On Thursday afternoon, August 17th, A.L. 5871, A.D. 1871, a special meeting of the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was held at Safe Harbor, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of constituting a new Lodge of Free Masons to be known as Charles M. Howell Lodge #496.
The charter members of Charles M. Howell Lodge were all members of other Lodges in the area who severed their relationship with their home Lodges in order to form the new Lodge. Charter members, twelve in number, were Thomas J. Davis, William J. Fordney, C.J. Rhodes, David Davis, William W. Bones, William W. Tripple, Urias Warfel, J.J. Tripple, Dr. E.B. Herr, Samuel Welsh, David F. Young, and G.H. Taylor.
The Lodge met in the building owned by the Conestoga Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Safe Harbor and contracted to pay a rental of $75 per year. The first stated meeting was held on August 24, 1871 A.D., 5871 A.L.
In January, 1906, the Lodge purchased a building lot from Albert Warfel for $700 on the Main street of Millersville (now called Frederick Street). On Tuesday September 1, 1908 the cornerstone was laid for the new meeting hall. Construction was completed in time for the December 4, 1908 stated meeting.
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