masonic building was purchased from W.O. Denman. After much redecorating it has provided a suitable meeting place for Greenup Lodge No. 125 A.F. & A.M. and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter NO. 29.

Greenup Lodge has a distinction that perhaps no other lodge in the state can claim. This lodge was indirectly associated in name with Western Star Lodge No. 27 organized in September 1805 at Kaskaskia, Indian territory, which was the first lodge organized in what is now the State of Illinois of which W.C. Greenup was a member, and the Worshipful Master in 1813. Brother Greenup assisted in the organizing of the first Grand Lodge in Illinois at Vandalia in 1822. Brother Greenup was a civil engineer and owned the land on which the town of Greenup is now located. He operated the mill in Greenup and furnished the lumber to build the first bridge across the river west of Greenup when the Cumberland road was built from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois in 1822.

Greenup Lodge is proud of the fact that it recommended and helped institute Prairie City Lodge No. 578, Hazel Dell Lodge No. 580, and Toledo Lodge No. 834. Not only did this Order help further Masonry by instituting other Lodges, but by greatly contributing to the relief of many distressed Master Masons, their widows and orphans.

Not only did the Lodge contribute to the building of the George Washington Memorial, but notably contributed to the Chicago Relief fund, resulting from the fire of 1871 and to the Pennsylvania flood victims in 1889.

The Lodge is equally proud of the fact that it has three living "fifty year" members on its roll of membership:

James M. Underwood who was made a Mason on December 29, 1891, giving him the distinction of being the oldest living member - a mason 62 years. He has been a loyal supporter of the Order;

Brother C.M. Kelly who was made a member of Casey Lodge No. 442 in 1897 and transferred to Greenup Lodge in 1907;

Brother A.T. Brady who was made a mason July 12, 1900 and served the lodge in the capacity of secretary and treasurer for a number of years.


On of the most rare and valuable items owned by the lodge is a gavel made from the stones taken from King Solomon Quarry in Jerusalem. It was brought to this country and presented to the Greenup lodge by Arthur R. Mitchell, brother of the present Worshipful Master.

Our greatest hope is that the future history of this lodge will be comparable to the history of our first one hundred years.

