Why Did Sam Houston Spare the Life of Santa Anna at San Jacinto? by Otho C. Morrow,Past Master Holland Lodge No. 1 Great-Grandson of Sam Houston Over the years, articles regarding Houston's treatment of Santa Anna at San Jacinto, reportedly taken from the files of early newspapers, have appeared in our Masonic publications. In the main, these articles have attributed Houston's refusal to permit the execution of Santa Anna to his having given Houston the Masonic sign of distress. As a result of these articles, it now seems to be the accepted belief of many members of the fraternity that ...
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Freemasonry is a fraternity. Its membership is restricted to men, but there is no hazing as is found in some college fraternities. The Masonic Order is a serious group. It exists to take good men and help them to become better men. Thus, it is not a reform society. It does not exist to reform criminals, nor would such persons benefit from its teachings.Masonry developed from lodges of operative or stone masons. The Masonry of today is distinguished from the stone masonry of old by being referred to as "Speculative" Masonry. Speculative or FREEmasonry does not work with stone but ...
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The following is taken and published with permission from the book, The Texas Masons, by Pete Normand. Masonic membership was often the one common denominator among the early settlers and adventurers that came to Texas in the early 1800's.   Men of different backgrounds and cultures often found a hearty welcome in the "friendly grip" of a brother Mason's handshake.   The first Mason known to have entered Texas was Major Zebulon M. Pike, a member of Lodge No. 3, Philadelphia.   He came in 1806 and 1807, scouting the headwaters of the Arkansas and Red rivers, and the Spanish settlements of the Rio ...
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Bro. John M. Allen brought to Texas, from the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, the Charter for the First Masonic Lodge in Texas where he became member of Holland Lodge #1.Bro. Sam Houston presided at the Convention when the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas was organized in Houston, Texas on December 20, 1837. He later became member of Holland Lodge #1, as well. Original Members of The Grand Lodge of Texas (December 20, 1837) Sam HoustonThomas J. RuskJeff WrightThomas G. WesternAdolphus SterneI. W. BurtonCharles S. TaylorWilliam G. CookeA. S. ThurstonJohn S. BlackHenry MatthewsJohn SheaChristopher DartAlexander EwingBen MillerE. TuckerL. FowlerW ...
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From whence we came...In March 1835 the first Masonic meeting was held in Texas for the purpose of establishing a lodge in Texas. Six Masons met under an oak tree near the town of Brazoria. They applied to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana for a dispensation to form and open a Lodge. A dispensation was issued and later a charter. This first Texas lodge was called Holland Lodge No. 36. It was named after then Grand Master of Masons in Louisiana, John Henry Holland. Anson Jones was the first Worshipful Master of Holland Lodge No. 36, now Holland Lodge No ...
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