MASONRY IN MARSHALL
The work presented here is actually a compilation of former Brothers of this
lodge. The initial work was supplied by Brother Craig C. Miller in February of
1938. The article was missing some important dates in our history and Brother
Sam Leggitt, being Worshipful Master that year, undertook examining the records
of Grand Lodge and came up with the exact dates of the forming of our Lodge
#20. Later, Brother Homer C. Fisher wrote a small paper which is the basis for
this material. Although the Centennial was celebrated in 1955, Masonry has been
in Marshall uninterrupted since 1848. This will be explained later in this
We know of only 4 places which could be called Masonic Halls or Temples in
Marshall. The first was located on the 3rd floor of 108 W. State Street
(Michigan Avenue) and used between 1868 and 1873. The second on the 3rd floor
of 113 E. State Street (Michigan Avenue) and was used between 1873 and 1913.
This Masonic Hall is still marked with a stone above the windows. The hall was
built by the Masons over the existing 2nd floors of the 3 buildings below it.
The 3rd building is a 4 story structure built at 111 E. Green Street and was
built in 1913 at a cost of $22,400. This was in use from 1913 to 1987 when it
was sold. For the next 2 years, the Masonic bodies met in the Albion Masonic
In late 1988 construction of the new building was started on property donated
to the Marshall Masonic Temple Association by Brother Don Leggitt in memory of
his father, Samuel H. Leggitt, Past Master of this lodge. This building cost
approximately 4 times the amount paid for the building downtown. This building
was dedicated on March 11, 1989 according to the ancient form and custom of the
fraternity by the staff of the then Grand Master of the State of Michigan,
In 2005 St. Albans #20 celebrated our 150th anniversary and was rededicated at
that time by then Grand Master Richard P. Ruhland.
St. Albans #20 continues to see growth in it’s membership with many young men
discovering the benefits and knowledge that Freemasonry has to offer. We
continue to strive to reach as many young men as possible to introduce them to
the craft in hopes that they will decide to join the rest of the Brothers in
the continued advancement of Freemasonry.