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PRESENT MEMBERS
James M. Underwood - December 29, 1891
A.T. Brady - July 12, 1900
C.M. Thompson - May 26, 1904
C.M. Kelly - February 21 1908
J.A. Campbell - March 12, 1908
O.M. Vaughn -January 20, 1910
Richard Harris - April 29, 1911
R.L. Hadley - April 25, 1912
O.H. Shiels - December 19, 1912
Roy W. Humbarger - July 11, 1914
David Chord Carson - November 12, 1914
Charles E. Holsapple - November 11, 1915
Arthur James Peters - December 6, 1915
Harley B.Jobe - December 1, 1915
William Reeder - January 8, 1916
Delvert Carter - February 28, 1917
Alvah Bowman - January 25, 1917
B.O. Brooks - May 3, 1917
Earl E. Price - March 15, 1917
Jake Tutewiler - July 22, 1917
Charles Aldrich - November 1, 1917
William J. Bell - December 26, 1917
Glen Shuey - May 22, 1918
Wayne Travis - May 31, 1918
L.W. Ward - January 16, 1919
M.L. Carruthers - August 26, 1919
Harve M. Brooks, September 11, 1919
Ira Wilcox -October 23, 1919
Morris Henry Cook - January 1, 1920
Willis Ross Spesard - May 13, 1920
Chester Sedgwick - July 8, 1920
Berlin Clinton Rose - September 30, 1920
Chester Claude Carrell - March 17, 1921
James B. Peters - April 14, 1921
T.S. Jones - June 9, 1921
L.M. Philippi - September 13, 1922
H.O. Ewart - December 6, 1922
T.K. Shade - January 18, 1923
Lowell G. Ewart - February 7, 1923
George B. Westall - February 7, 1923
S. Smith - January 3, 1924
P.H. Shade - January 3, 1924
Wm. K. Shade January 4, 1924
Wayne Bancroft - February 20, 1924
W.E. Freeman - February 29, 1924
C.C. Winnett - March 26, 1924
Chas. E. Smith - May 15, 1924
Lewis Holt - May 15, 1924
V.B. Rodebaugh - June 26, 1924
Wm. Dayton Carrell - January 5, 1925
David McCamell Glenn - May 7, 1925
R.A. Loving - August 3, 1925
George Holt - November. 5, 1925
R.R. Allentharp - January 1, 1926
C.E. Benson - January 1, 1926
Ralph Brussell - March 11, 1926
Joe O. Greeson Jr. - April 29, 1926
Robert O. Cutright - June 16, 1926
Lowell C. Greeson - October. 25, 1926
Dallas D. Shore - December. 29, 1926
William Murdock Ford Russ -October 5, 1927
E.P. Beebe - November 29, 1927
Verne H. Ozier - January 3, 1928
Charles C. Westall - January 3, 1928
Wayne Reed - January 9, 1928
Marshall Holt - September 11, 1928
Doyle Brooks - December 26, 1928
Max Winnett - December 26, 1928
Clifton Wolfred Noel - April 2, 1929
C.M. Cook - July 24, 1930
August C. Caylor - March 11, 1931
Clarence E. Davis - February 19, 1931
Wilton A. Carr - April 15, 1931
Ed Benson - July 9, 1931
John W. Westall - June 16, 1936
Joe B. Carrell - December 18, 1936
Frank Courtright - March 18, 1937
Albert G. Latta - September 8, 1938
Walter S. Garrett - October 27, 1938
Willis Burgess - January 26, 1939
Glen Ruffner - January 18, 1940
George Carr - April 18, 1940
Virgil Wick Stewart - May 23, 1940
Glen Ruffner Jr. - September 12, 1940
Floyd Worthy - August 3, 1940
Earl C. Latta - April 10, 1941
Robert C. McDowell - November 27, 1941
Charles Robert Dulgar - March 30, 1942
O.E. Cutright - July 23, 1942
Cloyce Thomas - September 17, 1942
Chester J. Slusser - December 15, 1942
Dale Stults - December 15, 1942
Lee Ferguson - February 11, 1943
Pearl Dillier - February 17, 1943
William Reisner - March 31, 1943
Arnold Ozier - April 7, 1943
Loren C. Bowman, April 29, 1943
W.E. Dillier - May 28, 1943
Ellis Ewing - July 8, 1943
Donal Peters - November 24, 1943
Ernest Hayden - January 27, 1944
Philip Eubank - March 9, 1944
Ralph R. Eubank - March 9, 1944
Wood E. Spurlock - March 30, 1944
R.W. Brooks, April 6, 1944
Wm. H. Stephens - April 17, 1944
John Haughton - April 27, 1944
Herman Underwood - May 4, 1944
John Snedeker -June 8, 1944
Dale Kirk - November 6, 1944
Dale Bishop - February 15, 1945
Robert Titus - April 12, 1945
James Robertson - May 25, 1945
Edgar W. Ray - September 20, 1945
Reece L. Wakefield - November 1, 1945
Ralph L. Tracey - December 28, 1945
Albert Dale Mitchell - January 17, 1946
Max P. Dettro - January 24, 1945
Wm. Kent - April 18, 1946
Don Shafer - April 25, 1946
Osmond B. McGahey - April 25, 1946
Charles M. Wade - May 2, 1946
Barrett Shepard - May 9, 1946
James E. Pigg - May 23, 1946
Laverl Faulkner - June 27, 1946
F.S. Foster - August 27, 1946
Carl Benson - October 17, 1946
G.M. Slusser - October 22, 1946
Ralph Stewart - November 15, 1946
Victor Wilson - January 30, 1947
Lloyd Bean - February 13, 1947
Glen Northway - March 27, 1947
Burl Smith - May 1, 1947
Forrest Smith - June 14, 1947
Dorse Gene Tanner - August 18, 1947
Charles P. Tracey - October 25, 1947
Merwyn C. Ewart -November 13, 1947
Chas. E. Goodman - November 13 1947
Richard C. Hayden - November 20, 1947
John Wm. Coble -November 20, 1947
W.B. McMorris - January 22, 1948
Wm. J. McMorris - January 22, 1948
John W. Roberts - January 29, 1948
Ralph L. Pepperdine - April 22, 1948
Richard W. Shadley - April 22, 1948
Lowell C. Dunn - April 29, 1948
Leland M. McMorris - April 29, 1948
Wilbur C. Ilse - May 20, 1948
Carl D. Roberts - May 28, 1948
Wayne L. Hale - July 15, 1948
Kenneth G. Fritts - July 15, 1948
Samuel N. Carter - September 9, 1948
Chas. A. Whitteker - November. 24, 1948
Jack C. Montgomery - December 20, 1948
John S. Boyer - December 24, 1948
Raymond T. Clingingsmith - March 10, 1949
Robert L. Fisher - June 9, 1949
Don Markwell - July 7, 1949
Joseph R. Nichols - April 27, 1950
Herbert L. Allen - June 1, 1950
Aaron W. Richards - June 8, 1950
John E. Hayden - June 8, 1950
Duane L. Miller - June 29, 1950
Duane E. Woods - September 14, 1950
John Stewart - October 19, 1950
Ray C. Bishop - May 17, 1951
Phillip H. Cutright - August 4, 1951
Charles A. Walters - October 18, 1951
Merle Nichols - December 4, 1952
Perry M. Keller - February 19, 1953
Donald L. Stewart - March 5, 1953
Phillip Rowe - August 6, 1953

We regret that the name of J.G. McCalla, a member since April 15, 1907, was omitted from our list of present members. There may be other names also - we ask your forgiveness and indulgence.
Dale Mitchell, W.M.



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Many thanks to William Harrison....

©1953 Masonic Lodge No. 125
transcribed with permission by
Kimberly Torp, ©2003 [Transcription]