Freemasonry's History In San Jose



On Thursday Jan. 28th, 1920, 25 Master Masons gathered in the Masonic Temple located at 272 South First Street, San Jose, California for the purpose of taking the preliminary steps to establish a new Masonic Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the jurisdiction of California. Also present was the District Inspector, John P. Jarman. Bro. Albert Edan Sandbo, Past Master of San Jose Lodge No. 10 in 1917, was chosen to act as chairman, and Bro. Horace Miner Gruwell as secretary. 


The chairman stated the purpose of the meeting and suggested that the first order of business should be the selection of a name for the proposed new lodge. After discussion and a motion by Bro. John S. Hasen it was voted that the name be "Fellowship Lodge." By unanimous consent the following were chosen to be nominated and "respectfully recommended" in the petition for dispensation to form a new lodge: Bro. Albert Edan Sandbo, Master; Bro. Louis Theron Smith, Senior Warden; and Bro. Alfred Adams Hapgood, Junior Warden. A petition for dispensation to form a new lodge then was prepared by Bro. H. Ray Fry, Clarence McWilliams, and Joseph Phillip Schaefer, and was addressed to the Most Worshipful Charles Albert Adams, Grand Master of Masons in California. 


The second preliminary meeting was held in Masonic Temple on Feb. 16, 1920, at 7:30 p.m. It was learned that the name "Fellowship" was in use by a California lodge, and after considerable deliberation the name "Golden Rule" was selected with "Unity" as an alternate. Bro. Sandbo stated that arrangements had been made for use of the third floor lodge room on Monday evenings for the following rental: First three months, free; $25 per month thereafter, until the membership reached 100. 


A third preliminary meeting was called by the chairman on March 8, 1920, to elect a Treasurer and a Secretary with this result: H. Ray Fry, Treasurer, and Willard B. Rice, Secretary, elected unanimously. The meeting adjourned in preparation for the first meeting of Golden Rule Lodge, U.D., later that evening. 




To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race."

George Washington


“ Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.

Douglas MacArthur 


“ Masonry aims at the promotion of morality and higher living by the cultivation of the social side of man, the rousing in him of the instincts of charity and love of his kind. It rests surely on the foundation of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.

William Howard Taft