Tag Archive: masons

Mar 28

San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge history

Feb. 1943 special section of the Telegram-Tribune on the San Luis Obispo Elks.

The Elks lodge and Masons had a close relationship in their early days in San Luis Obispo. Long time Tribune editor Benjamin Brooks was a member in high standing with both organizations. The Masonic lodge being the more established organization allowed the Elks to meet at their hall then on Chorro Street. The Elks held …

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Sep 19

The bloody banks of Antietam Creek

George Breck Staniford was an editor of the Tribune and also a member of Knights of Pythias, an offshoot of the Masonic organization. The gold star is affixed to member's photos when they pass away. Thanks to Robert Bettencourt, 2012 Master of the Lodge, King David's Lodge No. 209

The scene outside Sharpsburg, MD., 150 years ago today of Sept. 19, 1862. “The army advanced about noon and we crossed the field of slaughter. It was a sickening, loathsome sight — a sight that paled the cheeks of men strong of heart and nerve—a sight never to be forgotten. Rebel and Union lay mingled …

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Aug 17

Masonic Temple in San Luis Obispo dedicated

Apron used at dedications of several significant San Luis Obispo buildings including a courthouse, library and temple. Now framed at the Masonic Lodge in San Luis Obispo..

The Masons have a deep sense of history. This apron was used in many ceremonies. It dedicated cornerstones of three court houses including Stockton and Visalia then later San Luis Obispo in 1872. Tribune founder, judge and freemason Walter Murray wore it during the San Luis Obispo courthouse dedication ceremony. The apron outlasted the old …

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