The Masonic Lodge in Gallatin held regular meetings for many years (circa 1950-1990) in a large room on the third floor above Leopard Law Office at Jackson and Main streets.
The Masonic Lodge Hall at Gallatin, MO, was built as the third floor spanning 201-203 North Main Street, above the law office of John Leopard and the newspaper office of the Gallatin North Missourian. Few people other than Lodge members saw this meeting chamber. To the left (not shown) was a small kitchen and eating area. A foyer, storage room, and closets were at the top of the stairs before entering into this chamber. Eventually, the Masons served quit claim deeds to the building owners below in order to relocate to meet in a metal building at North Daviess and Corrine Streets. When a storm caused that building’s roof to fail and nearly all contents were ruined by water damage, the lodge became inactive. (date unknown)
The Masonic Lodge in Gallatin held regular meetings for many years in a large room on the third floor above Leopard Law Office at Jackson and Main streets. (date unknown)
The Masonic square and compass is probably the most common symbol in Masonry, used to represent Freemasons and Masonic lodges around the world.
This brick commercial building once stood at the corner of West Grand and Market Streets, the southwest corner of the Gallatin business square (date of sketch unknown).
Market Street, shown looking north into the west side of the Gallatin square, was once a muddy pathway. Note the light bulbs used for street lighting from wooden poles. On the corner was the I.O.O.F. Building housing Andrews Store, then a barber shop offering 10-cent haircuts, a millinary, a restaurant and other businesses including the telephone company at the far end. Across Jackson Street was the 3-story Oddfellows Lodge building.
The photo was taken during a Masonic picnic at Gallatin, MO. Standing from left — John McClaskey, John MacPherson, Ray Dean, Archie Brookshier, Orear Fitterer, Wes Robertson, Chas Netherton, Sam Scott; kneeling from left — Alva Pettijohn, Lester Downing, Frank Wynne, Max Verable, C.J. Stout. (date unknown)