THE FIRST 100 YEARS
SACRAMENTO LODGE No.40
FIFTY YEAR GOLD BUTTONS
At the 79th annual communication of the Grand Lodge of Masons in California, opened at the City of San Francisco Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1928 and terminating Friday, Oct. 12, 1928, it was recommended by Grand Master Will H. FISCHER that the Grand Secretary be authorized and directed to prepare a design for and to strike off a sufficient number of buttons, made from the pure gold of California's hills, and forward to each Lodge within the jurisdiction, one of the buttons for each fifty year old Mason on the roll; that the Committee on Ritual be authorized and directed to supply the Masters of Lodges with a brief ritual or form of ceremony in order that each of the veteran Masons might be impressively presented with a lasting evidence of the esteem of the Grand Lodge of California and the love and affection of his brethren.
The recommendation of the Grand Master was adopted and by resolution of Grand Lodge the privilege of receiving the token was limited to those who had been members of Lodges within our jurisdiction for fifty years.
At the 80th annual communication of Grand Lodge held from Oct. 8 to Oct. 11, 1929, the privilege of wearing the fifty year token was extended to members of Lodges in our jurisdiction who have been Master Masons in good standing for fifty years or more.
MEMBERS OF SACRAMENTO LODGE NO. 40 WHO
HAVE RECEIVED THE 50-YEAR GOLD BUTTON
NAME Date Raised Date Received
George PHILLIPS 2/25/1876 4/24/1929
John George MILLER 6/13/1879 6/21/1929
Joseph BURDICK 2/11/1873 1930
William Durant KNIGHTS 5/25/1880 5/22/1931
George DUNN 3/11/1872 12/26/1931
Richard VAUGHN 12/28/1881 12/26/1931
Duncan GRANT 1/2/1878 2/26/1932
Louis Martin SCHWOERER 5/15/1883 9/29/1933
Prentis Cobb HALE 1/25/1882 11/24/1933
Edwin Carmi HOPKINS Sr. 5/30/1884 6/12/1934
Charles Henry WIXSON 12/30/1886 4/2/1937
Marshall HALE Jr. 6/8/1888 11/18/1938
Adam ANDREW 11/30/1888 12/22/1938
Robert Dryden FINNIE 1886 2/17/1939
Alexander KYLE 9/7/1888 3/3/1939
Anthony Byrd HUMPHREY 10/9/1886 10/9/1939
Reuben Brooks HALE 10/30/1891 11/7/1941
Duncan McLEAN 2/14/1894 1944
Edmund Mansfield ATKINSON 7/25/1896 10/4/1946
William Edward KLEINSORGE 10/15/1896 11/1/1946
Harry Montfort CARROLL 12/18/1896 1/3/1947
Charles Lourin BRAGG 9/28/1899 6/19/1948
Charles William ILGNER 10/21/1898 11/5/1848
James Wesley Howard 3/13/1899 5/6/1949
Clarence T. GEORGE 9/9/1899 10/7/1949
William John ARGALL 12/17/1901 2/15/1952
George Albert HOLMES Sr. 2/20/1902 3/7/1952
Herman Bowman WEAVER 2/28/1902 3/7/1952
George Nesbitt COOK Sr. 5/30/1903 6/5/1953
Austin Daniel WILLIAMS 6/26/1903 7/3/1953
NOTE: On August 21, 1907 Bro. Hiram COOK was presented with a beautiful cane appropriately engraved as a memento of his being a member of Sacramento Lodge No. 40 for 50 years. William Domer SHONEFELT was raised by Mountain Lodge No. 281 F. & A. M, Altoona, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1884, affiliated with Sacramento Lodge No. 40 May 4, 1894; died March 30, 1942; a Master Mason for nearly 58 years but there is no record of his receiving a 50-year button.
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