Our History

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The Alamo circa 1876 and our founder Major James Harvey Ralston

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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

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Arieious Revonhart

Worshipful Master

Arieious hopes to make impactful changes in his community, the lodge and himself during his year in the east.

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Chase Parsons

Senior Warden

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.

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Kris Ardolino

Junior Warden

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.

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Brady Johnson

Treasurer

As a Past Master of Alamo Lodge no. 44 and professional banker, Brady is an excellent manager of the Lodge funds.

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Ron Havens

Secretary

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.

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Charlie Kee

Chaplain

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. 

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Miguel Rodriguez

Senior Deacon

As one of the most active members of Lodge, the brethren can always rely on Miguel's leadership and grit through any endeavor. 

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Fabien Galindo

Junior Deacon

As a banker and active member of the community and the Lodge, Fabien is a hopeful for future lodge leadership.

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Richard Lambson

Senior Steward

As having served in the military, Richard understands the importance of dedication and has been truly loyal to Alamo Lodge.

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Gabriel Zachery

Junior Steward

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. 

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Robert Madison

Marshall

A mason of many years who has held many high offices with many honors, Robert is a great asset to our Lodge.

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John Pena

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.

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Philip Harrelson

Musician

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. 

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Brian Lyle

Tiler

As a member who is always there for his mason brothers, Brian understands the key to greatness is kindness and consistency. 

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