Hiram Lodge No. 18 was Chartered on January 14, 1791. It is one of the oldest organizations in Newtown and several pages pertaining to the Lodge were included by Historians Ezra Levan Johnson and Jane Eliza Camp Johnson in their book of historical records of “Newtown’s History”, printed in 1917.

Hiram Lodge’s first communication took place January 17th, 1791. R.W. Brother Nathan Preston, accompanied by several brothers from Woodbury, journeyed to Newtown and in the Lodge rooms in the home of Bro. Bennett Perry, installed Bro. Peter Nichols as the first Master of Hiram Lodge. When the ceremonies had been concluded and the accustomed charges given for such occasions, the Rev. Bro. Philo Perry, minister of Trinity Church in Newtown, delivered an oration for the benefit of the brethren. The Grand Lodge was then closed. WM Peter Nichols then proceeded to open the first regular communication of Hiram Lodge.

Dating back as far as 1791, One Hundred Thirty Six men have sat in the East and served as the Master of Hiram Lodge No. 18. A record of their undertakings and achievements are recorded in our archives.

You will find the entire list of Hiram Lodge No. 18’s Past Masters below. The first Master of Hiram Lodge No. 18 was Captain Peter Nichols [1732-1799] . A brief History of Captain Peter Nichols (researched by Bro. Martin Maciag, PM) is as follows:

Captain Nichols was born March 1, 1732. The epitaph on his tombstone reads: “This monument is erected in Memory of Capt’n Peter Nichols who exchanged this life for Immortality on June 15, 1799 at the age of 67.

The following dates show a few of the activities he was involved with:

1/30/1761- Responsible for setting up a school in South Center Kettletown (part of Southbury today). As a subscriber, he selected a suitable person to teach and direct children in learning.

3/1/1769 – Served on a committee for the Tinkerfield School.

8/20/1767 – Listed on Newtown’s Grand Levy (tax list) – Nichols, Peter 112 pounds faculty – 9 pounds (trade of profession) (Note, 120 Pounds in those days would be worth about $18,000 today)

8/25/1783 – Took the “Oath of Fidelity” as prescribed by the CT General Assembly.

1/17/1791 – Installed as Hiram Lodge No. 18’s first Worshipful Master.

Hiram Lodge No. 18 Past Masters

1              1791          Peter Nichols
2              1792 – 1799      David Baldwin
3              1800 – 1801      Asa Chapman
4              1802 – 1803      David Baldwin
5              1804 – 1807      Samuel C. Blackman
6              1808 – 1809      Amos B. Fairman
7              1810 – 1811      Timothy Shepard
8              1812          Daniel Blackman
9              1813 – 1815      James Sears
10       1816 – 1819     Daniel Blackman
11       1820 – 1823     Wheeler Fairchild
12       1824         Squire Dibble
13       1825         Daniel Blackman
14       1826         McPherson Sherman
15       1827 – 1829     Henry Dutton
16       1830 – 1832     Adoniram Fairchild
17       1833 – 1848     Alexander Hall
18       1866         Julius Sanford
19       1867         William L. Horr
20       1868 – 1869     George Woffenden
21       1870         Clark H Lockwood
22       1871         William J. Sanford
23       1872         Charles Webster
24       1873         William N. Ackley
25       1874 – 1875     James A. Wilson
26       1876         John L. Sanford
27       1877 – 1878     William J. Sanford
28       1879 – 1881     Somers D. Crofut
29       1882         D. K. Botsford
30       1882 – 1884     John L. Sanford
31       1885         Dr. Anson P. Smith
32       1886 – 1888     James M. Blackman
33       1889 – 1893     John L. Sanford
34       1894         Josiah A. Tilson
35       1895         John L. Sanford
36       1896 – 1898     Rueben B. Terrill
37       1899         John L. Sanford
38       1900 – 1901     Edwards M. Smith
39       1902 – 1905     Louis T. Briscoe
40       1906         Samuel W. Lesher
41       1907         Louis T. Briscoe
42       1909 – 1911     Charles A. Peale
43       1912 – 1913     John A. Pitzschler
44       1914 – 1916     G. W. Carlson
45       1917         H. N. Teimann
46       1918 – 1919     Charles S. Cole
47       1920 – 1921     Charles G. Meeker
48       1922         R. P. Shepard
49       1923 – 1925     H. B. MacClymon
50       1926 – 1928     Fred W. Maguire
51       1929         Herbert H. Cutler
52       1930         D. S. Bartram
53       1931         C. Henry Johnson
54       1932 – 1933     George M. Stuart
55       1934         Albert W. Rasmussen
56       1935 – 1936     Edward E. Knapp
57       1937         H. M. Stevens
58       1938         George N. Dennett
59       1939         George A. Canfield
60       1940         Ernest G. Fenn
61       1941         J. A. Anderson
62       1942         Axsel Jensen
63       1943 – 1944     Joseph H. A. Symonds
64       1945         Clark S. Walker
65       1946         C. A. Craig
66       1947         Alvin B. Coger
67       1948         Kenneth V. Shaw
68       1949         William Weiss
69       1950         R. E. Lane
70       1951         Benjamin D. Smith
71       1952         Hoyt C. Johnson
72       1953         Lynn J. Mathewson
73       1954         Ronald Olson
74       1955         Alfred W. Nelson
75       1956         Carroll Eaton
76       1957         Claude H. Lewis
77       1958         William Miller
78       1959         Arthur B. Smith
79       1960         Frederick L. Harris
80       1961         Alfred W. Nelson
81       1962         Arthur W. Vining
82       1963         Edwin B. Storrs
83       1964         Eugene H. Von Klase
84       1965         Pratt H. MacWhorter
85       1966         Raoul Thiman
86       1967         Robert Corrigan
87       1968         Ross M. G. Phillips
88       1969         Walter K. Welker
89       1970         Cyril P. Donnelly
90       1971         Rev. Robert E. Wheeler
91       1972         Robert J. Campbell
92       1973         Donald J. Miller
93       1974         Robert W. Miller
94       1975         George E. Wilson
95       1976         Robert L. Pearson
96       1977         Sidney C. Pitcher
97       1978         William E. Henckel
98       1979         Thomas M. Maxwell
99       1980         Edwin B. Storrs
100        1981 – 1982     George W. Wheeler
101        1983         Raymond C. Burr
102        1984         Richard H. LaFreniere
103        1985         Owen D. Carney
104        1986         Richard P. Mack
105        1987         Herbert R. Schilke
106        1988         Richard P. Mack
107        1989         Richard G. Hubert
108        1990         Thomas M. Maxwell
109        1991         Martin J. Maciag
110        1992         George S. Greytak
111        1993         Stephen T. Gerak
112        1994         George S. Greytak
113        1995         John P. Heyde
114        1996         William J. Simonetti
115        1997         Anthony S. Neri
116        1998         James G. Inglis
117        1999         Owen D. Carney
118        2000         George S. Greytak
119        2001         Anthony S. Neri
120        2002         Kent B. Cornell
121        2003         George E. Mattegat
122        2004         Emory T. Check
123        2005         John P. Tamborino
124        2006         Lemuel G. Johnson, Jr.
125        2007         Ernest J. Belmont
126        2008         Joseph J. Porco
127        2009         Sean M. Hughes
128        2010         Thomas E. Milligan
129        2011         William G. Hillman
130        2012         Martin L. Schertzer
131        2013         Joseph J. Porco
132        2014         Richard H. Goessinger Jr.
133        2015         Anthony J. Raiani
134        2016         William P. Dene
135        2017         Tony A. Don
136        2018         Christopher A. Follen