Lodge History

Dispensation: August 12, 1964
Chartered: January 26, 1965

HISTORY OF FIDELITY LODGE #192

The history of Fidelity Lodge No. 192 begins on March 14, 1964 with the organization of the Sojourners Masonic Club of Fort Collins, Colorado and the election of its president, Clarence Conrad Carlson.

A Petition for Dispensation was submitted to the Grand Lodge of Colorado A.F. & A.M.  on July 31, 1964 which contained the signatures of 53 Sojourner Master Masons from 12 states.  On August 12, Most Worshipful Grand Master Charles L. Thompson presented a dispensation to Fidelity Lodge, U.D. and three petitions were received for the degrees of Masonry.   During the 1950’s and 60’s there was much interest in the Masonic related Orders, and the only nights consistently available for meetings were Saturday and Sunday.  Fidelity elected to hold their communications on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.  This was of benefit to many members as some were working shift work during the evenings, and some had conflicts with long-standing meetings on week nights. This practice continued until the mid 1980’s when stated communications were moved to the second and fourth Thursday of each month.  The first Entered Apprentice Degree was conferred on September 12, 1964 followed by the first Fellow Craft Degree on September 26 and the first Master Mason Degree on October 24, 1964.

All records and a Petition for Charter were submitted on January 2, 1965 to the Grand Lodge for review by the Charter Committee.  A Charter was granted to Fidelity Lodge No. 192 on January 25, 1965 at the 104th communication of the Grand Lodge of Colorado A.F. & A.M.  On January 29, 1965, Most Worshipful Grand Master John H. Wesch presented Fidelity Lodge No. 192 its Charter which has January 26, 1965 affixed at its date of charter. The Charter also contains the names of the 53 original organizing sojourners plus the names of six Master Masons raised while under dispensation for a total of 59 Charter Members.  The records show that all of the principal officers of this new Lodge were Past Masters of their former lodge.

Worshipful Brother Clarence C. Carlson was elected Master Under Dispensation in 1964 and our first Worshipful Master in 1965.  He was also elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Colorado in 1974.  Worshipful Brother Ralph A. Braden, another charter member, was appointed Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of Colorado in 1975 and Brother John Burke was appointed Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge from 1970-1975.

 

CHARTER MEMBERS
ACOTT, Donald Wray KUNCE, George Earl
ARON, Otto MAGNUSON, Raymond Axel
ARTZ, Everett Vernon MEAGHER, Thomas Francis
ATWOOD, Stanley George * MILLER, Mark Warner
BEATTY, James Dean MOODY, Lloyd Laverle
BLOODING, Lee Ervin MOOS, John George
BOLTZ, Idris Kenneth MOSSLER, Charles Rex
BOULTER, Leslie Blayne * MURCHISON, William Stewart
BRADEN, Ralph Arthur MURRAY, Roger H.
BUCHANAN, James Homer NEWTON, Arthur Arnaud
CAMERON, Luverne Marvin POPE, Reid Duane
CARLSON, Clarence Conrad POWERS, Leslie John
CARTER, Thomas Keith PUTNAM, Gary DeWayne *
COLE, Stanley Mason ROGERSON, Robert Bailey
FISHER, Solm Andrew RUTLEDGE, Lester Merrel
FLOMAN, Carl Bertil SAND, Robert Eugene
GARTON, Maurice Orlando SHOOK, Weldon Thomas
GRESH, Lewis Harold SINCLAIR, Richard Dean
HAGEMAN, Wayne Eugene SMITH, Frederick Morrison
HALE, Herbert Roy * SPEISER, Alfred Theodore
HAMILTON, Russell Lee SPENCER, Herbert David *
HARRIS, Sr., Franklin Wilder STEWART, William Graham
HENDERSON, William Jackson TOLIVER, John Otis
HERZMAN, Carl Wilmont TREASURE, Thomas Wayne
HOAR, Sherman Stanley WILDER, Leon Murrell
HOFFMAN, Carl Jacob * WILSON, Selden Hulbert
HUDSON, John James WINN, John Hugh
HURT, Harvey Harrison WONDERS, William John
JAMESON, Kenneth Ralph ZOLLNER, Jr., Clarence Howard
KUHLMAN, Robert Wendell
* Raised while Under Dispensation

 

CHARTER OFFICERS
Worshipful Master Clarence C. Carlson
Senior Warden Ralph A. Braden
Junior Warden Sherman S. Hoar
Treasurer Alfred T. Speiser
Secretary S. H. Wilson
Senior Deacon Otto F. Aron
Junior Deacon F. Wilder Harris
Senior Steward George E. Kunce
Junior Steward Thomas F. Meagher
Chaplain William J. Wonders
Marshal Harvey H. Hurt
Tiler John J. Hudson