History-2




CHAPTER 1 THE BEGINNINGS.

A series of informal meetings were held and while no official record exists of these gatherings, it is obvious the creation of "JOPPA" Lodge was accomplished in a most thorough and efficient manner.

King Solomon Lodge No. 17, of New Westminster, provided really invaluable help and guidance for the 'new' lodge. Also the use of their regalia by our first Wor. Master, R.W.Bro. J. J. Mahony and R.W.Bro. A. McDonald was of great assistance.

Considerable time and effort were necessary to master the American ritual, as practiced by the mentors from King Solomon Lodge. It was no easier for the prospective members familiar with the Canadian ritual.

A suitable property for a lodge hall was found on Marine Drive, which was for sale. While rented at first, it was with the option to purchase and this option was exercised July 9, 1925, and a holding company was formed to hold in trust all lodge property.

R.W.Bro. J. G. Gamon presented two gavels made from wood taken from the S.S.Beaver, the first steamship to arrive in the Pacific Northwest in 1836, and operated in the fur trade for the Hudson's Bay Company.

After some fifty years of pioneering service in the Northwest, later converted to a tugboat, she ran aground near the entrance to Vancouver and was a total loss.

V.Wor.Bro. J. D. MacMillan on September 30, 1926 presented to the Lodge the Volume of the Sacred Law and was the first to take his obligation as Worshipful Master on this bible.

Mr. G. Morrision, a Cloverdale blacksmith, crafted and presented the door knockers to the Lodge.

Bro. H. W. Hunter, of Blaine, Washington and owner of the Campbell River Mill, gave the pillars to the Lodge. These pillars were introduced into Canada via the Beach Road.

Bro. R. T. Hall of King Solomon Lodge on April 11, 1929 presented one set of gavel blocks and later W. Bro. B. L. Hugh presented etched blocks for the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Warden, pedestals.

An application was made by J. J. Mahony and thirty-eight Freemasons living in the Masonic District No. 2 for Dispensation empowering them to meet as a regular lodge of Freemasons, at White Rock, and to be known as Joppa Lodge - the name being suggested by R.W.Bro. Moffatt. April 15,1925 saw Grand Lodge grant permission for a Lodge of Freemasons to meet every second Thursday of each month and until a Warrant of Constitution granted, the following being appointed:

J. J. Mahony Worshipful Master J. D. MacMillan Senior Warden A. J. Smith Junior Warden

The Institutional Meeting of Joppa Lodge A.F.&A.M. U.D. was held Thursday April 30, 1925 and conducted by R.W.Bro. J. F. Semple D.D.G.M. District No. 2 In attendance were 31 of the 38 Charter Members and 34 visitors. After reading of the Dispensation issued by Grand Lodge, the Investiture of the following officers, with R.W.Bro. Semple being assisted by W.Bro. A. McDonald and W.Bro. E L. Snell of King Solomon Lodge No. 17, New Westminster, B.C.

Joseph Jackson Mahony Worshipful Master John David MacMillan Senior Warden Alexander James Smith Junior Warden Percey Elsey Treasurer Gordon Stanley Graves Secretary John McMurphy Chaplain Walter Scott Huff Director of Ceremonies Orlin R. Merklin Senior Deacon Fabian Hugh Junior Deacon Leonard Alec Shepherd Organist William J. Moffat Senior Steward Thomas Alston Junior Steward Joseph Valentin Beldam Inner Guard Gordon William Coulson Tyler

The Installed Officers assumed their respective stations and this marked the official "Beginning" of Joppa Lodge.

The Dispensation empowering the Brethren of Joppa Lodge to meet as a Lodge of Freemasons at White Rock, on the second Thursday in each month (until such time as a Warrant of Constitution shall be granted by Grand Lodge or this Dispensation be revoked) was granted by the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of British Columbia, granted the fifteenth day of April 1925 Stephen Jones Grand Master W.A. Dewolf-Smith Grand Secretary

May 14, 1925 marked the first meeting following the Institutional Meeting of April 30th, 1925. A highlight of this meeting was the receipt of an application for initiation from Messrs. John William Whittaker, Arnold Walter Saunders and Richard Edward Steer all being accepted.

A committee was struck, after considerable discussion, for the purpose of reviewing and reporting back (if possible) on the practicality of purchasing the building - the committee were also given the power to purchase the building for the amount of $2575.00 if it was not possible to postpone the purchase until after the next regular meeting of the lodge. The purchase of the building was completed prior to the next meeting and a report of the matter was made at that meeting, July 9, 1925.

July 23, 1925 saw an Emergent Meeting of Joppa Lodge, for the purpose of Initiating Messrs. Saunders and Steer to the degree of Entered Apprentice.

The visitors complimented the officers on the exemplary manner in which the degree was conferred.

The Emergent Meeting of Joppa Lodge was held in the Masonic Hall September 3rd, 1925, when Brothers Whittaker and Saunders passed a very satisfactory examination of the Entered Apprentice Degree. When Lodge resumed these two brethren were passed to the degree of Fellowcraft. This was another step for the Lodge in degree work, at which the members were becoming quite proficient.

At the Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge, held September 10, 1925 an application to become a member of Joppa Lodge by Initiation was received from Mr. Robert James Esplin.

At this meeting it was moved, seconded and carried that an amendment increasing the initiation fee to $85.00 for anyone wishing to become a member of Joppa Lodge.

Brothers Whittaker and Saunders passed an excellent examination in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.

The Secretary was to write to Bro. Castie thanking him for the donation of the Secretary's desk.

The meeting of September 24, 1925 marked the official visit of the R.W.Bro. Jacob Rowland, D.D.G.M., District No. 2. After being introduced he congratulated the lodge on their hall and his pleasure at being able to attend this meeting.

Bro. J. W. Whittaker, at 8:25 p.m. was duly admitted and raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

R.W.Bro. Rowland, D.D.G.M., District No. 2 expressed how pleased he was with the manner in which the work was put on and also the splendid attendance - 13 members and 39 visitors.

V.W.Bro. DeWolf-Smith, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia congratulated the lodge for the fine performance in putting on the degree.

This completed the special business for which this communication had been called.

The Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge, A.F. & A.M. was held October 8, 1925 in the Masonic Hall, White Rock.

Bro. Senior Deacon outlined the manner of raising money by subscriptions to Debentures from the Brethren and urged each member to assist as much as possible.

This to offset the current indebtedness and provide sufficient working capital to make the necessary repairs and improvements.

Bro. L. J. Burton passed a very satisfactory examination in the Entered Apprentice Degree and after being duly prepared he was admitted again to be passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft Mason.

November 12, 1925 Joppa Lodge held their next Regular Communication in the Masonic Hall. An application for membership by Initiation from Thomas Henderson Douglas, a machinist was received.

The application for membership by Initiation of Robert James Esplin, saw filer, was favourably reported on and was elected to become a member by Initiation.

Bro. A. W. Saunders, was duly prepared and after admittance was raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

The Emergent Meeting of November 26, 1925 was held in the Joppa Lodge hall, in White Rock.

Bro. Richard E. Steer was examined in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree and after completing a very satisfactory examination he was afterward passed to the Degree of a Fellowcraft Mason.

The year 1925 closed with the Regular Communication of December 10th in the Joppa Lodge hall, in White Rock.

A letter from R.W.Bro. J. G. Gamon was acknowledged, by which two gavels were donated to the Lodge. These were noted as having a "historic nature" in that they were fashioned from wood taken from the "S.S.Beaver". The wood was salvaged from the wreck of the Beaver, the first steamship to come to these coastal waters.

The Beaver arrived in the year 1836 at the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon, after sailing around Cape Horn with engines in her hold. After the engines had been properly installed in the vessel, the Beaver was to become the first steamboat to operate on the coast of North America. She sailed for many years in the fur trade for the Hudson's Bay Company. Later she was transferred from the Columbia River northward to British Columbia where she spent her last days.

As with many other older vessels, The Beaver was finally converted into a tugboat. After some fifty pioneering service years in the Northwest, she ran aground near the entrance to Vancouver and was a total loss.

Such a historic vessel has meant that much the Beaver's remains have been salvaged and saved for souvenirs and other mementos.

The Washington Historical Society, at Tacoma, has the Beaver's boiler on display. Victoria, B.C. is the home for a portion of the poop deck, at rest in a museum.

In Portland, the Oregon Historical Society displays fire brick from the engine room of the Beaver. The ship's anchor is housed in the museum at Fort Vancouver.

