Texas Lodge No. 46 of San Juan Bautista California: News

Historic 1st Virtual Stated Meeting | November 14th 2020

November 17, 2020

The Stated Meeting of November was held on Saturday the 14th, at 10AM as it has been done, since 1854, but this time it was unique and a first for the Lodge. At the recently completed 171st Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of California, the Masonic Code was amended to allow for virtual (online) […]

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Were the Freemasons behind the American revolutionary war?

August 7, 2020

How and where did the American Revolution get its start? In the “Freemason’s Arms” Pub, which was previously been known as the “Green Dragon Tavern”. The inscription on the painting above reads: “Where we met to Plan the Consignment of a few Shipments of Tea, 1775.” If you want to learn more, enjoy this Online […]

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Grand Lodge Masonic Speaker Series: & Archive

July 14, 2020

Dear Brothers, I would like to share with you the Masonic Speaker Series. The Masons of California have launched an exciting new live, digital Masonic Speakers Series featuring enlightening lectures on a range of topics. See the entire lineup today—or, if you’ve missed one, catch up on past lectures below. To view, click the ‘Watch Now’ button […]

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Update from our Worshipful Inspector

June 30, 2020

From: BJ McCuiston, Inspector 353rd Masonic District Slainte Mhath Bhràithrean, (good health Brethren) Wishing Y’all Peace, good health and happiness during this 2nd Half of 2020.  May the Grand Artificer guide and protect us all. Happy American Independence Day July 4th.  Soon all Lodges will be receiving a template for preparedness from the Grand Lodge, preparedness […]

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Albert Pike Statue Pulled Down by Mob

June 20, 2020

By Auturo de Hoyos: Grand Archivist and Grand Historian of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. This important post was shared on his Facebook Page today. ** He has lived! The fruits of his labors live after him ** Like many of you, I watched the news last night as a mob pulled down and burned the statute […]

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Dr. Kevin Herrick P.M. Public Service Education on COVID-19

April 8, 2020

There are certain times in history which call upon Men, Women and Masons to dig deep and fight for freedom, for our lives and our livelihoods. It seems that throughout the year of 6020 A.L., we will all be tested and called to action, as we live through one of these marked periods of history. […]

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March & April Stated Meetings Postponed due to the Wuhan Corona-virus.

April 1, 2020

A Message about Masonic Meetings Dear lodge leaders, I hope you and your family are safe and healthy and managing well through this current crisis.   The grand master and executive committee have been inspired by the number of virtual lodge gatherings happening on Zoom and other conferencing apps.  These gatherings keep us connected and provide […]

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Attire, The History of how a gentlemen might clothe oneself?

March 13, 2020

While the Brethren of Texas Lodge no.46 being pioneers and cattlemen, have traditionally focused on a attire of a more perfunctory style, an interest in history is a common trait among Masons. As such, I thought it might be beneficial to share some historical context found while browsing the web. Many Lodges today, wear a […]

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February Stated Meeting: 2-8-2020

March 1, 2020

Lodge was Opened on the 1st Degree: The Stated Meeting of February was held on 2/8/2020 and began at 10:18am. The pledge of allegiance to the flag of our country was lead by the Master, who invited the citizens of the United States to join. Officers Stations: Were Filled by the Installed officers, with the exception of […]

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January 18th, 2020: The First Degree of Zachary Monk


As the smoke cleared, we welcomed a new brother to the Fraternity. Brother Zachary Monk was made a Mason, on this eventful Saturday upon which a special meeting was held. The Brethren enjoyed the good ole’ hearly breafast fixings of Charles “ChuckWagon” Baylacq and Worshipful Ray E. Hill IV P.M. French Toast, and Breakfast Sausage, […]

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Masonic Membership over the Past Century

February 6, 2020

Hopefully you have read the latest 2019 Annual report, which shows Freemasonry in California is poised for growth again, for the first time in 53 years of decline.   Below are a few of the highlights and some historical perspective. “Membership in 2019 was nearly flat at 46,443. Compared with 53 years of contraction, that […]

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The Freemason’s Cipher: What is it? Decoded….


