Waverly Masonic Lodge #51
Waverly Masonic Lodge #51

History of Waverly 51

Waverly Lodge No. 51 Free and Accepted Masons was organized April 25, 1854 under the dispensation of Grand Master Henry L. Palmer and was officially Chartered June 14, 1854. This was only nine years after the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin was formed and 137 years after the Grand Lodge of England was formed in 1717.  Lodges in Wisconsin at this time were charted as Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, however this is no longer the case today.  As Waverly still maintains its original charter from that period, it is something of an odditiy in modern times under the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, as most other lodges from this time have received new charters as they consolidated operations with other lodges.

 

In the early 1840's there were three separate settlements in this area: Lawsburg, Appleton, and Grand Chute. Records show that J. Kip Anderson and six other masons living in Grand Chute petitioned the Grand Lodge to form a Lodge in Grand Chute. This was two years before Lawsburg merged with Appleton. Dispensation was granted on March 15, 1851 and the Grand Chute Lodge was formed. J. Kip Anderson was Worshipful Master. However after a few months the Master and several members took up residence in other communities. A request was made to the Grand Lodge by Henry S. Baird on behalf of the petitioners to annul the Dispensation and return the $30.00 fee.

 

But the seed had been planted and the desire for a lodge in the area grew strong. So it was that James Washington Murray, M.D. McGrath, John Kohler, M. Burroughs, Perry H. Smith, Amos Story, and Elias Smith, all Master Masons, made a second and this time successful attempt to establish Masonry in the Appleton area. A petition was made again to Grand Master Henry Palmer who appointed James Washington Murray Worshipful Master, Perry H. Smith Sr. Warden, and M.D. McGrath Jr. Warden.

 

The first Communication of the Lodge was under Dispensation and was called to order Tuesday evening April 25, 1854 at 8:00 PM.

 

Some of the first members of the Lodge were as follows:

*Amos Story- Appleton's first Mayor

*Perry H. Smith- First Outagamie County Judge

*Henry Egglestan - First petitioner, and Appleton's first Register of Deeds and Postmaster.

*Anson Ballard- Appleton first City Attorney

*Theodore Conkey

 

In attendance at the Tuesday, May 2nd meeting were members from Green Bay's Washington Lodge: Henry S. Baird, and J. Kip Anderson then Master of Washington Lodge No. 21. These men were appointed the principle officers Pro-Tem and this the 3rd meeting of Waverly Lodge to receive the reports of the first five petitioners. Freemasonry was now firmly established in the settlement of Appleton.

 

The first meeting of Waverly Lodge was in the original Adkins Hall located over a store building on the north side of College Ave. The building was destroyed by fire, and Adkins Hall was relocated to a building on the southwest corner of College Ave., and Morrison Street.

 

The Masonic Hall was then moved to Harts Hall, located on the southwest corner of College Ave and Oneida Street.

 

Eleven years later it was moved again to Crawford Hall, which was above a shoe store on the southeast corner of College Ave. and Appleton Street.

 

In 1881, the Wisconsin Grand Lodge and Waverly Lodge placed the cornerstone in a ceremony for the Commercial National Bank building, located on the grounds of the current Zuelke Building. This building when completed in 1882 was considered the finest building in Appleton. Its third floor had been specially designed for Waverly Lodge, where it met for the next 42 years.

 

In 1924, a new Masonic Temple was built on the corner of College Avenue and Drew Street. Today it is called the "Castle", home of the Outagamie County Historical Society.

 

In 1949 lodge membership grew to over 500 members. Due to this great number a second lodge was formed in 1950 called Appleton Lodge No. 349.  This lodge continues in operation today.

 

In 1986, due to financial burdens of maintaining the large Masonic Temple on College Avenue, the lodge moved again. This time it moved to Grand Chute in December of 1986, where it is currently located.

 

Members of Waverly Lodge have always been business, civic, industrial workers and city leaders. One has only to review the pictures of the Past Masters and others on display to recognize familiar names related to the history of Appleton. Many of these men were instrumental in the formation of several local service clubs, the YMCA, and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), as well as major industries and businesses.

 

Some Famous Wisconsin Freemasons:

-Gov. Lee Dreyfus
-Gov. Tommy Thompson
-All Five Ringling Circus Brothers
-Ray Nitschke
-Harry Houdini
And many more……

 

Waverly Masonic Mayors of Appleton:

Amos Story (1857,1858)
William Johnson (1862-1864)
Russell Z. Mason (1865)
James Gillmore (1866)
S.R. Willy (1873-1874)
Peter Esselburn  (1875)
J.H. Marston  (1877, 1882)
James Ryan (1878)
O.W. Clark (1879)
David Hammel (1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1906, 1907)
B.C. Wolter (1908,1909)
John Faville (1917)
J. Austin Hawes (1918, 1919, 1920,1921)

 

Past Installed Masters of Waverly Lodge:

