Our Lodge

MASTER’S MESSAGE

Scott Siekierski
Worshipful Master 2017-2018

SiekierskiFriends and Brothers, thank you for visiting our website and learning about our Lodge.

At Knox-Corinthian Lodge, we celebrate something that is constant and unchanging. It transcends generations, and it is shared among World War II veterans, Gen X-ers, and Millennials alike. That something is the heart of a good man.

With that foundation and our belief in a higher power, we pursue a craft that brings purpose to our lives, fosters meaningful relationships, and makes a tangible difference in our community.

All too often in today’s society one may find himself involved in something just for the sake of being involved, and get little from it other than a entry on a résumé. However, we know that life is short–and our time is valuable–so if you feel that your efforts are less fulfilling than they should be, I urge you to learn more about Masonry.

We focus on brotherhood, ritual, learning, tradition, and philanthropy. We associate with good men from all walks of life and meet them “on the level” as Masons. We learn and practice ceremonies unique to Masonry that enlighten and connect us to both distinguished and forgotten brethren from our past. Finally, we do good in our community—we fund scholarships, support blood drives, and raise money for the Scottish Rite Hospital to help children in need, to name a few of our philanthropic endeavors.

If any of this moves you, then you may have the heart of a Mason.

Reaching out and asking for more information is the first step.

-Scott Siekierski, Worshipful Master ’17/’18

LODGE HISTORY

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Henry Knox, namesake of Knox County, TX and Knox-Corinthian Lodge #851

The Texas Legislature named the counties of our beloved state according to three basic categories. First, they were named for the Spanish and Indian names. Secondly, they were named for heroes of The Alamo and The Texas Revolution. Thirdly they were named for the Heroes of the Civil War. In some cases they even named them for themselves!

Knox County, however–the namesake of our lodge–was named for one of the greatest heroes of the American Revolution, Henry Knox–who was an active freemason.

Henry Knox was a hard-headed Irishman, who was forced to give up school at an early age to support his mother and family due to the death of his father. He became self-educated, and eventually bought a bookstore of his own. This was to stand him in good stead in life, for at that time books were still fairly uncommon and a luxury, so his trade put him in contact with the wealthiest and most intellectually-accomplished men of the time. He soon became known not only for his intellect, but also for his steadfast virtue.

He soon became known not only for his intellect, but also for his steadfast virtue.

Knox was a member of Old Boston Lodge. He joined the local militia in 1772, which lead to his participation in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Brother Knox was with Grand Master Joseph Warren, when Warren suffered his fatal blow and died on that battlefield.

Shortly after the battle, newly-commissioned General George Washington, arrived to take charge of the disorganized, rag-tag Continental Army.

The Colonials had no Cannon or artillerymen with which to lay siege to the British. There were fifty captured British cannon at Fort Ticonderoga, but it was assumed to be an impossible task to move the heavy cannon to Boston.

Knox stepped forward and asked General Washington if he could give it a try.

Henry Knox stepped forward and asked General Washington if he could give it a try. He felt he could put them into proper placement and use them effectively. When Washington inquired as to how he could possibly have such knowledge, the portly bookseller responded, he had read how in a book.

Miraculously, Knox succeeded in moving the cannon across frozen ground on ox sleds, and placing them in position on the recently captured, Dorchester Heights.

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Knox moving cannon to Boston

Knox directed the crossing of the entire army of the Delaware river with all their cannon and baggage, but he was able to comfort the somewhat depressed General Washington, who feared the British would follow.

His words to the General: “ I see no reason for despondency…. For I have captured and have in my possession every boat for fifty miles

It was because Knox had possession of those boats that Washington was able to recross the Delaware on Christmas Night, surprising the Hessians at Trenton, capturing a thousand men, and taking on critically-needed supplies. This gave the Americans a much-needed boost to their morale, and assured the survival of the Army as they went into winter quarters. Washington promoted Knox to Brigadier General.

Knox, continued to command the artillery, and gave exemplary service at Morristown, Germantown, and Brandywine, among other engagements. At Valley Forge, he was given the critical task of protecting the army while in winter encampment.

Later, when Washington took the first oath of office as President, Knox held the Masonic Bible on which he took it. At Washington’s request, Congress elected Henry Knox the first Secretary of War. It was Knox who, as Secretary of War, first established a military academy at his old command of West Point which still affects the affairs of our world today!

Probably, the most emotional moment for these two men came on November 25th 1783. On a cold and windy day, General Washington mounted his horse and solemnly rode south from the Harlem Heights. His auburn hair had gone gray; his face was withered and wrinkled, from years of worry, sadness, and strife. Suddenly he broke into a broad smile, the first in eight and a half years of war. He smiled because he heard the booming of cannon, and he knew that that was the pre-arranged signal that the last British soldier had left American soil. The the only man who had been with him the whole time, Henry Knox, was signaling that he had control of the battery guns on lower Manhattan.

Henry Knox was signaling that America Was Free!

And that, my brethren, is who our lodge is named for!

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Photograph used with permission of Dick Brown, PM.