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Royal Arch Masons in Iowa from 1878-1890

Explanatory note from the contributors: The database contains over 11,000 names of Iowa men who were members of the Royal Arch Masons in Iowa from 1878-1890. After over 2 years of working on it on and off, I am very glad to be finished with it; but I am even more pleased to be able to share the data with my fellow IAGenWeb coordinators. Nettie Mae has finished with the time-consuming task of preparing this large data-base I've submitted for the IAArchives. Nettie, thank-you very much!
Sharyl Ferrall
IAGenWeb ASC & Allamakee Co. CC

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Submitted to the Archives 07/2003 by Sharyl Ferrall

Chapter #93 Amity - Audubon, Audubon Co
Dispensation to organize granted 4/16/1881; Charter granted 10/26/1881.
No. of members yr. ending Sept. 1882: 50
No. of members yr. ending Oct. 1890: 63

Armstrong, Andrew F. Sc-81/RSMD-82/m-90
Armstrong, A.W. Ex-81/Sc-82
Arnold, F.D. Ex,RSMD-82
Ary, Sylvester Ex-81/RSMD-82/Se-90
Beghtol, Elias W. K-81/HP,GCh,K-82
Bell, W.S. m-90
Bilharz, Emil m-90
Bonwell, J.C. Ex-81/m-82,90
Brooks, A.L. m-90
Brown, B.W. K-90
Brown, E.C. Ex-82
Brown, Fred W. Ex-90
Buer, F.H. Ex-81
Burnside, Wilson Ex-82/m-90
Burr, F.H. RSMD-82
Chadwick, Thomas HP,GCh-81/HP-82
Chambers, William Ex-82
Clark, W.I. Ex-82/m-90
Cloughly, William m-90
Counrardy, J.B. Ex-82
Cousins, E.B. Ex-82/m-90
DeMotte, C.W. Sc-90
Dennis, J.S. GMFV-90
Dixon, Abraham Ex-82/m-90
Doak, J.W. GMTV-90
Doak, W.H. m-90
Dutton, O.E. m-90
Earhart, C.H. Ex-81/RSMD-82/m-90
Earhart, W.C. Ex-90
Ellis, G.W. Ex-82/m-90
Forbes, J. m-90
Foster, E.S. Ex,CH-81/RSMD,CH-82/m-90
Freeman, D.L. m-90
Freeman, E.J. Ex,PS-81/RSMD,PS-82/PS-90
Gray, J.W. m-90
Hanna, H.W. Ex-81/RSMD,GMTV-82/RAC-90
Hardenbrook, G.W. Ex-82
Harris, D.W. Ex-81/m-82
Harris, J.B. m-90
Hastings, George E. m-81/m-82
Herbert, H.B. Ex,RSMD-82/m-90
Holmes, J.D. Ex-82
Houston, O.J. Ex-82/m-90
Howald, B.F. m-90
Hubbard, R.M. Ex,S-81/RSMD,S-82
Jenkins, J.T. m-90
Johnson, Marion Ex-90
Jones, F.M. Se-81/m-82,90
Jones, G.H. Ex-82/m-90
Jones, W.H. m-90
Keller, Noah Ex-82
Kimball, E.H. Ex-82
Laubender, William Di-90
Mallory, William m-90
McAninch, J.F. Ex-82
McKarahan, J.M. GMSV-90
Morrow, W.J. m-90
Myers, G.W. Ex-82
Nash, J.A. m-90
Norris, John Ex-82/m-90
O'Brien, E.G. Ex-81/RSMD,GMSV-82
O'Connell, W.H. m-90
Parsons, F.D. Ex-90
Roberts, A.H. Ex,RAC-81/RSMD,RAC-82/HP-90
Rodgers, A.F. m-81,82,90 (Rogers)
Russell, Charles H. m-90
Sampson, H.M. Ex,Di-82
Sands, R.G. m-81/Di-82
Scott, W.H. Ex-81/RSMD-82/m-90
Scott, W.R. Ex-90
Shingledecker, I.A. GMSV-81/m-82,90
Shrauger, F.J. Ex-81/RSMD,Se-82
Shryver, S.H. Ex-82
Stafford, J.A. Ex,RSMD-82
Thayer, S.D. m-90
Umphrey, George m-90
Vandenburgh, E.C. m-90
Van Gorder, Charles Ex-81/RSMD-82/T-90
Van Gorder, H.W. Di-90
Wadsworth, E.C. Ex-82
Walker, D.H. Ex,T-81/RSMD,T-82/m-90
Walker, Thomas Ex-81/S-82,90
Walker, William Ex-81/m-82,90
Watson, Erwin m-90
Watts, F.S. m-90
Wheeler, Chester Ex-82
Williams, R.R. m-90
Wilson, H.W. m-90
Yaggy, L.J. Ex-90
Young, Henry GMTV-81/m-82/CH-90
Young, Philip GMFV-81/RSMD,GMFV-82