Early-day transportation by water in British Columbia via the Beaver was a slow one. The towns of Victoria and New Westminster preceded that of Vancouver, which city did not come into its own until after the arrival in 1887 of the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

Two more applications for membership by Initiation were received from Messrs. Gordon Anderson Frederick and Frederick Allen Pollock.

Thus ended the year 1925, with Joppa Lodge accepting a goodly number of applications for Initiation and the members of the Lodge being able to perform substantial Degree Work, while under Dispensation

This was a very auspicious start for Joppa Lodge, and the numerous compliments paid by the visitors was a testimony to the quality of work being exemplified by the brethren. All in all a very successful beginning for this fledgling Lodge, in White Rock.



Chapter 2 CONSTITUTION...

1926 began with a Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge being held in the Masonic Hall, January 12th.

A communication from the Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia requesting a history of the Lodge from the time of it's inception was acknowledged - with the data to be forwarded as asked.

Bro. J. L. Burton was examined in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree and ultimately raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Thus, while under Dispensation, Joppa Lodge continued to confer the degree work in an exemplary manner - much to the delight of the Wor. Master, the visitors and the brethren.

An Emergent Communication of Joppa Lodge was held on January 28, in the Masonic Hall. This evening the Entered Apprentice Degree was conferred on Mr. Thomas Henderson Douglas and once again the officers of the Lodge were commended for the excellence of the work.

February 11th marked the next Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge in the Masonic Hall. Mr. Frederick Benwell Griffin's Application for Initiation was received. The Secretary was instructed to request a waiver of jurisdiction from Connaught Lodge and Burrard Lodge.

A letter from King Solomon Lodge No. 17, A.F.& A.M. extending an invitation to Joppa Lodge to pay them a visit on February 23 and confer the Master Mason Degree on Bro. George S. Provic - this invitation was accepted.

Bro. Steel passed a satisfactory examination in the Fellow Craft Degree and was then raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

The Emergent Communication of Joppa Lodge, February 25th, was held in the Masonic Hall.

Mr. Frederick Allen Pollock and Mr. Gordon Anderson Frederick were duly prepared and initiated to the Degree of Entered Apprentice Mason.

The Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge was held on March 11th. During this communication, Bro.'s Robert James Esplin and Thomas Henderson Douglas passed a very acceptable examination in the Entered Apprentice Degree and were then separately admitted and passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.

The fraternal visit of the Lodge on February 23rd to King Solomon Lodge, No. 17 A.F.& A.M., New Westminster when Joppa Lodge conferred the Master Mason Degree on their Bro. G. S. Provic. The officers were complimented on the fine manner in which the work had been performed.

The Regular Communication of April 8th was held in the Joppa Lodge Masonic Hall. Application for membership by Initiation were received from Mr. Andrew Kyle Westland and Mr. William George Wills and ordered to take the usual Masonic course.

Burrard Lodge, No. 50 A.F.& A.M., North Vancouver advised they were unable to grant a waiver of jurisdiction on the application of Mr. F. B. Griffin. Bro. R. J. Esplin passed a very proficient examination in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree and then was duly prepared and raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

An Emergent Communication of Joppa Lodge was held April 22nd in the Masonic Hall, White Rock. The officers and members of Eureka Lodge No. 102, A.F.& A.M., and Langley Prairie paid the Lodge an official visit.

Bro.'s F. A. Portlock and Gordon Frederick were admitted and after examination in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree after which they retired. When the Lodge was declared at labour in the Fellow Craft Degree, the officers vacated their stations in favour of the officers and members of Eureka Lodge No. 103, A.F.& A.M. Bro.'s Portlock and Frederick being duly prepared were admitted separately and passed to the Degree of Fellowraft. The work was performed in exemplary manner by Eureka Lodge No. 103. This concluded a memorable evening for Joppa Lodge.

May 13th
The Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge was held in the Masonic Hall, White Rock.

A letter from V.W.Bro. W. A. DeWolf-Smith, Grand Secretary asking that the books and dispensation be sent to him, so as to be presented to the Grand Lodge was read and the Secretary instructed to attend to this matter.

A Further letter from the Grand Secretary stating that it was the intention of the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, M.W.Bro. A. M. Manson to pay a visit to a joint meeting of Eureka Lodge No. 103, Ancient Light Lodge No. 88 and Joppa Lodge U.D. to be held in White Rock, B.C. on the evening of May 14th, 1926 and the members were asked to attend, if possible.

The Secretary was instructed to advise Grand Lodge how many members would be attending this meeting. Bro. Thomas Henderson passed an examination in the Fellow Craft Degree. It was moved by Bro. O. R. Merklin and seconded by Bro. W. J. Moffatt that W.Bro. J. J. Mahony represent Joppa Lodge at the Grand Lodge Meeting in June.

The Emergent Communication of Joppa Lodge held on May 14th, 1926 was a joint meeting of Eureka Lodge No. 103, Ancient Light Lodge No. 88 and Joppa Lodge U.D. The Most Worshipful, the Grand Master Hon. A. W. Manson was received and introduced. Later Bro. Thomas Henderson Douglas being duly prepared was raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

The Most Worshipful, the Grand Master Hon. A. M. Manson in his address complimented the Lodge on the work and in a most interesting manner spoke of the tenets of Freemasonry and the part it was playing throughout the nations of the world. He stated: "Masonry was something every man should carry with him beyond the door of the Lodge, owing to the important part it had in moulding the characters of it's members." He also gave a very instructive outline of the Benevolent Fund and expressed the desire to see this Lodge with a paid membership of 100%.

The Emergent Communication of May 27th was held in the Joppa Masonic Hall. Bros. F. A. Pollock and G. A. Frederick after duly being examined in the Fellow Craft Degree were individually raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason. The officers and members of Perfection Lodge No. 75 A.F.& A.M., New Westminster paid an official visit and participated in conferring the Master Mason Degree, as well as other work during the night.

Wednesday, June 23, 1926 was an auspicious occasion as it marked the Installation of the Officers and the Institution and Consecration of Joppa Lodge No. 112 A.F.& A.M. by order of the Grand Master - in the Masonic Lodge Hall, White Rock, B.C. At 7:45 p.m. the M.W.Grand Master, M.W.Bro. D. W. Sutherland and other Grand Lodge Officers accompanied by members of Grand Lodge assembled in the Lodge room and opened Grand Lodge.

The Brethren of Joppa Lodge assembled in the anteroom. The Grand Master then requested the Wor. Master J. J. Mahony, Sr. Warden Wor.Bro. J. D. MacMillan and Jr. Warden Bro. A. J. Smith to enter Grand Lodge and lay their request before the Most Wor. Grand Master to Institute, Consecrate and Install the Officers of Joppa Lodge.

The Institution and Consecration ceremony was performed by the M.W. Grand Master and the Installation Ceremony was then taken charge of by R.W.Bro. Frank S. McKee and assisted by other Grand Lodge Officers, when the following Officers were installed: Worshipful Master Bro. J.J.Mahony Senior Warden W.Bro. J.D.MacMillan Junior Warden Bro. A.J.Smith Treasurer Bro. P.Elsey Secretary Bro. G.S.Graves Chaplain Bro. L.J.Burton Director of Ceremonies Bro. W.S.Huff Senior Deacon Bro. O.R.Merklin Junior Deacon Bro. F.Hugh Inner Guard Bro. J.V.Beldam Stewards Bro. W.J.Moffatt & Bro. T.Alston Tyler Bro. G.Coulson Organist Bro. L.A.Shepherd

After Installation the M.W. Grand Master handed over the gavel To the W.M. J.J. Mahony, who asked the M.W. Grand Master to address the Lodge. The M.W.Grand Master then gave an eloquent and detailed presentation. He congratulated the Lodge on their excellent start and the wonderful showing made toward the Grand Lodge Benevolent Fund, he also wished the Lodge every success in the future.

The M.W.Grand Master accompanied by the other Grand Lodge Officers then retired in due form with Grand Honours. The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form at 10:15 p.m. Peace and Harmony prevailing.

This must have been a moment of great pride in accomplishment, for the founding members of Joppa Lodge, to see their dream come true - Joppa Lodge being constituted by the M.W.Grand Master on this momentous occasion in history.

This chapter, the first year, in Joppa Lodge's history had resulted in the ultimate fait accompli - the Warrant of Constitution being granted and finally the Installation of the Officer's in their respective positions.

Henceforth, Joppa Lodge would appear on the registry of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, and numbered 112. It was so named after the chief port of Jerusalem, on the Mediterranean Sea. It was from here that Jonah set out for Tarshish and that Saint Peter restored life to Tabitha. Joppa Lodge adopted the American work for its ritual.

