Chapter 2 - Stated Meetings 1896

Stated Meeting 25 January 1896 - The minutes show the finance committee reported and recommended that the lodge consider Mr. Cornwell's lot to build on. It was moved and seconded that the lodge not buy the lot from Mr. Cornwell, sustained. These brothers could not seem to agree on anything about property, probably because they didn't have any money.

Stated Meeting 23 February 1896 - Brother W.H. Price passed his E.A. examination and was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft.

Stated Meeting 28 March 1896 - After being examined on proficiency in fellowcraft the lodge proceeded to raise Brother W.H. Price to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.

Be it noted here that W.H. Price was considered the top master builder in Midlothian's past. He built the Presbyterian Church, the Chuck Walton house, the Victorian home of E.L. Webb in 1901, Bessie Eden's Victorian home, several brick buildings downtown, and after the 1893 fire that destroyed most of the wooden buildings downtown. He also built the brick home on Mt. Peak Road past the cemetery, W.L. Stevenson's home and many others. He was very active in Masonry until he died in the late 1950's. He also handmade the alter, officers station, benches and matching chairs, the two fellowcraft column bases, the arch and letter in the East. If you look closely, all of this furniture matches and is a priceless heirloom for our lodge. He handmade it with handsaws and hand carpenter tools in 1924. He made every component of a house or building that he built. The doors, windows, staircases, all ornamental work, Victorian trim outside, fireplace mantles, staircase ornamentation, even some features such as china cabinets.

Called Meeting 3 April 1896 was called to pay last respects to Brother W.J. Rhodes the Worshipful Master. The Mansfield Lodge No. 331 was called to assist in Masonic Burial of the beloved and faithful brother.