A mammoth historical record of minutes,
biographies, and notable events was
preserved by dedicated Brethren for over
200 years. This priceless narrative is
now available for download:
In Brief :
St. John's No.1 was founded ("received its
warrant") in Newark on 13 May 1761.
On 3 July 1787, its number (1) was
changed to 2 when New York formed their
own St. John's No.1 [they're still around!].
More excitement came in 1842 when our
number was changed back to 1...
And then other lodges were formed
throughout our area of New Jersey - some
of which merged with us, such as:
Arcana No.60 in Boonton, founded on 22
January 1862 - merged with us in 1979.
Forest Hill No.206 in Newark, founded on
19 April 1917 - joined us in 1967.
Mountain Lakes No.258 in (yes) Mountain
Lakes, founded 23 April 1925 - joined us in
1978. More appropriately, we moved in
with them. And that is where we are now.
Our friends in the Order of the Eastern
Star Mountain Lakes Chapter No.270 also
make use of our lodge building - and they
have done some erudite research on it.