On a Monday evening April 23, 1956 seventy-eight Past Masters and Officers of the 19th Masonic District of Ohio assembled at Ohio Lodge No. 199 for the purpose of organizing a District Association.
The meeting was called to order promptly at 8:00pm by then R.W. Bro. Glen C. Rine, District Deputy Grand Master of the 19th District. He then appointed W. Bro. Ray Giffen a Past Master of Ohio No. 199 to act as Chairman, and W. Bro. Carl Haxton a Past Master of Wakatomica No. 108 to act as Secretary. W. Bro. Giffen read a letter of resolution which was adopted by the body.
W. Bro. Giffen then introduced Past Grand Master M.W. Bro. James J. Harbarge who with the assistance of the then 14th District Secretary, W. Bro. Ervin R. Linch of East Gate Lodge No. 603, informed those assembled how the District Associations operated, and read samples of by-laws that may be adopted by the 19th District.
An election of the first officers of the District was held with the following results:
President - W. Bro. Carl Foster, Hebron No. 116
1st Vice President - W. Bro. Edwin Darns, Newark No. 97
2nd Vice President - W. Bro. William Stalter, Coshocton No. 96
Secretary / Treasurer - W. Bro. Carl Haxton, Wakatomica No. 108
By direction of the president, the two Vice Presidents then appointed W. Bro. Chalmer White of Bloomfield No. 422 as 3rd Vice President. The Vice Presidents served as the By-Law Committee.
A total of $55.20 was collected, and after paying for refreshments, the treasury of the District stood at $40.20.
The first meeting as an official Association was held at the beautiful new Lodge in Centerburg, Bloomfield No. 422 on June 30, 1956. By-Laws for the District Association were adopted and it was decided not to collect dues of $6.00 per lodge until the next annual meeting. R.W. Bro. Glen Rine will have the By-Laws printed and distribute them to each lodge.
Extinct Lodges of the 19th Masonic District
|Lodge||Location||Date Chartered||Date Surrendered|
|Clinton 91||Coshocton||January 15, 1828||1835|
|Centre 86||Johnstown||January 9, 1827||1842|
|Utica 183||Utica||October 17, 1849||1855|
|Thornhill 173||New Castle||October 16, 1849||1857|
|Etna 212||Etna||October 27, 1851||1860||(Charter arrested by declaration No. 34 and No. 44 at Grand Lodge Communication 1860)|
|Roscoe 190||Roscoe||October 17, 1850||1869|
|Antioch 286||Danville||October 22, 1856||1888|
|Ahiman 492||Newark||October 21, 1874||1888|
|Center 326||Johnstown||October 16, 1860||1930||(Became No. 86 at 1930 session)|
|Bloomfield 422||Centerburg||October 21, 1868||2000||(Merged with Mt. Zion No. 9 on May 8, 2000)|
|Danville 546||Danville||October 24, 1888||2002||(Merged with Ohio No. 199 on March 5, 2002)|
|Crusader 720||Heath||October 21, 1948||2017||(Consolidated with Heath No. 771 to become Heath-Crusader No. 798)|
|Heath 771||Heath||October 12, 1968||2017||(Consolidated with Crusader No. 720 to become Heath-Crusader No. 798)|
|Coshocton 96||Coshocton||October 22, 1846||2017||(Consolidated with Wakataomica No. 108 & Warsaw No. 255 to become Three-Rivers No. 799)|
|Wakatomica 108||Coshocton||October 21, 1840||2017||(Consolidated with Coshocton No. 96 & Warsaw No. 255 to become Three-Rivers No. 799)|
|Warsaw 255||Coshocton||October 17, 1854||2017||(Consolidated with Coshocton No. 96 & Wakatomica No. 108 to become Three-Rivers No. 799)|
|Frazeysburg 490||Frazeysburg||October 21, 1874||2017||(Charter arrested at Grand Lodge Annual Communication 2017)|
|Heath-Crusader 798||Heath||December 7, 2016||2019||(Consolidated with Center Star Lodge 11 to become Aerospace 800 on October 24, 2018)|