Jordan Lodge A.F & A. M.

Jordan Lodge meets the third Wednesday of each month in the Salem Masonic Building, 70 Washington St. Salem, MA.

Series I Article V (1888 - 1908)
January 21, 6015

Jordan Lodge will celebrate its 207th Year of existence on December 12, 2015. So many changes outside the Lodge, but all is stable within it. In 1890 the Lodge donated monies in building the Washington Masonic Memorial Temple in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he became a Mason. Has anyone recently visited this site? Is it still there?

On December 13th, A.L. 5899, the Lodge voted to procure a copy of the Old Charter for use, that the original might be better protected from risk of loss by fire.

Plans were being made for the centennial celebration on December A.L. 5908 and the Master appointed a committee on March 27th, A.L. 5907. The committee published the book One Hundred Years. They were called The Historical Committee of the Lodge. The book came from the press of Thomas P. Nichols and Sons, Lynn, MA. All of the historical information about the Lodge to this date has been obtained from this source.


There were 12 presiding Masters in the East from the years 1888 - 1908 and were as follows:
(443) Joseph F. Wiggins 23
(453) Albert E. Southwick Past District Grand Master 24
(490) Elmer M. Poor 25
(479) Emory W. Meyers 26
(510) Nathan Poor 27
(530) Charles C. Dodge 28
(503) Samuel Watts 29
(540) Arthur L. Pattel 30
(539) George F. Low Past District Grand Deputy 31
(550) Augustus H. Patterson 32
(556) Milburn P. Ward 33
(601) Frederick Mansfield 34

Masonic Presidents
William McKinley - A Masonic president from Hiram Lodge #21, Winchester, Virginia served from 1897 - 1901

Theodore Roosevelt - A Masonic president from Matinecook Lodge #800, Oyster Bay, New York served from 1901 - 1909

12 Years of Masonic Presidential leadership with 12 presiding Masters.

Food For Thought
What does A.L. or “Anno Lucis” mean? (Answer at the end of this article)
A boy becomes mature when he avoids puddles instead of walking through them.
The 1890’s, often called the Gay Nineties, gave way to the Roaring Twenties.

In 1901 Marconi received a message in Newfoundland from England (First wireless message). I wonder how many happen in just 1 day now?

In 1903 the Haynes-Apperson Automobile sold for $1,500. The top had to be purchased as an accessory.

Jordan Lodge celebrates its 100 year anniversary. John Albert Blake, Grand Master of Masons of Massachusetts grants Jordan Lodge and the members to wear a special Commissioned Centennial Medal. M.W. John Albert Blake was from Danvers and a member of one of their Lodges. Does anyone know which one?

The big fire of April 12, 1908 in Chelsea destroyed Everett Ave and Chestnut streets. The Lodge voted on October 11, A.L. 5871 to contribute $100 to Brother Masons suffering from the Great Fire. 18 thousand people were left homeless as a result of the fire.

Anno Lucis means Year of Light.