Urania Lodge 311

Freemasons of Plain City Ohio


Brother Paul J. Kaufman Passed

Paul Kaufman obit


300th Grand Lodge of England Celebration at the Ohio Masonic Home


PGM Wilson Passes

Richard M. Wilson
Born June 3, 1932—Died May 25, 2017
Richard Moore Wilson was born June 3, 1932, in Jerusalem, Monroe County, Ohio, one of three children born to Charles and Alice Wilson. He graduated from Beallsville High School in 1950.
He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1952-56 beí ng stationed in New York State for two years and then in Japan for two years.
On July 9, 1960, he married Eleanor Elaine William-son. They are the proud parents of two children, Bradley (Jeri) Wilson, Cathy (Scott—Deceased) Christy. Bradley and Jeri are the parents of Nicole and Anessa, Cathy is the proud parent of Michaela , Faith, and Morgan.
Brother Wilson was a retired electrician having worked 37 years at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, Ohio. He had served the United Methodist Church as a pastor for 43 years. He was ordained in June of 1973 as a Deacon by the late Bishop Francis E. Kearns. Brother Wilson was an active pastor at age 83.
He was a Monroe County Park District Board Member, also on the Board of Directors, Ohio Valley Community Credit Union, having served as Secretary, Vice-president and President. He served on the Board of The Monroe Metropolitan Housing Authority. He had also served on various others Boards in the area of Southeast-ern Ohio.
Brother Wilson was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Sunsbury Lodge No. 362, Beallsville, Ohio, on October 23, 1956, and served as Worshipful Master in 1966. He has since served as Master on three other occasions and was Secretary of his lodge for 18 years. He is a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Cambridge; Grand Council Royal & Select Masons, Guernsey Council No. 74, Cambridge, Ohio; Royal Arch Masons, Cambridge Chapter No. 53, Cambridge, Ohio; Cambridge Commandery No. 47, Knights Templar.
He served the 18th Masonic District as District Deputy Grand Master in 1974, 1975, and 1976. In 1977 Most Worshipful Brother Jerry C. Rasor appointed him as Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of Ohio. In 1978 Most Worshipful Brother Daniel F. Iceman appointed him to the office of Junior Grand Deacon. He was subsequently ap-pointed Senior Grand Deacon and Grand Marshal. Brother Wilson was elected Junior Grand Warden in 1981, Senior Grand Warden in 1982, Deputy Grand Master in 1983. On October 13, 1984, at Columbus, Ohio, he was elected and installed as Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio.
Brother Wilson was a member of Beallsville Chapter No. 24, Order of the Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron four times. In 1998 he served as the Worthy Grand Patron, Grand Chapter of Ohio along with Worthy Grand Matron, Eloise Wise.
M. W. Brother Wilson and his wife Eleanor reside in Jerusalem, Ohio (Monroe County).


Member Found!

At our Stated Meeting on May 9th., 2017, WB James Carlson gave a lecture relating to Veterans Day and the passing of Brother Dave Mitchell a member of Urania Lodge late last year. Recently the family began going over some of the items for a public auction and discovered a locket which contained his personal ID dog type tags which originated from WW1.

This is a explanation of this type of Identification;


The USA would have been the first nation to have adopted Identity Discs back in 1862 if the notion hadn’t been rejected. US troops therefore, like most of their European counterparts , had either no identification (other than in paper form) or supplied their own (private purchase tags from the Civil War, China Expedition and Spanish-American War appear in abundance). However, on 20 December 1906 , the War Department General Order number 204 officially sanctioned the first authorised US identity disc. This disc was a small circular aluminium disc, 3cm in diameter, that contained the soldier’s name, rank, unit and the letters “USA” (“United States Army”). It was worn around the neck on a thin bandage-like cotton ribbon.

In 1910 a tag was issued that was identical to the 1906 pattern in all ways except size. The 1910 tag measured 3.5cm in diameter. Both 1906 and 1910 pattern tags were, from this date on, issued in similar numbers and can be encountered relatively equally. There was one more change before the USA entered the war. Possibly due to reports from the nations already involved in the war or possibly due to experiences in Mexico, a second disc was introduced on 6 July 1916. From this date, the first disc (whether of 1906 or 1910 pattern) had two holes to facilitate the attachment of the second disc.

There was also a locket that was found belonging to Kenneth which was gold filled and made around the turn of the century (1900) by H.F. & Bro. It is noted that Kenneth’s wife was a long time school teacher at the Unionville School most likely the Darby High School long closed located in Unionville Center Ohio.

Further Investigation shows that Kenneth was infact a member of Urania Lodge. Last Entry found was dated July 31, 1950 as a member the following year does not show him on the records as of July 1951. It is my belief that he could have been a soldier during the Great World War 1 at the age of about 24 years. He died at age 58.



William L. “Bill” Arthur Sr.

William L. “Bill” Arthur Sr.
Arthur Sr. William L. “Bill” Arthur Sr., age 89, of Fredericktown, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Laurels of Mount Vernon with his loving family by his side. He was born on July 13, 1927 in Central College, Ohio to the late Charles and Ethel (Hartley) Arthur. Bill was the owner and operator of THE Plain City Barn Dance. He was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, was a member of Urania #311 Masonic Lodge and was a plural member of the Thrall Lodge #170. Bill was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Columbus Consistory. He was a veteran serving in the United States Navy during World War II. He is survived by his daughters, Susan (Michael) Link, Debby (Louis) Sizer; four sons, Mick Arthur, Tony Arthur, Dwight (Katherine) Arthur, Michael Arthur; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents,