Comments from the canyons: Trip to Masonic temple another sentimental journey

Sometimes, subjects from previous columns lead into subjects for coming columns.

For instance, I mentioned in last week’s column that Pat Shockley and I were Rainbow Girls when we were in school here. Well, Robert and Betty Coslett noticed that, and Robert, a Mason, asked if I would like to tour the Masonic Temple again after all these years. Of course, I leaped at the chance and had one more sentimental trip into the past.

Actually, I can’t remember the last time I had been there, but I think it must have been sometime in the late 1950’s. I believe Tucumcari Rainbow Assembly No. 4 was revived in 1947. 1 know it had been in existence during Mother’s youth and that it was dissolved until 1947. As we entered the Masonic building, so many memories flooded in that I could barely think about what I was doing.

Many changes have occurred since that last visit, and I felt privileged to be able to see them and to remember how various rooms used to look. Of major interest was the opportunity to see pictures of the various leaders of the Masons and Eastern Stars.

I had been privileged to know most of them and had worked with many of them as a Rainbow Girl. Seeing photographs so many friends from the past was a major privilege. When Assembly No. 4 was revived in 1947, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Dillon were our Rainbow Dad and Mother Advisor. As I looked at their pictures, I was moved to tears but tried to pretend I was having a little coughing spell.

Memories of the enchilada dinners we served from the now refurbished kitchen caused me to smile as I recalled some of the incidents that were near disasters and the hard work we did as we tried to keep everything under control. Of course, the cooking was done by the adults, but we were in charge of seating, serving, busing tables, and washing dishes. We really didn’t think of the work because we were usually involved in fits of teenage giggles while the adults were trying to get us to be serious.

Those same giggles would break out all too often during our meetings and would get us into more than a little trouble when we were supposed to be serious about the ritual we followed. I was fortunate enough to hold a number of the offices and to be sent to Grand Assembly in Las Cruces in the summer of 1952, after graduating from THS in May Little did I realize that trip was the beginning of a major portion of my life that was to be spent in Las Cruces.

I would surely like to thank the Cosletts for letting me relive a very happy time in my life and for giving me the opportunity to see the changes that have transpired throughout the years. A large part of our history is to be found in that building, and we are fortunate that so much of it has been preserved.

Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 575-461-1952.

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