Title - Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (AF&AM)

Source - Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Iowa at the Thirteenth Grand Annual Communication, Held in the City of Oskaloosa on Tuesday, June 2D, A.D. 1856, A.L. 5856; T.S. Parvin, Muscatine, Grand Secretary; Printed by Raymond, Foote & Eystra, Faust Printing House, 1856.

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"No. 78, Grand River Lodge Leon, Decatur co. Stated Meetings: Tuesday on or before Full Moon Grand Lodge Dues, $ not given Dispensation granted August 22, 1855 Chartered June 4th, 1856 Number of current members: 24
Thompson Samuel C. 1855-56 officer: WM; elected as 1856-57 officer (either Master or Warden); an original founder of Grand River Lodge
Young George T. 1855-56 officer: SW; elected as 1856-57 officer (either Master or Warden); an original founder of Grand River Lodge
McClelland J.R. 1855-56 officer: JW; elected as 1856-57 officer (either Master or Warden)
Richardson H.D. 1855-56 officer: Treas
Kellogg J.D. 1855-56 officer: Sec
Rains Joseph 1855-56 officer: SD
Silvers Thomas 1855-56 officer: JD
Ball D.O. 1855-56 officer: Tyler
Akers Wm C. master mason
Akers S.C. fellow craft
Cummins S.H. entered apprentice
Daly A.W. master mason
Eldredge Joseph fellow craft
Finley John P. master mason
Forrey Samuel master mason
Glendenning E. master mason
Hawley G.H. master mason
Lowe Madison master mason
Moor George L. master mason
Notson R.P.S. master mason
Painter Joel E. master mason
Rawls Jonathan master mason
Roland W.T. fellow craft
Stewart P.C. master mason
Truman Ed master mason
Warford F.M. master mason; an original founder of Grand River Lodge
Welden Harrison master mason

WM - worshipful master GM - grand master PGM - past grand master
DGM - deputy grand master GSW - grand senior warden GJW - grand junior warden
SW - senior warden JW - junior warden SD - senior deacon JD - junior deacon
GT - grand treasurer GS - grand secretary Treas - treasurer Sec - secretary
Tyler - - definition not given non-affiliated - definition not given
U.D. - under dispensation
-Masonic lodges have three separate degrees or ceremonies: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, given in that order.
-A lodge is a group of Masons, meeting in a specific location at regularly scheduled times. Many lodges meet in a building called the Masonic Hall. The state Grand Lodge grants charters (permissions) to the Subordinate Lodges within that state. The subordinate lodges then operate under the bylaws and regulations of the Grand Lodge.
-The officers of a lodge are the Worshipful Master (presiding officer), Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior and Junior Deacons, Senior and Junior Stewards, and Tiler (Tyler). The first five officers are elected and installed annually; the WM appoints the other officers each year.
-The WM generally serves for one year and then is called a Past Master, although as a PM are equal in status to ordinary members.