History of The Lodge Chapter 2

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The Mammouth Springs Lodge location was at a large spring with very large volume of water at the creek at the foot of the hill in Mt. Peak. The Masonic Lodge No. 478 was at the top of the hill on the left going west, upstairs over a community church and meeting place. A steam operated gin was located near the spring for water and steam. The spring started failing in the 1930''s and by the early 1940''s was inadequate to supply water for the gin and it closed.

The lodge had always been upstairs over the church and community center at the top of the hill and according to courthouse records the lodge changed its name to Mt. Peak Lodge in 1893. The lodge went by both names with the same number 478 for ten or fifteen years. This is the lodge which loaned A.D. Witherspoon fifteen dollars to pay for the Midlothian Lodge charter in 1884. It is noted that there were many family and property connections between Midlothian and Mt. Peak.

In the 1930''s when Mt. Peak Lodge demised most of the active members affiliated with the Midlothian Lodge.

We sat in lodge with many of the members from Mt. Peak in the 1940''s and know many descendents of them. Most of the founders were deceased.

Brothers Dave Smith, W.H. Forbes, A.B. Forbes, J.A. Orr, T.J. Dorsett, E..B. Hollabough, Pink Burks, A.J. Burks, R.W. Dillard, M.K. Forbes, H.H. Anderson, W.H. Robinett, J.M. Stevens, and Brother W.S. Kizziah who helped organize and install the first officers of the Midlothian Lodge on 31 January 1885. Most of the older brothers who had been regular visitors of the Midlothian Lodge, had passed on when Mt. Peak Lodge demised, but on register they always signed as Mammouth Springs Lodge No. 478.

Many of their descendents helped make the Midlothian Lodge strong. According to old records our lodge has always been one of the strongest, best attended and knowledgeable in esoteric work lodges in our area.

Midlothian Lodge still carries the tradition of knowing the work. There are several current certificates in membership, and Milton Pegram and E.L. Webb have life certificates.