Accacia's 150 Year Celebration
Founding of Accacia 51
On March 24, 1865, Grand Master George W. Present granted a dispensation for a lodge in Cottage Grove that empowered Jesse Smith to serve as Worshipful Master, Oliver G. Leonard as Senior Warden and Ruel Parker as Junior Warden. Three days later, on the 27, the first meeting Under Dispensation was held where five petitions were read and committees organized. Throughout the next few weeks, meetings were held to organize the lodge and hold instruction.
A. L. Holman was the first to be raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in the lodge on May 8, 1865 and was immediately elected Secretary. Among the first bills authorized to be paid were $3.00 for spitoons, $3.00 for a Call Bell, 25¢ for tin reflectors for lamps, 60¢ for three curtains and $25 for a Master's carpet. Furbers' Grain House was contracted as the first home of the lodge (1865 to 1890) for the amount of $50 per year. Officer jewels were purchased for $80.
Accacia was legally Constituted on November 3, 1865 when the Grand Master, Grand Secretary and Grand Marshall were in attendance to install the officers and present the lodge its charter. Proposed bylaws were read, adopted and ordered printed on Christmas Day, 1865.
July 18, 1866 brought the lodge's first Masonic picnic -- and still annually conducted each summer.
Because this is a big deal, we are inviting all Masons and their guests to a Celebration at the Oakdale Prom Center in Oakdale, Minnesota on October 24th, 2015 at 5pm. There is a social hour that starts at 5pm and a dinner starts at 6pm. We will have a live band - The Rockin' Hollywoods - starting at 7:30. This is a Black Tie event - so be sure to dress up!
We are taking online RSVP's but in order to register for our event we will need your check. Fill out the form below to help us plan and give us an estimate headcount. Send checks - made out to Accacia Lodge no 51 - to Harold Glazebrook, the lodge secretary at 7449 Timber Crest Dr., S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016-4575