TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Background

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

J.W. Martin Lodge No. 90 Prior to 1921

W.C. Huckabee Lodge No. 90 June 1923 - June 1924

W.C. Huckabee Lodge No. 90 July 1924 -

W.C. Huckabee Niris Grotto 1930 Circa

Other Waxahachie Lodge Information

Order of DeMolay Chapter 494 Circa 1930s

Frank Oldham, Waxahachie Lodge No. 90 Circa 1950s

Ledgers, Minute Books & Oversized

Masonic Lodges of Waxahachie



Overview of the Collection

Accession No.: MA06-14
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library
1515 Young St
Dallas, TX 75201
Title: Masonic Lodges of Waxahachie
Dates: 1873-1970s
Quantity: 4 boxes
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Background

Freemasonry in Texas dates back to the very beginning of American migration into Texas in the 1820s. In 1828, Stephen F. Austin unsuccessfully petitioned the Grand York Lodge of Mexico for a charter dispensation. It would not be until 1835 that a lodge would be officially created when Anson Jones and five others established Holland Lodge No. 36 with a charter from the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. After the Texas Revolution, this lodge convened with Miliam No. 40 and McFarland No. 41 at Houston in December 1837 to form the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas. Masons constituted 1 1/2% the population during the Republic, but filled 80% of the Republic's offices. After annexation to the United States, Mason's continued to be prominent.

Waxahachie Lodge, No 90, A.F. & A.M. was chartered on January 23, 1852. Two years earlier, Waxahachie had been named the county seat for Ellis. The town quickly grew, by 1880 it had become a railroad and agricultural center. By 1920, the town had a population of 7958 people, 200 businesses, including three banks, three cottonseed oil mills, five cotton gins, and two daily newspapers. Lodge No. 90 grew with the town and by 1890 it had 111 members. By 1920 that number grew close to 200. The lodge was more then a social group. Its members participated in philanthropic efforts such as the Masonic Home and School in Fort Worth and the Home for Aged Masons in Arlington.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the papers from three secretaries of the Waxahachie Masonic Lodge No. 90. The original order of their papers has been maintained. J.W. Martin's papers cover 1890s to 1921. From that point W.C. Huckabee becomes Secretary of the lodge. His papers cover from 1924 to around 1930. Both secretaries organized their correspondence alphabetically. The correspondence covers a wide range of administrative functions, from the collection of dues to the verification of degrees. The correspondence ranges from the members of the lodge, to the secretaries of other lodges and finally to the Grand Lodge of Texas. W.C. Huckabee also was instrumental in founding the Waxahachie Order of DeMolay, a boys Auxiliary to the Freemasons. Founded in 1922, DeMolay chapter 494's administrative papers were kept by Huckabee and can be found within this collection.

The final group of papers cover Fred Bunch tenure as District Deputy Grand Master in the 1950s. The papers are of correspondence with the Grand Lodge of Texas, various activities of the Grand Lodge, as well as a series of visits set up to visit and inspect all of the lodges which reside in his district.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Organizations:

Waxahachie Lodge No. 90
Order of DeMolay Chapter 494

Places:

Waxahachie (Tex.)

Subjects:

Freemasonry

Titles:

Masonic Lodges of Waxahachie

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA 06-14 Masonic Lodge of Waxahachie Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan McKinney

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Bibliography

Memorial and biographical history of Ellis County, Texas. Ellis County Historical Museum & Art Gallery, 1972

The Handbook of Texas

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Detailed Description of the Collection

