The History of
Denver Lodge #5 A.F. & A.M.

Masonry came to Colorado with the pioneers and it may be said that the history of the early days of Colorado is a history of the achievements of the Masons of that time. their firm beliefs in the tenets of the Fraternity— Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth — and their constant practice of the four cardinal virtues — Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice — caused them to work in harmony and to take a prominent part in all the movements tending to promote the welfare of the community.

The first recorded informal meeting of Masons in this region was held on November 3, 1858. On August 15, 1859, an application was made to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Kansas for dispensation to organize Auraria Lodge, U.D., but through a series of unfortunate events, the dispensation did not arrive until October 1, 1859. And so, the first regular meeting of Masons in Colorado was then held on October 1, 1859, when a group met in the hall of Auraria Lodge.

The Grand Lodge of Colorado A.F. & A.M. was formed in 1861 and on December 11, 1861, this Grand Lodge granted a charter to the Auraria Lodge under the name of Denver Lodge No. 5, by which name it has continued to exist up to the present. The first installed  officers of Denver Lodge #5 were as follows:

  • Paris S. Pfouts, Worshipful Master
  • Charles H. Blake, Senior Warden
  • John H. Gerrish, Junior Warden
  • Fred Z. Salomon, Treasurer
  • George W. Kassler, Secretary
  • Andrew Sagendorf, Senior Deacon
  • E. S. Wilhite, Junior Deacon
  • E. Winslow Cobb, Senior Steward
  • Chas. L. Bartlett, Junior Steward
  • William Porter, Tiler

Since this time, Denver Lodge #5 has been an integral part of the community and has participated in many cornerstone ceremonies, such as at Union Depot in 1870 and the University of Colorado in 1875. The cornerstone of our present Masonic Temple was laid but the Grand Lodge of Colorado A.F. & A.M. in April, 1889, and the first meeting was held there on June 30, 1890.  Except for a one year period in 1984 when the interior of the building was destroyed by fire and rebuilt, the Lodge has continued to meet at this historic location ever since.

Denver Lodge #5
Past Masters

  • Henry Allen, U.D. 1858-60
  • Richard Sopris, U.D. 1861
  • Charles H. Blake, U.D. 1861
  • Paris S. Pfouts 1862-63
  • Andrew Sagendorf 1864
  • William Porter 1865
  • L.N. Greenleaf 1866, 68,69
  • Fredrick A. Clark 1867
  • Frank Church 1879-81
  • Steven O. Snyder 1882-83
  • George J. Beser 1884,87
  • Thomas Nichol 1885-86
  • George T. Cooper 1888
  • Silas W. Chaney 1889
  • Peter L. Palmer 1890
  • Cromwell Tucker 1891
  • Frank Wheeler 1892
  • Robert Hamilton 1893
  • William L.H. Miller 1894
  • Matt Adams 1895
  • John Gregor 1896
  • William J. Nichol 1897
  • Henry P. Steele 1898
  • Frank L. Bishop 1899
  • George F. Dunklee 1900
  • Eward N. Burr 1901
  • Melvin Edwards 1902
  • Edward W. Whitley 1903
  • Samuel G. Mugrage 1904
  • Raphael M. Hosea 1905
  • Charles A. Stokes 1906
  • Lemuel Teague 1907
  • John R. McDanaugh 1908
  • Edward M. Graham 1909
  • Charles T. Henderson 1910
  • Joseph A. Huntington 1911
  • David Mitchell 1912
  • Allen J. Read 1913-14
  • George J. Seuss 1915
  • John M. Wilson 1916
  • Charles W. Keith 1917
  • Clyde M. Rost 1918
  • Harry W. Bundy 1919
  • Wm. M. MacFarland 1920
  • Elmer M. Frewen 1921
  • Llewelyn Jones 1922
  • L. Richey Henderson 1923
  • David H. Davison 1924
  • Ross E. Scott 1925
  • Parke L. Bryan 1926
  • Jes I. Hansen 1927
  • Henry Seuss 1928
  • William B. Lewis 1929
  • Garfield Tubbs 1930
  • Tracy C. Rewick 1931
  • Donald A. Campbell 1932
  • Lon H. Galloway 1933
  • Charles O. Ringsted 1934
  • Clarence M. Stafford 1935
  • Henry T. Nock 1936
  • James G. Barr 1937
  • John H. Wilson 1938
  • Earl W. Dickson 1939
  • James A. Read 1940
  • Orson H. Udall 1941
  • Victor O. Stailey 1942
  • Paul N. Morrow 1943
  • Orin C. Davis 1944
  • James I. Gaut 1945
  • Glen H. Reno 1946
  • William Richards 1947
  • Henry H. Rymer 1948
  • Bertheor W. Johnson 1949
  • Scott L. Palmer 1950
  • Howard E. Glenn 1951
  • Willard J. Moore 1952
  • Eugene P. Morley 1953
  • Walden M. McCackill 1954
  • Carl J. Baesemann 1955
  • Stewart A. Shafer 1956
  • Walter L. Lampshire 1957
  • Leslie O. Van Natter 1958
  • Laurence C. Way 1959
  • Earl C. Slayton 1960
  • Charles M. Mulock 1961
  • Nels H. Long 1962
  • Lawrence D. DePry 1963
  • Robert M. Blunt 1964
  • Evan A. Richards 1965
  • Jack A. Gray 1966
  • Floyd W. Lindenmeyer 1967
  • Arvin V. Lankenau 1968
  • Robert F. Dunlap 1969
  • Thomas M. Oliver Jr. 1970
  • Lloyd L. Bowles Jr. 1971
  • Michael L. Kelly 1972
  • Claud E. Dutro 1973
  • Frank T. Nakaoki 1974
  • John Happs 1975
  • Zen Z. Pool 1976
  • Robert E. Newnam 1977
  • James D. Hanegan 1978
  • Roger W. Anderson 1979
  • G. Robert Dinkel 1980
  • Joe M. Nakaoki 1981
  • Victor C. Ament 1982
  • Alan K. Baker 1983
  • Kenneth A. Lyons 1984
  • Gerald L. Heagney 1985
  • Charles E. Schumacher 1986
  • Warren F. Jones 1987
  • Stephen P. Cross 1988
  • Robert W. Heath Jr. 1989
  • Lester Stevens 1990
  • Joseph M. Evans 1991
  • V. Alan McBride 1992
  • Lester C. Grenz 1993
  • James O. Simpson 1994
  • Charles R. Autry 1995
  • Richard W. Spoor 1996
  • Mark H. Mastalka 1997
  • Robert W. Barth 1998
  • Kenneth C. Turner 1999
  • Neil T. Beaty 2000
  • R. Gene Anderson 2001
  • Terry D. Paige 2002
  • Robert S. Belica 2003
  • Thomas E. Shotts 2004
  • Benjamin Chase 2005
  • Gregory Attencio 2006
  • Jeffrey D. Shimmin Jr. 2007
  • Charles Eric Lubeck 2008
  • Edward Anderson 2009
  • Michael P. Griffis, 2010
  • Michael J. Scott 2011
  • Ralph E. Hardy 2012
  • Robert A. Danko 2013
  • Van Troi Perozo 2014
  • Michael Rossi 2015
  • Viron Lewis 2016
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