The History of California’s #168 Masonic Lodge

San Mateo Lodge #168

On June 28, 1863, seven Master Masons held a meeting in the San Mateo Courthouse, at Redwood City, to discuss the feasibility of organizing a Lodge in that county. This would be the first Masonic Lodge in San Mateo County.  The seven Masons were Samuel Cook, Frederick E. Bartlett, Andrew Teague, Benjamin F. Gillum, John M. Allen, August Eikerenkotter, and Thomas Lathrop. Eikerenkotter was called to chair the meeting and Lathrop was appointed Secretary. …read more

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