Ramah Lodge No. 165
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

(A. F. & A. M.)

Ramah Lodge No. 165
PO Box 31
Ramah, Colorado 80832

Ramah Map

Lodge Behind Post Office (2 S Commercial St)

Meets On The
2ND Monday Of Each Month
7:30 PM


"Freemasonry: A Brotherhood For Peace, Unity, And Human Progress." - - - - "Brotherly Love, Truth, And Relief: Our Continuing Commitment." - - - -


Trestle Board






July / Date: TBD




September / 2ND Monday

Fish Fry

Lodge Hall

6:00 PM

September / 2ND Monday

Past Master's Tribute


7:30 PM

November / 2ND Monday

Stated Communication/Elections


7:30 PM

December / 2ND Monday

Stated Communication/Installations


7:30 PM

December / Date: TBD

Christmas Party




Works (Degrees, Practices, Educational Classes, & Ceremonial Work) are conducted as needed. Members will be notified of Works during Lodge and by E-Mail to include their respective positions if any. Works is not limited to the 2ND Monday of Month and may be done on another day at the discretion of a suitable number of members of the lodge. 

From The East

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Your Financial Reports are provided regularly during the stated communications and discussed at that time.  


Dues and Per Capita are to be received NLT the first of January each year, otherwise you are late. Please send your correct phone number and address or changes so that we may update our roster.  Those with computer savvy, send your current or new e-mail addresses as well.  Much of our information is sent via the Internet, which has dramatically cut down our postage expense.


On February 8, 1925, five Master Masons, Lem Gammon, Harry Gammon, Robert Cameron, Ira R. Woodward, William Kloster, went to the ranch of Brother T. H. Smith, about 16 miles north of Ramah, to discuss the possibility of organizing a Lodge at Ramah. Several similar meetings followed with the result that on October .31, 1925 a request for a Dispensation was taken to Most Worshipful Grand Master Frank G. Mirick who granted a dispensation for a Lodge at Ramah, with Abram D. Garriott as Worshipful Master and dated December 25, 1925. The State Bank of Ramah was enlarged to provide quarters for the new Lodge which held its first regular communication on January 13, 1926. Twenty-seven Master Masons signed the petition for a dispensation and ten petitions were received at the first meeting.

A charter was granted to Ramah Lodge No. 165 on September 21, 1926 and the Lodge was constituted by Most Worshipful Grand Master Frank J. Reinhard on October 25, 1926 with Abram Dale Garriott as Worshipful Master.

On December 12, 1929, Brother William Kloster was elected Secretary and served in that capacity for 31 years of continuous service.

On October 22, 1951 the Lodge celebrated its 25th Anniversary with 30 members and 12 visitors present. Most Worshipful Grand Master C. Wheeler Barnes and Grand Lecturer Giles N. Alkire presented inspiring addresses.

Worshipful Brother Abram J. Garriott, the first Master of Ramah Lodge No. 165, passed away on February 21, 1957 at the age of 85 years and was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.

There were 42 members who signed the charter.

The record of the Grand Lodge as of November 30, 1960 gives the present membership of Ramah Lodge No. 165 as 102.

Courtesy:  Saint Vrain Masonic Lodge # 23 (http://longmontmasons.com/)

Source:  Grand Lodge of Colorado A.F. & A.M.  (http://www.coloradofreemasons.org/)





Did you know there is another Ramah Lodge?  It is Roman Eagle Ramah Lodge #70, in Danville, VA (http://www.morgancomm.com/re122/ramah_page.php).  They also meet the 2nd Mondays at 7:30 PM.  Their charter was established in 1888, and in 1933, they had 38 members. 

The reference must come from Judges 19:13, which says, And he said unto his servant, Come and let us draw near to one of these places; and we will lodge in Gibeah, or in Ramah.






The lodge with the highest meeting place on the globe is Roof of the World Lodge No. 1094, of Oroya, Peru. The elevation of the lodge room in the Andes Mountains is 14,167 above sea level. The closet competitor in the United States is Corinthian Lodge No. 35 at Leadville, Colorado elevation about 10,200 feet.


A century ago there were more than 3,000 Masonic lodges which can be described as "Moon Lodges"; in 1954 there were fewer than 500. These lodges meet on the day of the full moon for practical reasons; the brethren had light to travel by at night. There may have been some symbolic meaning also. The advent of electricity, street lights, and the automobile made the reason for meeting on such nights antiquated through unique. Many Grand Lodges now require lodges to meet on fixed days of the week.


Montana's first livestock brand was the square and compass; it is still in use. No one knows when it was first used; but it was before May 25, 1872, when it became necessary to date and register brands then in use. It was first owned by Poindexter T. Orr of Beaverhead County, Montana Territory.


At the time he was raised in Highland Park Lodge No. 382 in Los Angeles, California, John Aasen was eight and a half feet tall and weighed 536 pounds. Twelve craftsmen were required for certain parts of the ceremony. There were 1500 Masons present to observe the ceremony.

Charles S. Stratton, a midget, was made a famous by P. T. Barnum as "General Tom Thumb". He was first presented to the public in 1842; at the time he was two feet high and weighed 16 pounds. In 1844 he married Lavinia Warren, also a midget. He settled in Bridgeport, Connecticut and was raised in St. John's Lodge No. 3 on October 3, 1862. 


The first lodge in Kansas was Wyandotte Lodge. It met in the home of the Senior Warden, Matthew R. Walker. Mrs. Walker, an Indian, acted as Tyler of the lodge. Later Mrs. Walker became the first Grand Matron of the Eastern Star in Kansas.




by John Hohenstein, Zerubbabel Lodge #15, Savannah, Georgia

It was a time not long after Fort Sumter and The War of Northern Aggression was well under way. The Yankees, as they are still wont to do, had promptly flocked to Hilton Head and Tybee Islands, the barrier islands on opposite sides of the mouth of the Savannah River. The Savannah Folks didn't mind much that the Yankees had stolen the good beaches, for the water was still a bit cool for Southern preferences and, besides, they knew the gnats and mosquitoes would teach the Yankees a lesson they'd never forget. So, the Southerners, as Southerners are wont to do sometimes, just waited. They didn't have to wait very long before the Yankees on Hilton Head sent out a messenger under a white flag.

It seemed that the Yankees had among them a young fellow who had passed through the Fellow Craft Degree before shipping out. The Yanks were just sitting around slapping gnats when it occurred to one of them that, just maybe, there was a nearby lodge that could test him in the Fellow Craft Degree and raise him to that of a Master Mason. As luck would have it, there was indeed a lodge in Savannah that would soon be having a Masters Degree.

One morning, not too many days later, a detail of Confederate Cavalry slipped across the Savannah River into South Carolina and traveled through Bluffton to the shore opposite Hilton Head Island. From there they escorted one Fellow Craft Mason and, I believe, a number of Master Masons of the Northern Persuasion, safely through the Confederate Lines and back through about 35 miles of Confederate defenses to Savannah where the candidate and his witnesses were delivered into the lodge. The records note that this Brother was indeed proficient in the Fellow Craft Degree and he was raised to the Degree of a Master Mason.

That night another detail of Confederate Cavalry, no doubt Brothers to a man, slipped back across the Savannah River and safely escorted their Brothers back to Hilton Head.

Anyway, I have loved this story since the first time I heard it. It clearly demonstrates that, at the darkest period in our national history, when brothers were killing brothers, brothers could still be brothers.

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