1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties
Published by: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
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Mason County

Benevolent Societies In Mason County
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The first Masonic Lodge in the county was opened in Havana, under dispensation, in 1849, and Leopold Stearns was the first to receive the Master Mason's degree.

Havana Lodge, No. 88, A., F. & A. M., was chartered October 8, 1850.

Old Time Lodge, No. 629, Havana, was chartered October 8, 1869, and was consolidated with Havana Lodge, No. 88, February 14, 1877.

Havana Chapter, No. 86, Royal Arch Masons, at Havana; date of dispensation, August 3, 1865; chartered October, 1865. Havana Chapter joins with Havana Lodge, No. 88, in the construction of Masonic Hall, now building-September, 1879.

Havana Council, No. 40, Royal and Select Masters, at Havana; date of dispensation, December 12, 1867; chartered at the meeting of the Grand Council in October, 1868; merged into the Havana Chapter, No. 86, by action of the Grand Chapter and Grand Council consolidating into a Grand Chapter, in October, 1877.

Damascus Commandery, No. 42, at Havana; date of dispensation, February 10, 1872; chartered October 22, 1872.
Bath Lodge, No. 403, A., F. & A. M., chartered in October, 1866, at Bath.
Mason City Lodge, No. 403, A., F. & A. M., at Mason City; chartered in January, 1864.
Manito Lodge, No. 476, A., F. & A. M., Manito; chartered October 3, 1866.
San Jose Lodge, No. 645, A., F. & A. M., San Jose; chartered October 4, 1870.

For a more complete account of the benevolent Orders (Masonic and Odd Fellows), in Mason County, the reader is referred to the local history of the towns in which they are located.

We cannot fail to mention the splendid Masonic Hall now in course of erection on the north side of Main street, Havana. It will be an institution of which all the Masonic fraternity may justly be proud.

Odd Fellows

Mason Lodge, No. 143, I. O. O. F., Havana; instituted April 4, 1854.
State Encampment, No. 34, I. O. O. F., Havana; instituted May 1, 1856.
Bath Lodge, No. 185, I. O. O. F., Bath; instituted in 1849.
Mason City Lodge, No. 337, I. O. O. F., Mason City; instituted in 1866.
Mason City Encampment, No. 175, I. O. O. F., Mason City; instituted in 1876.
San Jose Lodge, No. 380, I. O. O. F., San Jose; instituted October 12, 1869.
Valley Encampment, No. 120, I. O. O. F., San Jose; instituted October 10, 1871.

Order of Druids

Havana Grove, No. 140, V. A. O. D., in Havana; organized May 13, 1874. They have a hall on the corner of Main and Plum streets.

Poor Farm

Mason County is the owner of a Poor Farm of 160 acres; the northeast quarter of Section 32, Township 21, Range 6, near the embryo city of Teheran. Although it is called the "poor farm," it is in fact very rich in the quality of its soil, and the many advantages of location it possesses. It furnishes a very healthy, comfortable and desirable home for all the unfortunates who cannot have a home of their own, and is an institution that goes to the credit of the people who pay the yearly taxes to keep it up.

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