A group of Master Masons talk about topics of Masonic interest--each from their own unique perspective. You'll find a wide range of subjects including history, trivia, travel, book reviews, great quotes, and hopefully a little humor as well on topics of interest for Freemasons and those interested in the subject of Freemasonry.
One of the things I enjoy most is walking through antique
stores looking for Masonic artifacts. On
a recent trip through Decatur, Illinois, we stopped at a very nice shop and I
set upon my hunt. They had a few items, but
none of them really caught my interest until I ran across a small framed case
with 3 medals in it. Upon closer review
I knew that these were Knight Templar Medals.
SK Orlando Powers
The three medals were from Beaumanoir Commandery No. 9,
which was and still is at home in Decatur, Illinois. The medal on the left is the Order of the
Temple member medal, the middle is a Past Eminent Commander’s jewel and the
one of the right is a drill attendance medal with a number 32 on the bar in the
But it is the Powers Mansion that seems to be his real
legacy today. According to a couple of
websites that I visited, the mansion seems to be haunted. Perhaps the ghost of Orlando Powers is still
looking over his house.
I couldn’t find a Masonic record for Bro. Powers. I can only assume he belonged to a local
lodge and perhaps other York Rite bodies.
But it was purchasing these medals and learning
about a man who died over 110 years ago and seeing his impact upon the Prairie
of Illinois that gave me the greatest pleasure.
WB Gregory J. Knottis the Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a
plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and Homer Lodge No. 199
(IL). He's a member of both the Scottish Rite, and the York Rite, and is
the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club in
Champaign-Urbana. He's also a member of the Ansar Shrine (IL). Greg is
very involved in Boy Scouts--an Eagle Scout himself, he serves the Grand
Lodge of Illinois A. F. & A. M. as their representative to the
National Association of Masonic Scouters.