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.....