The Vidette-Messenger Centennial EditionThe 1936 special edition celebrating Porter County's centennial year . . . .

The following article has been transcribed from the August 18, 1936, issue of The Vidette-Messenger, published in Valparaiso, Indiana. This particular special edition focuses on Porter County's centennial celebration and contains a 94-page compendium of Porter County history up to that time.

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Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Section 3, Page 18.



History of Valparaiso Commandery, No. 28, Knights Templar, dates back to May 31, 1876, when the commandery was organized under a dispensation dated May 11, 1876. The charter is dated April 25, 1877, and bears the signature of Ervilla B. Bishop, grand commander.

The first officers of the commandery were: John Eason, E. C.; Simeon Pierce, Gen.; James M. McGill, C. G.; F. F. B. Coffin, prelate; John D. Wilson, S. W.; Samuel A. Campbell, J. W.; S. R. Bryant, treasurer; Albert E. Letts, recorder; John McCormick, St. B.; R. C. Wadge, Sw. B.; Marquis L. McClelland, warden; Allen R. Nichols, sentinel.

A hall was leased on the third floor at the northwest corner of Main and Lafayette street, where regular meetings were held until the building was destroyed by fire in January, 1886. Soon after the fire the commandery took up its quarters in the Academy block.

The Knights Templar are the uniformed rank of Masonry, being the highest degrees in the "York Rite."

Valparaiso Commandery enjoys a membership of 195, which is widely scattered, having three members of prominence in three foreign countries.

With Frederick William Alpen as commander for the present year work in the Commandery has been heavy with all indications that there will be even more this coming fall.

Like the other bodies of the "York Rite" Masonry in Valparaiso the Commandery is housed in the Masonic Temple on East Lincolnway.

Article transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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