1854 - James Washington Murray
1855 - James Washington Murray
1856 - James Washington Murray
1857 - Anson Ballard
1858 - Anson Ballard
1859 - John Jewitt Jr.
1860 - Tracy P. Bingham
1861 - John Jewitt Jr.
1862 - John Jewitt Jr. (killed in the first months of the Civil War while still Master)
1863 - Anson Ballard
1864 - Anson Ballard
1865 - Anson Ballard (funeral observance of Abraham Lincoln)
1866 - G.L. Brewster
1867 - G.L. Brewster
1868 - G.L. Brewster
1869 - G.L. Brewster
1870 - G.L. Brewster
1871 - Samuel Boyd (Peshtigo fire relief)
1872 - Samuel Boyd
1873 - H. Turner
1874 - H. Turner
1875 - D.C. Babcock
1876 - D.C. Babcock
1877 - H.S. Babcock
1878 - Samuel Boyd
1879 - Samuel Boyd
1880 - John Goodland
1881 - Harvey A. Shipman
1882 - John F. Rose
1883 - John F. Rose
1884 - John F. Rose
1885 - T.T. Beverage
1886 - T.T. Beverage
1887 - T.T. Beverage
1888 - T.T. Beverage
1889 - J.H. Cook
1890 - J.H. Cook
1891 - J.H. Cook
1892 - John Bottenseck
1893 - T.T.. Beverage
1894 - John Bottenseck
1895 - J. H. Cook
1896 - W.L. Conkey
1897 - Charles W. Stribley
1898 - Charles W. Stribley
1899 - Julius Kahn
1900 - Julius Kahn
1901 - Charles S. Little
1902 - Charles S. Little
1903 - Charles S. Little
1904 - Charles S. Sheldon
1905 - Charles S. Sheldon
1906 - Charles S. Sheldon
1907 - George S. Sweetman
1908 - George S. Sweetman
1909 - Fred M. Wilcox
1910 - Fred M. Wilcox
1911 - C.D. Thompson
1912 - David Newberry
1913 - David Newberry
1914 - G.H. Packard
1915 - H.W. Tuttrup
1916 - P.W. Drysdale
1917 - A.H. Wickesberg
1918 - G.E. Patterson
1919 - Olin A. Meade
1920 - Richard H. Buxton
1921 - Homer A. Benton
1922 - Robert F. Hackworthy
1923 - Adam C. Remely
1924 - G.E. Buchannan
1925 - G.E. Buchannan
1926 - William H. Rooks
1927 - Walter W. Ingenthorn
1928 - Alfred W. Agrell
1929 - John Trautman
1930 - Albert H. Franzke
1931 - Clement D. Ketchem
1932 - Clement D. Ketchem
1933 - Guy J. Barlow Sr.
1934 - William E. Schubert
1935 - William E. Smith
1936 - Erwin F. Grundeman
1937 - Percy E. Widsteen
1938 - Edward Casperson
1939 - Armold E. Bricklin
1940 - Harold L. Hamilton
1941 - Harry B. Leith
1942 - Raymond G. Kleist
1943 - Paul E. Hanneman
1944 - John S. Wells
1945 - Donald S. Christianson
1946 - Raymond E. Girse
1947 - Thomas D. Wadsworth
1948 - Herbert J. Becker
1949 - David C. Fulton
1950 - Lloyd F. Schutte
1951 - Vernon H. Truesdale
1952 - Lloyd F. Fumal
1953 - Norman T. Johnson
1954 - Charles J. Casperson   ---Waverly Celebrates 100 Years
1955 - Arthur E. Dimmick
1956 - Ralph G. Hanley
1957 - Charles E. Lessor
1958 - Hubert E. Cotton
1959 - Samuel L. Miles
1960 - Gerald V. Schleis
1961 - Guy J. Barlow Jr.
1962 - Lavahn W. Jensen
1963 - E. John Goodrich
1964 - Charles W. Crouse
1965 - W. Sheridan Huss
1966 - Harry D. Altergott
1967 - Richard Studley
1968 - John K Hoerning
1969 - Otis W. Graves
1970 - James Gordon
1971 - Gerald T. Hollis
1972 - Harold K. McGregor
1973 - Alvin W. Krabbe
1974 - Jon E. Shane
1975 - Richard E. Salamon
1976 - Charles W. Sieber
1977 - Harold M. Podzilni
1978 - Carleton E. Johnson
1979 - John M. Lindstrom
1980 - James A. Trettin
1981 - James R. Fielder
1982 - Richard C. Moore
1983 - Warren J. Bartels
1984 - Raymond J. Miller
1985 - Kenneth P. Carlson
1986 - James M. Clark
1987 - Richard D. Orr
1988 - Carl L. Roehl
1989 - George D. Frye
1990 - John W. Kranzusch
1991 - Wayne T. Hatton
1992 - Clyde J. Klemp
1993 - Thomas D. Coghlan
1994 - Harold F. Mueller
1995 - Lonn Finger
1996 - Scott A Mueller
1997 - Miles P. Milbach
1998 - Miles P. Milbach
1999 - Craig S. Lambert
2000 - Craig J. Cloutier
2001 - William L. Sherry
2002 - James Lintner
2003 - Tim Kneeland
2004 - Donald Marks (Waverly celebrates 150 years)
2005 - Gary Vanden Heuvel
2006 - William O' Haver
2007 - Robert Wood
2008 - Jonathan D. Foster

2009 - Jonathan D. Foster

2010 - Matthew Walters

2011 - Jonathan Bascue

2012 - Dave Barton

2013 - Kevin Reichenbach

2014 - Matthew M. Jackering

2015 - Eric E. Davidson, Sr.

2016 - Shane Bastar

2017 - Chuck Smith

 

Honorary Past Masters of Waverly Lodge:

2008 - Jerome Enama (Honary Past Master)

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