Friday, September 9, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 9

September 9, 1922 – “The cornerstone of the new masonic temple, Third avenue and Monroe street [in Anoka] was laid [on this date] by officers of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota, Assisted by Anoka Lodge No. 30, and Zuhrah band, drum corps, patrol and chanters.

It was said to have been the most impressive ceremony and parade ever seen in Anoka.”1

“In the parade was George Small, the only living charter member [(charter was granted Oct. 25, 18592)] and the oldest Mason in Anoka County, perhaps in the state.”1

1Anoka Union; “Parade and Ceremonies are Most Impressive Ever Seen in Anoka; Thousands View Parade and Hear Programs at Temple, Bridge Square; Five Hundred Visiting Members Dined by Anoka Lodge No. 30;” Sept. 13, 1922.

2Centennial Program, Anoka Lodge No. 30; Anoka, Minn.; Oct. 21, 1959.

Anoka Masonic Lodge

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain September 9, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included. 

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