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February 8, 2014

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Muskogee County Historical Society

The Muskogee County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant, 501 N. Main.

The program will be by members, “Sharing Memories and Family Items.”

There will also be a discussion of the 2014 calendar and election of the 2014 officers.

Information: Ellen “Cowboy” Johnson, (918) 453-9842.

Wagoner Masonic Lodge Number 98

Wagoner Masonic Lodge Number 98 recently installed Larry W. Lewis, 32-degree-Mason, to lead their lodge through 2014. Larry has been a member of Masonry since 1972 and has held the offices of Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden and now Worshipful Master. He is excited about serving as worshipful master. “Masonry teaches that each person has a responsibility to make things better in the world and that has been the goal in Wagoner since 1895,” said Larry in a media release. The Masonic Lodge was organized in Wagoner in 1895, one year before Wagoner became the first town in Indian Territory to incorporate.

Today, Wagoner Lodge No. 98 has approximately 130 members including 30 living past Worshipful Masters. The title “worshipful master” is sometimes confusing to those not familiar with Masonry. Masonic use of the term “master” originated in the guilds of the Middle Ages when the person most skillful was called the master. Mush Masonic vocabulary dates from that period. The term “worshipful” is actually derived from Old English and means greatly respected. For instance, “worshipful” is still a term used in England and Canada to refer to such officials as mayors of cities.

Worshipful John Doe means the same thing as Honorable John Doe. The title “master” refers to the chief officer of a lodge of Freemasons. In layman’s terms, “worshipful master” means the chief officer of the Lodge for the seam reason the leader of the first violins in an orchestra is called the Concertmaster, or a highly skilled electrician is called a Master Electrician or the leader of a Boy Scout Troop is called a Scoutmaster.

Larry is a retired educator; spending 30 years in the teaching field and serving in various offices of local teachers’ organizations. Larry was the machine tool technology instructor at Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee for 28 years of his 30-year career. He was also co-owner of Fin-Way Pattern Shop in Muskogee for many years with his dad and brother.

He graduated from Muskogee High School and has a degree from Southeastern State University. Today, Larry fills his days working the family cattle ranch with his wife, Barbara. He also enjoys spending time with his granddaughter, Kodie, who is a freshman at Hilldale High School. Larry and Barbara attend Christian Chapel in Muskogee.

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