For the past 25 years, Allen Cole has been a part of the Burkburnett Masonic Lodge and has served two years as the lodge’s master.
It is during that time, Cole has been trying to obtain a historical marker for the lodge.
“It’s hard to get one,” Cole said. “They don’t give them out and once we qualified, we really wanted it and so we were determined.”
Finally, on Tuesday morning, several local Masons and community members gathered to celebrate the lodge’s 106 years of service, history and the official unveiling of their marker.
“And just like this historical monument or marker that is being dedicated today…. that is one thing that is important because it is one hundred years for this lodge,” local Mason, Bruce Urban, said. “It just goes to show how far back the basics of everything about being a Mason have gone back as far as…. for a long, long time.”
The lodge was charted in 1910 — three years after the city of Burkburnett was founded.
“They have served this community in so many ways. It just — any need that arises, you can call on this group,” former mayor and county commissioner, Pat Norriss, said.
Citizens said the lodge serves the community through charitable activities, education and more. This lodge also laid cornerstones at six local buildings.
“Our motto as Masons is taking young men,” Urban said. “Good men and making them better, so that’s what we do. We try to establish at the Masonic level. Try to establish people that can become better men for their community, for their home.”
“It’s family, you know. My dad was the Master here…. you know…. just history,” Cole said.
And to Cole it is also important the Masons of the future forever remember the foundation and history their brothers left behind.