INTERESTING ITEMS

Between 1890 (when it became a state) and 1951, every governor of Wyoming, except one, was a Mason. The one, Mrs. William A. Ross, was the wife of a mason and a member of Eastern Star.

Francis Stephens, the Duke of Lorraine, received the first two Masonic Degrees in 1731 in a special lodge convened at The Hague, Holland, becoming the first known Royal Freemason. Later he received the third degree in England. In 1735 he renounced his title.

Angelo Soliman, was born in Africa in 1721 and brought to Europe as a slave at the age of ten. He was educated, married, and became a favorite in the royal court in Vienna. Somewhere before 1771 he became a mason. When he died in 1776, the Emperor had his body stuffed and mounted in the natural history museum, becoming not only the first black of African birth to become a mason, but also the first mason to be stuffed, mounted, and displayed.

Theodore Parvin was Grand Secretary for Iowa from 1844 to 1901 except for 1852-’53 when he was Grand Master.