CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
Trimble Lodge No. 117
Free and Accepted Masons
The Trimble Lodge, No. 117 Free & Accepted Masons was constituted on February 2, 1871. Camden Lodge, No. 15, was the "mother" lodge of Trimble. The lodge was named for Joseph Trimble, who served three terms as master of Camden Lodge and three years as grand master of the state. Over the years, many of Camden's leading citizens were members. As with many other Camden groups, businesses, and individuals, the Lodge moved to the suburbs after World War II and has been based for many years in Cherry Hill NJ.
On December 15, 2004 the Trimble Lodge No. 117, along with Ionic Lodge No. 94 and Universal Lodge No. 216 was reconstituted as USS New Jersey Lodge No. 62, Free & Accepted Masons, based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 1936|
CELEBRATE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRIMBLE LODGE
of the Eighteenth and Twenty-ninth Districts united last night with
Trimble Lodge, No. 117, in celebrating the sixty-fifth anniversary of the
constitution of that lodge.
than 500 members of the fraternity attended the exercises in Camden
Masonic Temple, Fourth Street below Market street. Grand lodge and lodge
officers of the two South Jersey districts were guests, Past Masters of
Trimble constituted the anniversary committee.
program opened with the banquet, Robert T. Lee, grand chaplain, offering
ceremonies opened with a reception to the charter members of Parkside
Lodge, No. 217, which was sponsored by Trimble. William G. Hinderer, past
master, welcomed the visitors.
visiting masters were welcomed by Robert W. Wythes, past master. Past
masters of Trimble were welcomed by T. Jerome Donaghay, past master.
Kirkpatrick, acting grand marshal, presented the following grand lodge
officers: Martin J. Deitz, Weehawkin, grand master; Charles B. Folley,
Hawthorne, deputy grand master; Arthur M. Dietrick, South Orange, junior
grand warden; Walter Cole, Trenton, deputy grand secretary; Richard C.
Woodward, Bordentown, past grand master; Frank C. Sayrs, Haddonfieid, past
grand master; Arthur P. Johnson, Haddonfield, past grand master; Henry
Lullman, Englewood, senior grand deacon; Frederick C. Bauer, Jr., Camden,
grand sword bearer; David. McGregor, West Orange, grand historian; John
S. Caie, Woodcliffe, secretary to grand master.
grand lodge was welcomed by John D. F. Morgan, worshipful master.
invocation was offered by Charles W. Garman, past master.
Craft Choristers, of Red Bank, sang a number of selections under the
direction of Allan R. Woolley.
S. Winner, oldest living member of Trimble, who was raised on February 21,
1873, was presented by Frank T. Flinn, chairman of the anniversary
committee and second oldest past master.
grand master congratulated the lodge on behalf of New Jersey Masons. Rev.
Alonzo S. Fite, of Glenside, Pa., gave a history of Masonry in Colonial
times around Boston. His topic was "The Green Dragon Inn and Colonial
Masonry." Rev. Fite, a member of Caleb Butler Lodge, Ayer, Mass., was
introduced by Past Master Johnson.
members of the anniversary committee were Kirkpatrick, secretary; Arthur
C. Abele, Robert T. Lee, Johnson, Hinderer, George E. Townsend, Donaghay
and Frederick W. Radel.
presented a chronological history of the lodge in booklet form to each
member and visitor. This history shows the lodge was constituted on
February 2, 1871. Camden Lodge, No. 15, was the "mother" lodge
of Trimble. The lodge was named for Joseph Trimble, who served three terms
as master of Camden Lodge and three years as grand master of the state.
organizers of the lodge were George H. Fairfield, George F. Fort,
Marmaduke E. Taylor, Dr. H. Genet
Taylor, Dr. William S. Fort, Wilbur F. Rose, Nathan F. Cowan,
Frederick A. Rex and J. Graham Milligan.
the first meeting, Rev. Joseph F. Garrison, rector of St.
Paul's Episcopal Church, was presented for membership. He was the
father of former Secretary of War Lindley M. Garrison and the late Supreme
Court Justice Charles C. Garrison.
lodge was constituted in Morgan's Hall,
Fourth and Market streets, then known as Masonic Hall. Fairfield was the
first worshipful master; George F. Fort, senior warden; Marmaduke Taylor,
junior warden; Dr.
treasurer; Milligan, secretary;
Cowan, senior deacon;
Rex, junior deacon; Rose, master
of ceremonies, and Charles H. Gordon, tiler.
The present officers of the lodge are; Morgan, worshipful master; Henry K. Hartman, senior warden; Elmer L. Herman, junior warden; Arthur P. Johnson, treasurer; William E. Cox, Jr., secretary; Garman, chaplain; Wythes, marshal; William H. Senseman, assistant marshal; S. Walter Brown, proxy to grand lodge; Frank Hall Clark, Harry M. Dease and Abele, trustees; Harry W. Blankenhorn, senior deacon; Ernest F. Birbeck. junior deacon; Joseph Horneff, senior master of ceremonies; George C. Needham, junior master of ceremonies; John W. Hicks, senior steward; Clarence R. Faulkner, Jr., junior steward, and Lee, tiler.
Members of Trimble Lodge No. 117
|Bernard Ahlberg||Dr. G. Russell Atkinson||Charles W. Austermuhl|
|Elwood Bearint||Charles S. Boyer||Dr. James E. Bryan|
|Joseph Cramer||Wayland Post Cramer|
|Enos B. Dellmuth||Raymond R. Donges|
|Charles H. Ellis|
|Frederick A. Finkeldey|
|John F. Harned||E. Allen Hughes|
|Dr. William I. Kelchner||Edward Stokes King|
|Walter S. Mattison|
|Walter L. Phillips||William I.J. Phillips||Alfred R. Pierce|
|Charles A. Reynolds||William L. Roberts|
|Frank B. Sitley||Walter N. Senseman|
|Thomas M. Stanger||John A. Stutzke||Christian S. Stark Sr.|
|Dr. H. Genet Taylor|
|Ralph G. Van Hart|
|Wilmer Mason Wheeler|
Free & Accepted Masons of the State of New Jersey
Trimble Lodge Official History
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