Gladewater Lodge No. 852, A.F. & A.M.
From 1901 to 1931, members met in James A. Ponder’s General Store, which also housed the Post Office, on the Northwest corner of Main and Pacific. During the Lodge’s formative years, members included prominent early businessmen, clergymen, professionals and civic leaders of Gladewater. Among them was Dr. Earl George McLaughlin, who opened the city’s first hospital and invented a medication during the influenza epidemic in 1918 that earned him national acclaim.
Sharing a common early history with the lodge is Chapter 831, order of the Eastern Star. Chartered in 1932, the group has long been active in its support of lodge projects and activities.
The lodge met for a time in a schoolhouse and in the Measles Hotel before building its own hall at this site. It first met here on July 1, 1940, and
Lodge members have served the grand lodge of Texas as district deputy grand masters and actively supported Masonic projects. Locally, they contribute to many worthwhile community and educational programs, including annual scholarships. Today, Gladewater Lodge No. 852 serves as an integral part of the city’s future, as well as a reminder of its rich history.
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Places.
Location. 32° 32.203′ N, 94° 56.645′ W. Marker is in Gladewater, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is on North Dean Street south of West Upshur Avenue (U.S. 80), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 North Dean Street, Gladewater TX 75647, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Methodist Church of Gladewater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Ben Shepperd (about 500 feet away); First Franchised Motor Bus Line in Texas (about 600 feet away); The Gladewater Discovery Well
Also see . . . 100 Year History of Gladewater Lodge No. 852 (.pdf). (Submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.