Good evening and welcome to the official Groundbreaking Ceremony of Duquesne Lodge #731 Masonic Temple.
I am Barry Minnicks, President of the Duquesne Lodge Masonic Hall Association and we are gathered to celebrate this memorable occasion. It has been 40 + Years since the city of Duquesne has had a Masonic meeting place.
We lost our lodge room that was located on 1st Street, in 1960 due to the redevelopment that took place in the city at that time. Duquesne Lodge #731 met in the Homestead Masonic Temple for approximately 10 years and the McKeesport Masonic Temple for the past 30 years.
It has taken us this long to accumulate the necessary funds and to find an prepare the perfect location for our new temple. We have decided this is the perfect spot in a growing neighborhood among good people. Finally, we are coming home, here we intend to plant our roots and have our organization grow to be more recognizable in the city and surrounding communities. We greatly desire and intend to be a part of the re-birth of the city many of us still call home.
Our Hall Association Officers Are:
EDWIN C. FARRINGTON, JR. VICE-PRESIDENT
ROBERT J. CUNNINGHAM, TREASURER
MARK R. WOLFE II, SECRETARY
The Board of Directors consists of ten members of the Hall Association. At this time the Directors are:
WILLIAM J. EBERTSHAUSER, JOHN KASHLAK, ROBERT J. CUNNINGHAM, CHARLES DUDGEON, BARRY MINNICKS, GEORGE CHRISTOFF, DONALD DVORSKY, ROSCOE METZ, EDWIN C. FARRINGTON JR., AND MARK R. WOLFE II.
It has been the leadership of these men and those who have served before them that has enabled us to be here today to begin a new chapter in the book of Duquesne Masonry. May this just be the beginning of many volumes to be yet written.
The present elected officers for the Duquesne Lodge are: Michael J. Stano, Worshipful Master, Frank R. Derringer, Senior Warden, and Charles Dudgeon, Junior Warden. William J. Ebertshauser serves as Secretary and John Ursin is our Treasurer.
There are eight lodges in the 49th Masonic District. Those honoring us with their presence this evening are:
Alliquippa Lodge #375, W.M. CARLTON J. NAGY
Stephen Bayard Lodge #526, W.M. JACK FULMER
Homestead Amity McCandless Lodge # 582
W.M. Thomas Barlow
Youghiogheny Lodge #582 W.M. George Slagle
McKeesport Lodge #641, W.M. Richard Gilbert
Wilson-Joppa Lodge #714, W.M. Chris Tarre
East McKeesport Lodge #765 W.M. David Vranesevic
A sincere thanks to all of you for your support and for taking time out of your busy schedules to be with us this evening.
At this time I would like to turn the program over to our District Deputy Grand Master John W Hisiro.
Introduction of Visiting D.D.G.M.’S
Introduction of P.D.D.G.M.’S
Introduction of the City of Duquesne's Mayor Phil Krivacek
Introduction of the clerk of courts and ex-mayor of Duquesne, George Matta II.
Closing Prayer—John Kashlak
At this time we will make the ceremonial removal of the first shovel of dirt to mark this groundbreaking ceremony.
Thank you all for attending.
Click above for Groundbreaking Ceremony Photos
Preparing the Lot - October, 2000
Foundation - November, 2000
Plumbing, Cement Work and Frame - December, 2000
Inside Work - January, 2001
Inside Work - Late January, 2001
Inside Work - March, 2001
Inside Work - April, 2001
Early May 2001
Late May 2001
June - July 2001