The Descendant Lodges Of Jephtha No. 494

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Despite Long Island Freemasonry tracing its roots to Huntington Lodge No. 26 A. & Y.M. (1796-1818), there are no direct connections to it with Jephtha No. 494 F. & A.M. The challenges of traveling to a lodge in the late 18th and early 19th centuries through local, rural terrain prevented many of the 30 […]

The Mysterious Painting

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Walking around the antiquated rooms of Jephtha Lodge, I am constantly searching for clues that uncover forgotten memories, broaden the history of our lodge and its place in Huntington for over 160 years. Patience, determination, enthusiasm and, above all, curiosity are the main attributes of a lodge historian. Short of donning a dusty fedora […]

34 Masons, a Mason’s Son and a Goat Capture Block Island

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Over the course of the history of Freemasonry, brothers had the ability to travel to Masonic lodges other than their home lodge to share in fellowship with other recognized lodges. It is possible for several brothers from one lodge to travel as a group to other lodges for degrees, table lodges or special communications. […]

Bully! In Search of the lost origins of the Mysterious Water Buffalo Head

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA No current furnishing, artifact, or memorabilia has been discussed in Jephtha Lodge more than the mysterious African water buffalo head mounted on a second-floor wall. Some of the wild conspiracy theories include the long-held legacy than the mighty beast was hunted and killed by nearby resident and Brother Theodore Roosevelt and personally delivered to […]

A Gift from the Honolulu Sandwich Islands

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Masonic lodge historians do not realize the wealth of history is at their fingertips until they start digging through 100-year-old safes, dusty boxes, and stuffed closets. Add these discoveries to the endless amount of archived material on the web, and long buried lodge treasures can expand narratives that contribute to the history of their […]

The Seven Founding Brothers of Jephtha Masonic Lodge

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA What do two shipbuilders, a ship’s captain, two farmers, a former Democratic U.S Congressman, a local active Republican and a disgraced freemason have in common? They are the seven charter members of Jephtha Masonic Lodge No. 494 in Huntington. The First Meeting The charter members William H. King, Jesse Carll, David Carll, John H. […]

Nathan Hale: The Masonic Lodge That Never Was

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Since 1866, Jephtha Lodge brothers were charter members of several other lodges, including Glen Cove No. 580, Alcyone No. 695 in Northport, and Matinecock No. 806 in Oyster Bay. To request a dispensation for a new Masonic Lodge, a group of local brothers are required to petition nearby lodges for permission to form, addressing […]

Like Father, Like Sons

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Father and son Worshipful Masters is a rare occurrence in masonic lodges. In 2020, Jephtha’s own W:. Richard Harris is the son of W:. Rod Harris, Past Master of Jamaica No. 546. But to have a father and his two only sons all elected as Worshipful Masters has only happened with one family in […]

Tracing the Fraternal DNA

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Over twenty-five years ago, I started researching my family tree. In the mid-1990’s, online databases filled with thousands of scanned documents were not available online. A genealogist had to travel to downtown Manhattan to the National Archives, scroll through reels of microfiche just to find the index number of a possible match to the […]

Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Jephtha Lodge in Huntington

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA On a late summer day, the clouds were grey, and the sound of thunder could be heard on the streets of a quiet Long Island village. The threatening weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the local businesses and residents, with dozens of American flags proudly displayed throughout the downtown area, a suggestion patriotically put […]

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