Key to Titles:

*Proxy - indicates he attended the Grand Chapter, annual convocation as
a proxy (ex. GCh,HP*-78 This man attended the Grand chapter as a proxy
High Priest in 1878)

C - Chaplain
CH - Chaplain of the Host or Captain of the Host
Co - Conductor
DGHP - Deputy Grand High Priest
G - Guard
GC - Grand Chaplain
GCH - Grand Chaplain of the Host
GCh - Grand Chapter of the State of Iowa
GG - Grand Guard
GHP - Grand High Priest
GK - Grand King
GMFV - Grand Master First Vail
GMSV - Grand Master Second Vail
GMTV - Grand Master Third Vail
GPS - Grand Principle Sojourner
GRAC - Grand Royal Arch Captain
GS - Grand Secretary
GSc - Grand Scribe
GT - Grand Treasurer
H - Herald
HP - High Priest
K - King
m - appears on the member rolls for indicated year
Mc - Master of Ceremonies
OHP - Grand Council of the Order of High Priesthood for State of Iowa
Pr - President
PS - Principle Sojourner
R - Recorder
RAC - Royal Arch Captain
RSMD - received Royal & Select Masters degree in the indicated year
S - Secretary
Sc - Scribe
Se - Sentinel
Ss - Steward & Sentinel
T - Treasurer
Vp - Vice president


Key to actions:
Ad - admitted
D - died
Di - dimitted (left the lodge to join another or became non-affiliated)
Dr - dropped (dismissed)
Ex - exalted (raised to a higher degree)
Exp - expelled
Su - suspended (possibly for non-payment of dues or unmasonic-like conduct)


Key to years:
78 - 1878 annual report (10/1/1877-9/30/1878)
79 - 1879 annual report (10/1/1878-9/30/1879)
80 - 1880 annual report (10/1/1879-9/30/1880)
81 - 1881 annual report (10/1/1880-9/30/1881)
82 - 1882 annual report (10/1/1881-9/30/1882)
90 - 1890 annual report (10/1/1889-9/30/1890)


Key to notes in parenthesis:
- (name) a name in parenthesis is another spelling for the same
person found in the books. I probably didn't catch them all, but
these are the ones I am very sure of. In many cases, the surname
was spelled differently within the same reporting period, and
sometimes on the same page.

- (memorial, pic, bio, obit) the books contain one or more of these
additional items for the person indicated.

- (date) a date in parentheses following a death notation, indicates
date of death as recorded in the books.


1. "Transactions of the Grand Chapter of the State of Iowa, for the
Years 1878 to 1882, Inclusive", Vol. IV, Original Edition; Muscatine,
Iowa - published by order of the Grand Chapter, 1883.

2. "Transactions of the Grand Chapter of the State of Iowa, at its
Thirty-Seventh Grand Annual Convocation", Convened at Cedar Rapids,
Thursday October 9th, A.D. 1890, Original Edition; Des Moines - published
by order of the Grand Chapter, 1890.


Compilers Notes:

- the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, is the governing body of the
Royal Arch chapters in its jurisdiction. The Royal Arch Chapters in
Iowa are subordinate to the Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch
Masons of Iowa. Royal Arch Masonry is the second of the York Rite bodies,
Symbolic Masonry being the first. It is separate from Symbolic Masonry,
but almost as old. Royal Arch Masonry is composed of four degrees:
Mark Master, Virtual Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch.
These degrees continue and expand upon the lessons taught in the Blue Lodge.

- the information in this compilation is only of Royal Arch Masons,
and not of the AF&AM Lodges (Ancient Free & Accepted Masons) in Iowa.

- the entries are not necessarily in alphabetical order

- only names appearing in the sourced books are on this list, it is very
likely does not represent all men affiliated with the Royal Arch Masons
in Iowa for these years. Some chapters did not 'report in' or send 'returns'
each year.

- the dates given are as recorded in the sources

- consult original records for additional information or to verify the
information in this data-base. I've made every attempt to be accurate,
but in an undertaking of this size, there may be errors.

Sharyl Ferrall, July 1, 2003.