This marked the end of the beginning, but prospects for the future were bright and never looked better.

"Ever onward and upward..." Now the Lodge was ready for the next step on it's Masonic flight-path.



Chapter 3 THE BEGINNING OF THE BEGINNING

The new era began July 8th, 1926 with the first Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge No. 112, A.F.& A.M. This was the first Regular Communication of the Lodge since Institution and Consecration, by the M.W.Grand Master and other Grand Lodge Officers.

The Grand Secretary made a request for two copies of the proposed Bylaws of the Lodge.

During the meeting, under the heading "Good of the Order", the Secretary was asked to secure prices for the purchase of regalia and report at the next meeting.

Bro. O. R. Merklin gave notice of motion, that at the next regular meeting, re would move the adoption of the Bylaws. Thus ended this historic meeting at 10:15 Peace and Harmony prevailing.

August 12th saw the next Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge in White Rock. The designated committee reported, after considering the two submissions, it had been decided the regalia would be ordered from Messrs. Men's Cap Co. Ltd. The Secretary was advised to inform this company that the new regalia was required by September 20th, 1926.

An Application for Initiation was received from Mr. Gilbert Tulloch who wished to become a member of Joppa Lodge. The corrected copy of the new Bylaws were moved to be adopted by Bro. O. R. Merklin, seconded by Bro. A. J. Smith and the motion was carried.

Bro. F. J. Castle, of Vancouver gave an interesting talk on the benefits derived from the study of Masonry. Bro. T. Alston conveyed greetings from Perfection Lodge No. 75; New Westminster and the brethren were invited to attend the Installation of Officers of that Lodge on August 19th. Lodge closed in due and ancient form at 9:00 p.m.

The next Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge was held September 9th, in White Rock.

During the course of the meeting the following brethren were examined in the Master Mason Degree and passed in very satisfactory fashion - Bro.'s F. A. Pollock, R. J. Esplin, R. E. Steer, T. H. Douglas, J. W. Whittaker, G. A. Frederick and A. W. Saunders. The following members were elected to fill the officer's chairs for the forthcoming year:

Wor.Bro. J.D.MacWilliams W.M. Bro. A.J.Smith S.W. Bro. O.R.Merklin J.W. Bro. P.Elsey Treasurer Bro. G.S.Graves Secretary Bro. L.J.Burton Tyler

Also the following brethren were elected as Trustees: Bro. O.R.Merklin (3 years) Bro. A.J.Smith (2 years) Bro. F.Hugh (1 year) The Wor. Master appointed Bro.'s L. A. Shepherd and H. Lee as auditors.

The evening of September 30th saw the Installation of Officers in Joppa Lodge, White Rock W.Bro. J. J. Mahony, the Installing Master, had the Secretary read the portion of the previous meeting regarding the election of officers. Then he proceeded to the business of the Installation of the Officers.

W.Bro. J. D. MacMillan W.M. W.Bro. J. J. Mahony I.P.M. Bro. A. J. Smith S.W. R.W.Bro. G. L. Cassidy, D.D.G.M., District No. 2 paying a fraternal visit was introduced into the Lodge. Then the remainder of the Officers were installed. Bro. O. R. Merklin J.W. Bro. P. Elsey Treasurer Bro. G. S. Graves Secretary Bro. W. S. Huff Chaplain Bro. F. Hugh S.D. Bro. J. V. Beldham J.D. Bor. W. J. Moffatt I.G. Bro. L. A. Shepherd Organist Bro. J. C. Cornish D. of C. Bro. L. J. Burton Tyler

W.Bro. J. D. MacMillan presented the Lodge with a new Bible and was himself the first to take the Obligation on it. With that the evening closed in Peace and Harmony.

The new slate of officers began their year with the October 14, 1926 Communication, held in the Masonic Hall, White Rock.

An invitation from Ancient Light Lodge to attend their Installation of Officers was received and the members were urged to attend.

V.Wor. Bro. J.D.MacMillan, Bro. W.J.Moffatt and Bro, R.C.Thompson gave very interesting talks on the necessity of the brethren working in harmony and taking an active interest in the lodge - explaining that brethren should endeavour to assist the officers in every way and if they had remarks to make, to do so in the Lodge Room and not outside.

The W.M. appointed Bro. R.C.Thompson to fill the chair of Junior Steward made vacant because Bro. H.Clarke has moved away.

After refreshment, labour was resumed in the E.A. Degree and Mr. Gilbert Tulloch duly prepared was admitted and instructed in the work of the Degree.

A vote of thanks was moved by Bro. A.J. Smith seconded by Bro. O.R. Merklin be extended to V.Wor. Bro. J.D.MacMillan for the Bible he donated to the Lodge. Lodge closed in Peace and Harmony at 9:50 p.m.

November 11th, 1926 marked the next Regular Communication of Joppa Lodge No. 112. Rev. Robert Hughes, Pastor of the United Church invited the Lodge to visit the church; it was planned for the afternoon of the fourth Sunday in November.

King Solomon Lodge No. 17 extended an Invitation for a fraternal visit on the evening of November 16th, which was accepted.

Applications for affiliation were received from Bro. Joseph Byatt and Bro. Rupert Stanley Harris with committees being appointed accordingly.

When the Lodge was declared at labour in the E.A. Degree Bro. Tulloch, duly prepared, was admitted and examined in the work of the Degree. After which he retired returning duly prepared when the Lodge was at labour in the F.C. Degree and he was instructed in the work of the Degree. After the Lodge was at labour in the M.M. Degree, Bro. O.R. Merklin moved and Bro. W.J. Barge seconded a motion that W.Bro.'s J.J. Mahony and Andrew MacDonald be made Honorary Members with full privileges. The Lodge then closed in Peace and Harmony.

The Emergent Meeting of December 5th, 1926 was held at 2:45 p.m. for the purpose of Divine Service at the Union Church.

Lodge was declared at refreshment at 2:45 p.m. and the assembled brethren marched to the church where a masterful sermon was delivered by Rev. Robert Hughes.

After the brethren returned to the Lodge Room. At 4:15, speeches were made by the W.Bro.'s Morse and Mahony.

Lodge was closed in due and ancient form at 4:30 p.m. Peace and Harmony prevailing.

December 9th marked the last Regular Communication for the year 1926, at Joppa Lodge No. 112.

When the Lodge was declared at labour in the F.C. Degree, Bro. G.Tulloch was examined in the work of the Degree. Later he was admitted duly prepared and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Applications for membership in the Lodge by Initiation were received from Mr. L.E. Carlisle and Mr. M Lawrence and ordered to take the usual course.

Following the conclusion of the rest of the business, the Lodge was closed at 11:05 p.m. in Peace and Harmony.

In retrospect, the Brethren of Joppa Lodge could look back on the year 1926, as the year when their "Joppa Lodge" really came of age. One has to feel these brethren must have experienced a great sense of satisfaction "In a job well done " after all the dreams of the founders had become reality, due to their hard work. Their successor in the future would have a memory of their achievements.

Obviously there were still challenges to be met. However, no one could deny that Joppa Lodge No. 112 had come a long way already and that something of a tradition had been established - for those that were to follow.

Customs and precedence had been created for those who were to follow in their footsteps.

With these thoughts in mind we move to the next phase in the story of Joppa Lodge No. 112

As an aid to clarity and brevity, from this point on, the purpose is to document the highlights and items of interest for the reader. Where appropriate, more detailed data will be provided for the benefit of all who may read these writings.



Chapter 4 1927 ON THE MARK - GET SET ...

January 12th
An application to become a member of the Lodge by Initiation was received from Mr. Lawrence H. Bagg.

February 10th Bro. E.G.Bockins of Unity Lodge No. 100, Vancouver made application to become a member of the Lodge by Affiliation. King Solomon Lodge No. 17 of New Westminster extended an invitation to pay them a fraternal visit of the evening of March 1st, 1927.

The First Annual Ball was scheduled to be held on the evening of March 3rd, 1927.

February 24
R.Wor. Bro. George L. Cassidy, D.D.G.M. District No. 2 with Grand Lodge Officers visited the Lodge during which Mr. L.E. Carlisle was instructed in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree.

March 10
An Application from Mr. James W. Champion to become a member of the Lodge by Initiation was received. Bro. A.J. Smith assumed the Worshipful Master's Chair and the other Officers moved up one station for the conferring of the Entered Apprentice Degree upon the candidate Mr. Lawrence H. Begg.

April 14
Bro. E.L.Carlisle after a satisfactory examination in the former Degree was admitted and instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.

