This Day in History: 1925-02-21
The cornerstone of the new Masonic Lodge in Suffern was laid with the assistance of representatives of many neighboring lodges. The visiting dignitaries met at the Erie station and marched up to the local lodge room where they were met by the local brothers. They were then conducted to the site of the new building on Lafayette Avenue. The ceremonies were conducted by Most Worshipful Arthur S. Tompkins, the former Grand Pastor of the State of New York. Assisting him were the Deputy Grand Master, and the Grand, Wardens, Secretary, Treasurer, chaplain and Marshall. The local host was the Rockland County Commander K. T. The Suffern Lodge of the Masons had been organized on June 11, 1865. One reason for the large attendance at the dedication ceremony was the fact that this was said to be the first masonic lodge to be built in the region.