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.