BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA, USA
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HERO LODGE #248
BEAUFORT, N.C. 28516-USA Hero Lodge #248 received its charter on December 9, 1908. It developed from a small Masonic area to a new site on highway 70 in Beaufort. Most of its original members were menhaden fishermen. During the main fishing season which was between the months of April and November, no meetings were held because the men were away fishing. The fishing was done in the states of Florida, Mississippi Louisiana, Delaware and New Jersey, Meetings commenced with the closing of the main fishing season.
Carteret county is on the North Carolina seacoast. At one time fishing was its main industry along with the pulp wood business. At present it depends largely on tourism. Its per capita income was increased somewhat, not because of tourism or industry, but by the influx of retired persons from the states further north.
A complete listing of worshipful masters was not obtainable at the present time, but a partial list follows:
Bro. Fred Williams--12/9/1908 Bro. Clifton Windley---? -'73 Bro. Samuel Windsor Bro. Charlie Henderson '73-'78 Bro. George Sparrow Bro. James Nolen '78-'81 Bro. William Vann Bro. Ellis Jones '81-'86 Bro. Frank Henry Bro. Mitchel Budget '86-'88 Bro. Alex Henry Bro. Ellis Jones '88-'90 Bro. Randolph Johnson Bro. Booker Joyner '90-'92 Bro. Guy Copes Bro. Nesby Stanley '92-'98 Bro. Sylvester Johnson '98-Brother Jules Jordan was a very important person during the latter years of the lodge by influencing members to stay in the lodge, even by paying their dues. He was the secretary at the time, but also assumed duties of the treasurer. At the passing of Bro. Jordan, the secretary position was assumed by Bro. Abe Thurman. The position of treasurer has been the domain of Bro. James Milton Smith, Jr., since 1967. He is still the treasurer and vocal advocate of Hero Lodge #248.
The Lodge sponsors a very active knights of Pythagoras group which has recently been chartered. Also, the Affiliated Order of the Eastern Star has a similar active gleaners group.
The number of active members at the present time is 33.
Beaufort is the third oldest town in north Carolina, and the recent history of the members of this lodge follows:
FIRST BLACK PRINCIPAL - Randolph Johnson, Deceased
FIRST BLACK TOWN COMMISSIONER - Abe Thurman, 1991 - PRESENT
FIRST BLACK POLICE CHIEF - Charles McDonald, 1992 - PRESENT
FIRST BLACK HIRED FIREMAN - Carlton Davis
FIRST BLACK PERSONAL BANKER - Bryant Henry (Wachovia-Morehead City, N.C.) 1990 - PRESENT
FIRST BLACK 33 DEGREE MASON - Charlie Henderson
FIRST BLACK POSTMASTER - Ellis Jones (Atlantic Beach, N. C.)
FIRST BLACK GRAND LODGE OFFICER - Ellis Jones-Asst. Grand Lecture
Present Worshipful Master
Abe Thurman AUG.30,1994 (Submitted to the Historical Committee of the Grand Lodge to be enclosed in the proposed History Book}
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HERO PAGE 2 MEMBER-BROTHER J. C. STANLEY (DECEASED)
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