Submitted by Christine Gorman
From the Daily Examiner, Oct 14, 1897.
Centennial of St John's Lodge, Charlottetown, in the Opera House, Masonic Temple Building.
There were present between about fifty and sixty members of the Order; Summerside, Cape Traverse, Montague Bridge and Alberton being among the outside places represented.
Worshipful Master Adam Murray presided and opened the proceedings in an address befitting the occasion. He then called on Past Grand Master McLean who read the original charter of St. John's Lodge. The charter was granted on the 9th of October, 1797, upwards of 100 years ago, and the parchment is seared and crumpled with age.
Past Grand Secretary Wakeford then read a most interesting historical sketch of St. John's Lodge since its inception. In the course of his address, Bro. Wakeford stated that out of total membership of ninety-nine, the Lodge had at present on its roll thirty-two who were initiated upwards of a quarter of century ago.
These are: ---
Edward B Love, 8th March, 1842
Adam Murray, 11th January, 1853
John Ross, 12th April, 1853
James B. Pollard, 14th March, 1854
John J Fraser, 12th January, 1858
John Bell, 1st March, 1858
Benjamin Rogers, 13th June, 1858
John G. J. Weldon, 16th June, 1859
Thomas J. Leeming, 4th July, 1859
John Hobbs, 11th October, 1859
James Beales, 11 June, 1861
Archibald White, 29th July, 1861
David May, 29th November, 1861
A. Newton Large, 14th April, 1863
Robert McPherson, 6th January, 1864
James Dollar, 8th March, 1864
George Wilson, 8th August, 1865
Samuel N. Earle, 11th January, 1867
Lemuel M. Poole, 18th May, 1867
John Newson, 18th May, 1867.
Simon W. Crabbe, 13th July, 1867
William H Batt, 7th September, 1867
David Small, 15th October, 1867
Richard E. Bagnall, 14th January, 1868
Roderick K. McKenzie, 11th February, 1868
William Henry Aitken, 9th June, 1868
Richard P. Bagnall, 10th November, 1868
Hugh McEwen, 10th September, 1869
George D. Davison, 6th June, 1871
David R. McLennan, 6th June, 1871
George E. Millner, 18th October, 1871
Francis A. Bell, 12th December, 1871.