History of corinthian Lodge # 62

THE HISTORY of CORINTHIAN LODGE No. 62  Whereas, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifteen (1915), the original body of the Lodge was set up. At that time, it was called a Club, which was made up from a group of Christian men of the First Baptist Church at McElderly and Caroline Streets, in East Baltimore, Maryland. 


This Club was founded under the auspices of Rev. Peter C. Neal. He later set this Club apart under the auspices of Joseph L. Smith Number 54. In the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighteen (1918), the newly elected officials were as follows:  Brother James Carter, Worshipful Grand Master; Brother James Cooper, Senior Warden; Brother Walter S. Emerson, Junior Warden and Brother M. Jones, Secretary. 


The first degree was initiated in the Courtland Temple, 1719 Mosher Street, West Baltimore, Maryland. All meetings were held twice a month. The Lodge later moved to McCulloh and Mosher Streets. Shortly after moving to the new Temple, a name was given which was Corinthian Lodge Number 62- The Principal Officials: Rev. Peter C. Neal, Worshipful Master; Brother Charles Morris, Junior Warden; Brother Robert E. Thomas, Senior Warden; Brother William Watts, Senior Deacon; Brother Alvin S. Stanley, Secretary and Brother Thomas Turner, Treasurer. 


The first roster was presented to Corinthian Lodge Number 62 in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventeen (1917). Brother Alvin S. Stanley made a file of the Roster and it was the first to be registered in District Number One (1) of the Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Maryland Jurisdiction. The membership was 76. One the second day (2) of May, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty (1920), under the United Grand Lodge Officials of the State of Maryland and Jurisdictions- Number One (1) 


The Most Worshipful Grand Master, Joseph P. Evans; Right Worshipful, William E. Fletcher; Deputy Grand Master/ Right Worshipful, Eli Jones; Senior Grand Warden/ Right Worshipful, Isaac McOllien, Junior Grand Warden. Attesting, George T. Duppin, Grand Secretary, granted to the Corinthian Lodge Number 62 a Charter empowering it to confer the Three Degrees in Masonry. Warrant issued by District Deputy Grand Master, Willard W. Allen. On the Nineteenth (19) day of August, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Four (1924), a duplicate Warranty was granted by the Most Worshipful United Grand Lodge in its Seventy-Six (76) Annual Communications held in Cambridge, Maryland, under the Most Worshipful Grand Master Willard Allen. 


At this time the principal officers were: Rev. Peter C. Neal, Worshipful Master; Brother Robert Thompson, Senior Warden; Brother Charles Norris, Junior Warden. During this time, there were four (4) chartered members: Brother James Morgan; Brother Alvin Stanley and Brother Jessie Cox.  Corinthian was taken from the word Corinth, which was a city of Ancient Greece. It was also one of the Five Orders of Architecture, which are revered in Masonry in the highest respect and give a greater meaning to strength and support. I believe that it was on these words that our forefathers or founders conceived this name. They were in accord with the principal tenets of our profession and are the three fold including the inculcation and practice of those truly commendable virtues, Brother Love, Relief and Truth. 


I suspect historians will look at these years of early beginning as a critical period in shaping of the contemporary Corinthian Lodge No.62. I have considered it to be a great event in our Lodge’s History. The pledges made to the Grand Lodge on behalf of the Provident Hospital Fund in 1961 and to the Grand Lodge’s Building Fund in the year of 1967, which we met as a challenge. We have viewed these challenges as opportunities and we are determined to use them wisely. The challenges that are to come will be comparable to the ones faced in the past years. We have emerged successfully from these assessments. Thanks are to God. Let Brotherly Love continue with Malice toward none, with Charity for All. Also with firmness in the right as God gave us to see the right. Let us strive on to finish the work we are engaged to do, which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting performance to our community and to ourselves.