A short History of King David Lodge #93
A.F. & A.M., B.C.R.
BY R.W. J.T Watt PDDGM
The beginning of
Freemasonry in West Vancouver had its origin as a result of the
aftermath of the First World War 1914-1918. In the late Fall of 1919
when men everywhere were struggling toward the light of Peace on Earth:
it was only natural that anywhere men could gather in a brotherly spirit
was eagerly sought after. Small wonder, then, that Freemasonry became
the centre of great numbers seeking admission. Let it not be forgotten
that the impetus then received was a direct result of the shining mark
made in the World Darkness by the Grand Old Lodges that had been in
existence for many years and whose present Members were not stepping in
to fill gaps left by the grim reaper. May we continue to be worthy of
their memory. In January, 1920 , feelers were sent out to find brethren
who might be interested in the formation of a lodge in West Vancouver,
where it was difficult owing to transportation difficulties for members
to attend lodge either in Vancouver or in North Vancouver.
February 16,1920 eight brethren, whose name appear on the frontbench of
the little bylaw book among the founders met to form a Committee to
organize a body large enough to make a petition to Grand Lodge.
February 23,1920, and weekly thereafter increasing numbers met in the
ferry building on 14Th street.
may sound like optimism, but on March 16,1920, the naming of the new
lodge was left to Worshipful Brother Gillett, who afterwards became the
first Worshipful Master. At this meeting names were placed in a hat and
as each name was drawn that party became an officer, temporary of
coarse. The purpose behind the meeting was to obtain permission from
Grand Lodge to authorize a Lodge of Instruction.
March 22nd, a complete slate of officers was elected and at
this meeting, Very. Work. Bro. De Wolfe, Grand Secretary, sent a note
approving of the idea of a Lodge of Instruction. Assessments were made
(usually $2.00 each) to defray expenses form time to time. It was
decided that when we finally had a lodge, the charter fee would be
March 29,1920, a more complete list of Freemasons of the District
was made up and this list became the founders of our King David Lodge
that was to be. April 5th, 1920, we still awaited notication
for permission to commence with a Lodge of Instruction, and on April 19,
the Sonrisa Club was formed and whose members were all Master Masons.
This clubs sole object was an outlet for Masonic energy and its members
would meet and practise on the Q.T. On April 20th, Rt. Work.
Bro. Chas. Blaney, then D.D.G.M. wrote to say he would attend a meeting
called for May3rd. One of our chief difficulties was the
finding of proper quarters. The G.W.V.A. rooms, the old church building,
the old fire hall and the Dundarave Hall were all looked over and we
finally settled for the Dundarave Hall. W. Bro. W.J. Irwin was agent for
the place and very kindly offered to do anything to make our tenancy
May 3rd, 1920, some twenty four of the faithful
gathered at the Dundarave Hall to welcome RT. Wor. Blaney and a most
instructive and enjoyable evening was spent finishing up with a banquet
in the Ambleside Tea Rooms, 14th and Waterfront, at which the
silver tongues of oratory were loosed with good effect. The West
Vancouver Masonic Lodge of Instruction
had its commencement from this date.
Lodge of Instruction carried
on as such and dispensation might have been sooner arranged had we
proceeded to obtain support from our nearest sister lodges, Burrard No
50 and the use of Connaght No 64, both in North Vancouver. However, it
was not every day that those concerned found themselves in the position
of asking for dispensation, and we soon
discovered this important oversight. Approaching both senior lodges, we
found the most agreeable and brotherly attitude and on February 9th,1921,
we became King David Lodge U.D. as follows:
Worshipful The Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of British Columbia
TO ALL WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME;
application has been made by ( here follows the list of thirty founders
which appears on the fly-leaf of this booklet) Master Masons residing at
Hollyburn, West Vancouver, the the province of British Columbia, and in
the Masonic District 13 for a dispensation empowering them to meet as a
regular lodge of freemasons at the Municipality of West Vancouver to be
know as King David Lodge.
know ye that by the virtue
of power and authority in us vested, we do by these presents grant
permission to the said brethren to meet as a lodge of freemasons at
Hollyburn, West Vancouver, on the second Friday of each month9 until
such time as a Warrant of Constitution shall be granted by Grand Lodge
or this Dispensation is revoked) and to admit members by ballot for the
degrees recognized and practiced by Grand Lodge and we hereby appoint:
DAVID GILLETT, Worshipful Master
JOHN TURNER WATT , Senior Warden
ALBERT CHILTON, Junior
Of the aforesaid Lodge know as King David Lodge under dispensation
charging the brethren to exercise diligence and zeal in conducting the
affairs of the lodge in accordance with the ancient landmarks, and
powers herein conferred. And for so doing, this dispensation granted by
power in us vested shall be full and sufficient authority. Given under
our hand and Seal of A.F> and A.M. of British Columbia. This 10th
day of January, 1921.
Signed M.L. GRIMMETT
the period between dispensation and constitution there were ine members
received into membership.
August 8th,1921, a warrant of Constitution was granted and
King David Lodge No 93 was instituted by Most Worshipful Bro Wallace S.
Terry, Grand Master. It was during the period of dispensation that the
lodge occupied the present site on which our building now stands. The
old building was demolished to make way for the new one in 1950 under
the direction of Worshipful Brother Hamilton Anderson who had the honour
to be our Worshipful Master. The
present site is the original site of John Lawsons barn which he left to
the craft upon his passing.