Secret Manhattan: The Headstone of Brother James Leeson, and the Masonic Cipher. By Laetitia Barbier July 29, 2013 As Published on AltaObscura.com Squeezed between towering skyscrapers, Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan and its adjacent cemetery is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary, a curious contrast reminding us of the city’s past. The grave of James Leeson, is a […]

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January 11th 2020 Stated Meeting & Trestleboard

January 27, 2020

Texas Lodge No.46 Free and Accepted Masons of California, held its stated meeting for the month of January 11th, at 10:03am. The brothers that could squeeze in and find a place to sit in the very crowded dining room enjoyed a hearty breakfast of French Toast, Sausage, Granola, Yogurt, Mandarin Oranges, Tea and Coffee. The […]

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A Prescription for this historic day of Impeachment: Education

December 19, 2019

On this historic date, we embark on the third Presidential impeachment in the history of our beloved United States of America. Today, I make a motion for all citizens of the world, to seek more light.  Now that WE find ourselves in this situation, WE THE PEOPLE, must LEARN and seek light to  understand how […]

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December 14th Stated Meeting & Trestleboard

December 15, 2019

Texas Lodge No.46 Free and Accepted Masons of California, held its stated meeting for the month of December on the 14th day, at 10am. There were 16 Masons in attendance.  Proceedings suitable for public dissemination are noted below: Investigation Committee Report: The Application for Affiliation of Richard Goldstein has been accepted, and the unanimous ballot […]

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Video-Masonic History of the USA

November 26, 2019

This 1960’s vintage “periscope” black and white film, recounts the unique sequence of events, which brought the USA into being. The emblematic square and compass is forever tied to the founding of freedom in the USA. Invest 25 minutes to learn about the history of the USA, and your Masonic Brothers who were involved in […]

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November 9th Stated Meeting & Trestleboard

November 21, 2019

Election of Officers for 2020 Spirited and just Nominations and an ensuing Election, was held at the November Stated Meeting. Please welcome the Worshipful Master Elect of  Texas  Lodge No. 46 Brother Robert Robbins Applications for Degrees & Affiliation:  We have received and read aloud in the November Stated meeting, an application for affiliation from Mr. Richard […]

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October 12th 2019 Stated Meeting and Trestleboard:

October 14, 2019

The Stated Meeting for the Month of October was held on the 12th day, 5019 A. L. A hearty breakfast was serviced as usual, but with a special treat of fresh-hand-squeezed lemonade, from the tree of the Worshipful Masters home. Charles “Chuck Wagon:” Baylacq was off duty, with WM Raymond Hill’s wife Ramona leading the […]

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September Stated Meeting: Sept 15th 2019

September 16, 2019

The Stated meeting of September, was held on the 15th day of 2019. Pancake Breakfast: Chuck “Wagon” Baylacq and WM Ray Hill served 100+ Breakfasts for the Community Fund Raiser, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the town of San Juan Bautista, California. Worshipful Master of Salinas Lodge Tom Crompton gave many tours […]

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August Trestleboard- Stated meeting 8-20-2019

August 12, 2019

The August Stated meeting was well attended, and the brethren enjoyed more light beaming in from the East, on this warm and summer day. Upcoming Events: Please see our calendar for a complete listing of events. You can also view the Texas Lodge Calendar, or Sync with your own device, link Sync Calendar .ics August 24th […]

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Masonic Calendar System: What is 6019 Anno Lucis?

July 18, 2019

Reprinted from: https://www.masonic-lodge-of-education.com/anno-lucis.html The term, Anno Lucis, is used by Freemasons to denote the Year of Light, which is the year in which God created the world, approximately 4,000 years before the beginning of the Common Era. Anno Lucis is Latin for “Year of Light.”  You will also see it abbreviated as “A.L.”  It is […]

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Trestleboard- July 2019 Stated meeting

July 15, 2019

The Stated meeting of July was held on Saturday, July 13th 6019 Anno Lucas. As the bright light of a beautiful Saturday morning beamed into the lodge room from the East, the Roosters serenading; the Texas Lodge stated meeting was called to perform labor on each of the three degrees of masonry, during this productive […]

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The Traveling Gavel: Facts & Legend


More fact than legend has it that the “Masonic Traveling Gavel” originated in the Middle Ages through social activities by the masters of trades or guilds. When these masters met socially, the host of the gathering presided over the evening with a specially designed Gavel. The very same Gavel was handed over to the guild whose […]

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July 20th 2019-Martinez Lodge Hawaiian Luau

July 5, 2019

What? A Hawaiian Luau dinner, Music and Polynesian Dancers Where? Martinez Lodge No. 41 in Martinez Ca, 94553 When? June 20th, 2019 Why? Fun, Fellowship and Food! How? On the Square of course…

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Installation of Officers January 2005

June 25, 2019

This article about the 2005 Installation of Officers Ceremony, appeared on the website SanBenito.com, on January 18th 2005. San Juan Bautista – As “Brother” Charles Hushbeck played “You’ll Never Walk Alone” somberly on the organ, a dozen men wearing aprons marched through gold-painted pillars and paraded in double-line procession through the dimly-lit Masonic Temple hall. […]

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What is the meaning of a Masonic Ring, and how to wear it

June 24, 2019

While Masonic custom clearly states that the Lambskin apron is the badge of a mason, there is also discussion of it being an emblem of innocence. Many Freemasons choose to wear the square and compass ring, as the outward symbol of being a Freemason. Be warned, that there are many ways that a Master Mason […]

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Texas Lodge No.46 on the Historic San Juan Bautista Walking Trail


Texas Lodge of San Juan Bautista is featured on the historic walking tour and website for the cities most historic buildings. The Texas Lodge Masonic Hall is one of the oldest, most iconic buildings in San Juan Bautista, and the second oldest Masonic lodge in California that is still active in its original location. The […]

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What can a Mason tell a non-mason, about Freemasonry?