J.W. Martin Lodge No. 90 Prior to 1921
1 1 Correspondence "A" Prior to 1921
2 Correspondence "B" Prior to 1921
3 Correspondence "C" Prior to 1921
4 Correspondence "D" Prior to 1921
5 Correspondence "E" & "F" Prior to 1921
6 Correspondence "G" Prior to 1921
7 Correspondence "H", "I" & "J" Prior to 1921
8 Correspondence "K" & "L" Prior to 1921
9 Correspondence "M" Prior to 1921
10 Correspondence "N" & "O" Prior to 1921
11 Correspondence "P" & "Q" Prior to 1921
12 Correspondence "R" Prior to 1921
13 Correspondence "S" Prior to 1921
14 Correspondence "T", "U" & "V" Prior to 1921
15 Correspondence "W", "X", "Y" & "Z" Prior to 1921
W.C. Huckabee Lodge No. 90 June 1923 - June 1924
1 16 Correspondence "A" June 1923 - June 1924
17 Correspondence "B" June 1923 - June 1924
18 Correspondence "C" June 1923 - June 1924
19 Correspondence "D" June 1923 - June 1924
20 Correspondence "E" & "F" June 1923 - June 1924
21 Correspondence "G" June 1923 - June 1924
22 Correspondence "H", "I" & "J" June 1923 - June 1924
23 Correspondence "K" & "L" June 1923 - June 1924
24 Correspondence "M" June 1923 - June 1924
25 Correspondence "N" & "O" June 1923 - June 1924
26 Correspondence "P" & "Q" June 1923 - June 1924
27 Correspondence "R" June 1923 - June 1924
28 Correspondence "S" June 1923 - June 1924
29 Correspondence "T", "U", & "V" June 1923 - June 1924
30 Correspondence "W" June 1923 - June 1924
31 Correspondence "X", "Y" & "Z" June 1923 - June 1924
W.C. Huckabee Lodge No. 90 July 1924 -
1 32 Correspondence "A" July 1924 -
33 Correspondence "B" July 1924 -
34 Correspondence "C" July 1924 -
35 Correspondence "D" July 1924 -
36 Correspondence "E" July 1924 -
37 Correspondence "F" July 1924 -
38 Correspondence "G" July 1924 -
39 Correspondence "H", "I" & "J" July 1924 -
40 Correspondence "K" & "L" July 1924 -
41 Correspondence "M" July 1924 -
42 Correspondence "N", "O" & "P" July 1924 -
43 Correspondence "Q" & "R" July 1924 -
44 Correspondence "S" July 1924 -
45 Correspondence "T", "U" & "V" July 1924 -
46 Correspondence "W", "X", "Y" & "Z" July 1924 -
47 Correspondence - Business ,Suppliers & Contracts (C.E. Ward)
W.C. Huckabee Niris Grotto 1930 Circa
1 48 Petitions for Initiation Circa 1930
49 Correspondence Circa 1930
Other Waxahachie Lodge Information
1 50 Chapter No. 73 List Of Members 1923-1924
51 Commandery No. 71 - Quarterly Returns 1930s
Order of DeMolay Chapter 494 Circa 1930s
1 52 Instillation Service April 11, 1928
53 Resolution December 12, 1928
54 Dimit
55 Correspondence
56 Retirement Notices
57 Form 10
58 Financial Reports 1927
59 Record of Meeting October 15, 1925 - November 12, 1930
60 Petition for Degrees "A"
61 Petition for Degrees "B"
62 Petition for Degrees "C"
63 Petition for Degrees "D"
64 Petition for Degrees "E" & "F"
65 Petition for Degrees "G"
66 Petition for Degrees "H", "I" & "J"
67 Petition for Degrees "K" & "L"
68 Petition for Degrees "M"
69 Petition for Degrees "N" & "O"
70 Petition for Degrees "P" & "Q"
71 Petition for Degrees "R"
72 Petition for Degrees "S"
73 Petition for Degrees "T"
74 Petition for Degrees "U", "V" & "W"
75 Petition for Degrees "X", "Y" & "Z"
76 Blank Administrative Forms
77 National DeMolay Materials
Frank Oldham, Waxahachie Lodge No. 90 Circa 1950s
2 1 Petitions & Correspondence circa 1950s
2 Correspondence circa 1950s
3 Commandery Correspondence circa 1950s
4 Grand Chapter of Texas Correspondence circa 1950s
5 Fred Bunch, Correspondence circa 1950s
6 Clippings circa 1950s
7 Scottish Rite circa 1950s
8 Proclamation - School Week circa 1950s
9 Reports (blank) circa 1950s
10 Kiplinger's Washington Letters ca. 1950s
11 Petitions (blank) circa 1950s
12 Mailing List of Grand Lodge of Texas Officers December 20, 1957
13 Masonic Programs circa 1950s
14 Grand Council of Texas circa 1950s
15 Waxahachie No. 90
16 Maypearl No. 524
17 Chambers Creek No. 499
18 Nash Lodge No 638
19 Italy No. 647
20 Milford No. 262
21 Ennis No. 367
22 Bardwell No. 1054
23 Midlothian No. 584
24 Palmer No. 459
25 Ferris No. 460
26 Forreston No. 513
27-31 Photographs Circa 1950s
Ledgers, Minute Books & Oversized
3 Order of DeMolay Ch 494 Degrees
Order of DeMolay Ch 494 - Drill Team Ledger
Order of DeMolay Ch 494 - Don Edwin Esselman Ledger
Order of DeMolay Ch 494 - Minutes
Waxahachie Commandery No. 72 - Membership Ledger 1920 ca.
Waxahachie Commandery No. 72 - Financial Ledger 1950
Lodge No. 90 - Secretary Receipt Book 1920 ca.
Waxahachie Commandery No. 71 - Recorder's Book 1950s ca.
Lodge System of Masonic Education - Candidate Reading Record 1960s ca.
4 Waxahachie Chapter 73 - Receipt Book 1918 ca.
Waxahachie Council 46 - Minute Book ca. 1960s
Waxahachie Chapter 73 - Minute Book 1970 ca.
Waxahachie Chapter 73 - Ledger & Minutes February 10, 1872 - November 26, 1877