Welcome to Milton Masonic Lodge #161 of Wisconsin!



 

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History of Our Lodge!

May 14th, 1866- The Grand Master of Wisconsin, John Wentworth, came to Milton to help form a new Lodge of Master Masons to be known as Milton Lodge No. 161.

May 21st, 1866- Milton Lodge voted to adopt the by-laws of Janesville Lodge No.55 with the exception of meeting night.

June 12th, 1866- Milton Lodge received it's Charter.

July 1986- Grand Lecturer A.B. Aldwin came to dedicate the new lodge, and to officially install charter members and new members.

During the first 50 years, the lodge was housed in a number of meeting places. For five years, meeting were held at the Good Templar's Hall on Greenman St.

187- Lodge brothers donated money and labor to assist the Odd Fellows to erect a building on Vernal Ave. in Milton Junction. There was an understanding that the masonic lodge could rent space from them.

1886- The lodge members decided to move after the Odd Fellows hall was too small, and problems with other groups. The lodge moved to I.P. Morgan's building on Merchants Row. The lodge returned to the Odd Fellows Hall in 1912.

April 15th, 1916- The lodge decided it was time to build their own lodge. Across the street from the Odd Fellows Hall was the site of the old Isaac Bullis Wagon Shop. The lodge purchased the lot, and construction started soon after.

March 1917- The Milton Masonic Temple was completed at a cost of $10,303.94. The first meeting at this new lodge was March 11th.

Good Friday 1977- The first annual Good Friday fish fry at the lodge.

August 15th, 2014- The Milton Masonic Temple was recognized as a Historic Place by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

July 21st, 2015- The Milton Masonic Temple was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Milton Historic Preservation Commission.

March 25th, 2017- The Milton Lodge was rededicated by Grand Lodge Officers, including MW Grand Master Don Hensiak.

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