1984 thru 1986

may 31, 1984 Hiram Lodge F. & A.M. jointly held a Reception with Delaware Chapter No. 54, Sidney Moore Council No. 84 and George Lewis Behrens Chapter No. 504, Order of Eastern Star to honor members of the Fraternity who have attained the honor of KNIGHT OF THE YORK CROSS OF HONOUR. They were Worshipful Brothers William F. Hahnert, Sr., Chester W. Hammond and Terry C. Bell. Worshipful Master Richard R. Nelson read the Masonic records of W.B. Hahnert, which were many and varied and Worshipful Master Nelson noted that Worshipful Brother Hahnert is listed in WHO’S WHO IN FREEMASONRY. He then read the Blue Lodge Masonic Record of Worshipful Brother Hammond and then passed to each of the other bodies to present the Capitular, Cryptic and Eastern Star Records.

On June 12, 1984, Worshipful Master Richard R. Nelson recognized Worshipful Brother William Hahnert Sr. for having the honor of being one of a very few select Masons to be mentioned in “WHO’S WHO IN MASONRY.”

The year of l984 saw the restoration of the downstairs lounge, entrance foyer, stairway and upstairs hallway. New tables were purchased for the dining room, a new public address system and a new projector screen, was added to the lodge room and the exterior brick were cleaned and the unused chimneys were removed.

On Oct. 27, 1984 Wor. Bro. Harold Meade was installed as District Deputy Grand Master of the 14th Masonic District at a special communication in Hiram Lodge. He had previously served as District Education Officer.

In 1985 Worshipful Brother Homer Blosser crafted a cabinet to store the officer’s jewels and lodge aprons.

On October 8, 1985, Worshipful Brother Chester Hammond was recognized as the newly appointed District Deputy for the 11th Capitular District of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio.

During 1985, the Lodge approved and completed major improvements within the Temple including the purchase and placement of art work in the lounge room, a color TV set, cable and magazine subscriptions. Phase II of the remodeling was completed which consisted of bathrooms, new windows on second floor, bricking in of three windows on the East side of the Temple, storm doors for the front entrances, a new sign and planting area together with lighting to illuminate the entire building at night.

On January 19, 1986, Worshipful Brother Hughey G. Deal and the Officers, Rededicated Hiram Lodge No. 18 F. & A.M., on the occasion of its 175th Anniversary. Reconsecration Services were conducted by Grand Master Hilmer W. Neumann, Grand Lodge Officers, and the Past Masters of Hiram Lodge #18 F. & A.M.

On May 24, 1986, Hiram Lodge traveled to Westernport, Maryland to deliver the “Traveling Hiram Gavel” to Hiram Lodge #103. The Officers of the Grand Lodge of Maryland conferred the Master Mason Degree in the A.F.& A.M form on Brother James A. Bergandine of Hiram Lodge # 18.

In 1986 the dining room and kitchen were remodeled. A hot water heating system was installed to heat the Temple. A conference room and storage areas with a balcony were added to the second floor. New chairs were purchased for the dining room, pictures and plaques to honor our Distinguished Masons were placed in the conference room.