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Lodge Will Hold State Party Here

Lodge Will Hold State Party Here

Logan County, Oklahoma

© Guthrie Daily Leader
Sunday, Sept. 10, 1939

Submitted by: Bob Chada

Fiftieth Anniversary of Masonic Chapter to be Celebrated Tuesday
500 Are expected
Abernathy Will Be Speaker For Event Marking Growth Of Order in Oklahoma

Greetings will ring throughout the Masonic temple Tuesday as an anticipated 500 Masons from over Oklahoma and neighboring states gather to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of the Guthrie lodge No. 35 A. F. and A. M.
A well-rounded program, including a memorial service, awarding of honor certificates, addresses and a banquet and luncheon, will be held.
Invitations have been extended all 351 living members of the chapter - the first formed in Oklahoma proper - as well as prominent Oklahoma Masonic leaders, all grand lodge officers and past most worshipful grand masters.
Registration at 10 a. m.
Rev. John R. Abernathy, of Oklahoma City, well known as a speaker, and a past Masonic grand master, has been invited to deliver the principal address at the banquet Tuesday night.
Activities will open at 10 a. m. with registration in the lobby of the Masonic temple, headquarters for the first chapter of Oklahoma Masonry.

To Honor Riling
Informal social activities and renewals of acquaintances will brighten the morning schedule, followed by a luncheon at noon in the Temple dining room.
At the afternoon program, starting at 1:30 p. m., in the Temple auditorium, a life membership card will be presented James A. Riling, of Oklahoma City, as the oldest living lodge member. He joined in 1891.
"Fifty-year" buttons will be given all Masons who have been in the service for 50 years or more and a Bible will be awarded the youngest member.

Green to Speak
Fred W. Green, of Guthrie, master in 1912, will deliver a brief history of the chapter, followed by a memorina ceremony directed by John H. English, of Guthrie, master in 1923.
Assisting English with arrangements for the observance are Arthur A. Beyer, treasurer; H. H. Koch, present master' and W. Ol Jones and Cleon Ray, all of Guthrie; and Reb. Horace3 B. Collins, of Oklahoma City, chaplain.

Banquet at 6 p. m.
A vocal Chorus composed of Beyer, J. P. Humphrey, Jones, Clyde Denny, Carl Voris and R. B. Merten, will sind, with R. M. Stiffey as pianist, and John Lowry as violinist. All live in Guthrie.
At 6 p. m., a banquet will be held in the Ione hotel as the concluding number for the birthday reunion. A charge of 50 cents per plate will be made. After the banquet Master Mason degrees will be conferred. To be eligible for this recognition, a Mason must have at least three other preliminary degrees.

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