Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 was chartered by the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas on January 11, 1844. Forrest Lodge has continuously served the Huntsville and Walker County, Texas, community for over 171 years. Pictured above left is the first meeting place of the lodge, which was on the second floor of the first brick building constructed in Huntsville. The building was built by Alexander McDonald the first Worshipful Master of Forrest Lodge. Pictured above right is the present lodge building, which was built in 1908, and has been designated by historical architects as one of three historic structures located on the downtown Huntsville square. Forrest Masonic Lodge has approximately 225 members.
Huntsville, Texas, is located in the piney woods of Southeast Texas. It is on Interstate 45, approximately 70 miles north of Houston, 171 miles south of Dallas, and 55 miles east of Bryan/College Station. It is the location of the headquarters of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (Texas Prison System) and Sam Houston State University. The population of Huntsville is approximately 30,000.
Forrest Masonic Lodge is located on the downtown Huntsville square at 1030 12th Street and meets each Monday evening at 7:00 p. m. The regular Stated Meeting (Business Meeting) is held on the first Monday evening of each month. Dinner is served at 6:15 p. m. The lodge is handicap accessible from the street.
Meeting Schedule - July
Forrest Lodge meets every Monday evening - 7:00 pm
(Please Note: Floor Work Practice each Monday evening at 6:00 pm)
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Lodge Officers - 2015-2016 Masonic Year
Brandon Lipe Senior Deacon:
George Steed, Jr. - Past Master
Senior Warden: Sidney Metcalf Junior Deacon: Jack Herrington
Junior Warden: Harry Sturgeon - Past Master Senior Steward: Neill Hodges, Past Master
Treasurer: Steven Rich, Past Master Junior Steward: Garrett Ralston
Secretary: J. D. Dickenson, Past Master - E-Mail Marshal: Keith Armstrong
Tiler: Scotty Kyle, Past Master Master of Ceremonies: Larry Fuchs, Past Master
Chaplain: Bobby Wells, Past Master
Lodge Officers - 2015-2016
Left to Right (1st Row): J. D. Dickenson, Secretary;
Harry Sturgeon, Junior Warden; Brandon Lipe, Worshipful Master;
Sidney Metcalf, Senior Warden; Steven Rich, Treasurer
(2nd Row): George Steed, Senior Deacon; Jack Herrington, Junior Deacon; Neill Hodges, Senior Steward
Garrett Ralston, Junior Steward; Scotty Kyle, Tiler
(3rd Row): Bobby Wells, Chaplain; Larry Fuchs, Master of Ceremonies; Keith Armstrong, Marshal
Remember Our Brethren Who are Ill
Charles Watson Don Crosby James Griffith George Gresham
Jack Townley Doug Bertling Al Bettis J. I. Wood
All E-Mail inquiries concerning Forrest Lodge No. 19 should
addressed to: J. D. Dickenson - Secretary
Forrest Lodge No. 19 Brochure On-line
Forrest Lodge No. 19 has a Tri-Fold Brochure available which gives information about Freemasonry in general, plus information about Forrest Lodge, and the many projects in which we participate and support. Members can obtain copies of the brochure from the Lodge Secretary. This brochure can be viewed and printed on-line.
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On-Line Pictures of Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 Activities
2011 Awards Presentations
2010 Awards Presentations
2009 Awards Presentations
2008 Awards Presentations
2007 Awards Presentations
2007 Golf Tournament Presentation
2006 Awards Presentations
2005 Awards Presentations
2004 Awards Presentations
2003 Golf Tournament Presentation
Picture of 4th of July Parade
Forrest Masonic Lodge Temple
Exterior View of Temple with New Canopy
Exterior View of Temple Constructed in 1908
Lodgeroom of Forrest Lodge No. 19
Sign Showing Organizations Meeting in the Masonic Temple
Following the formation of the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas in 1837, that Grand Lodge body chartered 25 lodges before Texas became a state in 1846. Following statehood, the Grand Lodge name was changed to the Grand Lodge of Texas, A. F. & A. M. The headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Texas is located in Waco, Texas.
In January1844, a group of nine Master Masons living in the Huntsville area petitioned the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas asking that a lodge be established in Huntsville and also asking that the lodge be named Forrest Lodge No. 19. Through extensive research, it has not been determined why the lodge name was spelled with two "r", but the petition specifically designated that spelling. On January 11, 1844, Forrest Lodge No. 19 was granted a charter and began with those nine Master Masons being the charter members of the lodge.
