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Western Star #240

Western Star #240 History

As we all know there are many interesting facts relating to the history of Western Star Lodge. One of the most fascinating is the origin of our name. Why Western Star?

In 1778 George Rodgers Clark, a Mason, captured Fort Kaskaskia from the English. Kaskaskia is located on the Mississippi River near the present town of Chester and some 50 miles downriver from St. Louis. In 1805 the first Masonic Lodge west of the Indiana Territory was formed under dispensation from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. It was named Western Star No. 107. For ten years it was the only Lodge in the Illinois Territory. However, during this time it produced the first Grand Master of Illinois, the first Governor of Illinois, a United States Senator, 12 Representatives and the territorial Governor of Wisconsin. “Western Star No. 107” materially assisted by several others in 1822, formed the first Grand Lodge of Illinois. From this Grand Lodge emerged Western Star No. 1 A.F. & A.M.

On February 7Th 1829, the Mighty Mississippi, in full flood, erased forever Kaskaskia, the first Capital of Illinois, and Western Star Lodge No. 1. However, on October 7th, 1857, The Grand Lodge of Illinois granted a charter to the Western Star No. 240 at West Urbana, Illinois (Champaign).

It is with a great deal of pride we continuously strive to perpetuate the memory of these pioneer Masons and this original Lodge.

As we are in our 120th year we humbly acknowledge the history of our Craft in Illinois, and dedicate these few pages to the future.

Thomas E. Smith
Worshipful Master
Ross P. Stout, Editor

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Click Here - Chronological History of Western Star Lodge No. 240 PDF.

2016-2017 Lodge Officers

Worshipful Master;

WBRo. Emmitt H. Napier

Senior Warden;

Charles R. Ross

Junior Warden;

Clarence L. Walker III


RWBRo. Raymond F. Cummings


WBRo. Ronald L. Peyton


Benjamin L. Gardner

Senior Deacon;

William B. Mc Lane

Junior Deacon;

Fred E. Kobel

Senior Stewart;

Richard G. Hungerford JR.

Junior Stewart;

Glen Andrew Hohn


WBRo. Larry J. Krisher


RWBRo. Earl R. Harrison

Western Star #240 Lodge meets every 2nd and 4th Monday
of the Month at 7:00 pm with Social and Fellowship to follow......
Address; 14 Bell-Air Court
Champaign, IL. 61820
Phone; (217) 352-7099
E-mail; masonic@lodge240.comcastbiz.net





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Hello Brethren!

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I will be assisting the in-laws with a technological issue tonight, so I leave you with this link. The article I chose is titled "To Be of All Time and For All Time." I feel as though this speaks to and of Masonry in a light that reinforces the timeless nature of the Craft and the service to humanity in general it embodies, remembering that we all have a part to play in the general betterment of humanity:…


Brother Donald Shipley RIP

Posted by Ron Peyton on June 13, 2013 at 11:09am 0 Comments



14 Bel-Air Court

Champaign, IL 61820-7509

Phone: 217-352-7099









On Friday, June 7, 2013, the journey of the level of time ended for our Beloved Brother Donald Shipley, when he was summoned to appear by…


RIP Brother Virgil C. Wikoff

Posted by Ron Peyton on March 21, 2012 at 10:10pm 0 Comments

Brother Virgil C Wikoff, 85 Years Young, passed away March 16 th 11:30 pm, Masonic Service will be @ Morgan Funeral Home in Savoy, March 22, @ 4:30 pm.....he will be missed by ALL........

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