Prosperity Lodge No. 567 
PO Box 383 - 520 Easton Road, Riegelsville PA 18077

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Prosperity Lodge No. 567 - 125th Anniversary
Compiled by Brother Frederick J. Ritter III, Worshipful Master.

In 1886, Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Sunoco, Sears, Roebuck and Co., S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Westinghouse Electric, were all founded. The St. Louis Browns beat The Chicago White Stockings 4 games to 2.

Prosperity Lodge was warranted July 16, 1886 and constituted two months later on September 4, 1886. Bro. E. Coppe Mitchell, Right Worshipful Grand Master and a staff of Grand Officers, leaving Bangor, Pa. arrived in Riegelsville after a ride of some two hours, proceeded to the Lodge room where at High Twelve a new Lodge was constituted to be known as Prosperity Lodge No. 567, F. & A.M.

Bro. Edward W. Lerch was installed Worshipful Master; Bro. Alex S. Jordan was installed Senior Warden, and Bro. Newton S. Rice was installed Junior Warden. Fourteen Lodges were represented and after a dinner at the Riegelsville Hotel the Grand Lodge Officers left for Philadelphia arriving at 7:30 P.M.

In 1911, William Taft was President, Chevrolet and Boscov's Department Store were founded and the Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Giants 4 games to 2 in the world series. At prosperity lodge a 25th Anniversary Committee was appointed, but the minutes state that no Anniversary Meeting was held.

In 1936, the IV Olympic Winter Games were held in Germany, the novel Gone with the Wind was first published, The NY Yankees beat the NY Giants by, you guessed 4 games to 2. FDR was elected to his second term as President. Prosperity Lodge, held a 50th Anniversary Meeting on September 11, 1936, Br. S. Linford Nicholas, Worshipful Master presiding. Bro. Henry S. Borneman, District Deputy Grand Master, honored the Lodge with his presence as a representative of the Right Worshipful Grand Master. Eighteen Lodges from the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York were represented.

In 1961 the NY Yankees beat the Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 1. JFK was in the first year of his Presidency and On September 23, 1961 a 75th Anniversary Dinner was held at the hotel Easton, Easton, Pa. Bro. Lawrence D. Haas, Worshipful Master presiding. Bro Albert R. Eisenhower, District Deputy Grand Master honored the occasion with his presence as a representative of the Right Worshipful Grand Master.

On June 13, 1986 Brothers George H. Gackenbach, P.M., Lester H Weaver, P.M., and Donald B. Kreitz, P.M. offered a resolution that the lodge move its place of meeting to 520 Easton Road, Riegelsville, Pa. A lodge meeting was held on August 8, 1986 to vote on this resolution. It was approved and on September 12, 1986, the first stated meeting was held at the new Lodge Building. There were 47 members present and 9 visitors. A special meeting of Prosperity Lodge was held on September 13, 1986, to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the lodge. Earlier in the day the lodge had a cornerstone laying ceremony. The Right Worshipful Grand Master Brother Carl W. Stenberg, Jr., the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, Brother Arthur J. Kurtz, and many other grand lodge officers were present. The lodge was filled to capacity. Additional chairs had to be placed in front of the regular seating.

This brings us to this year (2011), the Phillies are going to win the world series and the 125th anniversary of the Lodge and the 25th anniversary on the Temple building. On October 1, 2011 The Right Worshipful Grand Master will honor Prosperity Lodge with his presence at our anniversary picnic.

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