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Forrest Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M.

 
 
Forrest Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 19, 2009
1. Forrest Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M. Marker
Inscription. One of 25 lodges started during the Republic of Texas, Forrest Lodge No. 19, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, was chartered on Jan. 11, 1844. It is the eighth oldest lodge in Texas. Among its early members were Sam Houston and Texas historian Henderson Yoakum. Another outstanding member, William Martin Taylor (1817-1871), is known as "The Father of the Texas Work". He published a handbook called "Taylor's Monitor" which brought uniformity to Texas Masonic ritual. It was approved by the Grand Lodge at a meeting held here in 1858. At least 28 local Masons have attained offices in the Grand Lodge.
The upper floor of a store owned by Alexander McDonald, the first worshipful master, served as an early meeting place. A two-story lodge hall on the north side of the square, built in 1850, was destroyed by fire in 1881. It was replaced by a brick building near the corner of University and 11th Street in 1883. The present property was acquired in 1896 and the new structure dedicated in 1909.
The Masons have shared their facilities with the Red Cross, the First Baptist Church, and the public schools. Lodge funds have aided distressed members, widows, and orphans; bought war bonds; and supplied scholarships.
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8453.)
 
Location. 30° 43.387′ N, 95° 33.015′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is on 12th Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1030 12th Street, Huntsville TX 77342, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walker County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Five Courthouses of Walker County (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone of the Fourth Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Gibbs Store (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bedias Indians (about 600 feet away); Sam Houston (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
 
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