Throughout its 171 year history, Forrest Lodge has been privileged to have
as members several Texas heroes and statesmen. Among those are one Past Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas and two Texas Governors. General Sam Houston,
who presided at the formation of the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas in
1837, was President of the Republic of Texas, Governor of Texas, and Governor
of Tennessee as well. Sam Houston, who took his Masonic work in Tennessee, became
a member of Forrest Lodge No. 19 in 1854. Governor George Tyler Wood
became a member of Forrest Lodge in 1847, and that same year was elected Governor.
During his administration, the State Penitentiary in Huntsville, and
State Library, in Austin, Texas, were created. Henderson Yoakum, who
wrote the first definitive history of the State of Texas, served as Worshipful
Master of Forrest Lodge in 1850.
140 men have served in the highest office of the lodge, that of Worshipful Master. A list of these men and their years of service is located at Past Masters.
The high point in the history of Forrest Lodge
came with the affiliation of William Martin Taylor. William Martin Taylor
served as Worshipful Master of Forrest Lodge in 1849, and went on to serve as
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1854. Taylor was elected
a State Senator in 1855 and 1857, and also served as a District Judge. Recognized
as an outstanding Masonic scholar, William Martin Taylor was appointed by the
Grand Lodge of Texas to create a Uniform Masonic Ritual for the State
of Texas. That uniform ritual was officially adopted in 1858, at a Grand Lodge
communication held in the Lodge Hall of Forrest Lodge No 19. Because of his
love, efforts, and achievements for Freemasonry, William Martin Taylor is known
by Texas Masons as the "Father of the Texas Work".
Forrest Lodge No. 19 has had four meeting places during its 171 year history. The first meeting place was on the second floor of the first brick building constructed in Huntsville, which was built by Alexander McDonald, who served as the first Worshipful Master of Forrest Lodge No. 19. The first Lodge Temple was constructed in 1849 on the north side of the downtown square. That building was destroyed by fire in 1881, and a new Lodge Temple was built in approximately the same location. The Lodge moved into its present lodge building in 1909.
In honor of the150th anniversary of Forrest Lodge in 1994, a Complete History was published in a book authored by Past Master J. D. Dickenson entitled, "Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 Huntsville, Texas - 150 Years - 1844-1994". A copy of this book can be purchased by contacting Dickenson Research, P. O. Box 387, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0387. The price of the book is $20.00 plus $3.00 postage. Further information can be obtained at the home page above or by E-Mail.
In honor of its 150 year anniversary in 1994, Forrest Lodge No. 19 had a Commemorative Coin minted to note this historic event. The lodge still has some of these coins available. The coins are 1-9/16 in diameter and may be ordered from the address below.
Often researchers seek information concerning the possible Masonic affiliation of an ancestor. In TEXAS, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas has instituted rules as to what Masonic Records are available to the general public. The Grand Lodge Library and Museum staff, time permitting, will perform a Masonic Record Search using the Grand Lodge of Texas Archival Membership Index File. There will be a $10.00 fee for each individual search. This fee goes toward the support of the Grand Lodge Library and Museum. Please allow up to 8 weeks for a response to your inquiry.
This search will provide Membership Information Only. It will show what Texas Masonic Lodge the person belonged to and will show if the person was an officer of a Texas Masonic Lodge, or an officer of the Grand Lodge of Texas. There is No Biographical Information in these files. Once you find what Masonic Lodge a person belonged to, you will then need to contact that Lodge directly to inquire as to what may be in that member's file.
To find an address of a Texas Masonic Lodge, go to: www.grandlodgeoftexas.org/lodgelocator or, you can contact the Secretary of any Texas Masonic Lodge and he will be able to furnish you with this information.
Please Note! The Grand Lodge of Texas will not furnish any information on a living member.
Click Here to get the necessary order form for such inquiries.
If you are trying to locate the Masonic record of an ancestor who possibly belonged to a Masonic lodge in a state other than Texas, go to the following link: "Masonic Grand Lodges - United States and Puerto Rico".
Address all Correspondence to:
J. D. Dickenson, Secretary - E-Mail
Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19, A. F. & A. M.
Post Office Box 1004
Huntsville, Texas 77342-1004
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Conroe Masonic Lodge No. 748 - (Conroe)
Grand Lodge of Texas, A. F. & A. M. - (Waco)
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