trivia is presented by written permission of Bro. Ray Dotson, PM
Added July 3, 2010
When Brothers Richard E. Byrd and Bernt Balchen first flew over the North and South Poles, they dropped a Masonic flag on each Pole. Then, in the 1933-35 expedition, Brother Balchen tossed his Shrine Fez on the North Pole.
The town of Keystone, near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, was named by a
gold prospector in 1877 for his York Rite Chapter watch charm.
Resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in January, 2005
"The Character of a Freemason"
Thanks to "THE TRESTLE BOARD" Cochran Masonic Lodge #217 F&AM Cochran, Georgia, USA
Added April 7, 2010
According to Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. in Savannah, Georgia, founded February 21, 1734 by the English Statesman, philanthropist and Freemason Br. James Edward Oglethorpe, it is the oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere. Solomon's Lodge has in its possession a 1733 John Baskett Bible which was actually signed and given to the Lodge, during its earliest days, by Oglethorpe the founder of the Colony of Georgia."
In 1860 in Limerick, Ireland, there was found in a small chapel a stone dated 1517 with the following inscription: "I will serve to live with love & care, upon the level, by the square." - Alphonse Cerza, Masonic Service Association, 1934
The Commissioner of Patents In 1872 ruled that the Masonic Square and Compasses emblem could not be used in any trademark or trade name for commercial purposes. - Alphonse Cerza, Masonic Service Association, 1934
In 1920, Gate City Lodge #522 in Kansas City MO met every day of the week except Sunday to confer a record 1,107 degrees, averaging 21 degrees a week. - History of Freemasonry in Missouri," Missouri Lodge of Research.
Lux in Tenebris Lodge # 3856 in London is for blind Masons. The Latin words mean "Light in Darkness." - Alphonse Cerza, Masonic Service Association, 1934
By Ancient custom, the King was always covered while his subjects were never covered in his presence. The American custom of the Master of the Lodge wearing a hat as a symbol of his authority is apparently a result of that ancient custom. - "One Hundred One Questions about Freemasonry" Masonic Service Association, 1955..
Well known actor Jack Carson was the first of five candidates to receive the Entered Apprentice degree at Cecile Daylight Lodge #305 in Independence, MO in 1936. He was taught the proficiency while the other four candidates were being initiated. By his request, he then returned his Entered Apprentice proficiency that same evening, even examining himself. He gave a perfect proficiency. - Missouri Lodge of Research.
While stationed in Louisiana during WW I, preparing to go overseas, Major General James H. Doolittle, under special dispensation issued by the Grand Lodges of both California and Louisiana, was elected to membership in Hollenbeck Lodge #319 of California and initiated, passed, and raised in one meeting in Lake Charles Lodge #16 of Louisiana. A recent storm had wrecked the Lake Charles Masonic Temple and the degrees were conferred in the local Elks Temple, loaned for the purpose. - Southern California Research Lodge F&AM.
The first registered livestock brand in Montana was the Square and Compasses dating back to before May 25, 1872 when brands were first registered. It is still in use today. - Wisconsin Masonic Journal
In 1952, eighty-nine percent of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices were Freemasons. - "10,000 Famous Freemasons", William R. Denslow
As commanding General at the fall of Savannah, Brother John W. Geary placed federal troops around Solomon's Lodge #1 to save it from looting and damage. - "Masonic Trivia and Facts", Allen E. Roberts.
The Masonic (Square and Compasses) ring is not an official item of Masonic Jewelry. General consensus seems to be that if the wearer wishes to advise others that he is a Master Mason, then he should wear the ring with the Compasses points toward the fingertips. If the ring is worn to remind the wearer that he is a Master Mason, then he should wear it with the compasses points toward the wrist. - "One Hundred One Questions about Freemasonry" Masonic Service Association, 1955.
Brother "Buzz" Aldrin, a member of Clear Lake Lodge #1417 in Texas, when he stepped onto the surface of the moon, carried a special deputation from his Grand Master to claim the moon as being in the territorial jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Texas. - "Fraternal Review", Southern California Research Lodge F&AM.
When asked how he came to be a Mason,
President McKinley explained:
'Did you know these men or ever see them
"to that undiscovered country from
whose bourn no traveler returns."