Watervile in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Browning Masonic Community
—Ohio Historical Marker —
Text on Side A:
This location was selected in 1936 for a Memorial Home for aged Masons, at the wishes of Otis Avery Browning. Browning, a prominent Toledo businessman, book publisher, civic leader, and Mason, set forth the plans for this Home in a will he prepared in 1922, creating a trust for the Otis Avery Browning Masonic Memorial Fund. His will states, "It is one of the chief purposes of my will, that I may become an instrument, under God's directing care, in providing for the erection and maintenance of a home for aged people, where they may be properly cared for and with all modern comforts."
Text on Side B:
Otis Avery Browning's will required that funds be invested for fifty years after his death. The memorial fund grew from the time of Browning's death in 1923 until 1979, when ground was broken here for the construction of a Memorial Home for Master Masons, their wives and their widows. The formal dedication took place on July 26, 1981, and the first residents moved into the Home in October 1981. Browning said of The Home in his will, "God will ever reward the true and faithful, and that same love and care extended for others may sometime
Erected 2006 by Browning Masonic Community, Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 49-48.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 28.45′ N, 83° 45.269′ W. Marker is in Watervile, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Browning Drive and Neowash Road (County Route 143), in the median on Browning Drive. Touch for map. This marker is located at the entrance to the Browning Masonic Community, a short distance west of South River Road (County Route 53). Marker is at or near this postal address: 8883 Browning Drive, Waterville OH 43566, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maumee Indian Mission (approx. 0.8 miles away); The First Presbyterian Mission in the Maumee Valley (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Deposit / Roche de Bout (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bowling Green Fault (approx. 1˝ miles away); Ohio Electric Railroad Bridge / Roche De Bout/Roche De Boeuf (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort Miamis Reserve/Miltonville Wakeman Hall / Waterville Historical Society (approx. 2.4 miles away); John Pray - Founder of Waterville,Ohio / The Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 2˝ miles away).
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.