The History Of

Century Lodge No. 190

Part 1

The Beginning

The first informal meeting of sojourning Masons to form a new lodge was held in January 1961 at the Masonic Temple at 829 10th Avenue. They formed the Greeley Masonic Club which met regularly until August 2, 1961, when they were issued a dispensation by the Grand Lodge of Colorado, AF&AM. A list of about 100 sojourning Masons who lived in the Greeley area was submitted with a note of many more in the area. Occidental Lodge No. 20 acknowledged to Grand Lodge that these Masons were skilled Master Masons and were capable of starting a second lodge in Greeley.

The Greeley Masonic Club was organized with the election of James A. Collins, president; David H. Weber, vice president; John Whitten as Secretary/Treasurer. On or about March 10, 1961, the following officers were elected and appointed:

  • James A Collins, Worshipful Master
  • David H. Weber, Senior Warden
  • Calvin E. Stanley, Junior Warden
  • Ralph J. McDonald, Treasurer
  • Edsel O. Clevenger, Secretary
  • John V. Whitten, Senior Deacon
  • Myron L. Brown, Junior Deacon
  • Estell E. Bratton, Senior Deacon
  • Walter J. Cole, Senior Deacon
  • John H. Combers, Marshal
  • Ned H. Hanawald, Chaplain
  • Ernest Helfenstine, Tiler

These officers went to a Lodge of Instruction held in Keenesburg a few nghts later. On April 17, 1961, they stood proficiency on the EA degree; on May 19, they stood on the FC degree and on July 23 on the MM degree. At that time, the Lodge Officers were declared proficient on conferring all three degrees.

On August 2, 1961, on the 100th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Colorado, the Greeley Masonic Club was issued a dispensation for the forming of a second lodge in Greeley by Grand Master Leon H. Snyder. The name of the Lodge was to be Century Lodge, UD. Century Lodge, UD, could now confer all three degrees on candidates; this was required by Grand Lodge in order for the charter to be issued.

On August 4, 1961, the Grand Lodge of Colorado was convened at the Masonic Temple in Greeley for the purpose of dispensation exercises by Grand Master Snyder. He was assisted by many of the Grand Officers and Worshipful Masters of nearby Lodges. WM Clarence Carlson of Occidental Lodge No. 20 and Irving Cannon, Grand Marshal and Past Master of Occidental, were also involved in the exercises. The following changes were made after the granting of the dispensation:

  • Marvin L. Will became Senior Deacon;
  • Walter J. Cole became Senior Steward;
  • Ned H. Hanawald became Junior Steward;
  • J.E. Loar became Marshal;
  • John W. Templin became Chaplain.

Century Lodge, UD, was opened in due form by WM James A. Collins. Two petitions were received for degrees: Mr. Omer F. Weiderspon and Mr. Charles f. Clementz. Mr. Weiderspon was rejected because he had not lived in the jurisdiction of Century Lodge, UD, for the required length of time. Bro. Duward R. Jackson then gave a brief account of the formation of the new lodge. WM Carlson, Occidental, offered the assistance of his lodge in any way that might be needed. Three petitions were received while under dispensation for the degrees. They were from Charles F. Clementz, Lewis E. Kitts, and Junior L. Black. The first candidate to receive all three degrees was Lewis E. Kitts, who was raised on November 11, 1961, followed by Mr. Clementz on December 4, 1961, and Mr. Black on December 29, 1961. It must be noted also that on August 9, 1961, the MM degree was conferred on brothers Larry Moody and Walter Hockady as a courtesy for Occidental Lodge so Century Lodge, UD, would get credit for conferring a MM degree. There were in attendance 53 visitors from thirteen lodges and five different states, in addition to the nineteen members of Century Lodge, UD. Lodge was then closed in due form by WM Collins at 10:37 p.m.

Meetings were not held between December 29, 1961, and January 27, 1962. During this time, Grand Lodge examined all records and minutes to ascertain that Century Lodge, UD, had performed all the necessary requirements for the granting of their charter. At the Grand Lodge meeting of January 23-25, 1962, it was voted upon to grant a charter to Century Lodge. In July 1961, Century Lodge, UD, became Century Lodge No. 190.

Submitted by Jerry Lee Park, Sr., PM, Treasurer/Historian

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2532 9th Ave
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