On Saturday, Nov. 14, the brothers at Mendocino Lodge No. 179 celebrated their 150th anniversary with a special community ceremony.
More than 70 guests were in attendance. Members of Mendocino Lodge were joined by neighboring Hartley Lodge No. 199 and Ridgewood Lodge No. 146. Grand Master M. David Perry led officers of the California Grand Lodge in a special recognition of the historic occasion, presenting Master Robert H. Cauckwell with a commemorative sesquicentennial certificate. Notable community members were also in attendance, including Charlie Mannon, chairman of the board of Savings Bank of Mendocino County, and Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman.
Many historic members of Mendocino Lodge were founding members of the Northern California community, establishing and working in its first lumber mills and newspapers; many more were public employees, post masters, constables, and county supervisors. Today’s brothers continue to play an active role in the local community.
The Mendocino Lodge hall is architecturally renowned for its unique all-wooden construction. Its striking “Time and the Maiden” redwood sculpture that adorns the building’s roof was hand carved by the lodge’s first master, Erick Albertson. Read more about the Mendocino Lodge building in the June/July 2013 issue of California Freemason.
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