The following was excerpted from "The Grand Lodge of Florida Free and Accepted Masons History, 1830 - 1988, Volume One - The Lodges" by J.Roy Crowther, PGM, Grand Historian. Copyright 1988

 

Haines City Lodge No. 219 was chartered January 22, 1913 to meet at Haines City in Polk County, FL.

 

The three Line Officers at chartering were:

Abbott B. Cheney -- W:.M:.

Thomas W. Stone -- S:.W:.

James T. Miller -- J:.W:.

 

The chartering Grand Lodge Officers were:

Albert Waller Gilchrist -- Grand Master

George B. Glover -- Deputy Grand Master

C.L. Wilson -- Senior Grand Warden

J.E. Crane -- Junior Grand Warden

W. P. Webster -- Grand Secretary

 

This lodge was set to work September 13, 1912 as Composite Lodge, U.D.

  The name was changed to Haines City Lodge  at the time it was chartered.

 

The lodge had twenty-three charter members.  Eleven received their degrees in Composite Lodge, U.D. and six others were from other Florida Lodges, Tuscan No. 6, Orange Blossom No. 80, Orient No. 70, Auburndale No. 135 and South Apopka No. 165.  There were also six brothers from six lodges representing five other Grand Jurisdictions.  They were:  Belleview No. 129, Kansas:  Reed No. 16, and Warsaw No. 73, Indiana; Glenburn No. 79, North Dakota.;  Hastings No. 50, Nebraska and Attapulgus No. 225 in Georgia.

 

 

The W.M. was from No. 129, the S.W. from No. 316 and the J.W. from No. 80.

The other twenty were:              

 

 

 

Judson Jacobs (135)

David C. Gaffney (135)

William Harden (70)

John W. Sample (6)

Joseph R. Sample (50)

Thomas J. Rabon (225)

John A. Brockington (165)

Joseph L. Thralls (73)

W. W. Shepard (79)

Carl C. Young (U.D.)      

 

Wesley Schultz (U.D.)

Donald B. Ohlinger (U.D.)

James C. Rabon (U.D.)

David A. Foose (U.D.)

Oscar J. Cook (U.D.)

Ray L. Arnold (U.D.)

Ebey D. Tyson (U.D.)

Lisle W. Smith (U.D.)

Oren H. Ohlinger, F.C. (U.D.)

Hugh F. Bryant, E.A. (U.D.)

 

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Haines City Lodge No. 219, Free and Accepted Masons of Haines City, Florida, reached the ranks of Centennial Lodge of this Grand Jurisdiction. Haines City Lodge No. 219 was chartered January 22, 1913, to meet at Haines City in Polk County, FL. This Lodge was set to work September 13, 1912, as Composite Lodge, U.D. The name was changed to Haines City Lodge at the time it was Chartered. On Saturday, January 26, 2013, in commemoration of this milestone, MW Jorge L. Aladro, Grand Master of Masons in Florida and his Elected and Appointed Grand Lodge Officers and Brothers pro tem Conducted a Ceremony of Re-Consecration, Rededication, and Re-Constitution of Haines City Lodge No. 219 in celebration of their Centennial Anniversary as their fore fathers did in days gone by, agreeable to the Ancient Usages and Customs of the Fraternity. A record number of over 115 Brothers, family members and friends attended this celebration.

By Dennis White, 2013 Worshipful Master 


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