April 28
Bro. L.H. Bagg completed a satisfactory examination in the Entered Apprentice Degree. He was followed by Mr. J.W. Champion who being duly prepared was admitted and initiated to the Degree of an Entered Apprentice.

Afterwards Bro. Bagg being duly prepared was admitted and instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.

May 12
The Wor. Master, Officers and Members of the Lodge Southern Cross No. 44, Vancouver paid an official visit to the lodge. During which the Officers of Joppa Lodge vacated their chairs in favour of the members of Lodge Southern Cross. Bro. L.E.Carlisle was then admitted, passed a fine examination in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree. Following this the Officers of Lodge Southern Cross instructed Bro. Carlisle in the work of the Master Mason Degree.

June 9
Bro. H.L.Bagg passed an excellent examination in the Fellow Craft Degree. The followed his being duly prepared and then raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

August 11
A letter from V.Wor.Bro. W.A.DeWolfe-Smith, Grand Secretary of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of British Columbia advising that M.Wor.Bro. Frank S. McKee of Vancouver was elected Grand Master and R.Wor. Bro. R.C. Menten of New Westminster was appointed D.D.G.M. of District No. 2

September 8
An Application to become a member of the Lodge by Initiation was received from Mr. Clarence Melrose Willcock. Bro. O.R. Merklin advised that the trustees had been able to secure a mortgage for 7% instead of the present rate of 9% being paid - this would result in savings of $38.00 per year during the life of the mortgage.

The election of Officers followed, the results being - Bro. A.J. Smith W.M. Bro. O.R. Merklin S.W. Bro. F. Hugh J.W. Bro. C.G. Bockus Treasurer Bro. G.S. Graves Secretary Bro. W.J. Barge Tyler

Bro. Fabian Hugh elected to the Board of Trustees for another three years. The Worshipful Master appointed Bro. R.J. Esplin and Bro. L/E/Carlisle as auditors for the ensuing year.

September 29
R.Wor. Bro. R.C. Mention D.D.G.M. District No. 2 and other Grand Lodge Officers attended with R.Wor. Bro. R.C. Menton taking charge of the meeting as Installing Master whereupon he invested W.M. elect Bro. A.J. Smith, followed by his slate of Officers for the forthcoming year, as follows -

Bro. A.J. Smith W.M. W.Bro J.D. MacMillan I.P.M. Bro. O.R. Merklin S.W. Bro. F. Hugh J.W. Bro. C.G. Bockus Treasurer. Bro. G.S. Graves Secretary Bro. W.S. Huff Chaplin Bro. J.C. Cornish D of C Bro. J.V. Beldam S.D. Bro. W.J. Moffatt J.D. Bro. G. Coulson I.G. Bro. L.J. Burton S.S. Bro. H. Lee J.S. Bro. L.A. Shepherd Organist Bro. W.J. Barge Tyler

At the conclusion of the Installation ceremony R.Wor. Bro. R.C. Menten, D.D.G.M. District No.2 expressed how: " ...pleased he was with the progress made by the Lodge and wished it every success in the years to come."

October 13
Invitations were received from Ancient Light Lodge, Ladner and Prince of Wales Lodge, and Southern Cross Lodge - to attend their Installation of Officers.

November 10
Bro. L.C. Carlisle passed examination in the work of the Master Mason Degree. Mr. M.C. Willcock duly prepared was instructed in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree. At this meeting Bro. Fabian Hugh spoke of having a photograph of the Charter Members - he was appointed a member of the committee to Investigate this proposal.

December 8
Eureka Lodge No. 103 A.F.& A.M. of Langley Prairie invited the Officers and Members to attend their Installation of Officers.

An Application for Affiliation was received from Bro. John Edmond Bedford of Meridian Lodge No. 83, A.F. & A.M., Grand Registry of Saskatchewan.

Wor. Master A.J. Smith on this occasion Installed V.Wor. Bro. MacMillan as Immediate Past Master and then presented him with his Past Master's Jewel Bro. O.R. Merklin presented the question of improving the lower hall so that it could Serve as a banquet hall. Following considerable discussion a committee composed of the trustees was appointed to see this work was completed.

Bro. J.W. Champion was admitted and examined in the Entered Apprentice Degree. The duly prepared Bro. Champion was admitted and instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree. This was the final Degree work completed in the year 1927.



Chapter 5 1928 REFLECTIONS

January 12
M.W. Bro. D.W. Sutherland, P.G.M. presented his photograph to the Lodge to be suitably framed and displayed.

Bro. Clarence M. Willcock duly prepared was instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.

The trustee's report regarding an opportunity to rent the lower hall for approximately $16.50 per month was tabled. It was moved the matter be left entirely in the hands of the trustees.

February 9
Trustees reported the lease on the lower hall was finalized Application for Initiation from Mr. Algernon Kenneth Hancock was received. Bro. J.W. Champion raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

March 8
Application from Bro. William Alexander Howell to become a member of the Lodge by Affiliation.

Official visit of V.Wor. Bro. R.C. Menten, D.D.G.M. District No. 2 on this night. Bro. C.M. Willcock passed to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

April 12
Bro. W.A. Howell duly elected to become a member of the Lodge by Affiliation. Mr. A.K. Hancock was instructed in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree.

May 10
Bro. A.K. Hancock was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. W. Bro. J.J. Mahoney donated to the Lodge the Monitorial Lectern which he had prepared. He was extended a vote of thanks for this magnificent gift.

June 14
Bro. A.K. Hancock raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

July 12
Letter from Grand Secretary V.W.Bro. W.A. DeWolfe Smith, advising of the appointment of V.W.Bro. J.J. Mahoney as D.D.G.M. for District No. 2 was read.

September 13
The election of Officers for Joppa Lodge for the year 1928-29 was as follows -0

Bro. O.R. Merklin W.M. Bro. F. Hugh S.W. Bro. J.V. Beldam J.W. Bro. C.G. Bockus Treasurer Bro. G.S. Graves Secretary Bro. A.W. Saunders Tyler

It was brought to the attention of the Lodge that Bro. J.C. Cornish, Director of Ceremonies would be fifty (50) years a Master Mason on September 14, 1928

September 27
R.W.Bro. J.J. Mahoney, D.D.G.M. District No.2 on his first Official Visit to Joppa Lodge attended the Installation of Officers as follows -

Bro. O.R. Merklin W.M. Bro. F. Hugh S.W. Bro. J.V. Beldam J.W. W. Bro. A.J. Smith I.P.M. Bro. C.G. Bockus Treasurer Bro. J.E. Bedford Chaplain Bro. W.J. Moffatt S.D. Bro. L.J. Burton J.D. Bro. W.J. Barge I.G. Bro. W.S. Huff S.S. Bro. R.G. Shepherd Organist Bro. J.C. Cornish D. of C. Bro. A.W. Saunders Tyler

Bro. J.C. Cornish was presented with a suitably inscribed watch fob celebrating his fifty years of being a Master Mason, by W. Bro. W.A. Wilson. On behalf of the Brethren Bro. F.J. MacKenzie presented Bro. Cornish with a pipe, for which he thanked the brethren.

October 11
It was moved, seconded and adopted that Joppa Lodge attend Divine Service in full regalia, this to be an annual event. This service to be held on the Sunday immediately following the regular communication in May.

Bro. John Murphy was made an honorary member of Joppa Lodge with full privileges.

November 4
Emergent Meeting to attend Divine Service in regalia. Rev. Varilly was thanked for his services and address to the Masonic Order this evening. It was rReported that Bro. J.C. Cornish was having heart problems.

November 8
R.W. Bro. R.L. Reid, D.D.G.M. gave a well-received address on the Masonic language in the prose and poetry in the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

December 13
Lodge balloted to elect a Secretary to fill the vacancy of that office. W.Bro. MacMillan was elected and immediately installed.

December 18

Emergent Communication to conduct the funeral service of the late Bro. John A. Bates, publisher of the Surrey Gazette. The pallbearers, all brethren, were Chief of Police Alex Matheson, F.J. MacKenzie, Gordon Frederick, J. Willcock, R.E. Steed, H.A. Howell. The service was held in the United Church with interment at the Surrey Centre with Masonic honours.





Chapter 6 1929 HARD TIMES ARE COMING ... The Highlights

April 11
W.M. and Officers of Joppa Lodge on the evening of April 23 would confer the Fellow Craft Degree in King Solomon Lodge, No. 17 in New Westminster. Motion to thank Bro. R.T. Hall, of King Solomon Lodge for his presentation of the three Gavel Blocks to Joppa Lodge.

