AQUILA LODGE, NO. 700, F. AN A. M.
COLUMBIA COUNTY, NEW YORK
By Captain Franklin Ellis163
Aquila lodge, No. 700, F. and A. M., was instituted in the year 1870, with the following charter members, who were also the first officers of the lodge,--namely: Cornelius Bortle, W. M.; Cornelius Esselstyn, S. W.; John T. Burdwin, J. W.; Leonard Geiger, Treas.; Edgar Remington, Sec.; Ezra V. Byrne, S. D.; Charles Malcher, J. D.
The officers for 1878 are William Bostwick, W. M.; Abram J. Gifford, S. W.; Charles Whitbeck, J. W.; William H. Scovill, Treas.; Edward J. Hodge, Sec.; E. Spencer Elmer, S. D.; Nelson F. Boucher, J. D.; Mason I. Crocker, S. M. of C.; Edward H. Lisk, J. M. of C.; Seth C. McArthur, Dubois Collier, Stewards; Aaron C. Macy, 3d Marshal; Rev. Charles W. Tomlinson, Chaplain; Bernard Chase, Organist; John V. Whitbeck, Trustee; William C. Niblett, Tiler.
The lodge meets in Masonic temple. Its present membership is one hundred and sixteen.