By Elbert W. Davis Past Grand Lecturer Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of California In the old charges of 1723 we find some admonitions concerning “behavior in the presence of strangers, not Masons.” “You chall be cautious in your words and carriage, that the most prenetrating stranger shall not be able to discover of find […]

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Trip Report: Visit to the Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22 by Brother John Densem, Marshal, Tx Lodge No. 46

June 23, 2019

Date: June 19, 2019 Subject: Visitation Report: Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22, A.F. & A.M, Alexandria, VA Brethren, In a prior ‘trip report’, (LINK HERE) I detailed my marvelous experience of attending a Stated Meeting and Festive Board at Hicks Beach Lodge in the Provincial District of Gloucestershire, in the UK, last December. Recently, on Thursday, June 13th, […]

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7/6/2019 Hiram award Dinner for Michael D. “Max” Schell, PM

June 17, 2019

    WM Dylan Fletcher and the Brethren of Santa Lucia Lodge No. 302, F&AM Cordially invite you to attend A Hiram Award Dinner To Honor Michael D. “Max” Schell, PM Saturday The 6th of July, 2019 Reception at 5 pm ~ Dinner at 6 pm Santa Lucia Masonic Hall 421 Broadway, King City, CA Please […]

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June Trestle-board: Stated 6/8/2019 & 1st Degree of Garrett Wright

June 14, 2019

  he stated meeting of June, and the Degree of Entered Apprentice was conferred upon Mr. Garrett Wright on the 8th of June 2019. The meeting was well attended, with a few first time visitors including Peter Cardilla and John Mungia, hailing from Salinas Lodge. The minutes from the stated meeting of May were read […]

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Trestleboard -Stated- May 11th 2019

May 15, 2019

The Stated meeting of May 11th 2019 was called to order on the first degree of masonry at 10:16 am. The minutes of the two previous meetings, the stated meeting of the month of April, and the special meeting for the raising of Brother Loren McKechnie were read, and motion made to accept them to […]

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What ever became of Capt. Storey’s daughter after his death?


Daughter of the Masons: Julia Storey Williams By Dallas Pattee Julia Ann Adella Storey entered into life on November 1st, 1849, in Georgetown, Texas. She was the only child of Captain Edward Farris Storey and Adella Calhoun Johnson Storey. Sadly, Mrs. Storey died when Julia was just two, leaving her beloved husband of three years […]

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Edward Farris Storey: First Master of Texas Lodge No.46


Edward Farris Storey (1828-1860) Our First Master Article from the Visalia Masons Lodge Edward Farris Storey was born in Jackson County, Georgia, July 1, 1828. In 1844 with his parents he moved to Texas. In 1846 he became a member of the Texas Rangers, and he and his father served in the Mexican War. In […]

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History of Texas Lodge No.46 of San Juan Bautista California


The Texan Influence © Truitt L Bradly Past Master Tascosa Lodge No 1375 Copyright 2019 Truitt L Bradly The Formation of California’s Texas Lodge No. 46: In the latter stages of the California Gold Rush, a group of Masons petitioned the Grand Lodge of California, Free and Accepted Masons for dispensation to form a Masonic […]

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A look inside English Freemasonry- Documentary Film

May 2, 2019

Useful information about Freemasonry is hard to come by in the “never-ending pit of darkness”, that can be the Internet. Occasionally there is a purposeful ray of light that streams in. When I saw this series from the Grand Lodge of England, I was pleasantly surprised and entertained enough that I thought I should share. I believe […]

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Visit to Hicks Beach Lodge of England | A trip report


Visit at Hicks Beach Lodge 2407. Province of Gloucestershire, England By Bro. John Densem on Tuesday 18 December 2018 An esteemed Bro. Alec Ingram, a resident near Gloucester, graciously invited me to attend Lodge with him during my recent Christmastide visit to England. What an experience! To start with, not just an Invitation, but a printed […]

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Stated Meeting: 4/13/2019 Trestleboard

April 23, 2019

The Texas Lodge No.46 stated meeting for the month of April was held on the 13th, at 11:30 am. The meeting was delayed a few hours, due to a pancake breakfast fundraiser, in collaboration with the city of San Juan Bautista. A dispensation was previously sought and approved, to delay our stated meeting by an […]

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Trestleboard -Stated Meeting 3-9-2019