May 9
R.W. Bro. J.J. Mahoney, D.D.G.M. of District No. 2 visited Joppa Lodge. Bro. F.W. Clarke of King Solomon Lodge No. 17, New Westminster was raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

May 12
Divine service in regalia at the United Church of Canada where Bro. Rev. Crux delivered the sermon.

September 12
Cascade Lodge No. 12 communication advising of an International Emergent Meeting on Monday September 30 with Grand Masters and Grand Lodge Officers from the Jurisdictions of Washington, Oregon, Alberta and Saskatchewan in attendance.

Election of Officers for the ensuing year as follows - Bro. F. Hugh W.M. W. Bro. O.R. Merklin I.P.M. Bro. J.V. Beldam S.W. Bro. W. Moffatt J.W. Bro. F.A. Pollock Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W.Bro. A.J. Smith Chaplain Bro. J.C. Cornish D. of C. Bro. W.J. Barge S.D. Bro. W. Huff J.D. Bro. R.G. Shepherd I.G. Bro. A.W. Saunders S.S. Bro. C.G. Bockus J.S. Bro. L.A. Shepherd Organist Bro. S.C. Hoer Tyler

September 26
Installation of Officers carried out as follows -

Bro. F. Hugh W.M. W. Bro. O.R. Merklin I.P.M. Bro. J.V. Beldam S.W. Bro. W. Moffatt J.W. Bro. F.A. Pollock Treasurer V.W. Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary Bro. J.C. Cornish Chaplain Bro. W.J. Barge S.D. Bro. W. Huff J.D. Bro. R.C. Shepherd I.G. Bro. A.W. Saunders S.S. Bro. C.G. Bockus J.S. Bro. L.A. Shepherd Organist Bro. S.C. Hoer Tyler

At the end of the ceremony the brethren congregated at the Central Hotel for a luncheon and toasts.

December 12
Bro. Bevam L.W. Hugh was duly prepared and instructed in the Entered Apprentice Degree.





Chapter 7 1930 BEGINNING OF THE THIRTIES

January 9
Bro. Bevan L.W. Hugh after his examination in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree was then instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.

February 13
Mr. W.A. Turnbull was instructed in the Entered Apprentice Degree. Bro. Bevan L.W. Hugh was raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

March 13

The Wor. Master appointed Wor. Bro. O.R. Merklin to fill the vacancy of the Treasurer's position. R.W. Bro. D.E. MacKenzie, D.D.G.M., District No. 2 paid an Official visit to Joppa Lodge.

Mr. Thomas Reid of Newton was instructed in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree.

April 25
The Fellow Craft Degree was conferred upon Bro. Thomas Reid.

May 8
Mr. Henry Archibald Beaumont a candidate of Initiation was instructed in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree.

June 12
The Wor. Master attended the funeral of the daughter of Bro. Thomas Reid.

July 10
Carpet for the Lodge room was a matter under investigation and research.

August 10
Bro. H.A. Beaumont was examined in the Entered Apprentice Degree. Bro. Thomas Reid was raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

September 11
Bro. Thomas George Barlow, with a Demit from Malahat Lodge 107 at Shawinigan, B.C. was elected a member of Joppa Lodge by Affiliation. Bro. H.A. Beaumont was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Officers for the following year were elected as follows -

Bro. J.V. Beldam W.M. Bro. W.J. Moffatt S.W. Bro. W.J. Barge J.W. W. Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary Bro. J.W. Champion Tyler

September 25
R.W. Bro. Winslow Staples, D.D.G.M., District No. 2 paid his first official visit to Joppa Lodge, accompanied by his suite. R.W. Bro. J.J. Mahoney, Installing Master proceeded with the Installation of Officers, as follows - Bro. J.V. Beldam W.M. Bro. M.J. Moffatt S.W. Bro. W.J. Barge J.W. Weber. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W. Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary Bro. H.A. Hancock Chaplain Bro. J.C. Cornish D. of C. W. Bro. F. Hugh I.P.M. Bro. W.S. Huff S.D. Bro. A.W. Saunders J.D. Bro. C.G. Bockus I.G. Bro. C.M. Willcock J.S. Bro. J.W. Champion Tyler

October 9
Bro. James Collyer became a member of Joppa Lodge by Affiliation

December 11
Bro. J.W. Barnes was elected a member of Joppa Lodge by Affiliation. Mr. Andrew C. Tarves was instructed in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree.

Chapter 8 1931 RECOLLECTIONS OF THE HARD TIMES AT HAND

January 8
Mr. Jack S. Kelman was instructed in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree.

February 12
Bro. M.R. Margerison elected a member of Joppa Lodge by Affiliation. Bro. A.C. Tarves was instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.

March 12
Facing the effects of the 'Depression' on the membership dues, it became obvious, the dues themselves were becoming an economic burden to some members, more than others. A committee was formed to review the membership dues and each individual situation, since the non-payment problem was worsening.

When non-payment was a consideration, it was deemed necessary to determine if a special 'lower' fee would be acceptable to each applicable member, with no obligation to accept this rebate. This special consideration was applied to some thirteen (13) individual cases.

Bro. J.S. Kelman was instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.
April 9
R. Wor. Bro. Winslow Staples, D.D.G.M., District No.2 paid an official visit to Joppa Lodge. He complimented the Lodge on their 100% standing with the Benevolent Fund.

Bro.'s A.C. Tarves and J.S. Kelman were instructed in the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Bro. L.H. Clarke a charter member of Joppa Lodge was in attendance and his generous contributions of furniture to the Lodge at its inception were recognized.

May 14
R.Wor.Bro. Winslow Staples, D.D.G.M., District No.2 with other Grand Lodge Officers visited Joppa Lodge on this special occasion.

Bro. J.S. Kelman was raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason. R.Wor.Bro. J.J. Mahony occupied the Wor. Master's chair to confer this Degree assisted by most of the original Officers of the Lodge, when constituted in 1925.

July 9
Grand Lodge advised of the appointment of R.Wor.Bro. Duncan MacLennon D.D.G.M. District No. 2 and the election of Most Wor. Bro. Henry B. Morley of Penticton B.C. as Grand Master.

September 10
Balance due on the Mortgage $1,100.00 The election of Lodge Officers as follows -

Bro. W.J. Moffatt W.M. Bro. W.J. Barge S.W. Bro. W.S. Huff J.W. W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary Bro. A.K. Hancock Tyler W.Bro. A.J. Smith elected Trustee for period of 3 years.

September 24
R.Wor.Bro. Duncan MacLennon, D.D.G.M., District No. 2 with visiting Grand Lodge Officers were received. Installation of Officers proceeded as follows -

Bro. W.J. Moffatt W.M. Bro. W.J. Barge S.W. Bro. W.S. Huff J.W. W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary Bro. J. Collyer Chaplain Bro. J.C. Cornish D. of C. Bro. A.W. Saunders S.D. Bro. C.G. Bockus J.D. W.Bro. J.D. Beldam I.P.M. Bro. S.C. Hoer I.G. Bro. C.M. Willcock S.S. Bro. J.W. Champion J.S. Bro. B.L.W. Hugh Organist Bro. A.K. Hancock Tyler

Historical notes about some of newly installed Officers - *Bro. J.C. Cornish, D.O.C. this month attained fifty (50) years in the Craft. *Wor.Bro. O.R. Merklin, Treasurer - had attended every meeting of Joppa Lodge since the Initial Meeting April 30, 1925

*Bro. James Collyer, Chaplain - prior to Affiliation with Joppa Lodge was a member of Calcutta Lodge, which both he and Rudyard Kipling claimed as their Mother Lodge.

October 3
Historical Note - Most Wor.Bro. D.W. Sutherland, who was a visitor to Joppa Lodge on June 23, 1926 while in company with other Grand Lodge Officers, he Instituted and Consecrated Joppa Lodge and Installed the original Officers.

December 10
Joppa Lodge requested to be put on a route of the Masonic Travelling Library most suitable to the itinerary.



Chapter 9 1932 REFLECTIONS

February 11
R.Wor.Bro. D. McLennon, D.D.G.M., District No. 2 and other Grand Lodge Officers visited the Lodge.

Bro. J.S. Kelman represented a Candidate to exemplify the Entered Apprentice Degree. R.Wor. Bro. McLennan, R.Wor. Bro. K.K. Reid, R.Wor. Bro. R. Menton, R.Wor.Bro. J.J. Mahony expressed their appreciation in being present and observing the excellence in which the Degree was Conferred.

March 10
R.Wor.Bro. J.J. Mahony delivered an address entitled 'Modern Free Masonry' to encourage further discussions and addresses by Brethren, in the body of the Lodge, in Masonic studies and research.

