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Hill City masons rededicating lodge, celebrating 125 years





HILL CITY -- The rededication of the Masonic Lodge in Hill City is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Attending the event will be Kansas Grand Master Don Newman, along with officers from across Kansas. The rededication is in keeping with a long-held tradition that will include an ancient ceremony.

The Millbrook A.F.&A.M. Lodge first was chartered Feb. 16, 1887. It has approximately 100 members and has meetings twice a month.

"We're kind of proud about being 125 years old," said Millbrook Lodge secretary Cole Presley,

He's just as proud the lodge has been able to retain members, something that has proven difficult in other communities.

As a deputy director covering much of northwest Kansas -- the largest geographic area in the state -- he laments the idea it has the fewest number of lodges.

That's why he thinks Hill City's lodge has been lucky.

"A lot of guys live out of state, but they still send their dues back every year," he said. "It helps keep us going."

In 2012, Millbrook Lodge supported the Graham County Recreation Commission's T-Ball program, sponsored a car show and members participate in different community activities, Presley said.

The event is open to the public.