Winfield Masons History
The Winfield and Adelphi lodge meeting minutes are being scoured for information of historical significance for inclusion here. Other resources such as the Winfield Historical Society, Winfield Library, Cowley County Courthouse, Past Masters, etc., are also being used as possible souces of data which may hold Masonic significance for the enhancement of this website.
It has been speculated that the Courier building was the first lodge location. The top floors of the Chamber of Commerce and the Odd Fellows hall were also possibly used as a lodge location.
Historical information coming soon. Watch this space.
An Irish Connection? The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas was formally organized on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1856.
In 1952, eighty-nine percent of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices were Freemasons.
Every United States President from Tennessee was a Mason, and they were all born in North Carolina. (Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and James K. Polk.)
Music written by Brother John Stafford Smith (1750-1836) of Inverness Lodge #4 in London was, at one time, used by an Irish Masonic Orphans' Home as their song. Later it became a popular drinking song for many years known as 'To Anacreon in Heaven". Then, some years later, the music was adopted by Francis Scott Key to which he wrote the words to our National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner".
The Regius Poem sometimes called the Halliwell Document is the oldest of the "manuscript Constitutions" of Freemasonry. Dated approximately A.D. 1390, it is in old Chaucerian Englixh, difficult to read without translation. It is preserved in the British Museum.
Here's an article from the Arkansas City Traveler dated February 23, 1876.
Among the Osages are Masons, which it would seem could hardly be creditable, but it is nevertheless a fact. It is supposed they were taken in by the Order of the French, in the early days, and they return part of the working of the craft to this day.
As proof of this, Mr. Hiatt (who is a member of the Commandery) was asked to walk out one day by a more than intelligent Indian. After walking some distance the Indian motioned for him to sit down. He could not speak a word of English. Mr. Hiatt sat down, and after strict trial, found the red man to be a Master Mason.
We have been informed that among the Cheyennes there are also Masons — which goes to show that they are adept in secret orders, and pride themselves in secrecy. There are many remarkable traits yet with our red brethren, which would make a volume of history if properly understood.