THE BEGINNING OF EDWARDS LODGE #593


Masonic Lodge in Miller county AR.  

Dr. Geraldine Johnson submitted this information from the 1990 Membership Directory.

Today, Edwards Masonic Lodge #593 has its own building on US Hwy 71 South in Texarkana, Arkansas. The phone number is 870-772-4253 


Edwards Lodge met at the Harmony Grove Church located six miles south of Texarkana, Arkansas on Line Ferry Road. This was a Union Church building with both Methodist and Baptist meeting there on alternate Sundays. 

The old building was a two-story structure with high ceilings. The Masons, Woodman of the World, and Easter Star used the top floor for a lodge room. It was heated by a wood- burning stove. This building has long since been torn down and replaced with a one-story brick church building constructed on the same site. 

The Masons held a 99-year lease on the first building. The Woodman of the World helped the Masons to finish the inside and in turn they were granted a 99-year lease to the building but not the grounds. 

The first meeting of the Edwards Lodge #593 was held July 1st, 1905. All officers were appointed to temporarily serve for the first meeting. They were: 

J. T MEADOR……Worshipful Master

B. M. ROGERS…….….Senior Warden

J. D. PATE…….……….Junior Warden

Edd Sams……….………Senior Deacon

W. F. Bolin……….…….Junior Deacon

F. M. Davis………….………Treasurer

W. M. Bridges…………….…Secretary

 

 At this meeting, election of officers was held to guide this new lodge in its travels to become a full-fledged Masonic Lodge, working under the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Arkansas. 

PAST MASTERS 

1946-J. Arthur Gary

1947-Kelley Fricks

1948-Melvin F. Wall

1949-Holley Perkins, Jr.

1958-John J. Witto

1959-William F. George

1960-John D. Hodge

1961-William E. O’Neal

1962-Thomas E. Douglass

1963-Henry V. Whitehaed

1964-Earl W. Patton

1965-Billy W. Hon

1966-Morris O. Parker

1967-Howard L. Friday

1968-Hershal Fike

1969-William L. Hawkins

1971-Ellis R. Eades

1972-Charles K. Cutchall

1973-James I. Elliott

1974-Marvin D. Kirby

1975-E. M. Barwick

1977-Paul R. Bennett

1978-John R. Miller

1979-Fisher B. Plymale

1980-William H. Carter

1981-Winfred M. Tussey

1982 Curtis Morphew

1983-Gail S. Copeland

1984-Charles E. Phillips

1985-James Woods

1986-Charles D. Turley

1987-Kenneth D. Knowles

1988-Donald G. Edwards

1989-George A. Coker

1990-Thomas E. McLelland