Richland Co., Ohio


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Charter Members of Venus Lodge

source:  Semi-Weekly News:  26 October 1897, Vol. 13, No. 86


Dispensation for the lodge was granted July 30, 1847 by William B. Thrall, grandmaster of Ohio.   The members met under dispensation until October, the charger being received Oct. 20, 1847.  The names which appear on the charter are those of ...

Joseph Hildreth James Cantwell Eli Teagarden
Charles Boyle Joseph Ritter George Armentrout
William Bushnell Abner Wright * Francis Hammer, Jr.
J.P. Deighn - -

* Abner Wright is the only living member as of 10/26/1897.

The lodge met at different places at first.  In 1850, the lodge rooms were in the McFall building, afterwards the lodge rooms were located in the Reiman building.  About war time, the lodge met in the Geddes building and in October, 1893, moved to the Masonic temple.

The first officers were: 

Master - Joseph Hildreth S.W. - James Cantwell T.W. - Eli Teagarden
Secretary - Francis Hammer, Jr. Treasurer - Joseph Ritter S.D. - J.P. Deighn
T.D. - Abner Wright Tyler - J. Arnold  

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