Several members of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 have been active and prominent members of the San Antonio and Bexar County community, including the following:
George Edward Friedrich served as King Antonio XXIII of the Texas Cavaliers during Fiesta San Antonio in 1941. Since the King’s early days, the honor has evolved into a platform from which the Cavaliers’ monarch can distribute charitable funds; deliver a positive, healthy message to schoolchildren; and merrily greet all royal subjects at numerous ceremonies, parties and special appearances during 10 action-packed days. The King pays special tribute to the military/civilian partnerships that weave the very fabric of our city’s history, visiting military bases and recognizing American troops for their vital role in securing the safety of our country. Brother Friedrich worked as an engineer for and was the third President of the Friedrich Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Companies, a business founded by his father, and invented the innovative "floating air" principle. This was the concept that all manufacturers use to this day in open frozen food display cases. Revolutionizing refigeration technology, this principle involved controlling the movement of refrigerated air over the food, thus eliminating the need for doors on most cases. Brother George E. Friedrich was preceded by his brother Richard as the second President of the company. Brother Richard H. Friedrich also was a member of the Texas Cavaliers and was a Charter Member of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169. Brother George E. Friedrich served on the City Council of San Antonio in the 1950s. He was succeeded as President of the Friedrich Companies by Reese L. Harrison Sr., a 60-year member of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169, who served as the fourth President of the companies.\
Red River Dave (McEnery) had one of the longest careers in Country music, beginning in the early thirties, when he sang on San Antonio radio, until his death on January 15, 2002. Early on he learned to play the guitar, often strumming "Red River Valley," the song that named him. His singing and his penchant for show business made him welcome on live radio broadcasts as far from home as Chicago and New York City. And in the mid-thirties his writing talents blossomed in the form of lyrics of historical and topical interest--"The Battle of the Alamo" and "Pony Express," for instance. But in 1937 he came up with a memorable song that captured the national feeling of loss at the unexplained disappearance of pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart (listen to "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight" on YouTube). When commercial television debuted at the New York World's Fair in 1939, Red River Dave was there to broadcast live what is still his most famous creation, along with other country and western songs, both traditional and original. In the early forties Red River Dave returned to San Antonio and broadcast his songs on Border Radio XERF, offering copies of his songbooks for sale as well. He also appeared in several Western films, including 1944's Swing in the Saddle, which featured cameos by the Hoosier Hotshots and Nat "King" Cole. See also the Red River Dave article at Texas Monthly and the obituary in the London Independent.
Lawrence D. Mazer served as El Rey Feo V of Fiesta San Antonio in 1951. Rey Feo and his Royal Court take part in all major Fiesta events, including parades, parties, balls and festivals that draw more than 1 million people. For years now, many of San Antonio’s top civic and business leaders have eagerly sought the recognition of the Rey Feo crown by raising college scholarship money in conjunction with the League of United Latin American Citizens. Brother Mazer was one of the founders of the San Antonio Charro Association. He was a former Vice President of the San Antonio Jewish Federation and of the Jewish Community Center, where he was perhaps most proud of his establishment of the Teen Canteen. He was also the proprietor of Larry Mazer Tailoring.
Richard Limon served two consecutive terms in 1966 and 1967 as President of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, predecessor of today's San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As president, he played a role in making Hemisfair '68 a reality. He also served as translator for then-Governor John Connally, worked for Southwestern Bell, worked at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City for four years and owned the Allways International Travel Agency. Click here for more information about Brother Limon.
Robert D. Tips was crowned El Rey Feo LVII for the 2005 Fiesta San Antonio. Brother Tips began his career working in the Mission Park Cemetery as a preteen, mowing the grass, and setting headstones. Growing up in the San Antonio-based business his father and uncle owned, he saw first hand how important it is for families to make their funeral plans in advance. So, in his twenties, he pioneered a new pre-need division for Mission Park, which has become a model for family-owned funeral businesses across the country. The tremendous success of Mission Park’s advance funeral planning division led Robert to purchase the entire company from his father and uncle in 1984 and assume his current role of Chairman and CEO of MPII, Inc., which owns and operates Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries. Click here for an interesting article about Brother Tips.
Art Martinez de Vara is the first Mayor of Von Ormy, Texas, a newly-incorporated city in Bexar County. In his spare time, he is a partner in the law firm of Ramirez, Marrou & Martinez de Vara, PLLC, and has been recognized as one of the top 25 minority lawyers in Texas by Texas Lawyer magazine, a publication of the Texas State Bar Association. He was featured in the January 2011 issue of the American Bar Association's ABAJournal. He is also a member of the 2010 Leadership San Antonio class. Started in 1975, Leadership San Antonio provides a forum for leaders with diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to come together in a neutral setting to examine the nature and inner workings of the city, and to discuss its issues, challenges and problems.
