History

Black Hawk #11 AF & AM  History

During the Gold Rush era that started in 1858 men from around the world migrated to the Rocky Mountains to seek their fortune, and not always by the most honest means.  This migration included men for all walks of life and was not only limited to just prospectors.   Included in this migration were Masons that found this as an irresistible opportunity.   The Masons quickly sought the company of the brethren when they reached the gold fields and began hold meeting and requesting charters for their Lodges, for the Grand Lodges in Kansas and Nebraska.

 A Convention was held for the purpose of organizing a Grand Lodge for the territory of Colorado on August 2, 1861.  The convention was made up of officers of Golden City Lodge, (chartered on Aug. 7th, 1860, by the Grand Lodge of Kansas), Summit Lodge, (Chartered June 5th, 1861, by the Grand Lodge of Nebraska), and Rocky Mountain Lodge, (chartered June 5, 1861, by the Grand Lodge of Nebraska).

 The first meeting of Black Hawk #11 UD was February 17th, 1866.

 The Committee on Returns and Work of the Lodges Under Dispensation examined Black Hawk U D Lodge and found they had conferred  1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees and that the Master, and Wardens were in place, and requested a Charter be issued.  The Committee recommended to the Grand Lodge that the Charter be granted and the officers be installed by the Grand Lodge.

 The Grand Lodge of Colorado granted a Charter to Black Hawk # 11 on Oct. 1, 1866.

 The passage of small stakes gambling in the Colorado Gold Rush towns resulted in the construction of several casinos in Black Hawk and much congestion in the town.  Early in 1994 Black Hawk #11 Lodge was granted Dispensation to move its Charter for Black Hawk to Friendship-Schiller Lodge at 4625 Morrison Rd, in Denver, due to limited parking in Black Hawk.  In 1995 Dispensation was granted to continue conducting stated meetings at Friendship-Schiller Lodge due to the sale of the Lodge building in Black Hawk.

All Black Hawk #11 Past Masters

Chase Withrow 1866

Harper Orahood 1867

Harper Orahood 1868

J. W. Nesmith 1869

Harper Orahood 1870

George Congden 1871

Harper Orahood 1872

Harper Orahood 1873

Harper Orahood 1874

William Fullertom 1875

John Ballard 1876

John Boylan 1877

John Ballard 1878

Harper Orahood 1879

James McCrog 1880

James McCrog 1881

John Harland 1882

William Rust 1883

P.B. Wright 1884

N.C. Hanson 1885

Ed Hughes 1886

Ed Hughes 1887

James Richards 1888

James Richards 1889

Alex Taylor 1890

James Richards 1891

James Richards 1892

James Richards 1893

James Richards 1894

James Richards 1895

Ed Hughes 1896

James Richards 1897

James Richards 1898

Edwin Grenfell 1899

Harry Clark 1900

Charles Stout 1901

John Stroehle 1902

Charles Stout 1903

John Stroehle 1904

James Seright 1905

James Seright 1906

George Mathews 1907

William Monghan 1908

John Haskins 1909

John Haskins 1910

Thomas Dunstone 1911

Charles Chatfield 1912

John Eatwell 1913

George Fritz 1914

George Fritz 1915

Chase Withrow 1916

Otto Ruttkamp 1917

Clerence Froid 1918

William Saunders 1919

George Fritz 1920

George Fritz 1921

George Fritz 1922

A.M. Fairchild 1923

James Richards 1924

Frances Channing 1925

Arthur Gray 1926

Arthur Gray 1927

A.M. Fairchild 1928

William Fritz 1919

Charles Klais 1930

Charles Klais 1931

John Stroehle 1932

Arhtur Gray 1933

George Nelson 1934

William Stroehle 1935

George Nelson 1936

George Nelson 1937

George Nelson 1938

Edwin Nelson 1939

Edwin Nelson 1940

Leo Cull 1941

William Kiter 1942

Arthur Gray 1943

Arthur Gray 1944

Walter Nelson 1945

Warren Smith 1946

Warren Smith 1947

Sterling Gilbert 1948

Frank Eccker 1949

L.C.G. Lippincott 1950

William Quiner 1951

Arthur Nichols 1952

Emory Schlick 1953

Barney Olsen 1954

Albert Malmgren 1955

Albert Malmgren 1956

Charles Tregay 1957

Harold Huntsman 1958

John Turner 1959

Richard Farrell 1960

Richard Farrell 1961

Sterling Gilbert 1962

Kenneth Brown 1963

Dick Lichtenheld 1964

Perrin Wagner 1965

Alvin Malmgren 1966

Charles Grant 1967

Roy Slaughoupt 1968

John Souther 1969

Samuel Ivie 1970

Cecil Bolich 1971

Andrew Krodshen 1972

Donald Evens 1973

Cecil Bolich 1974

Robert Brantley 1975

Richard Conn 1976

Donald Sherriff 1977

James V. Quinn 1978

James V. Quinn 1979

Jerry L. Fenimore 1980

Donald Sherriff 1981

Jerry L. Fenimore 1982

Jerry L. Fenimore 1983

Arlon Sanders 1984

William Tregay, Jr. 1985

William Tregay, Jr. 1986

Gilbert Mohan, Jr. 1987

Gilbert Mohan, Jr. 1988

William Tregay, Jr. 1989

William Tregay, Jr. 1990

Robert Brantley 1991

Cecil Bolich 1992

Robert Brantley 1993

Robert Brantley 1994

Glenn E. Smiley 1995

Gardner Sanford 1996

Howard Fling 1997

William Lloyd 1998

William Lloyd 1999

William Lloyd 2000

William Lloyd 2001

Randall Ansley 2002

Mirl Fowler 2003

Glen W. Newton 2004

William Lloyd 2005

Roberto Mendoza 2006

Jurgen Hartman 2007

John Figler 2008

Julian Newton 2009

Brian Lee Fowler 2010

Mark W Ralston 2011

Michael P Rowan   2012

Charles Watts   2013

Charles Watts   2014

Robert Salazar  2015

Greg Koenig   2016

Karl Koenig  2017

Mark Ralston  2018