Chartered By: X
Dispensation Date: date
Charter Date: date
Current Status: status
Meeting date: Third Monday
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
In the early part of the year 1866, a number of brethren residing in Central Falls and the vicinity came to the conclusion that it would be for their convenience and for the advancement of Masonic interests to establish a Masonic Lodge in Central Falls. One of the brethren thus interested, Brother Augustine A. Mann, volunteered to draw the necessary petition, and after obtaining the required number of signatures, to present the same to the Grand Master and ask for a Dispensation to enable the brethren to form a Lodge, to be known as “Jenks Lodge.” The petition thus obtained and presented bore the signatures of thirty-eight. A Dispensation was granted under the date of May 1, 1866, and under authority of the same the first meeting of Jenks Lodge was held in Engine Hall, May 8, 1866.
Five pleasant and successful years went by in the Elm Street Masonic Temple, and on the evening of January 6, 1875, the Lodge entered upon a new home in the Arnold Block on Central Street and dedicated it to Masonic purposes. After entering its new home the Lodge appointed a committee to apply to the general Assembly for a Civil Charter; this was done, and on the evening of March 15th of the same year a report was made that the Charter had been obtained.
Jenks Lodge has appeared in public in response to the calls of the Most Worshipful Grand Master upon several occasions: the dedication of the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument, June 24, 1870; laying the Corner Stone of the Roger Williams Monument in the park of that name, in the city of Providence, October 16, 1877. On these several occasions the Lodge has appeared with full ranks, making an excellent appearance, giving prompt obedience to orders, and thus obtaining a word of deserved compliment from the Grand master and others in authority.
The career of Jenks Lodge from the time of its organization, to date, has been attended by signs of influence and usefulness. It has had some adverse conditions to contend with, but these have been met and overcome by Masonic spirit and faith.