Masons mark 200 years of masonry in Milford

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Masonic, local and state leaders gathered in front of the Masonic Lodge Temple No. 9 on Saturday to unveil an official marker recognizing the Temple’s 200th anniversary. (The Chronicle/Logan B. Anderson)

MILFORD — When the Delaware State Archives Historical Marker Program began 80 years ago, the Milford Masonic Temple Lodge No. 9 A.F. & A.M. was already 120 years old. Saturday, eight decades after the historical marker initiative started, the state archives helped Temple Lodge No. 9 celebrate its 200th anniversary by unveiling one of its familiar blue-and-gold signs in front of the lodge building.

The stately Temple Lodge 9 building on Causey Avenue, across from the Milford Post Office, has been the Milford Masonic Chapter’s home since 1960. The lodge is much older — it was formed on Jan. 16, 1815.

“We are certainly overjoyed by the activities of this weekend,” said Temple No. 9 Past Master Chad Robinson Saturday afternoon. “We celebrated 200 years of masonry in Milford.”

Along with many local and state officials, including Sen. F. Gary Simpson, Rep. Harvey Kenton, Rep. Jack Peterman, Levy Court Commissioner Brad S. Eaby and Milford Mayor Bryan W. Shupe; there were many officials from the Masonic Order’s Grand Lodge there to help mark the occasion and unveil the marker.

de-mason 1 - 011815“I don’t know a lot about your activities. You guys are very quiet about the good deeds that you do. So I can’t say a lot here today, but to be here 200 years you must have been doing a lot of good in this community and throughout the state. I thank you for all that you’ve meant to the state of Delaware,” said Sen. Simpson.

“It is an honor to be here today to say thanks to a group that has done a lot for our community. A lot of times when things get done and there is no one to point a finger to we know who it was that stepped up and helped us. So thank you all,” Milford Mayor Bryan W. Shupe said before reading a proclamation from the city council.

Stephen M. Marz, state archivist, was also part of the official unveiling celebration.

Beyond the state officials, those gathered on Causey Avenue heard from many masonic leaders on Saturday.

“This is a big occasion. The success belongs to everyone standing in front of us,” said Worshipful Master Roland Cohee. “We are so proud to have this plaque in front of our building.”

Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Masons in Delaware Dean F. Disharoon not only recognized the lodge’s past but its future.

“I want to congratulate Temple 9 on its 200 year anniversary. Today we embark on another 200 years,” he said.

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