Marion County, Alabama

Masonic News

1897

In this issue of The News will be found a tribute to the memory of THOMAS B. NESMITH, who was the first worshipful master of Pikeville (now Hamilton) Lodge No. 344, A. F. & A. M.  This lodge was organized in June 1868, under a dispensation granted by the Grand Lodge of the State of Alabama upon the petition of:

THOMAS B. NESMITH,

JAMES M. HALL,

MILUS REA,

JESSE POPE,

URIAH WILSON,

ROBERT L. CLARK,

ALBERT J. HAMILTON,

THOMAS WILSON,

WILLIAM J. CLARK, and

ALLEN HALEY.

THOMAS B. NESMITH was appointed worshipful master, JAMES M. HALL, senior warden and MILUS REA, junior warden under the dispensation, and ALBERT J. HAMILTON was elected the first secretary of the lodge.  At this writing we are informed that only two of the above petitioners are now living – ALBERT J. HAMILTON and URIAH WILSON.  So of the ten brethern who petitioned for the lodge only two survive their beloved first worshipful master. Eight of the ten petitioners have been transplanted from the lodge below to the Supreme Lodge above. (1897, April 29 - The Marion County News)


1897

   Hamilton Lodge NO. 344 – JOHN A. GREEN, W. M.; R. W. CLARK, S. W.; W. C. DAVIS, J. W.; G. B. MIXON, Treas.; W. B. RIGGAN, Secy
   Guin Lodge No. 478 – WATSON BROWN, W. M.; JOHN W. INGLE, S. W.; M. T. AKERS, Treas; J. H. RILEY, Secy
   Winfield Lodge No. 304 – E. VICKERY, W M; W. T. MUSGROVE, secy.  Meets Saturday before fourth Sunday in each month.
   Hackleburg Lodge NO. 524 – A. M. CANTRELL, W. M.; W. W. FREDERICK, S. W.;  P. N. GREEN, J. W.; E A. MIXON, Treas.; JOHN A. GREEN, Secy
   Bexar Lodge No. 230 – JOHN ARNOLD, W. M.; W. L. WHITEHEAD, S. W.; W. A. BALLARD, J. W.; A. L. MOORMAN, Treas.; T. J. YOUNG, Secy
   Pleasant Hill Lodge NO. 321 – W. H. FLIPPO, W. M; SETH BOTTOMS, S. W.; J. C. KENNEDY, J. W.; A. RANDOLPH, Treas.; J. J. COATES, Secy (Marion County News, May 1, 1897)

    At a meeting of Hamilton Lodge No. 344 the following officers were elected to serve for the next regular term, viz: JOHN A. GREEN, W. M.; A. J. THORN, S. W., G. N. STOKES, J. W.; G. B. MIXON, Treasurer, R. W. CLARK, secretary and W. H. GREEN tyler.  The W. M. elect appointed P. W. STIDHAM S. D. and S. W. elect appointed R. W. CAHSION, J.D., J. C. LEWIS and J. W. GREEN were appointed stewards and Dr. M. C. MARTIN chaplain.
    Past Master M. C. MARTIN was appointed installing officer to install the foregoing officers at the next regular communication.
    On motion it was agreed that owing to the close proximity to the school commencement that this lodge would not celebrate the 24th of June – St. John’s Day – as is the usual custom of all lodges. (Marion County News, May 27, 1897)


1908

Hamilton Lodge No 198 I O O F met last Saturday evening at 2 o’clock.  After transacting the regular business it went into the election of officers for the coming year.  The following were elected: Noble grand H. J. SUDDIETH; Nice Grand, J. A. MAYS; Recording Secretary, M. S. WHITE; Financial R. N. TERRELL; Treasurer, W. A. BALLARD; Treasurer, C. E. MITHCELL; Representatives, W. S. HOLLADAY and V. R. WHITE; Alternate Representatives MACK PEARCE and C. E. MITCHELL - (Source: Marion County Republican, Dec 23, 1908)

I. O. O. F. ELECTION
   Hackleburg Lodge No 428 I. O. O. F. at its last regular meeting elected the following officers for next year:
   A WIGINTON, Noble Grand; PEERY WIGINTON, Vice grand; C. S. SPRADTLIN, Financial secretary; J. J. HOWELL, Treasurer, J. J. PURSER Representative; P. M. SCOTT, trustee
   The above are to be installed at the first regular meting night in January. All Odd Fellows invited to be present.  Source: Marion County Republican, Dec 30, 1908

 
 

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