A History of High Knob Lodge #697 F&AM


Shepherdtown, Kentucky
Over One Hundred Years of Masonry


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February 23, 1990
The lodge voted to change the regular meeting night to the first Friday of each month. The lodge had $595.17 in the treasury.

Kenny Gross, District Deputy Grand Master from Robert Clark #646 made his official visit.
May 27, 1990
The lodge voted to send a thank you note to Oneida Lodge #736 for the tremendous help they had been to High Knob.
June 30, 1990
The lodge held a Chili Supper at Burning Springs Elementary.
July 6, 1990
The lodge had a loan at the bank for $3600.00 at 10.5% interest due July 1, 1991.

Charlie McWhorter became a life member of High Knob.

The lodge voted to send each member a picture of the lodge and ask for a donation to retire the debt.
August 7, 1990
The lodge had an Open House at the lodge. Everyone enjoyed a hot dog supper provided by Jeanette Wilson.
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September 7, 1990
After paying the Grand Lodge dues of $663.50 the lodge had a total of $47.08 in the treasury.

Jim Wilson

October 16, 1990
Jim Wilson is appointed Assistant Grand Tyler by Arnold Wyatt, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. This was the first time a member of High Knob Lodge had been a Grand Lodge Officer.

(Wyatt also instituted a "Traveling Gavel" in each of the forty Masonic Districts in Kentucky. This is the same program that Dudley Wilson started in District 35 in 1985.)


February 2, 1991
The lodge voted on a change to the by-laws to have the Master appoint the offices of Senior Deacon, Junior Deacon, Senior Steward, Junior Steward, Tyler and Chaplain.
March 1, 1991
The refreshment committee reports that the lodge would have a fine meal and would have a rabbit supper the next month.

Michael Caudill, District Deputy Grand Master of Booneville Lodge #939 made his official visit.

The lodge voted to ask Robert Clark #646 to confer the "Legend of the Temple" at the June meeting.
April 5, 1991
The lodge has asked to check at different places to see if they could offer a more favorable insurance rate.

Jim Wilson, Charlie McWhorter, Robert Baker, Everett Wilson, Edwin McGeorge & Russell Jackson

June 7, 1991
Twenty-five year pins were presented to Everett Wilson, Robert Baker and Charlie McWhorter and a Forty year pin was presented to Edwin McGeorge.


September 6, 1991
The lodge voted to put three windows in to get more air flow in the building. A get well card was sent to Mel Collett.

A group of four brothers from Oneida #736 were recognized and presented the "Traveling Gavel".
October 4, 1991
Freddie McWhorter was elected to represent High Knob at the Grand Lodge in October.
November 1, 1991
A report was given from Grand Lodge concerning a dues increase. The Grand Lodge dues are now $14.00 therefore the High Knob dues will be $28.00 as of January 1, 1992.
January 3, 1992
The degree team from Robert Clark #646 conferred the Master Mason degree on candidate Rick Richmond as brothers from eight lodges and three states enjoyed a fine potluck meal.

David Watson, District Deputy Grand Master made his official visit.

The lodge voted to pay the tax bill and for the remaining lodge funds to be paid on the debt.
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August 21, 1992
The lodge traveled to Pleasant Point Baptist Church for the funeral services for Melvin Collet. Brother Mel was Tyler five times between 1982 and 1992 and was serving as Tyler at his death. Jim Wilson conferred the funeral service.
September 4, 1992
LeRoy Hopper was appointed to serve as Tyler due to the death of Melvin Collett.
November 6, 1992
During a report from Grand Lodge it was announced the Grand Lodge dues had increased three dollars to $17.00, therefore the High Knob dues will be $34.00 on January 1, 1993.

The lodge voted to hold the election of officers during the regular communication in December.
January 1, 1993
The "Traveling Gavel" was presented to Robert Clark #646.
February 5, 1993

Stanley Couch, District Deputy Grand Master from Redbird #838 made his office visit.

A Resolution of Respect was prepared for Ance Wilson, Jr.
March 5, 1993
The lodge voted to pay $500.00 on the note. The lodge voted to send a second notice to all members behind in dues.
July 2, 1993
A Resolution of Respect was prepared for Willard Hale, who served as Master nine times between 1948 and 1970.
August 6, 1993
Membership now stands at forty-one. Grand lodge dues will be $678.00 and are due September 1, 1993.

A twenty-five year pin was presented to Parkie Russell and Lucian Robinson, Jr.
November 5, 1993
The lodge voted to pay Charlie McWhorter $350.00 he had loaned to pay Grand Lodge dues and to pay $350.00 on the debt.
February 4, 1994
The note on the building had been paid in full.

Roy Allen, District Deputy Grand Master of Oneida #737 made his official visit.

The lodge voted to allow Pleasant Point Baptist Church to use the lodge hall during the remodeling of their building.
September 2, 1994
The lodge voted to have a breakfast October 8 on Gum Branch at the Charlie McWhorter cabin. Cooking was to begin at6 P.M. with eating to begin at 7 P.M.
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October 7, 1994
Arnold Wyatt, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky and Ronnie G. Bell, Grand Tyler visited High Knob Lodge.
October 18, 1994
Jim Wilson is appointed to serve on the Committee on Governmental Affairs by Grand Master, George Bibb. This was the first time a High Knob member had be appointed to a Grand Lodge committee.
February 3, 1995
Woody Conover, District Deputy Grand Master from Robert Clark #646 made his official visit.

The 1995 officers were installed due to the meeting in January being snowed out.

Jerry McWhorter & Herman Rice

March 3, 1995
Acting Master Herman Rice conferred the Fellowcraft degree on candidate Simmie Morris. Jim Wilson presented the "Winding Stair" lecture.


April 7, 1995
David Hibbitts, Grand Sword Bearer, Grand Lodge of Kentucky was present at the lodge conferred the Master Mason degree on Simmie Morris.
October 7, 1995
The lodge met at 5 A.M. for the annual "Early Bird" breakfast.
February 16, 1996
The newly formed degree team at High Knob traveled to Berea #617 to confer the Master Mason degree. For the first time the team used the new costumes that were donated to the lodge by brother Jim Cornett.

Ed Harris & Jim Cornett

March 1, 1996
The High Knob degree team conferred the Master Mason degree on candidates Billy Abner and James Creech. Eddie Harris was the acting Master. James Harding, Past Master of J. Speed Smith #298 conferred the "Lecture of the Skull". The fellowcrafts were portrayed by Jim Wilson, Jim Allen, Jim Cornett and Eddie Harris of High Knob #697 and Delmer Edwards of Robert Clark #646 and Nick Mathis of Oneida #736. The Senior Deacon was Jerry McWhorter and King Solomon was portrayed by Simmie Morris.


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