NOT TO CLOUD THE ISSUE, BUTT…
The following excerpts were transcribed from the original Washington
Lodge #15 minutes. How times have changed and how all of the past
resolutions have gone up in smoke.
Lodge Meeting, February 19, 1882 – The motion of Bro. Dennis A, O’Neil
was seconded and approved by the Lodge that the Esteemed Leading Knight
J.T. Warde, will have charge of all cigars sold at the social session.
Lodge meeting, March 5, 1882 – On motion of Bro. D. A. O’neil, the
Lodge directed that no cigars be sold at social sessions except to members
of this Lodge.
Lodge meeting, March 12, 1882 – Bro. T. Warde, appointed to sell cigars
to the members at social sessions reported the sale of 148 cigars at 10
cents each. $10.80 (sic)
Bro. Frank K. Ward offered the following resolution: “As there is no
indignity or sacrilege in smoking, and further that it is a great source
of pleasure to a boy while rocking the cradle of an infant, therefore
be it resolved that we allowed the extreme luxury of a quiet smoke as we
are a stag party.”
The resolution being seconded, Bro. Clahill offered the following as a
substitute, which was adopted; “Resolved that smoking in the hall be
prohibited during the business sessions of this lodge.”