April 14
Most Wor.Bro. H.B. Morley of Penticton, Grand Master on his Official visit, accompanied by a number of Grand Lodge Officers attended the meeting. In a departure from previous practices the Most Wor. Grand Master remained for the closing of the Lodge.

Bro. G.N. Frost, who was a prisoner of War in Germany for a number of years during the Great War of 1914 to 1918, gave a reading of his own composition.

May 12
Lodge convened to conduct the funeral service of the Late Bro. A.C. Tarves at 1150 A.M. under the charge of Bro. J.C. Cornish, Director of Ceremonies.

The members proceeded to North Vancouver, 320 E 3rd Ave. where the remains were resting and conveyed to the Capilano View West Vancouver where interment was made.

Joppa Lodge conducting the Masonic service 'in the sunshine', but rain before and after fell heavily. Twenty eight (28) Lodge members took part in the service.

Bro. R.B. Vaughn, of King Solomon Lodge delivered an address entitled "Masonry and Education" which was presented in a masterly manner.

June 9 Bro. D.J. McGregor, of King Solomon Lodge presented an address entitled "Ancient Geometry" pointing to the Egyptian Pyramids as examples of geometrical measurements of the most accurate degree.

July 10 The passing of Most Wor. Bro. H.N. Rich who was a visitor to Joppa Lodge at the Regular Communication in May. Also the loss of Bro. F.J. Mackenzie, a charter member of Joppa Lodge, laid to rest July3, 1932.

September 3
The Regular Communication for the Election of Officers, those elected as follows -

Bro. W.J. Barge W.M. Bro. W.S. Huff S.W. Bro. A.W. Saunders J.W. W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W.Bro. F. Hugh Chaplain Bro. R.S. Harris Tyler

Bro. W.A.Matheson a member of Pembina Lodge No. 2, North Dakota gave a short history of his mother Lodge and of Masonry in the Red River District from the old Fort Garry South.

September 29 R.Wor.Bro. P.Y. Porter, D.D.G.M., District No. 2 paid an official visit. The Installation of Officers proceeded under the direction of R.Wor.Bro. J.J. Mahony as Installing Master, as follows -

Bro. W.J. Barge W.M. Bro. W.S. Huff S.W. Bro. A.W. Saunders J.W. W.Bro. W.J. Moffatt I.P.M. W. Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary Bro. J.C. Cornish D.O.C. Bro. C.G. Bockus S.D. Bro. S.C. Hoer J.D. Bro. J.W. Champion I.G. Bro. A.K. Hancock S.S. Bro. B.L. Hugh J.S. Bro. H.A. Beaumont Organist Bro. R.S. Harris Tyler

November 10
Petition for affiliation from Bro. Donald L. Smith, of Commercial Lodge, No. 81, G.R. Alberta accompanied by a demit was received.

December 8
Bro. Donald L. Smith was declared a member of Joppa Lodge by Affiliation.





Chapter 10 1933 RECALLED

January 12
Following a discussion concerning the painting of the Masonic Hall, it was suggested a number of the members in arrears of dues might wish to dispose of these arrears in this manner. It was left on the Secretary's desk for further consideration in February.

February 9
The matter of painting the Masonic Hall in lieu of dues was carried over to the March meeting.

March 9
Matter of the painting of the Masonic Hall was deferred for discussion in April. Letter from the Grand Secretary explained several points - * There is no relative rank as between the Stewards and should not be designated as Senior and Junior * That the I.P.M. was not an Officer of the Lodge and should not be included in the list of Officers. The Fellow Craft Degree exemplified by the Wor. Master Bro. W.J. Barge with Bro. B.L. Hugh acting as candidate for the Degree.

April 13
Petition for Affiliation received from Bro. William Henry Keddy, member of Eastern StarLodge No. 51 of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia was received.

Concerning the painting of the Masonic Hall, it was pointed out that insufficient funds were available to purchase materials so the matter was dropped for the time being.

March 23 Emergent Communication called by the Most Work. Grand Master James C. Beck under the direction of R.Wor.Bro. P.Y. Porter, D.D.G.M., District No. 2 at the Masonic Temple, New Westminster March 23, 1933.

The following Lodges were present at the call of the Most.Wor. the Grand Master Union Lodge No. 9 De Wolf Lodge No. 78 King Solomon Lodge No. 17 Ancient Light Lodge No. 88 Lewis Lodge No. 57 Eureka Lodge No. 103 Perfection Lodge No. 75 Joppa Lodge No. 112

Wor.Bro. D. McMillan, W.M. of Perfection Lodge in the Chair. R.Wor.Bro. P.Y.Porter assumed charge of the proceedings.

The Worshipful Master of each of the above Lodges was called upon to submit a report of the year's activities. It seemed the city Lodges were not immune from the general business depression which the country lodges were experiencing.

Collection of Dues was a real problem, where so many Brethren were unemployed. Better Fellowship was evident when there was less Degree work and more time devoted to social intercourse. Considerable discussion followed the reports of the attending Lodges.

May 11
Bro. William Henry Keddy was elected a member of Joppa Lodge by Affiliation.

June 8 Thirteen members were granted special dues rate for the year 1933. September 14
Election of Officers completed as follows -

Bro. W.S. Huff W.M. Bro. A.W. Saunders S.W. Bro. C.G. Bockus J.W. W. Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W. Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary Bro. W.H. Turnbull Tyler

September 28
Installation of Officers with the absence of R.W.Bro. J.J. Mahoney, due to illness his duties as Installing Master were assumed by W. Bro. Sneff, with installation as follows -

Bro. S.W. Huff W.M. Bro. A.W. Saunders S.W. Bro. C.G. Bockus J.W. W. Bro. W.J. Barge I.P.M. W. Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W. Bro. F. Hugh Chaplain Bro. J.C. Cornish D.O.C. Bro. S.C. Hoer S.D. Bro. J. W. Champion J.D. Bro. A.K. Hancock I.G. Bro. B.L. Hugh Steward Bro. R.S. Harris Steward Bro. H.A. Beaumont Organist Bro. W.H. Turnbull Tyler

October 12
A petition for initiation received from Mr. Arnold Forbes.

November 9
Daniel Bagley of Lodge No. 238, Seattle, WA invited Joppa Lodge to exemplify the E.A. Degree on November 25, 1933. As Joppa Lodge was unable to accept this invitation, regrets were personally delivered by W. Bro. F. Hugh to the Master of the Seattle Lodge.

Charter member Bro. Gordon Thomson passed away and while he had demitted he had remained a good friend of Joppa Lodge in a financial way.

December 14
R.W.Bro. R.C. Galer, DDGM accompanied by a number of Grand Lodge Officers made his official visit.

Mr. Arnold Forbes was instructed in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree.





CHAPTER 12 1934 HIGHLIGHTS

January 9
The occasion was to conduct the funeral of Bro. Captain Walker Williams of Crescent, a former member of Union Lodge No. 9 under the charge of Bro. J.C. Cornish, Director of Ceremonies.

February 8
Kulshan Lodge of Blaine, Washington members paid a fraternal visit to Joppa Lodge. Bro. Arnold Forbes was instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.

March 8
Bro. Arnold Forbes was raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason with W. Bro. O.R. Merklin in the chair assisted by other Past Masters performed the work.

Bro. Cook of Kulshan Lodge spoke of his 47 years as a Mason and Bro. Cornish gave a short account of his 57 years in the Craft.

June 14
Bro. J.C. Cornish was made an honorary member of the Lodge with full privileges.

September 13
Election of Officers as follows -

Bro. A.W. Saunders WM Bro. C.G. Bockus SW Bro. S.C. Hoer JW R.W.Bro. O.R.Merklin DDGM Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

September 27
Installation of Officers, R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Installing Master, as follows -

Bro. A.W. Saunders WM Bro. C.G. Bockus SW Bro. S.C. Hoer JW W. Bro. W.S. Huff IPM R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin DDGM Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W. Bro. F. Hugh Chaplain Bro. J.C. Cornish Director of Ceremonies Bro. J.W. Champion SD Bro. A.H. Hancock JD Bro. B.l. Hugh IG Bro. R.S. Harris Steward Bro. L.J. Burton Steward Bro. H.A. Beaumont Organist W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

October 11

Bro. E.H. Sands, with a demit from Ionic Lodge No. 19 was elected a member of Joppa Lodge by Affiliation.

November 8
Bro. Thomas H. Douglas who attended the previous meeting of October 11, had been accidentally shot while hunting on Vancouver Island, a wreath was sent honouring a fine fellow and the best type of Mason.





