In July, A. D. 1854, A. L. 5854, a Dispensation was issued from the G. L. of Missouri, to J. M. Chivington, W. M., M. R. Walker, S. W., and Cyrus Garrett, J. W, authorizing them to meet and work, U. D. The first meeting under this warrant was held August 11, A. L. 5854, and a Lodge of Masons, U. D., was duly organized. The officers of the Lodge were installed by Bro. Piper, D. G. M. of Missouri.
In May, A. D. 1855, A. L. 5855, a Charter was granted from the G. L. of Missouri to M. E. Walker, W. M., Russell Garrett, S. W., and Cyrus Garrett, J. W., authorizing them to meet and work, under the name of Kansas Lodge, No. 153, A. F. & A. M. The first meeting under this Charter was held July 27, A. L. 5855.
On the 27th of December, A. L. 5855, a meeting of the Lodges of the Territory of Kansas was held in Leavenworth City, at which Wyandotte, Smithton and Leavenworth Lodges were represented. At this meeting the M. W. Grand Lodgo of Kansas was organized.
On the 20th of October, A. L. 5856, a Charter was granted by the M. W. Grand Lodge of Kansas, to Cyrus Garrett, W. M., Geo. C. Van-zandt, S. W., and Henry Garrett, J. W., au thorizing them to meet and work, under the-name of Wyandotte Lodge No. 3, A. F. & A. M. The first meeting under this charter was held February 20, A. D. 1857, A. L. 5857.
The Lodge has continued its labors uninterruptedly from its inception to the present time.
Note—A. F. & A. M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons) commence their era with the creation of the world, calling it Anno Lucius (A. L.), "In the year of Light." To obtain their date add 4000 years to the Christian era. Thus-1916 plus 4000 equals 5916.
1. "Organization of the Lodge", Wyandotte Lodge No. 3, A. F. & A. M., Initiation of One Thousandth Member and Roster of Membership, Kansas City, Kansas, 1918, page 9.
See AlsoWyandotte Lodge, A. F. & A. M., 1918 Roster