Rio Grande Lodge #81

Discussion in 'History and Research' started by Scott J, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Scott J

    Scott J Registered User

    19
    0
    0
    Masonry came to Brownsville on Feb. 25, 1849 when the GrandMaster of Texas permitted 17 members to form a Lodge to be known as Rio GrandeLodge No. 56 with John C. McCleland as Worshipful Master.
    R.E. Clements was to leave on horseback to Austin to obtainthe charter. But, due to many difficulties he arrived too late. The No. 56 wasassigned to Warren Lodge in Caldwell, TX. Finally on Jan. 23, 1851 a charterwas granted to Brownsville and Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 began work.
    It has continued with few interruptions, Union Soldiers halted lodge meetings for a short time during the Civil War. Meetings were temporarily suspended in 1882 during the Yellow Fever Epidemic and again in 1918 during the Influenza Epidemic.

    Rio Grande Lodge #81 has been meeting at the same building since 1914. Formerly it was the Cameron County Courthouse.
     
  2. Cigarzan

    Cigarzan Premium Member

    78
    4
    8
    My Grandfather was a member of Rio Grande #81!

    73768499_131137408739.jpg
     
  3. Michaelstedman81

    Michaelstedman81 Premium Member

    789
    4
    38
    Thanks, Scott. Pretty interesting.
     

Share My Freemasonry