The Formation of Robinson Locke Lodge

Our Lodge had its inception at a dinner of Collingwood Lodge in December of 1919 where several brethren expressed the opinion that the time was favorable for the formation of a new lodge in West Toledo. The community was rapidly growing and many Masons, unaffiliated, were making their homes in this section. Collingwood Lodge had a comparatively new temple with 593 members, 46 of which would demit to the new lodge.

The suggestion of a new lodge was so well received that a meeting was held on March 21, 1920 for further consideration of the proposed plan. Twenty-one brethren were present and Worshipful Brother Dudley R. Dale, a Past Maser of Collingwood Lodge, was chosen to act as the first Worshipful Master with Brother George U Roulet as Senior Wardenm Brother Bert L Williams as Junior Warden, with Brother Leo C Lemle, were authorized to procure and circulate petition requesting dispensation for formation of the lodge.

A second meeting was held on April 11, 1920 and 110 brethren had signed petitions. Collingwood Lodge had graciously pledge its full its full cooperation and granted the new lodge use of its equipment and the building board gave their permission to use the Temple at no charge.

At this time it was necessary to select a name for the new lodge. After careful consideration it was decided to name the lodge after one of Toledo’s most notable Masons, Brother Robinson Locke, who was a 33rd degree Mason, and an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council Ancient Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

It was decided to ask the Grand Lodge of Ohio for consent forms from the district Lodges having concurrent jurisdiction, which being promptly granted by these lodges the petitions with the consent form were forwarded to the Grand Master.

On June 14, 1920 the new lodge received its dispensation empowering the officers to proceed with the organization. The first stated meeting was held under the dispensation on July 19, 1920 the attendance being 6 charter members and 25 visiting brethren. The lodge was duly founded after the reading of the dispensation by Worshipful Master Dudley R Dale, who appointed the following officers:

  • Brother Louis King, Treasurer
  • Brother Bert Cunningham, Secretary
  • Brother Joseph Litsinger, Senior Deacon
  • Brother Harry Byers, Junior Deacon
  • Brother Herber Loomis, Chaplain
  • Brother W. C. Wherry, Tyler

Brother William Lasky was appointed Captain of the Fellowcraft Team and directed to organize this group.

The new lodge received 15 petitions, which indicated the future success of Robinson Locke.

By October 19, 1920 twenty regular and special meeting had been held at which time the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, and Secretary presented its records to the Grand Lodge for examination and approval, being satisfied with the progress and condition of all matters Grand Lodge granted Robinson Locke Lodge 659, F&AM its charter and its right to conduct the work.

Robinson Locke Lodge was instituted and consecrated by the members of Grand Lodge in a beautiful and impressive ceremony on November 1, 1920, a little less than one year after its inception. Many useful gifts were received from concurrent lodges and brethren. The ceremonies were followed by a banquet and fellowship of true Masonic tradition.

The first annual election was held on November 23, 1920, and the following brethren were chose to preside for the following year.

  • Brother George U Roulet, Worshipful Master
  • Brother Bert L Williams, Senior Warden
  • Brother Harry Byers, Junior Warden
  • Brother Louis King, Treasurer
  • Brother Bert Cunningham, Secretary
  • Brother Herbert Loomis, Chaplin
  • Brother C. H. Bleckner, Senior Deacon
  • Brother Albert Wagenknecht, Junior Deacon
  • Brother Leslie Thompson, Tyler
  • Brother W. J. Chisholm, Senior Steward
  • Brother W. A. More, Junior Steward

These officers were installed by Worshipful Brother Dale with Worshipful Brother Fred Can Wormer of Collingwood Lodge as Marshal.

Who was Robinson Locke?

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