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History Of Iowa City No. 4

Brief History of Iowa City No. 4

Masons first met in Iowa City January 13, 1842, at Dr.William Reynolds’ School Room where First Christian Church now sits along Iowa Avenue east of Old Capitol.

They received dispensation October 10, 1842, from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Missouri to confer degrees, received Missouri charter #63 in October 1843, hosted formation of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Iowa and received the #4 charter from it after its officers were installed January 8, 1844. The lodge in Burlington received charter #1, Muscatine #2 and Dubuque #3, in the same order they had received Missouri charters ahead of Iowa City. 

Iowa City Masonic Lodge first met under its current Number 4 charter January 9, 1844, with Dr. Reynolds sitting as Master. Other officers included William B. Snyder, territorial superintendent of Old Capitol; Chauncey Swan, an inn keeper; James R. Hartsock, post master and subsequent Grand Master; and Charles Nagle, a businessman. 

During its more than a century and a half of existence, Iowa City Lodge has met regularly in 15 locations, plus others for special-purpose meetings, as at Old Capitol and the annual outdoor lodge at Amana. All regular locations are in central Iowa City as the Secrest Building on the northeast corner of Clinton and Washington (the southeast corner of the Old Capitol Pentacrest) where the Grand Lodge of Iowa was formed. Other long-used locations were at 112 1/2 South Clinton Street , at the James Hartsock Building now the Dey (Iowa Book & Supply) Building site at Clinton and Iowa Avenue, and at the Morrison Block Building downtown where Black Hawk Minipark is situated today.

Since 1914 Iowa City Lodge has met in the current Temple at 312 East College Street . Built for about $35,000 during 1913 and 1914, construction was paid for in large part by selling the southwest corner of Clinton and College for a Crandic Railroad Depot. During the late 1970s $112,000 was spent to add an elevator, and during 1993 nearly $50,000 was spent to remodel the Lodge Room. The lodge property is now valued at $1.5 million.

Iowa City Masonic Lodge has spawned three other lodges during its lifetime — Zion in 1851 and Clarksville and Wm. Reynolds in 1968, and has absorbed two lodges, including Zion in 1880 and White Marble of North Liberty in 1955. Wm. Reynolds Lodge was merged into Clarksville in 1994.

A 1910 Grand Lodge of Iowa History calls Iowa City Lodge “that mother of Grand Masters.” The Lodge can claim six, James R. Hartsock in 1858 and 1859, Thomas Hart Benton Jr. in 1860, 1861 and 1862, Zephaniah C. Luse in 1877, George W. Ball in 1895 and 1896, Lars A. Larson in 1933 and Woodrow W. Morris in 1971. Capitol Lodge in Des Moines has five, but none more.

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Past Masters of Iowa City No. 4

