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History of our Lodge

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Looking SE from the driveway

History of Wayne Lodge #112, F & A M of Michigan

During the 1850's, the local Churches were the only organizations to have service clubs. The first organization to break this milestone was Wayne Lodge No. 112, F. & A.M. which was founded in 1858 and chartered in 1859.

The following gentlemen and brothers were the charter members of Wayne Lodge:

Bradshaw Hodgkinson
Gilman Walker, Samuel W. Walker, William C. Steers, Dr Alexander Collar, A.D. Dibble, E.P.Lewis, E. McMillan, William R. Curtis and Rev J.W. Kellogg.

Worshipful Brother Samuel Walker was the first man to hold the position of Worshipful Master.

In 1868, an auxiliary unit named Nankin Chapter No 238, Order of the Eastern Star was formed to be held in the Wayne Temple.

In 1902, Wayne Lodge held a Ball at the Wayne Skating Rink.  The dinner cost 25 cents and was served by members of the Eastern Star.

The Lodge meetings were held on the second floor of the Steers Building. The Steers building was condemned in 1914 and so the lodge started looking for a new home.

In 1915, the Masons built a new building on Jones Street ( formerly known as Park Street) and Monroe Street (which is now Wayne Road).  The new building, made from brick, had a cost of about $25,000.00.  The second floor of the Jones Street building was to be used for the lodge meetings. 

The Wayne Post Office was then located on the first floor along with as well The People’s State Bank; A Movie House; a variety of Stores; and the Wayne Municipal Court.

The current Wayne Masonic Temple was constructed in 1965 on Palmer Road in (old) Nankin Township, (now) Westland, Michigan, and stands there today.

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The Building Sign & Custom-made Square & Compasses

Wayne Lodge #112 F & A M of Michigan
37137 Palmer Road
Westland, MI 48186-3964
 
  
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