PART 7

 

Evergreen  History  1967  to  1974

 

           In 1967 the  St John's day event went  from a picnic to a breakfast,   Constitutional Observance was a trip to Knott's Independence Hall .   The  play “Rose on the Altar” was presented.  Also included was a trip to the lodge  in Columbia (not  the  country, the  town) .   The Christmas party in 1968 featured the  MacPherson Highland Band (bagpipes and drums).  The  first District golf tournament began in 1969 which attracted 60 golfers and 120 dinner guests.  This tournament  continued for several  years thereafter  (annually that is).  Dues went up to  $24 that year.   Membership was  at 712.   Our Past Master of Evergreen Lodge,  William Price was  elected Jr. Grand  Warden  that year.    Our lodge sponsored a young man, Craig Hunter,  at the Covina Masonic Home in 1970.    Remember that  we were still in the 11thStreet building  …   the lounge was  refurbished that year with  new carpet,  furniture , drapes, and lighting.    1971 ended with membership down to 639.  

          In October of  1972,   William H. Price was installed as Grand Master .  William Holsinger served as his  Grand  Marshal.   

         On September 30, 1972 the  11thStreet temple became the victim of a fire . The  smoke and water-  damage was so extensive that the entire interior of the building had to be  cleaned and  painted.  We  had insurance.   Meanwhile,  meetings were held at  McCallum Temple and  Temescal Lodge .    Also significant that year was the  finalization of the  Kightlinger Trust .   The funds were divided evenly  between Evergreen  Lodge and Ungava Chapter  (Eastern Star)

        The  year 1973 featured a cornerstone ceremony at  Riverside City Hall.   M.W. Price presided ,  Bro. Wayne Holcomb  (City Councilman) was Master of Ceremonies,  and  Bro. Ben Lewis (Mayor) gave the address.    The lodge voted to sell  the old temple building to Riverside County for $85,000 cash with the  stipulation that we have free use of the building for 2 years  until a new building could be constructed.  A  year later, after consideration of  over 60 locations,  the Lodge approved the Chicago Ave location property for  $35,000.  

         The year 1975 comes  next.  This was the year of intense planning of the new building under the direction of  M.W. Stan Channon and the Building Committee.  Henry Coil Jr (Tilden-Coil Construction) was  selected to be the contractor.  

 

 

John Channon,    P.M. , H.A.,  Treasurer,  etc.....

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