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Palacios African-American Masonic Lodge & Eastern Star

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Members of the Palacios African-American Masonic Lodge & Eastern Star

Eastern Star

1. Mable Stredic
3. Viola Hebert
4. Etta Mae Haynes
5. Doris Heard
7. Annie Doris Hudgins
9. Evelyn Washington
10. Golda Taylor
11. Mary Roy
14. Earlene Polk
15.Dora Hebert


1. Johnnie Heard
2. Jessie Haynes
3. Harry Deadrick
4. Hayes Deadrick
5. Rev. M. L. Boone
6. Sam Hebert
7. Vernon Matthews
9. Benno Haynes
17 Granville Pea.
18. R. D. Taylor




Palacios Masonic Lodge # 990 A. F. & A. M.

Palacios Masonic Lodge # 990 A. F. & A. M.

George Archie Harrison
Pct. 3 County Commissioner for 14 years, Palacios City Council, Palacios School Board, Chairman of Seawall Commission,
Director of Intracoastal Canal Association and South Texas Chamber of Commerce
Past Master of Palacios Masonic Lodge 990, Knights Templar of Bay City, Texas Consistory at Galveston, Arabia Temple Shrine Club of Houston



Palacios Chapter No. 125 Order of the Eastern Star

O. E. S. Elect Officers.

Tuesday night at the Masonic hall the O. E. S. held their annual election of officers when the following officers when the following were chosen for the ensuing year.

Worthy Matron - Mrs. Nester
Worthy Patron  - George Harrison
Associate Matron -  Miss Claire Hansen
Conductress -  Miss Mabel Hayes
Associate Conductress -  Miss Izora Langford
Secretary -  Mrs. Feather
Treasurer -  Mrs. Arnold

After the election Mr. and Mrs. George Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Ellis, Blessing and Miss Blake Terry, Blessing, served delicious ice cream and two kinds of cake.

Palacios Beacon, Friday, May 18, 1923

Blessing News

The Eastern Star Chapter No. 125 of Palacios honored their Worthy Matron, Mrs. T. B. Butler, with a birthday party Friday night in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams. Mrs. Butler received some lovely gifts.

Palacios Beacon, January 29, 1959


Palacios Assembly 263, Order of the Rainbow For Girls

Rainbow Girls To Install Officers At Meeting February

June Whitley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Whitley, will be installed as worthy advisor of Palacios Assembly, No. 263, Order of Rainbow For Girls.

The installation will be held at 7 p. m. February 8 at the Palacios Masonic Lodge.

Other officers to be installed are Sissy White, worthy associate advisor; "Cooky" Maddox, Charity; Juanita Cornelius, Hope; Carol Raasch, Faith.

Also Mary Louise Friery, Chaplain; Suzanne Countryman, Drill Leader; Georgene Stubblefield, Recorder; Barbara Stewart, treasurer; Judy Lothridge, Love; Ann Cooper, Religion; Joy Jensen, Nature; Carolyn Maddox, Immortality; Sue Brotemarkle, Fidelity; Judy Hunt, Patriotism; Florence Clardy, Service.

Also Susan Sanford, Confidential Observer; Dolly Leadford, Outer Observer; Marion Wilson, Musician; Linda Erekson, Choir Director.

Palacios Beacon, February 6, 1958

Palacios News

Twenty-four girls from the Palacios Assembly 263 were among the 200 girls from this area who attended a school of instruction at El Campo Saturday Jan. 17. Thirteen of the girls participated by holding offices during this time. The school was conducted by Martha Marie Whitfield, supreme instructor, Order of Rainbow in Texas.

Three grand officers were presented including Sandra Wyatt, grand worthy advisor of Texas.

Palacios officers participating were Marion Wilson, Carol Raasch, Linda Erekson, Lula Belle Maddox, Carolyn Maddox, Sue Brotemarkle, Dolly Leadford, June Whitley, Georgene Stubblefield, Susan Countryman, Juanita Cornelius, Mary Louise Friery, and Judy Neal.

Other members attending were Nancy Barnett, Ann Cooper, Carla Barnett, Carol Goff, Linda Hunt, Kay Koerber, Judy Lothridge, Cheryl Milam, Janice Oglesby and Ginger Shearer.

A tea honoring Miss Wyatt was given Sunday, January 18 at the home of Mrs. A. J. Proebstle in Brazoria. Eight Palacios girls and three adults were among the guests.

The Palacios assembly was hostess at a dinner honoring Miss Wyatt, Monday evening. Miss Lula Belle Maddox, Worthy Advisor, presided at the dinner. She presented corsages to Miss Wyatt and Mrs. Mary Proebstle grand visitor. Dinner music was provided by Ann Cooper, Judy Lothridge and Marion Wilson. There were 58 guests present, among who were representatives from assemblies in this area.

A regular meeting of the Palacios Assembly followed the dinner.

Daily Tribune, January 23, 1959

Palacios Rainbows Have Installation, Dinner Program

PALACIOS (Spl.)--Miss Linda Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archie L. Thompson, was installed as a member of the Palacios Assembly 263, Order of Rainbow For Girls at an initiation and dinner meeting Monday.

The initiation was by Juanita Cornelius, worthy advisor.

Mrs. A. M. Proebstle of Brazoria, grand visitor of the grand assembly of Texas, was an honor guest.

Twenty-five Rainbow Girls, 15 Masons and eight members of the Eastern Star attended the meeting. Mrs. LeRoy Neal is Mother Advisor of the local assembly.

Rainbow girls attending the dinner were Carla Barrett, Juanita Cornelius, Linda Erekson, Mary Louise Friery, Carol Goff, Kay Koerber, Judy Lothridge, Judy Neal, Margaret Nichols, Ginger Shearer, Marion Wilson, Dolly Leadford, Georgene Stubblefield, June Whitley, Sheryl Milam, Gay Rogers, Mary Jo Blackwell and Emily Weakly.

Other Rainbow Girls attending the meeting later were Georgianna Cartwright, Ann Cooper, Suzanne Countryman, Joy Jensen, Carol Raasch and Jessie White.

Daily Tribune, May 1, 1959

Local Rainbow Girls Attend Grand Assembly in Santone

The officers and members of Palacios Assembly No. 263, Order of the Rainbow For Girls, are attending their annual state meeting, Grand Assembly of Texas, in San Antonio this week.

Those attending are: Carole Raasch, Worthy Advisor, Florence Clardy, Judy Neal, Judy Lothridge, Linda Erekson, Sue Brotemarkle, Mary Louise Friery, Barbara Ross, Carolyn Maddox, Georgene Stubblefield, Past Worthy Advisor, June Whitley, Past Worthy Advisor, and Lula Belle Maddox, Past Worthy Advisor.

June Whitley will receive the Grand Cross of Color, an honorary degree conferred in recognition of outstanding services rendered the order.

Lula Belle Maddox will be a member of the Grand Choir which will sing at all sessions of the Grand Assembly.

Chaperoning adults for the group are: Mrs. Vera Ruth, Mrs. Alice Wilson, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Lothridge, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Neal, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Maddox.

Palacios Beacon, June 18, 1959


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