March 10, 2019

Greetings, Brethren, At the March Stated Meeting, the first order of business was the Second Degree Proficiency for Loren McKechnie, who did a wonderful job! Congratulations, Brother Loren! His raising to the sublime third degree is scheduled March 30th. A light breakfast will be served at 9:00 (coffee & muffins). The degree starts at 10:00 […]

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Trip to Colorado | Nevadaville Masonic Lodge | June 2019

February 22, 2019

A few brothers are planning a trip to the Nevadaville Colorado Ghost town, and Masonic Lodge. Be it also noted, that the traveling brethren who are headed east to this quintuple raising @ the ghost town Lodge of Nevadaville will be leaving the morning of Monday the 27th 2019. A  Google Map of their proposed route […]

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Trestleboard -Stated Meeting of February-2019

February 18, 2019

The February stated meeting was well attended, with three brothers visiting from the Masonic Home in Union City. Worshipful Hans Straub P.M. and Allen Schatttenburge brought Bob Harband a first time visitor to Texas Lodge. Worshipful Howard Dingman P.M. of Los Gatos #292, was also a first time visitor, and both were presented with the […]

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How to Deal with Conflict and Confrontation as a Gentleman

February 15, 2019

No one likes confrontation. It never seems to bring out the best in us. But as Freemasons we are eger to improve ourselves to become better gentlemen, fathers, brothers, and sons. I would like to share again the wonderful YouTube channel from Sven of Gentlemens Gazette. I think he succinctly brings some light to these […]

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Some Details on Illustrious Brother Benjamin Franklin

January 24, 2019

Ben Franklin has long stood as one of the patriarchs of American Freemasonry. As one of the most prominent Founding Fathers, today Franklin is known for little more than the face on the $100 dollar bill. Yet, the history of the man behind such an honor is rich with industriousness, inventiveness and political genius such […]

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Trestle Board- January 2019 Digital Issue #1.

January 16, 2019

Brothers, I am pleased to announce that we have created a new Digital Version of the Trestleboard for Texas Lodge No. 46. Please Click to Download  Trestleboard Digital Issue #1. Tx. Lodge No. 46 For the best experience please view the PDF at the link above.     THE TRESTLE BOARD Texas Lodge No.46 Digital Issue […]

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How to get to know someone? Great questions to ask

January 14, 2019

As Masons, we seek out the world, experience, knowledge, connections…. In my explorations, every now and then I come across a website that truly amazes. Today I thought I would share one of the absolute best Vloggers I know of, Sven Schneider, and his channel Gentlemens Gazette. I believe many fellow Freemasons will appreciate his […]

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A call for Antiques to Loan or Gift the Lodge


I am extending a call for Antique Furniture, to furnish the “middle room” of Texas Lodge, into an Office and Recreation Room, for the Brothers and Public visitors to enjoy. Imagine your old antique chair or table, being used weekly, and appreciated by lovers of history with a brass plaque, memorializing your gift, or in the […]

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2019 Installation Of Officers: Texas #46 & Salinas #204 A & AM

January 8, 2019

On a rainy Saturday, January 5th, 2019 the Officers of Texas Lodge and Salinas Lodge were installed. A beautiful ceremony conducted by Jon Pariser P.M., and Master of Ceremonies Jon Wong P.M. with the assistance of chaplain & inspector B. J. McCuiston P.M. among many other honorable Brothers. A hearty and flavorful Festive Board followed the […]

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens: AKA “Mark Twain” a Freemason in the burgeoning West.

January 3, 2019

Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens: A Missouri Freemason An Original Research Paper by Right Worshipful Brother Gerald W. Burnworth, 1992 Truman Medal Recipient 1999 Fellow, Missouri Lodge of Research Greatest of all Missouri literary figures unquestionably is Samuel Langhorne Clemens, whose fame as a novelist and humorist under the name of “Mark Twain” has spread around […]

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Read Aloud: Morals & Dogma: By Albert Pike

December 21, 2018

Have you ever wanted to read “Morals & Dogma”? I inherited a copy of this historic volume, but have never had the time to read it.  But lo and behold, I found it read aloud on YouTube. Thus, I added it to our YouTube Page, for your reflection.

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Please help share stories about Tx Lodge No. 46


Hello Brothers, We need assistance with building our social media content. Texas lodge No.46 has a few social pages which are public facing and need your photos, stories, and posts. Keep in mind that these accounts are public, and share accordingly You can find these accounts here: Please help us by following, and posting “@txlodge” […]

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Jan 5th 2pm INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

December 20, 2018

Brethren, Family, Friends Visitors, You are cordially invited to the Joint Installation of Officers of Texas Lodge #46 and Salinas Lodge 204, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California. Our lodges are each almost as old as Masonry in California dating back to the 1850s and 1860s and both have a much-honored part […]

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