© Liberty Lodge #31 F & A M

Liberty Lodge #31

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons


10 E. Franklin St. Liberty, MO  64068 (816) 781-3775

During this time the lodge went quietly on its way, meeting regularly, conferring degrees and looking after calls for relief coming from within and without. In this period occurred the Galveston flood and the Charleston earthquake and the lodge responded to appeals for aid from lodges in both of these areas.

On January 7, 1884, Bro. Jas. M. Miller presented to the lodge a gavel with this inscription, "A chip from the ship Constitution presented by Lieut. Jas. M. Miller, U.S.N., to Liberty Lodge No. 31, A.F. & A.M." Bro. Miller later attained the rank of Rear Admiral in the Navy and served with distinction in the Spanish-American War. He was made a Mason in this lodge in June 1873, and was also a member of the Royal Arch Chapter. His death occurred November 11, 1908, and he was buried in Arlington.

In 1886 we again find the old dissatisfaction with the lodge home and the urge to have something better. March 20 a committee was appointed to confer with the Chapter and the Commandery as to the advisability of selling the present hall and buying the room over the store to be built by Bro. Thos. F. Messick about the center of the north side of the square. The old hall was sold to Mr. R. H. Miller for $1,000.00 and the new one built at a cost of $1,500.00. The first meeting in the new hall was August 2 and the hall was dedicated December 27, 1886. This served till 1895 when the banquet room was enlarged to its present size.

April 1st, 1889, the I.O.O.F. Lodge was granted the use of the lodge room while its building was being erected.

December 27, 1889, Bro. S. H. Black presented to the lodge the Square and Compasses which are still in use. Bro. Black came to this lodge on demit from the Cameron, Missouri, lodge. He was an exceptionally well informed Mason, being a District Deputy Grand Lecturer for several years. He was Worshipful Master of Liberty Lodge in 1887 and up to the time of his death gave the brethren much valuable instruction.

FROM 1880 TO 1890


1890 - 1900