Claremore Daily Progress

October 30, 2012

Cornerstone Carved - Masons honor Rogers County

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — The Will Rogers Masonic Lodge presented the cornerstone Tuesday to Rogers County for the new courthouse.

During the ceremony the Most Worshipful Grand Master Randell Rogers, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons used symbols to represent the principles in which the building was constructed.
A number of local and state dignitaries were present for the event including Commissioner Kirt Thacker and Commissioner Dan DeLozier. State Sen. Sean Burrage shared a few words with the group.
“We [Rogers County] are the envy of the state,” Burrage said. “We have a tremendous county.”
The courthouse will be a symbol for the people of the county, he added.
“The ceremony is a mixture of past and present,” Rogers said.
The corn, wine and oil were used representing health, prosperity and peace.
Several officers and members of the Grand Lodge and Will Rogers Lodge presented the symbols during the ceremony.
The Masons used the tools of an architect that had a philosophical representation of building.
The plum, square and level are tools that are used to construct buildings and represent building our live to help each other, according to the presenting officers.
“I want to thank the members of the Masonic Lodge for their symbolic ceremony,” Thacker said.
“I want to thank the people of Rogers County,” DeLozier said. “I hope in 100 years the people have the opportunity to open the time capsule and see what has changed.”
The ceremony was the same type of ceremony that has been used since 1793 at the cornerstone dedication at the U.S. capitol.
The Masons will also be placing a new time capsule in the building when the stones are permanently placed.