2019-2020

John M. Grier*

2017-2018

Jason A. Wolcott*

2015-2016

Ryan E. Reid*

2014

David Davis*

2013

Alexander P. Reavis*

2012

Dan J. Fuhrmeister*

2011

Kevin L. Sanders*

2010

Ryan A. Hobbs*

2009

Kevin L. Sanders*

2008

Paul E. Anderson*

2007

Kevin R. Smith*

2006

Andrew V. Zahn*

2005

Paul E. Anderson*

2004

Henry C. Herwig*

2003

Jason A. Wolcott*

2002

Kevin R. Smith*

2001

Jason A. Wolcott*

2000

Randall R. Essing*

1999

Thomas O. Moninger*

1998

Randall R. Essing*

1997

Paul S. McKibben

1996

Robert O. Moninger*

1995

Steven K. Jacobsen*

1994

Richard Eimas*

1993

Don T. Ross*

1992

Benjamin F. Hill

1991

Robert R. Howell

1990

Thomas M. Immermann*

1989

James M. Fry*

1988

Alan R. Bohanan*

1987

Rocco L. Wagner*

1986

Chester A. Miller

1985

James C. Jacob*

1984

Charles F. McConnell

1983

Noel W. Willis

1982

George R. McCormick*

1981

Clyde A. Catron

1980

Ivan C. Orelup

1979

Richard D. Krattet

1978

Robert G. Hibbs

1977

Gregg A. Kruse*

1976

Chester A. Miller

1975

Quentin E. Messer

1974

Wallace E. Carlson

1973

Gordon C. Brown

1972

John D. Rockafellow*

1971

Roy G. Thompson

1970

Ralph A. Shalla

1969

Dale A. Sheets*

1968

Clifford M. Baumback

1967

Claude L. Higginbotham

1966

Robert D. Richey

1965-1966

John W. Porter

1965

Arnold L. Zajicek*

1964

Roger H. Hospers

1963

Larry V. Sibert

1962

George Koudelka

1961

Mark L. Floyd

1960

E.E. "Bill" Perrin

1959

Robert T. Pate

1958

Woodrow W. Morris

1957

Emil W. Eldeen

1956

Robert S. Schell

1955

George R. Hall

1954

George E. Brown

1953

Elmer F. Schmidt

1952

Oliver A. White

1951

Leo G. Fordice

1951

H. Merle Heabner

1950

Elmer C. Roeder

1949

John W. Figg

1948

Harold M. Brown

1947

Elwin K. Shain

1946

Raymond F. Lewis

1945

Roscoe W. Woods

1944

Edwin S. Kringel

1943

Roy S. Mushrush

1942

Albert B. Sidwell

1941

Frederic S. Beebee

1940

Carl S. Kringel

1939

Farnum M. Pauley

1938

Ray V. Smith

1937

William E. Spence

1936

Clinton H. Smoke

1935

Warren W. Norris

1934

Dillard W. Bray

1933

Frank E. Meacham

1932

J. Hubert Scott

1930-1931

Roy T. Lee

1929

Jack J. Hinman Jr.

1928

Harry R. Jenkinson

1927

John F. Reilly

1926

Andrew H. Holt

1925

Charles A. Ohl

1924

Earl Custer

1923

Joseph D. Herrick

1922

William E. Gordon

1921

Henry G. Walker

1920

George D. Koser

1919

Orie E. Van Doren

1918

Edwin M. Brown

1917

Charles S. Wieneke

1916

Bohimil B. Shimek

1915

Lars A. Larson

1914

William G. Raymond

1913

J. Warner Swain

1912

William J. Karslake

1911

Elmer E. Johnston

1910

James L. Records

1909

Ralph L. Dunlap

1907-1908

John U. Plank

1905-1906

Andrew C. Howell

1903-1904

Lanus P. Kessler

1901-1902

James H. Maggard

1899-1900

Charles M. Dutcher

1898

Thomas B. Allin

1896-1897

John A. Springer

1894-1895

William E. Shrader

1893

Frank D. Lindsley

1892

P. Bruce Moore

1891

Samuel S. Hess

1890

Abner W. Bradley

1887-1889

Samuel S. Lytle

1885-1886

Abner W. Bradley

1883-1884

Paul Custer

1882

John C. Shrader

1881

Charles Lewis

1880

C.M. Hobby

1878-1879

George W. Ball

1877

Louis F. Swafford

1876

Richard H. Allin

1874-1875

John R. Elliott

1873

Louis F. Swafford

1871-1872

James R. Hartsock

1870

William E. Miller

1869

Albert S. Bixby

1867-1868

William E. Miller

1864

John W. Porter

1863

James R. Hartsock

1862

Zephaniah C. Luse

1858-1861

Louis F. Swafford

1857

James R. Hartsock

1856

William S. Street

1855

Milton Mygatt

1854

Moses J. Morsman

1853

Sylvender M. Wadley

1852

Luther P. Frost

1851

Daniel S. Warren

1850

Louis F. Swafford

1849

George S. Hampton

1848

William Patterson

1847

Charles A. Robbins

1846

Samuel C. Trowbridge

1845

Samuel M. Ballard

1844

John Hawkins

1842-1843

William Reynolds

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