About This Lodge
From its beginning, on the 27th of May, 1895, Dallas Masonic Lodge was destined to parallel the growth and development of Dallas County. Charter members were exclusively prominent citizens and included: Anson Rainey, Chief Justice, 5th Supreme Court of Appeals, Charter Master; Bishop Alexander C. Garrett, our second Master, who later became the Presiding Episcopal Bishop of the United States; and publisher Louis Blaylock, our third Master, who later served the city as a 2-term Mayor.
Over the years, five members of Dallas Lodge have served as Grand Master of Masons in Texas. In addition to Brother Rainey, they include Sam P. Cochran (1912), Mike H. Thomas (1923), Hiram F. Lively (1930), and Robert L. Dillard, Jr. (1962). Samuel Poyntz Cochran was the man most responsible for the formation of the great Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the building of the Scottish Rite Temple and the creation of the Texas Masonic Retirement Center. Brother Dillard, a lawyer, served as President of the Board for the Masonic Home and School and was Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Dallas Scottish Rite bodies.
Through the years, Dallas Lodge has contributed to the community with dynamic men in so many fields: Banking – Nathan Adams, A. V. Lane, W. H. Gaston; Business – Alex Sanger, Edward Titche, Max Goettinger, Arthur Everts, Ben Griffin, Clarence Talley, Harmon Schepps, Henry S. Miller; Law – Sheriff Bill Decker, Judges Anson Rainey, William M. Holland, Towne Young, Dee Brown Walker; Education – DISD presidents R. L. Dillard and Gabe P. Allen, DISD superintendant W. T. White, and others (13 schools in DISD are named for Dallas Masonic Lodge members); and Religion – Dr. George W. Truett of First Baptist Church, Most Reverend Alexander C. Garrett, Rabbi David Lefkowitz of Temple Emanu-el, East Dallas Christian Church pastors John G. Slayter, Dr. W. A. Welsh and Dr. Sloan Gentry. Six Masonic Lodges are named for members of Dallas Lodge.
Since the 1920’s, Dallas Lodge has benefited from receiving distributions from a trust established from the will of Louis Antonio Pires that allows us to provide educational assistance to a number of students, as well as provide an annual M. B. Lamar Medal (and cash award) in education, and to contribute to local organizations for beneficent purposes (current recipients include Jubilee Park and Recreation Center). All Texas Masons are known for their pride in the fraternity and our country, but Dallas Masonic Lodge members can be justifiably proud of our long-standing commitment to education and charity and our ongoing efforts on behalf of the communities of Dallas County.