Chapter 13 1935 MEMORIES

January 10
Mr. Sidney Floyd Partlo, of Cloverdale, received the Entered Apprentice Degree.

February 14

Due to flooding in the District, the Grand Master, M.W.Bro. G.L.Cassidy expressed concern for any Brethren who might have suffered loss with a view to rendering assistance to those in need.

Bro. S.F. Partlo was instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree.

W. Bro. J.A. Laird, Past Master of Union Lodge passed away and he had been a regular attendee at the Annual Installation of Joppa Lodge Officers. Bro. F. Hugh presented the Lodge with a desk lamp for the Secretary's desk.

March 14
R.Wor.Bro. O.R. Merklin, D.D.G.M. with other members of Grand Lodge in attendance at this meeting. Also in attendance were the W.M. of Kulshan Lodge of Blaine, WA, W.M. of De Wolf Lodge of Port Coquitlam, W.M. of Eureka Lodge of Langley Prairie, W.M. of King Solomon Lodge of New Westminster.

Whatcom Lodge # 151 of Bellingham, WA invited Joppa Lodge to visit them on Saturday evening March 23 when Most Wor.Bro. Loomis Baldry, Grand Master of the State of Washington would be in attendance. Joppa voted to accept this invitation.

Bro. D.F. Partlo was raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason.

April 11
Library Board suggested a change in allotted time in which a Lodge could retain the books from one month to two months, with a donation of $5.00 when this extended was used.

A committee was appointed to review - - advisability of painting the building - installation of a sanitary system - reduce the mortgage with a further payment on account - The Tenth Anniversary celebration was scheduled for April 30, 1935

May 9
The Tenth Anniversary celebration of April 30, 1935 was a resounding success.

May 23
At the request of King Solomon Lodge No. 17, Joppa Lodge conferred the Fellow Craft Degree on Bro. E.M. Phillips of King Solomon Lodge. Past Masters occupied the chairs, with V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan as Worshipful Master.

June 3
An Emergent Communication to attend the funeral of Bro. J.C. Cornish, Director of Ceremonies. Funeral Services at Center and Hanna, West Georgia, Vancouver. R.W.Bro. J.J. Mahoney took charge with interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

September 12
Election of Officers as follows -

Bro. C.G. Bockus W.M. Bro. S.C. Hoer S.W. Bro. J.W. Champion J.W. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

Special mention was made that R.W.Bro. F.R. Jelfs had acted as scrutinizer at the Annual Election of Officers of Joppa Lodge No. 112 every year since 1928, except for the year 1932 when he was unavoidably absent.

September 26
Installation of Officers with R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin in charge, as follows -

Bro. C.G. Bockus W.M. Bro. S.C. Hoer S.W. Bro. J.W. Champion J.W. W. Bro. A.W. Saunders I.P.M. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W. Bro. F. Hugh Chaplain W. Bro. W.J. Moffatt D.O.C. Bro. A.K. Hancock S.D. Bro. B.L. Hugh J.D. Bro. R.S. Harris I.G. Bro. L.J. Burton Steward Bro. L.E. Carlisle Steward Bro. F.S. Partle Organist W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

October 12
Bro. A.J. Smith presented with a Tea Set as a wedding present from the members of Joppa Lodge.

November 14
TR.W.Bro. Merklin reported that as a committee of one he had made enquiries to find out that Mrs. MacKenzie's home had been sold for arrears of taxes, the amount being $67.05 The Lodge decided to purchase the tax sale certificate, a cheque being raised to cover.

The property being held by Joppa Lodge until such time as Mrs. MacKenzie would be ready to repossess it, to which she was agreeable. Roof repairs to shingles and gutters were completed by brethren.

Notice of motion by Bro. J.W. Champion that the bylaws be amended to read "Fifty dollars payable as follows - on application $25.00 for first degree $25.00

December 13
Motion to amend the Initiation fees were proposed, seconded and carried - submitted for Grand Lodge approval.



Chapter 14 1936 NOTES

January 9
Correspondence from the M.W.Grand Master G.C. Derby - reviewing the responsibilities of members of the craft regarding other organizations, some of whom require membership in their organization based on such applicant shall be a member in good standing in our order. To avoid controversial association with any such organization it was pointed out the craft cannot ally itself with any organization over which the craft does not have complete control - we do not desire to control any but our own affairs. This was a practice to be continued in the interests of our ancient craft.

February 13
A moment of silence in respect for the passing of our sovereign, the late King George the Fifth. M.W.Bro. R.L. Reid's planned address was postponed until the March meeting.

March 3
R.W.Bro. A. McDonald, DDGM District No. 2, accompanied by several Grand Lodge members, after being welcomed, then requested the Most Worshipful Grand Master, who was paying an official visit to the District No. 2 Lodges be introduced. The M.W.Grand Master presented M.W.Bro. George Cassidy with a Past Grand Master's Jewel.

March 10
An emergent meeting to conduct the funeral of Bro. F.A. Pollock. The brethren repaired to undertaking parlour of S. Bowell & Son, New Westminster, conducting the chapel service and the burial site service.

March 12
Most Wor. Bro. R.L. Reid spoke of his early experiences and the early development of the Lower Fraser Valley. This was a splendid address on this early history of the area and was mainly an account of the founding and life in Fort Langley, when a Hudson Bay post. The excellence of the presentation was personally acknowledged by the Wor. Master.

April 10
A social meeting planned for Thursday April 30, 1936 as the Anniversary of the founding of Joppa Lodge.

May 14
R.W.Bro. McDonald, DDGM District No. 2 accompanied by other Grand Lodge Officers were in attendance.

Wor. Master reported on the visitation, as guests of the Masonic Fraternity of Bellingham.

Moved, seconded, carried that the Secretary prepare a biography of deceased members of Joppa Lodge.

September 10
Election of Officers as follows -

Bro. S.C. Hoer W.M. Bro. J.W. Champion S.W. Bro. A.K. Hancock J.W. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

September 24
Installation of Officers by R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin, Installing Master, as follows -

Bro. S.C.Hoer W.M. Bro. J.W. Champion S.W. Bro. A.K. Hancock J.W. W. Bro. C.G. Bockus I.P.M. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer V.W.Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary W. Bro. W.S. Huff Chaplain W. Bro. W.J. Moffatt D.O.C. Bro. B.L. Hugh S.D. Bro. R.S. Harris J.D. Bro. L.J. Burton I.G. Bro. L.E. Carlisle Steward Bro. S.F. Portlo Steward Bro. H. Forbes Organist W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

Highlight of the evening, every Past Master since Joppa Lodge was instituted in 1925, was present. Also two Past Masters of other lodges were charter members of Joppa Lodge.

October 8
R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin was absent from a meeting for the first time since Joppa Lodge was instituted on April 30, 1925

November 12
Petition for Affiliation from Bro. Wilfred Jay McCubbin, with a demit from Cyprus Lodge No. 113 G.R. of Alberta.

December 10
Bro. W.J. McCubbin declared elected to become a member of Joppa Lodge and was welcomed accordingly.

A gift of venison by Bro. Portlo, provided the meat for the hot dinner presented before this meeting. It was suggested this be made an annual event.



Chapter 15 1937 IMPRESSIONS

January 14
Several Brethren reported having visited Ionic Lodge, Chilliwack at their annual Installation of Officers, when the famed "Roasted Pig" was presented in the Fourth Degree.

February 11

Lodge regalia was valued at $200.00 and the building at $1200.00 - no funds invested with $27.20 on hand. Practice being to reduce valuation on the regalia by $50.00 per year and on the building by $300.00 per year.

W. Bro. W.S. Huff suggested 1937 Officers make some effort to confer one or more degrees during their term of office.

A number of brethren attended Kulshan Lodge in Blaine February 8, 1937 where Bro, Clarke, a member of Sumas Lodge delivered a lecture "Masonry Among the Indians".

Moved that a degree be exemplified at the April meeting.

March 11
A committee of Wor. Bro. Barge, Wor. Bro. Bockus and Bro. Champion appointed to inspect and act on the matter of a range for the banquet room at the April meeting.

Moved and adopted for a Ladies Night on April 30, 1937 celebrating the twelfth birthday of the Lodge.

Past Masters night scheduled for May 13, 1937.

April 8
A brother offered a range for $20.00 and it was purchased for the banquet room. R.Wor. Bro. E.R. Bell, DDGM of District No. 2 accompanied by some Grand Lodge Officers in attendance.

Fellow Craft Degree exemplified by the Officers of the Lodge. W. Brethren representing Kulshan Lodge of Blaine, WA, Eureka Lodge at Langley Prairie, Ancient Light Lodge at Ladner, Zenith Lodge of Vancouver, Zion Lodge of Kerrisdale, Lewis Lodge and King Solomon Lodge.

