The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Page: 46
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FIRST CENTURY OF SCOTTISH RITE
On the 30th day of December, A.D. 1875, came Benjamin
B. Richardson, 30 , Special Deputy Inspector General, acting
for Ill. Bro. Philip Tucker, 330, and active member from Texas
of the Supreme Council, 33d and last Degree of the A. and A.
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and by authority communicated
to Sion B. Trice, Sidney C. Olive, John W. Mann, Wm. B.
Trice, John S. Napier, Samuel J. Fosgard, Ephriam P. Massey,
Carl O. Fosgard, Stephen D. Moore, Charles F. Smith, Jacob F.
Brinkerhoff and Frank R. Bird, all of the Degrees from 4th to
And by authority of Letters Patent of Constitution, did consti-
tute the said brethren their associates and successors into a
Just, Legal and Perfect Lodge of Perfection of Grand Elect,
Perfect and Sublime Masons of the 14th Degree of the Ancient
and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry to be known and
called by the name of "Central Lodge of Perfection No. 3,"
and with the consent of said brethren appointed Bro Sion B.
Trice, First Grand Master; Bro. Ephriam Massey, First Grand
Sr. W.; Bro. Stephen D. Moore, First Grand Jr. W.; Bro.
Jacob F. Brinkerhoff, First Grand Secretary of said Lodge, and
to hold their respective offices until Letters of Perpetual Con-
stitution shall be granted it; the residue of officers were appointed
Samuel J. Fosgard, Gr. Treas.: John S. Napier, G. Orator;
Carl O. Fosgard, Gr. Almoner; Frank R. Bird, Sr. Expert;
Sidney C. Oliver, Jr. Expert; John W. Mann, Master of Cere-
monies; Wm. B. Trice, Captain of Host; Charles T. Smith,
Gr. Guard, and to hold their offices for the same time.
Said Letters Patent of Constitution being signed and of date
as follows. Given under our hand and the seal of our Arms
at the Orient of Galveston, the second of the Hebrew month
Tabeth, A.M. 5636 corresponding with the 30th day of Decem-
ber, 1875, V.E.
PHILIP C. TUCKER, 330
S.G.I.G. of Sup. Coun. of 33d for Sou.
Juris. of Am. for Texas.
SION B. TRICE, M.
WM. B. TRICE
JOHN W. MANN
CHARLES F. SMITH
EPHRIAM P. MASSEY, S.W.
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