Workmen took heavy equipment and ripped into the town office near downtown Provost. In this picture taken on June 12 only the fire hall remained—and it was pulled down on June 14. A new town office will emerge on the same site with work to begin soon. The town office is temporarily located in the fire hall on the north east side of town. Photo right shows the building before the fire hall tower and library (in behind to the right) came down earlier. ©Provost News Photos.

Masons Sell Lodge Hall to Church

Provost Masonic Lodge 61 is selling the building it has operated for the last 65 years to the Provost Community Church and held its last meeting in the building on Wednesday night, June 13.

Current master of the lodge, Richard Holmes said that because meetings are held only monthly it was getting hard to justify the expense of operating the building with costs such as utilities, taxes and maintenance as there are fewer members than a decade ago.

The lodge is investigating renting space elsewhere in town for the monthly meetings.

Provost Lodge No. 61 was instituted on March 29, 1911 with its first master being John Wilson. Early meetings in
town were held in a hall overtop of a drug store when there were about 100 people living in the community.

In 1936 the lodge moved into its own home which was formerly the Methodist Church.

Visiting masons from Irma, Wainwright and Edgerton attended the meeting in Provost on June 13.

The Grand Lodge of Alberta, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was established under an Act of the Province of Alberta passed in 1905.

The lodge teaches and stands for the individual's worship of a Supreme Being; truth and justice; fraternity and philanthropy; enlightenment and liberty—civil, religious and intellectual.

It charges each of its members to be true and loyal to the government of the country to which he owes allegiance and to be obedient to the laws of any state in which he may reside.

It believes that the attainment of these objectives is best accomplished by laying a broad basis of principle upon which men of every race, country, sect and opinion may unite, rather than by setting up a restricted platform upon which only those of certain races, creeds and opinions can assemble.

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