Our First Worshipful Master, Ephraim M. Goldstein, a prominent Freemason, was active in all branches of Masonry, but never wavered in his allegiance to Albert Pike Lodge, and his counsel and sound advice were invaluable to us in our early years, and he continued to attend the meetings of the Lodge up to the time of his death April 26, 1934.
a handwritten note found in the Lodge archives,
Without meaning to overlook the many good Freemasons who have contributed to the success of Albert Pike Lodge, one of the most active members was Past Master Harold George Schlierer, who was Worshipful Master 1936-1937, and who for many years delivered most of the lectures in the various degrees, instructed candidates, and was a consistent attendant at our meetings. Past Master Schlierer was very active in the Order of DeMolay, and was a member of the Advisory Council of Albert Pike Chapter No. 58, Order of DeMolay for approximately thirty years, serving as Chapter Advisor on two occasions and as Chairman of the Advisory Council for fourteen consecutive years from July 1956-December 1969. In 1961 he was selected as the first DeMolay Advisor of the Year in Texas, receiving the Guild of the Leather Apron Award, and received the award a second time in 1969, the only advisor in Texas DeMolay ever to receive the award twice.
Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 has been honored by having eight Presidents of the Masters, Wardens & Secretaries Association of the 39th Masonic Districts elected from the membership of the Lodge:
Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 has been honored by having sixteen District Deputy Grand Masters chosen from its membership:
Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 has been honored by having Past Master William Barton Jack Ball elected and installed as the 116th Grand Master of Masons in Texas for the year 1953-1954. He was a Charter Member of the Lodge, having transferred his membership from Farmersville Masonic Lodge No. 214 in Farmersville, Collin County, Texas.
Past Master Reese L. Harrison, Jr., was elected and installed the 166th Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Texas for the year 2003-2004. Additionally, he is a Past Grand Master of DeMolay International (1982-1983), Past International President of Cabiri International Past Potentates Association (1985-1986), Past Most Excellent Great Chief of the Grand Council of Knight Masons of the United States of America (1996), Past Most Reverend Great Prior of the Great Priory of America Knights Beneficent of the Holy City (1998), Past Most Preeminently Distinguished Governor General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America (1998-2000), Past Most Venerable Sovereign Grand Master of the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America and Past Most Worthy Grand Supreme Ruler of the Grand Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor of the United States of America (1999), Past Grand Master General of the Convent General Knights of the York Cross of Honour (2004-2005), Past Most Honorable Commander-General of the High Council of the Masonic Order of the Bath of the United States of America (2003-2007), Past Sovereign Grand Preceptor of the Grand Chapter of the Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor (2003-2007), Past Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign of the United Grand Imperial Council of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine (2006-2007), Past Most Illustrious Grand Chancellor of the Grand College of Rites of the United States of America (2007), and is Right Worthy Grand Preceptor of the Order of Acon for the Province of the United States of America since 2010 and is a progressive line officer in the Grand College of America Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests.
Affiliated Past Master in Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 Robert LeRoy Morris, a Past Master of Theodore Roosevelt Lodge No. 44 in the District of Columbia, served as Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia for the year 1974. He was very faithful in his regular attendance and participation with Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 from the date of his affiliation as a dual member. His picture as Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia hangs within the Lodge room.
Charter Member Victor Keller served as Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Texas Order of the Eastern Star for the year 1941-1942, and was the charter Worthy Patron of Alamo Chapter No. 665 which is now consolidated into Texas Chapter No. 35 Order of the Eastern Star.
Past Master John S. Henderson served as National President of National Sojourners for the year 1987-1988. Elliott B. Samuels served as National President of National Sojourners for the year 2002-2003. National Sojourners is a Masonic organization for Commissioned officers and Warrant officers, past and present, of the uniformed forces of the United States who are Master Masons.
In the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, members of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 have distinguished themselves and honored the Lodge by being elected as the presiding officer of one or more Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of San Antonio in the Orient of Texas, as follows:
Illustrious William Barton Jack Ball, 33°, served as Personal Representative to the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Texas from October 1954 to May 24, 1978 and as Chairman of the Executive Committee in the Valley of San Antonio in the Orient of Texas from 1949-1953, 1967-1968 and from February 1974 to May 24, 1978.
