White Mountain Lodge No.3, F.&.A.M.


180 North Broad Street

P.O. Box 741

 Globe, Arizona 85502-0741


To:  Arizona Grand Lodge, New Mexico Grand Lodge, York Rite and Scottish Rite Masons, Shrine Masons and guests

    This year White Mountain Lodge No.3 will be participating in the annual “Historical Home & Building” tour conducted by the Globe & Miami Chamber of Commerce held on Saturday & Sunday March 8th & 9th. The Lodge has made plans for a great Masonic weekend and invites you to attend a major event on March 9th, 2014 in Globe, Arizona.

     Over 133 years ago a group of local Masons petitioned the Grand Lodge of New Mexico to form a Masonic Lodge in Globe.  They received their Charter on January 18, 1881 as White Mountain Lodge No. 5, Grand Lodge of AF&AM of New Mexico.  In 1882 the brethren of White Mountain Lodge ( joined with the other 4 Lodges existing then in the Arizona Territory to form the Grand Lodge of Arizona) was instrumental in forming the  Grand Lodge of Arizona. At that formative meeting for the Grand Lodge of the Arizona Territory which was held in Tucson, White Mountain Lodge No.5 Grand Lodge of New Mexico was chartered on October 16, 1882 as White Mountain Lodge No. 3.

  After a number of  years of meeting at different locations in town the brethren determined to build their own Lodge temple. Following approval at one of their Stated Meetings they purchased the lot where the Temple is now located on April 20, 1912 at a cost of $13,000 and a projected investment of $9,000 to build the temple.  Following completion and dedication of the building, the Lodge held its first stated meeting there on October 7, 1913.

   On Sunday March 9, 2014 at 9 AM, Most Worshipful Grand Master William A Garrard, Jr. and the Grand Line officers will open a meeting of the Grand Lodge in the lodge room located at 180 N Broad Street, Globe, Arizona.  At 10 AM we will start the public ceremony for the dedication of the Temple on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.  We are expecting a large attendance from the Grand Lodge officers, Grand York Rite Officers, Scottish Rite & Shriners.    A light lunch will be available after the ceremony in the dining room located on the third (3rd) floor.  We would appreciate hearing from you if you plan to attend.

   Since White Mountain Lodge No.3 is participating in the “Historical Home & Building” tour. Information is attached to this letter and can also be found on the White Mountain Lodge Web page --  www.whitemountain 3.org . White Mountain Lodge will hold their monthly stated meeting on Saturday at 9 AM prior to the starting of the historical tour.

Please contact us at:  E-mail pauldoresr@cox.net  or telephone 928-425-2891 or 602-920-0456

 Paul J Dore, Sr

White Mountain Lodge secretary

Historic Home & Building Tour

March 8-9, 2014

Globe, Arizona

Enjoy a chauffeured tour of several homes and historic buildings in this Arizona mining town. From modest “miner shacks” to fine tufa stone architecture, enjoy some fine examples of life in territorial day Arizona. In addition to the homes, tours of several downtown buildings, including the Masons Lodge, will be offered in what is the 30th annual Historic Home & Building Tour in Globe.

Admission is $15 a person, which includes a souvenir copper ticket, rides to each stop and hosts to explain the history and architecture of each stop.  Tours will leave from the old train depot on Broad Street in downtown Globe. Believe us, when we say that when you see the hills and curving streets in our neighborhoods, you will be glad you have a knowledgeable driver! Tickets are available from 9 am to 3 pm both days, with the last tour leaving at 3 pm. For more information, contact the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce, 928-425-4495.

In addition to the Home & Building Tour enjoy the Antique Show offered through the Gila County Historical Society

 and the

Pieces of Friendship Quilt Show on display at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.

Accommodation guide: www.globemiamichamber.com/ebook/2013/index.html/#/14/

A brief history of the start of Royal Arch Masonry in Arizona
By: William A. Garrard, JR. PGHP of Arizona

We have a long and storied history within Arizona Masonry.  The Royal Arch is the oldest appendent body in Arizona Masonry.  On October 11, 1866 the brothers of what later became Aztlan No. 1 received their charter from California.  Brother John Tabor Alsap was elected and installed as their first Worshipful Master.  Brother Alsap was not only a leader in his community, but also the Territory of Arizona and more importantly a tremendous and visionary leader in Arizona Masonry.  Worshipful Brother Alsap later moved to the village of Phoenix.  As a community leader and organizer he was responsible for laying out the original 300 acre plat of what would become the town of Phoenix.  He was the first Territorial Treasurer, the first probate judge for Maricopa County and on and on. But he remained just as busy with Masonry.  He and several other brothers formed together, petitioned and eventually received a charter for what became Arizona Lodge No. 2 on the 16th of October, 1879 thirteen years after he had accomplished the same task in Prescott.  He went on to become the 2nd Grand Master in Arizona. His enthusiasm and vision for Arizona Masonry was unbound, for a mere 6 weeks after the Lodge received its charter on the 31st of December, 1879, Worshipful Brother Alsap lead eleven other brothers in requesting a dispensation to form a chapter of Royal Arch Masons.  Arizona Chapter No. 1 was granted a charter on August 27, 1880, almost 19 months before the Grand Lodge of Arizona was formed.  A Convocation of Royal Arch Masons assembled at Tucson, Arizona Territory on Wednesday, November 12, 1889 for the purpose of organizing and constituting a Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons for the Arizona Territory.  The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Arizona Territory was officially opened one year later on November 12, 1890.