Dallas Co. Lodges
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons (AF & AM)


No. 80, Adel Lodge
Adel, Dallas Co.
Stated Meetings: Saturday on or before Full Moon
Grand Lodge Dues, $ not given
Dispensation granted Sept. 22, 1855
Chartered June 4th, 1856
Number of current members: 26
MEMBER NAME NOTES (refer to key at bottom of page)
Vanmeter J.R. 1855-56 officer: worshipful master; an original founder of Adel Lodge
Peabody Stephen 1855-56 officer: senior warden; an original founder of Adel Lodge
Vestal S.H. 1855-56 officer: junior warden; an original founder of Adel Lodge
Vanmeter H.G. 1855-56 officer: Treas
Noel Cole 1855-56 officer: Sec; elected as 1856-57 officer (either Master or Warden)
Gerard [Gerrard] M.F. 1855-56 officer: senior deacon  [may be same man listed as M.T. Girard]
Metz J.F. 1855-56 officer: junior deacon
Bailey R.R. 1855-56 officer: Tyler
Alexander John T. master mason
Buck  Adam master mason
Chance Tilman master mason
Chance Leonard master mason
Chance John P. fellow craft
Davis Levi A. entered apprentice
Dillon Jonathan master mason
Dodge Wm H. master mason
Ellis Wm master mason; elected as 1856-57 officer (either Master or Warden)
Frakes S.M. master mason
Girard M.T. elected as 1856-57 officer (either Master or Warden) [may be same man listed as M.F. Gerard]
Hemsted S.B. master mason
Hunt D.W. master mason
Jones T.A. master mason
Lambert Leroy entered apprentice
Mount John A. entered apprentice
Repp P.F. fellow craft
Reynolds Frank master mason
Russell P.T. master mason
Sherman A.P. master mason
Strickland Horace master mason
Tyer John master mason
Walton Geo S. entered apprentice
Williams Enos master mason
Williams Ephraim master mason

Source: Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Iowa at the Thirteenth Grand Annual Communication, Held in the City of Oskaloosa on Tuesday, June 2D, A.D. 1856, A.L. 5856; T.S. Parvin, Muscatine, Grand Secretary; Printed by Raymond, Foote & Eystra, Faust Printing House, 1856.

WM - worshipful master
GM - grand master
PGM - past grand master
DGM - deputy grand master
GSW - grand senior warden
GJW - grand junior warden
SW - senior warden
JW - junior warden
SD - senior deacon
JD - junior deacon
GT - grand treasurer
GS - grand secretary
Treas - treasurer
Sec - secretary
non-affiliated - definition not given
U.D. - under dispensation

Compilers Notes:
-Masonic lodges have three separate degrees or ceremonies: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, given in that order.
-A lodge is a group of Masons, meeting in a specific location at regularly scheduled times. Many lodges meet in a building called the Masonic Hall. The state Grand Lodge grants charters (permissions) to the Subordinate Lodges within that state. The subordinate lodges then operate under the bylaws and regulations of the Grand Lodge.
-The officers of a lodge are the Worshipful Master (presiding officer), Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior and Junior Deacons, Senior and Junior Stewards, and Tiler (Tyler). The first five officers are elected and installed annually; the WM appoints the other officers each year.
-The WM generally serves for one year and then is called a Past Master, although as a PM are equal in status to ordinary members.

Transcription disclaimer: researchers should always consult original records for additional information or to verify the information in this data-base. I've made every attempt to transcribe accurately, but there may be errors.

Data extracted by Sharyl Ferrall from an original copy of the book.

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