THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS WRITTEN BY BRO TP HENDERSON IN 1990
UPON THE REQUEST OF THE MEMBERS OF ANDY G VAUGHN LODGE, SO THERE
WOULD BE A RECORD OF OUR HISTORY. IT IS EXCATLY AS WRITTEN BY BROTHER
TP HENDERSON

Andy  G. Vaughn  Lodge  No.  1421 AF & AM


3003 Mercedes Ave.
ODESSA, TEXAS 79760

P.O. Box 1768

A short history of Masonry in Odessa from 1953 to the present.

Prior to 1953, Odessa had only one lodge which will be
called the mother lodge.  Due to an old guard who controlled
the lodge, it became unprogressive and with differences of
opinions had problems.  Bro Bill Fullingim as an appointive
officer saw a need for the second lodge to be organized to
further masonry in Odessa. McFarland lodge was set to labor
in 1953.  This lodge prospered for the next five years and
grew in membership.  A difference in opinions developed in
the lodge.

He saw a need for the third lodge to be chartered in Odessa. Through his knowledge and experience, he
was instrumental in putting a group together to organize the third lodge.  This lodge was chartered in 1958
is known as Fellowship lodge. It prospered and grew through the following years.

Bro Fullingim went on to serve his lodge as the second WM, and served the 82 district as DDGM, and then
served the Grand Lodge as Grand Master in 1966. He saw a need for the fourth lodge to be formed in
Odessa to serve the needs of the shift worker.  He thought that he had a group to organize this fourth
lodge, but they failed to perform.

He asked T.P. Henderson to put together a group in 1967 to organize a saturday morning lodge to meet the
needs of the shiftworkers.  This lodge was set to labor in 1967 in a rented building on E. 8th street in
Odessa with 66 members. A few weeks later when Grand Lodge met under protest from two of the local
lodges, a charter was granted with 114 members.  This grew and attained a membership of 270 plus
members.  After several years, the lodge entered into a building program and constructed a very nice
building which is now all paid for.

This lodge's greatest came about by dedicated lodge officers and members who gave of their time and
efforts to be regular attenders and workers.  Lodges grow and prosper when petitions are read, degree's
conferred and the candidates are taught.  This come about when officers accept their responsibility and do
a top job with candidates and members.

~    Some policy and customs established within Andy G. Vaughn
Lodge. Through much planning and discussion, it was decided that
the lodge would serve a basic breakfast  consisting  of:

Sourdough biscuits
meat item: (sausage, bacon, ham, or deer steak) 1 only
scrambled  eggs jelly and butter coffee

alternate  Saturday's  menu would consist of:

sourdough hotcakes
one of the above meat items
syrup and/or jelly and butter
coffee

The menu for 3 or 4 open meetings would consists of:

meat items, drink, and bread furnished by the Lodge
Covered dishes,ie,  desserts and/or vegetables  by the
members. within  just a few years, Andy G. Vaughn lodge was known throughout the state as the lodge
which served sourdough biscuit on Saturday.   Through the past 23 years many Grand Masters and Past
Grand Masters have attended Andy G. Vaughn Lodge.


Andy G. Vaughn Lodge No. 1421 AF & AM
3003 Mercedes Ave.
ODESSA, TEXAS 79760
P.O. Box 1768