Corinthian Lodge No 62
To write about an event that occurred a century ago requires a great deal of research, inquiry and efforts on the imagination. Fortunately, our task was made easier by the Availability of the earliest minute books, the attendance records and the historical introduction printed in our book of by-laws.
These records show cold facts. They do not convey the reasons for the establishments of our lodge, or the ideals that prompted our founders to assemble for the purpose of establishing a new lodge. They do not reveal the aspiration, efforts and disappointments of the Worshipful Masters and Officers who labored so zealously to continue these ideals during the past one hundred and twenty five years.
A study of the occupations of the founding fathers of our lodge reveals that many were engaged in the food and beverage services. Bro. Henry Dunne, who served as our first worshipful master in 1877, 1879 and in 1889, was a well-known restauranteur and innkeeper who was the owner of the Terrapin Restaurant and Saloon where our first informal meeting took place. Bro. James Strahan, who sat as chairman at our first inaugural meeting and who ordered that minutes be written, was a baker and established a large bakery in Montreal under his name.
Because of this close association with these industries, many bartenders and tavern keepers became members of our order, and Corinthian Lodge gained fame and renown among the craft, as a friendly lodge that welcomed visiting brethren, and treated its guests regally.
We are proud of the fact that, ever since our formation, on the thirteenth day of January 1877, we have been under the sole guidance of, and have paid due obedience to, the laws and regulations of the Grand Lodge of Quebec. We have endeavored during all of our communications to maintain and uphold the true precepts and principals of our order.
On the eve of January 13th 1877, there gathered for an informal meeting at the Terrapin Restaurant and Saloon, situated on Notre Dame street West, the following brethren representing several lodges:
H. Dunne (Zetland Lodge no.7 Q.R.)
J. Virtue (Zetland Lodge no.7 Q.R.)
I. Richardson (Zetland Lodge no.7 Q.R.)
J. Usherwood (Zetland Lodge no.7 Q.R.)
W. Lane (Zetland Lodge no.7 Q.R.)
Z. Davis (Zetland Lodge no.7 Q.R.)
E. Cohenthaler (Zetland Lodge no.7 Q.R.)
R. Handsley (St. Lawrence Lodge no. 640 E.R.)
J. Martin (St. Lawrence Lodge no. 640 E.R.)
T. Howard (St. Lawrence Lodge no. 640 E.R.)
H. Bachlaw (Elgin Lodge no. 348 E.R.)
A. McGibbon (Elgin Lodge no. 348 E.R.)
W.S. Walker (Elgin Lodge no. 348 E.R.)
G. Weldon (Kilwinning Lodge no. 13 Q.R.)
R. Miller (St. Colombo Lodge no. 640 I.R.)
L. Kellert (St. George's Lodge no. 440 E.R.)
W. Rowan (Stevenson Lodge no. 218 C.R.)
M. Strenberg (St. George's Lodge Late no. 19 C.R.)
J. Strahan (St. George's Lodge Late no. 19 C.R.)
C. Reinhardt (St. George's Lodge Late no. 19 C.R.)
J. McLean (St. George's Lodge Late no. 19 C.R.)
A.G. Williams (St. George's Lodge Late no. 19 C.R.)
Bro. James Strahan was unanimously called to preside, and the Bro. Robert Miller was appointed secretary to record the minutes of this informal gathering.
It was agreed at this meeting that a petition be recorded by St. Georges Lodge No. 19 Late C.R., to be transmitted by the District Deputy, to the Grand Lodge of Quebec requesting from that august body a Warrant of Constitution to form a new lodge to be denominated " Corinthian Lodge ".
On March 1st 1877, by virtue of a " Letter of Dispensation " granted by the Grand Lodge of Quebec, the subscribing brethren again assembled by the Terrapin Restaurant and Saloon.
The following motions were moved and unanimously carried:
● That the initiation fee be $25.00
● That the affiliation fee be $5.00
● That the monthly dues be .50¢
That the regular communication of the lodge be held of the first Wednesday of each month.
That whenever a ballot takes places for a candidate for initiation, or affiliation, and two black balls appear, he shall be declared rejected.
The following Officers were then elected to preside until the regular slate of Officers were installed by Grand Lodge:
● W. Bro H. Dunne W.M
● Bro. R. Miller Secretary
● Bro. L. Kellert Chaplain
● Bro. T.J. Howard Treasurer
Then the W.M appointed the following officers:
● Bro. C.E. Weldon S.D.
● J. Martin J.D.
● H. Bachlaw J.W.
● Bro. R. Oursley S.W.
● J. Usherwood I.G.
● J. Virtue D. of C.
● Bro. Wm. Luce Organist
● E. Cohenthaler Steward
● M. Strenberg Steward
The brethren then moved and passed the following motions:
● That the sum of $5.00 be paid by each subscribing members.
● That regalia be procured for the lodge, ready for use at the April Communication.
● That Bro. James Virtue, the D. of C., be appointed to represent this lodge on the " Rooms Committee".
● That the printing for the lodge be executed by Bro. Wm. Stevenson..
● That the gift of a new set of working tools proffered the lodge by Bro. W. Wright be accepted.
● That the W.M. and Wardens appoint a committee to ascertain terms of rental of the lodge room, with power to act definitely.
☞ Note: This short resume was prepared by W. Bro. H.M. Rosansky, R.W. Bro. L. Diner and Bro. M. Shuter