The establishment of a Masonic Lodge at Heart's Content was directly related to the landing of the Trans-Atlantic cable there on July 27, 1886.
As a result of the "cable happening", Heart's Content, as a town, became the hub of commercial and mercantile activity. A group of men associated with the Church, bank, local businesses and the Western Union Telegraph Company, met early in 1921 with a view to establishing a Lodge in their community.
A charter was issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland dated August 4, 1921. The first regular meeting was held on September 19, 1921 and the Lodge consecrated on September 21, 1921.
At the next meeting, October 24, 1921 a ballot was taken on the petition of 11 candidates. In 1922, 13 Brethren were initiated, passed and raised. During the period of 1923-1929 a total of 18 were added to the rolls. During the period of 1930 to 1934 not one single member joined the fraternity at Heart's Content. There were small increase in the latter part of the 30's and during the 40's..
In 1940 the United State Government established a naval base at Argentia. This base played a significant role in the war effort, especially in the "Battle of the Atlantic". In August 19, 1944 a group of Masons representing Lodges in California, Wymoing, Ohio, Dakota and St. Louis visited Lodge Heart's Content to witness the initiation of two of their comrades. These were the forerunners of the 180 from Argentia who either affiliated or joined Lodge Heart's Content. Today the American Brethren are scattered far and wide across America and around the world.
The American flag was presented to the lodge by a committee of U.S. Brethren and remains unfurled in the Lodge today, side by side with our Canadian flag, a lasting reminder of the American influence.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Lodge a museum was established as a link that binds us all together in Brotherhood, and that the history of Lodge Heart's Content will remain preserved for many years to come.
The foregoing is an extract from the Historical Overview published by Lodge Heart's Content dated May 1997.
The Historical Overview Book can be obtained from the Secretary of Lodge Heart's Content for a cost of $5.00 plus $1.50 for shipping and handling.
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Updated 3 May 2012