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EDEN LODGE

Location: Ware

Chartered By: John Abbot

Charter Date: 09/08/1824 III-506

Precedence Date: 09/08/1824

Current Status: unknown; dormant from 11/1827 through 01/1848; ceased work in 11/1848.


NOTES

In Grand Master Heard's address in December 1857 (Page 1857-36 in the original Proceedings), this lodge was described as having "had but a nominal existence for many years." He also noted that "it is probable that the Charter, jewels, records and furniture of Eden Lodge were destroyed by fire many years ago, when its hall was burned."

PAST MASTERS

  • Anthony Olney, 1824, 1825

REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS

  • Petition for Charter: 1824

VISITS BY GRAND MASTER

none

HISTORY

  • 1938 (Notes on this lodge in 75th Anniversary History of Eden Lodge, 1938-425; see below)
  • 1964 (Notes on this lodge in Centenary History of Eden Lodge, 1964-186)

NOTES IN 75TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY OF EDEN LODGE, NOVEMBER 1938

. . . That Lodge had its beginnings in 1824, and its first meeting was held in the "school house in Ware Factory Village." The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Massachusetts issued a Charter to the then Eden Lodge on September 20, 1824. The first Master of that Lodge was Anthony Olney. During the first four years of its active existence, as many as 60 joined the Lodge and signed its By-Laws. The meetings were continued in the same school house, and then a year later the members met in the "hall of Samuel Newhall's Building."

The Lodge ran into financial difficulties, so that in January 1826, it had a sizable debt amounting to $250. After strenuous efforts, the members raised the money and paid the debt in full. But after November 1827, for reasons not available, the Lodge ceased to function.

There was then a lapse of twenty-one years. On January 18, 1848, Eden Lodge convened once more, holding its first meeting in Odd Fellow's Hall. Unable to continue its meetings there, the members secured the "Attic" of a building called "The Arcade" which they furnished as a Lodge-room, and for which they paid an annual rental of $25. There were about fifteen members in this newly revived Lodge. Within a year, however, fire destroyed the building where they were meeting. And so, in November 1848, two months after the fire, the Brethren met sadly, reviewed the situation, assessed the members three dollars each to discharge the debts of the Lodge, and apparently the Lodge ceased to function.

NOTES IN CENTENARY HISTORY OF EDEN LODGE, JUNE 1964

Previous to 1864, two other attempts had been made to establish a Lodge in Ware. The first one was in 1824. Meetings were held in "the school house in Ware Factory Village", now known as the Town of Ware. Theretofore, the business of the Town had been carried on at Ware Center. With the coming of larger manufacturing interests to the eastern part of the township, a new village had been started and became known as "Ware Factory Village". This eastward movement of the village suggested the name "Eden", which was derived from Genesis 2:8: "God planted a garden eastward, in Eden". Thus, "Eden" was chosen by the brethren in 1824 as the name of the Lodge, and it has survived through these many years.

The first Eden Lodge functioned under a Charter duly issued by the Grand Lodge on September 20, 1824. It continued for approximately four years. As many as sixty brethren joined the Lodge and signed its By-Laws.

The Lodge, however, ran into financial difficulties, and was burdened with a sizeable debt of about #250. Community prejudices and opposition added to the burden. After strenuous efforts, the members raised the money and paid the debt in full. In November 1827, the Lodge ceased to function.

Twenty-one years later, on January 18, 1848, Eden Lodge convened once more in Odd Fellows Hall. Later, the members secured the "attic" of a building in Ware called "The Arcade" which they furnished as a Lodge-room, and for which they paid an annual rental of $25. There were fifteen members in this second and newly revived Lodge. Within a year, however, fire destroyed the building. Therefore, in November 1848, two months after the fire, the Brethren met sadly, discussed their problems, and decided it was unwise to continue. They assessed the members three dollars each to discharge the debts of the Lodge. Thereafter, the Lodge ceased to function.

OTHER

  • 1825 (constitution of lodge; officiated by Rt. Wor. Joseph Thayer, District Deputy Grand Master; III-581)
  • 1828 (delinquency in Grand Lodge assessments; IV-147)
  • 1829 (delinquency in Grand Lodge assessments; IV-170)

DISTRICTS

1824: District 6

1835: District 6

LINKS

Massachusetts Lodges