U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall to speak at Masonic centennial Saturday

From Staff Reports

July 6, 2007 - The Councils of Royal and Select Master Masons of Sulphur Springs and Paris will celebrate their 100 years of continuous activity this Saturday, with U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall serving as the keynote speaker.

The history of the local councils will be reviewed. The public is invited to join in the celebration, and a barbecue lunch will begin at noon at the Masonic Hall, located at 105 Oak Ave. in Sulphur Springs. A $5 donation will be accepted at the door.

Masons first formed lodges in East Texas in the 1830s. Masons were instrumental in forming many towns in this section of Texas. Sulphur Springs and Paris both had Councils of Royal and Select Master Masons before the Civil War. However, because of the conflict, both councils were dissolved in 1864. It wasn't until 1907 that the Councils were re-established in both cities.

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