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  
Centre 86 Johnstown January 9, 1827 1842  
Clinton 92 Coshocton January 15, 1828 1835  
Thornhill 173 New Castle October 16, 1849 1857  
Utica 183 Utica October 17, 1849 1855  
Roscoe 190 Roscoe October 17, 1850 1869  
Antioch 286 Danville October 22, 1856 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)
Ahiman 492 Newark October 21, 1874 1888  
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) 
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