May 10 Moved that a committee be appointed to work with the Grand Lodge committee on Masonic Education and Research - consisting of W. Bro. S.C. Hoer, Bro. J.W. Champion, R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin, W. Bro. F. Hugh, Bro. Ak. Hancock.

April 30th Twelfth Anniversary was a resounding success. June 30 Reported that another $100.00 with interest had been paid on the mortgage.

September 9 Election of Officers as follows -

Bro. J.W. Champion W.M. Bro. A.K. Hancock S.W. Bro. B. Hugh J.W. W. Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

September 30
Installation of Officers with R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Installing Master, as follows -

Bro. J.W. Champion W.M. Bro. A.K. Hancock S.W. Bro. B. Hugh J.W. W. Bro. J.D. MacMillan Secretary R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W. Bro. S.C. Hoer I.P.M. W. Bro. W.S. Huff Chaplain W. Bro. W.J. Moffatt D.O.C. Bro. L.J. Burton S.D. Bro. L.E. Carlisle J.D. Bro. S.F. Partlo I.G. Bro. W.J. McCubbin Steward W. Bro. A.W. Saunders Organist W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

Every Past Master of Joppa Lodge was in attendance - not an annual occurrence. W. Bro. S.J. Curry had participated in every installation, except 1928, since the formation of the Lodge.

October 14
This was Past Masters night, the request from Eureka Lodge No. 103 to raise their Bro. C.E. Barge, who was examined in the Fellow Craft Degree. This was followed by the conferring of the Master Mason Degree by W. Bro. W.J. Barge assisted by the Past Masters.

November 11
The matter of providing a heating system to replace the stoves, then in service, was discussed for the information of the trustees.

Bro. B. Hugh presented a discussion period focused on ritual matters.

December 9
The meeting was preceded by a Venison dinner with plum pudding and pumpkin pie. A veritable feast.

A heating system using a furnace would be in excess of the amount the Lodge could pay and the alternative would be a circulating air heater for the main part of the building and a light air tight heater for the anteroom.

Various members reported on visits to other Lodges namely - Zenith Lodge, Empire Lodge, Union Lodge and a Lodge at Nooksak, Washington.





Chapter 16 1938 OBSERVATIONS

March 10
Bro. B. Hugh and fifteen brethren visited park Lodge. The Annual Joppa Lodge birthday party was approved for the year.

April 14
R.W.Bro. J.E. MacKenzie, DDGM District No. 2, paid his official visit. Sum of $100.00 and interest applied on the mortgage. By-Law amendment - Seventy-five dollars payable as follows - On Application $25.00, for the first degree $50.00 - this was deferred to a later meeting. Bro. Donald Spencer, member of King Solomon Lodge was examined in the work of the Entered Apprentice Degree and later instructed in the work of the Fellow Craft Degree. R.W.Bro. J.E. MacKenzie gave a short account of the beginnings of Freemasonry in British Columbia.

May 12
Notice of Grand Lodge to be held at Nelson, B.C. in the Civic Centre June 23 at 930 am. Bro. George W.A. Smith of Cloverdale petition for affiliation ballot resulted in his being declared elected to Joppa Lodge.

June 9
The motion to amend the by-laws change to section 22 to read as follows:

The fee for the three degrees shall be seventy-five dollars payable as follows - On application $25.00 For the first degree $50.00 Unanimously defeated.

September 8
Election of Officers as follows Bro. A.K. Hancock W.M. Bro. B.L. Hugh S.D. Bro. L.J. Burton J.W. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W.Bro.C.G. Bockus Secretary W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

Bro. B.L. Hugh reported on Dinner at Vancouver Hotel for Representatives of Grand Lodges of England, Scotland and Ireland.

September 29
Installation of Officers under the direction of W. Bro. C.G. Bockus, as follows -

Bro. A.K. Hancock W.M. Bro. B.L. Hugh S.W. Bro. L.J. Burton J.W. W. Bro. J.W. Champion I.P.M. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W. Bro. C.G. Bockus Secretary W. Bro. W.S. Huff Chaplain W. Bro. W.J. Moffatt D.O.C. Bro. L.E. Carlisle S.D. Bro. S.F. Partlo J.D. Bro. W.J. McCubbin I.G. Bro. R.W. Stauller Steward Bro. G.W.A. Smith Steward W. Bro. A.W. Saunders Organist W. Bro. A.J. Smith Tyler

R.W.Bro. F.G. Rump, DDGM, District No. 2 presented W. Bro. Champion with his Past Master's Jewel.

December 8
Mr. Henry B. MacNaughton and Mr. James Stevens, Jr. were instructed in the mysteries of the Entered Apprentice Degree.



Chapter 17 1939 IMPRESSIONS

February 9
Bro. MacNaughton was instructed in the mysteries of the Fellow Craft Degree W. Bro. McNair of Kulshan Lodge No. 186 was a visitor.

March 9
Bro. MacNaughton was instructed in the mysteries of the Master Mason Degree.

April 13
Bro. J. Stevens, Jr was instructed in the mysteries of the Fellow Craft Degree

May 11
Recorded in the minutes that the mortgage on the hall was burned at a special meeting held on the evening of April 27, 1939.

Bro. J. Stevens, Jr. was instructed in the mysteries of the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

June 8
Bro. A.W. Saunders of Cypress Lodge No. 113, Three Hills, Alberta addressed the Lodge.

September 14
Election of Officers, as follows - Bro. B.L. Hugh W.M. Bro. L.J. Burton S.W, Bro. L.E. Carlisle J.W. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W. Bro. C.G. Bockus Secretary W. Bro. S.C. Hoer Tyler

September 28
Installation of Officers, as follows -

Bro. B.L.W. Hugh W.M. Bro. L.J. Burton S.W. Bro. L.E. Carlisle J.W. W. Bro. A.K. Hancock I.P.M. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W. Bro. C.G. Bockus Secretary W. Bro. W.E. Huff Chaplain W. Bro. W.J. Moffatt D.O.C. Bro. S.F. Partlo S.D. Bro. W.J. McCubbin J.D. Bro. A.W. Stauffer I.G. Bro. G.W.A. Smith Steward Bro. H.B. MacNaughton Steward W. Bro. A.W. Saunders Organist W. Bro. S.C. Hoer Tyler

Special mention made of the "Faithful Attendance" of W. Bro. S.J. Currie who always acted as Marshall.
R.W.Bro. W.P. Philps, DDGM District No. 2 presented W. Bro. Hancock with his Past Master's Jewel.

October 12
Benevolent Fund for Mrs. J.G. Bates, due to the circumstances, the monthly grant to be continued.

Bro. Stauffer confined in the Royal Columbian Hospital with a broken leg.

November 9
Bro. H.W. Halverson of King Solomon Lodge No. 17 was instructed in the mysteries of the Fellow Craft Degree on behalf of King Solomon Lodge.

December 14
A venison dinner was served prior to meeting.

Moved and seconded that a new apron and cuffs be purchased and new ribbon be put on the collar of the Worshipful Master.





Chapter 18 1940 ENTRIES

February 8
W. Bro. Fox, Eureka Lodge No. 103 gave an address regarding educational committee work and the substitute word W to E, E to W.

April 11
R.W.Bro. W.P. Philps, DDGM District No. 2, made his Official visit to Joppa Lodge Lodge observed a few moments silence in respect of M.W.Bro. J.S. Henderson who had passed away since the last meeting.

Bro. H.C. Greame of King Solomon Lodge No. 17 was instructed in the mysteries of the Felloe Craft Degree.

May 9
Bro. W. Taylor (late of Perfection Lodge No. 75) became a member of Joppa Lodge by Affiliation. A report on the death of W. Bro. C. Stuart of Kulshan Lodge No. 156 Blaine, WA.

June 13
Bro. Partlo attended a meeting at Mount Zion Lodge No. 120 on the occasion of his father W. Bro. S.C. Partlo being presented with his 50-year certificate.

September 13
Election of Officers as follows -

Bro. L.J. Burton W.M Bro. L.E. Carlisle S.W. Bro. F.S. Partlo J.W. R.W.Bro. O.R. Merklin Treasurer W. Bro. C.G. Bockus Secretary W. Bro. B.L. Hugh I.P.M. W. Bro. S.C. Hoer Tyler

Moved and seconded that 1939-1940 dues for Bro. R.S. Harris who had joined the colors be remitted - motion carried.

Bro. L.H. Bagg reported being confined to Shaughnessy Hospital with eye trouble.



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