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Ten year project. 150 year history (1856 to 2006) of a Wisconsin Masonic lodge written in diary form.

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      This history of Dodge County Lodge #72 Free & Accepted Masons was completed this year after ten years of research, compilation and writing. This included books of minutes of meetings going back to 1856, papers and other points of reference going back to 1856.

      The author has been secretary/treasurer of Dodge County Lodge #72 for the past 22 years and decided that in order to provide a comprehensive 150 year history of this lodge for its members and the general public, who might have an interest in what occurs in a Masonic lodge over a period of 150 years, that it was necesxsary to take on this project.

      Although this 568 page book is a condensation of an 834 unabridged version, it loses none of the story of the 150 year day by day, year by year history of this Wisconsin lodge. The 834 page book has very limited circulation, being published primarily for local distribution to the members of Dodge County Lodge #72..

     The condensed version of 568 pages contains all of the story that is in the 834 page book but eliminates areas containing  the names, portraits, and rosters of the membership of this lodge  The beginning of the year election of officers which takes up to 1/2 page for each year in the unabridged version would not be of any particuolar interest to the reader that lives outside the local area. 

     This verson, beside bringing the size of the book down, brings the cost down to  $19.00, ON SALE while supplies last for this 568 condensed version and gives the reader the story in its entirety..

     Should anyone be interested in more information on the unabridged version that Is selling for $55, ON SALE,  in the hard cover and $35.00, ON SALE, in the soft cover, while supplys lasts.  Contact can be made with the secretary of the lodge by e-mail at There is a $5.00 postage and handling charge for shipping.

Birth Place
Beaver Dam, WI USA

This update is written in 2011.I have achieved 83 years of age, been married to Roselyn for 61 years and have 4 children, the oldest being 60 years of age and the youngest 49years of age, and numberous grandchildren and great gradchildren.
I have been a resident of Beaver Dam, WI for my entire life with the excception of a three year period that I served in the United States Air Force, leaving with an honorable discharge and with the rank of S/Sgt. I am a member of American Legion Post 146 in Beaver Dam.
I am a 32year member of Dodge County Lodge #72 Free & Accepted Masons and have been honored as such. I have served as Worshipful Master of the lodge in 1983 and a 25 year stint as its Secretary/Treasurer from 1984 to 2009.I have been treasurer of my church, Trinity United Methodist in Beaver Dam, for approximately 20 years leaving that responsibility in 2009. The reason for stopping those tasks were because I have developed a renal problem caused by diabetes that I have had since 1988. I am currently a kidney dialysis patient on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of each week.

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One readers review of the book - "That is a very impressive piece of work. Certainly anyone interested in Masonic history will need to refer to it. And, I think, anyone working in the history of Dodge County or southern Wisconsin is going to look at it for the vast amount of detail in it. This is really the spade work of history writing. You have made a lot of historians' lives much simpler and done yourself proud in the process. I congratulate you on your fine work." A reader from the Philadelphia, PA area

Contact Information
Dodge County Lodge #72 Free & Accepted Masons
P.O. Box 691 
Beaver Dam WI 53916   USA
Contact Author: Richard L Larson
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A book consisting of 568 pages deliniating the history of this lodge over 150 year beginning with its chartering in 1856. This is a detailed history written in diary form with narrative inclusions by the author.

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