Luther B. Turner #732

History

History of
Luther B. Turner Lodge
No. 732, F. & A.M.

by Worshipful Brother Robert Neff 

Prompted by the need of a second Masonic Lodge on the Westside of Columbus, Ohio in the Hilltop area, a group of Hilltop Masons petitioned the Grand Lodge of Ohio for a dispensation to form a new Masonic Lodge. West Gate Lodge No. 623, F. & A.M. was the sponsoring Lodge and is known as the Mother Lodge.

A dispensation was granted April 14, 1950 by Most Worshipful Brother William R. Pringle, Grand Master of Masons in Ohio. An organizational meeting was held at West Gate Lodge at the same time, one-hundred and one petitions were accepted from forty-three different Lodges. There were seven States other than Ohio represented. The new Lodge by unanimous vote was to be named in honor of the late Luther B. Turner, M.D. (1863-1948).

Luther B. Turner Lodge No. 732 F.& A.M. was issued a Charter in October 21, 1950 by the Grand Lodge of Ohio. On November Friday 3, 1950 many dignitaries gathered at West Gate Masonic Temple for the official charter presentation and the installation of the Officers for Luther B. Turner Lodge No. 732, F. & A.M. Most Worshipful Brother James J. Harbage, Grand Master of Masons in Ohio presented the Charter and installed the Officers to their respective stations.

Luther B. Turner Lodge continues to meet on the first Tuesday night of each month and all Officers are dressed in tuxedos.

Luther B. Turner Lodge No. 732 continued to meet at West Gate temple until November 1971 when Luther B. Turner Temple was opened. A ground breaking ceremony was held on April 3, 1971, the cornerstone was laid on April 25, 1971 and the Temple was dedicated on November 7, 1971. The Temple has 192 permanent seats and can seat about 300 people.

Doctor Turner was a family physician on the Hilltop. We are very proud of our Temple namesake LUTHER B. TURNER, M.D.. Dr. Turner was a remarkable man and Mason. He was born on May 4, 1863 in Gallia County of humble parentage. Worshipful Brother Turner was made a Master Mason in Vinton Lodge No. 131, Vinton, Ohio in Gallia County. He was elected Worshipful Master in 1900 and then served as Worshipful Master in 1901, 1902, 1903 and 1905. He was one of the founders of West Gate Lodge No. 623 and served as its first Worshipful Master when the Charter was presented in 1913. Doctor Turner initiated his son Clair Brown Turner as the first candidate of West Gate Lodge and at that time gave an Apron Lecture that had never been heard in Ohio. Because of this he was summoned before the Grand Master and asked why he would dare to do such a thing. At that time he took the Grand Master’s handkerchief and gave the same Apron Lecture, just like he had given it to his son. It is said that after the Grand Master wiped away the tears he told Dr. Turner that he could give that Apron Lecture any time he wished. The next time the Grand Lodge of Ohio printed the Ohio Masonic Ritual, Doctor Turner’s Apron Lecture was part of it. Dr. Turner belonged to many other Masonic Bodies in the area.

Luther B.(Brown) Turner was again summoned, but this time it was by the Great Architect from above and his last entry was made April 23, 1948, after 85 years, 11 months and 19 days.