The Alamo circa 1876 and our founder Major James Harvey Ralston
Freemasons who helped shape Texas into the Lone Star State
Alamo Lodge #44 is the first and oldest Masonic Lodge in the City of San Antonio (Bexar County) and has a rich and unique history due to having been founded in the historic Alamo, the Shrine of Texas Liberty. The lodge was granted a charter from the Grand Lodge of Texas on January 15, 1848, and is now honored by a plaque on the south wall of the Alamo’s Long Barrack.
In the 1840s, troops returning from the Mexican War leased the Alamo to be used by the Quartermaster Corps for storing and shipping army supplies. The quartermaster was Major James Harvey Ralston, who had served in both houses of the Illinois legislature with both Lincoln and Douglas. Ralston was a mason as were many of the army officers and some local citizens. Those masons, with Major Ralston as the prime organizer, formed Alamo Masonic Lodge. The lodge room was on the second floor of the Nun’s quarters also referred to as the long barracks.
The Quartermaster Corp put the first roof on the Alamo Chapel and contracted with John H. Kampmann, a German immigrant, and builder, to rebuild the upper portion of the Alamo façade, which had been toppled by General Cos when he fortified the Alamo before being run out of town by Benjamin Milam, a brother mason, and his 300 volunteers in 1835. John H. Kampmann later became a member of Alamo Lodge and he and his wife are buried in the Alamo Lodge cemetery.
In 1899 Clara Driscoll began her drive to save the Alamo and its grounds from being sold to a hotel company. Ms. Driscoll and the other members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas raised some of the money needed to save the Alamo, the rest of which Ms. Driscoll provided from her own funds and by signing promissory notes. A portrait of Clara Driscoll hangs in the Senate Chambers of the capitol in Austin along with that of Sam Houston. Her portrait is titled “Savior of the Alamo”. Clara Driscoll is buried in the Alamo Lodge cemetery in San Antonio.
Two past masters of Alamo Lodge #44 have served as Grand Masters of Texas: James H. McLeary (1881), and A. W. Houston (1914).
Masons at the Alamo included James B. Bonham, James Bowie, David Crockett, Almeron Dickinson, and William B. Travis.
Masons continued to play a significant leadership role in the Republic of Texas. According to The New Handbook of Texas: “Although constituting only about 1% of the population [of Texas], Masons filled some 80% of the republic’s higher offices. All of the presidents, vice presidents, and secretaries of state were Masons.”
Present Day Alamo 44
Our current membership consists of men in all professions, creeds, and ages.
We strive to be inclusive and welcoming in all things.
We are very active in the community, adhear to a strict obdience to God, morarlity and our Craft, and only take good men to make better.
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Meet Our Officers
As one of the brightest and youngest members of the Lodge, Chase has accomplished more than most during his tenure as an officer, which has brought him both public and private esteem.
As one of the most active members of Alamo Lodge no. 44, Kris has shown others that true Leaders perform the hard work no matter their rank.
As a Past Master of Alamo Lodge no. 44 and professional banker, Brady is an excellent manager of the Lodge funds.
The Legendary Ron Havens has achieved all their is in Masonry. His role as advisor and secretary to the Lodge are perfectly performed. His value to the Lodge is truly inestimable.
Past Master Kee was installed as Chaplain for the first time many years ago, and since then his ability to interpret and deliver the Word of God has only increased.
As one of the most active members of Lodge, the brethren can always rely on Miguel's leadership and grit through any endeavor.
As a banker and active member of the community and the Lodge, Fabien is a hopeful for future lodge leadership.
As having served in the military, Richard understands the importance of dedication and has been truly loyal to Alamo Lodge.
As one of the most active and involved members of Alamo Lodge, Gabriel's multifaceted skill set has singled him out as an excellent future leader of Alamo Lodge no. 44.
A mason of many years who has held many high offices with many honors, Robert is a great asset to our Lodge.
Master of Ceremonies
As an expert in the ritual, John has served the lodge for many years with one of its most crucial tasks - the induction of new brother Masons.
As a dedicated member of the Lodge and his community, Philip has shown he is ready to take on more responsibility as a senior Leader.
As a member who is always there for his mason brothers, Brian understands the key to greatness is kindness and consistency.