West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
St. John's Lodge No. 5, A.F. & A.M.
St. John's Masonic Lodge No. 5 traces its history to 1838 when a warrant of dispensation was granted by the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The first worshipful master, Daniel T. Fitchett, was installed by Anson Jones, the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of the Republic of Texas. The lodge met in a private home until 1842 when meetings ceased. The charter was revoked in 1845, but was reissued by the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1848. Many well known Texas patriots and leaders were involved in the early organization of the lodge.
A two-story lodge building was erected in East Columbia in 1852. The first floor was used for Sunday School classes and as a public school, and the second floor housed lodge meetings.
The oil boom of 1918 in West Columbia resulted in unprecedented growth in the area. The lodge moved from East Columbia and built a new structure in 1922 that served the organization until 1970, when a building was completed on West Jackson Street.
The members maintain a strong tradition of supporting education and civic outreach programs and have served the area for
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9591.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 29° 8.463′ N, 95° 39.23′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is on Jackson Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 313 W Jackson Street, West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbia (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Adriance (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charlie Brown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Samuel Tubbs Angier, M.D. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mary Eveline McKenzie Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thaddus Constantine Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Josiah H. Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Rounds (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.