Sharon Lodge No. 97 G.R.C.
Founded 1858 Installation is in December Official Visit is in March
Meeting on 2nd Tuesday of the Month (except July, & August) at 7:30 PM
at the Sharon Masonic Hall
20146 Leslie St., Queensville
|Officers for 2014|
|Worshipful Master||W. Bro. Robert S. Cowieson|
|Immediate Past Master||W. Bro. Thomas J. Johnston|
|Senior Warden||Bro. Steve C. Connolly|
|Junior Warden||Bro. Roy Richards|
|Chaplain||R.W. Bro. E. Bruce Ramsey|
|Treasurer||Bro. Rahman Khan|
|Secretary||W. Bro. Matt Bales|
|Senior Deacon||V. W. Bro. Gary L. Leitch|
|Junior Deacon||Bro. Brian Matthews|
|Director of Ceremonies||R.W. Bro. G.S. (Joe) Whitmore|
|Inner Guard||Bro. Julian Bolster|
|Senior Steward||Bro. N. H.|
|Junior Steward||Bro. Johnny Blackfield|
|Tyler||Bro. Allan Morton|
|Assistant Secretary||Bro. Nick Jackson|
|Historian||R.W. Bro. James W. Pearson|
|Oranist||Bro. Rene Bissonnette|
Sharon Lodge No. 97 G.R.C.
Instituted & Warranted in 1858
Very Worshipful Brother James Bowman was the first Master of Sharon Lodge G.R.C.No. 97 when it began operations in 1858. There is, however, some uncertainty as to when the first meeting of the Lodge was held. The records indicate that a meeting was held in April of that year, but the minutes refer to a previous meeting, probably one held in March. Other evidence, such as the start-up dates and G.R.C. numbers of other lodges formed at that time, indicate the possibly that there had been a meeting of Sharon Lodge in February. In any case the first meetings were held in the Mansion House Hotel in Sharon in a rented room.
The lodge met at this hotel from 1858 until June of 1905. There was a break in the time the Lodge was located at the Mansion House. Around 1890 a fire destroyed part of the hotel and for a few months, as but a temporary arrangement they met in the meeting house of the Children of Peace.
During the years that Lodge was held at the Mansion House they had several landlords and some of these landlords even joined the Lodge. It is reported that one of these individuals made application to join the Lodge and was rejected by the members! It must have taken some considerable conviction to turn down your landlord for membership.
The rent in 1858 was $ 25.00 for the year. Meals were 25 cents each. A few years later the rent was raised to $ 30.00. In the latter part of the century the lodge was having a great deal of financial difficulty and they asked the landlady, Mrs.Betsy Evans for a rent reduction. The rent was very graciously reduced to $ 20.00 per year.
In 1905 the lodge moved to Queensville to a rented space over Burkholders General Store . The room did not have electricity or running water. The first meeting in the new hall was held in June of that year when it was reasonably warm. The older members of the lodge had many stories of cold winter nights, when the snow was blowing into the lodge room through the cracks in the walls.
The Masonic Hall that became the meeting place for Sharon Lodge in 1966 has proven to be a much more comfortable home for over 40 years. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June.
History of Sharon Masonic Lodge
Sharon Lodge #97 was founded in 1858 . Over 100 years later, in the early 1960s, after years of holding Lodge meetings in a variety of rented locations, the brethren began thinking about a new temple, one that they would own.
To this end they purchased a one acre piece of property from Harry Leadbetter, a local farmer and butcher, for the sum of $ 2000.00 dollars. This was all the money they had at the time, but that did not prevent the start of work on the new building.
With no money, but a lot of spirit and some donated materials the Brothers, under the direction of Bro. William Curtis, began construction. Particularly noteworthy were the efforts of Burling Construction, a company that built the block walls, and Sharon Lodge member Bro. James Ritchie who did the plastering. Many other Lodge members took part in the various facets of construction.
The temple was dedicated in June of 1966 and has been home to Sharon Lodge # 97 ever since.