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Woodlawn Lodge No. 672
Free and Accepted Masons
Beaver, PA

Lodge History


Woodlawn Lodge No. 672, F. & A. M. of Pennsylvania was issued a Warrant by the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on March 5, 1913 for a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons to be held in Woodlawn, now Aliquippa, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  Before Woodlawn Lodge was formally Constituted, the Brethren met as a loose organization and held a banquet at the Hotel Franklin on March 22, 1911.  Not long thereafter, these Brethren formed the Woodlawn Fraternity Club.  From this organization came the present Lodge.  The Grand Lodge met in Orpheum Hall on Franklin Avenue on May 27, 1913 and Constituted Woodlawn Lodge No. 672.  The Warrant was signed by Brother William L. Gorgas, R. W. Grand Master, and the other Grand Lodge Officers.

The Warrant Officers were Brothers Robert Creighton, Worshipful Master; Paul Miller Moore, Senior Warden and John Thompson Bell, Junior Warden.

Woodlawn Lodge meets in one of eight Counties erected by the Act of March 12, 1800. The territory was taken from Allegheny and Washington Counties.  The County was named for the Big Beaver Creek which flows through it.  Beaver County covers an area of 429 square miles.  Here many of the noted Native American Chiefs lived, and here important treaty conferences were held between them and the Colonial Governments of Pennsylvania and Virginia.  The Act of 1800 designated "the town on the site of Fort McIntosh " as the County seat.

Beaver, the County seat, was the site of Fort McIntosh, built in 1778 by General Lachlan McIntosh, and named in his honor. Previously, the site of Fort Beaver, built by the French in 1754, it was known as Shingastown, named for a leader of the Delaware Tribe. The County seat was incorporated in 1802.

Other events of interest that took place in 1913 were;

o   On May 31, the 17th Ammendment of the Constitution of the United States was adopted.  It provided for the popular election of U. S. Senators, whereas before they had been chosen by their state legislatures.

o   Bro. Augustus O. Bacon became the first U. S. Senator to be elected by the people after the 17th Ammendment was adopted.

o   The first synthetic rubber was manufactured in East Watertown, Massachusetts .

o   The first underwater photographs were made in the Chesapeake Bay.

o   Grand Central Station was officially opened in February.

o   On December 21, the first crossword puzzle was published in the New York World.

o   On March 10, William Knox became the first man to bowl a perfect 300 game in an American Bowling Congress tournament.

o   The first automobile service station was opened in Pittsburgh on December 1st.

o   And in the summer of 1913, Bro. Henry Ford of Palestine Lodge in Michigan opened his first assembly line.

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