Illustrious Reese L. Harrison, Jr., 33°, was appointed Personal Representative to the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Texas and Chairman of the Executive Committee in the Valley of San Antonio on July 29, 2002, and continues to hold those offices. Larry Gene Wallis was elected to serve as Treasurer of the four San Antonio Scottish Rite Bodies on February 7, 2002, and continues to hold that office. James Arthur Rodriguez was appointed by the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Texas to be the Secretary, Recorder and Registrar of the four San Antonio Scottish Rite Bodies on August 6, 2002, and served to August 5, 2005. Gerald Franklin Nowotny was appointed to these offices on Auugst 19, 2005, and continues to hold same.
In the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry two affiliated Past Masters in Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169, distinguished themselves and honored the Lodge by being elected as the presiding officer of one or more Scottish Rite Bodies in their respective Valleys of the Rite, as follows:
Affiliated Past Master in Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 Illustrious Donald Prieto Garrido, 33°, served as Chairman of the Executive Committee in the Scottish Rite Valley of Balboa in the Orient of the Panama Canal from 1984-1989.
In the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, members of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 have distinguished themselves and honored the Lodge in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by being Coroneted with the 33° Inspector General Honorary and by receiving the Rank and Decoration of a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour (KCCH), and in one instance the Rank and Decoration of the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour (GCCH), as follows:
In the York Rite of Freemasonry, members of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 have distinguished themselves and honored the Lodge by being elected as the presiding officer of one or more York Rite Masonic Bodies, as follows:
RIght Excellent Reese L. Harrison, Jr., was elected to the progressive line of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas at the Annual Convocation held in October 2010.
Affiliated Past Master in Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 Donald Prieto Garrido served as Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Panama in 1989 and served as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Panama in 1992-1994. He is a Past Regional Deputy General Grand Master of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International for Central and South America for the Triennium of 1999-2002.
In the York Rite of Freemasonry, members of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 have distinguished themselves and honored the Lodge by having received invitational membership in the Knight York Cross of Honour which is predicated on the recipient having presided over the four York Rite Bodies: the Symbolic Blue Lodge as Worshipful Master; the Royal Arch Chapter as Most Excellent High Priest; the Council of Royal and Select Masters as Thrice Illustrious Master; and the Commandery of Knights Templar as Eminent Commander, as follows:
Most Eminent Knight Reese L. Harrison, Jr. was awarded the Knight York Grand Cross of Honour, First Quadrant on December 7, 2003, for serving as Grand Master of Masons in Texas. He is a Past Grand Master-General of the Convent General of Knights of the York Cross of Honour and was awarded the Rank of Knight Grand Cross on September 11, 2004.
Affiliated Past Master in Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 Donald Prieto Garrido was awarded the Knight York Grand Cross of Honour, First Quadrant in 1990, for having served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Panama in 1989 and was awarded the Knight York Grand Cross of Honour, Second Quadrant in 1994, for having served as Grand Thrice Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Panama in 1992-1994.
In the York Rite of Freemasonry, members of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 1169 have distinguished themselves and honored the Lodge by having received the Rank, Title and Privilege of an Associate Regent and the Order of the Purple Cross of York (OPC) in the York Rite College. Additionally, some of these Companion Knights have presided as Governor of a York Rite College. These Companion Knights are as follows:
Companion Knight Reese L. Harrison, Jr., was elected a Regent of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America in 1981 and received its second highest decoration of Knight Commander of the Purple Cross (KCPC) in 1998 and its highest decoration of Knight Grand Cross of York (KGC) in 1999. He is a Past Most Preemmiently Distinguished Governor-General of the Sovereign College for the Biennium 1998-2000 and has been Right Eminently Distinguished Treasurer General since 2010.
Companion Knight Gerald Franklin Nowotny is a Past Deputy Grand Governor of Texas York Colleges serving two bienniums from 2002-2006 and Companion Knight Everett Edward Williams is a Past Deputy Grand Governor of Texas York Colleges serving two bienniums from 2006-2010.
In the Capitular Rite of York Masonry, Companion Reese L. Harrison, Jr. was awarded the Golden Keystone by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas in October 2007.
In the Cryptic Rite of York Masonry, Companion Gerald Franklin Nowotny was awarded the Royal Purple Service Award by the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas in December 2000.
In the Chivalric Rite of York Masonry, Sir Knight Reese L. Harrison, Jr., was awarded Templary's second highest decoration, Knight Commander of the Temple (KCT) in 1992, and was awarded Templary's highest decoration, Knight Grand Cross of the Temple (KGC) in 1999. He received the Knight Templar Cross of Honor, the highest award of the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the United States of America in 2001. In the Chivalric Rite of York Masonry, Sir Knight Gerald F. Nowotny received the Knight Templar Cross of Honor, the highest award of the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the United States of America in 2006.
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