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History of the Order of Eastern Star

Prince Hall Rite of Adoption

Jurisdiction of the State of California

The Order of the Eastern Star Degree was conferred upon Brother Robert J. Fletcher in the year 1871 by a Deputy from the state of New York, a Mrs. Leggett, Commissioned by the Illustrious Robert McCoy 33rd degree, Supreme Patron of the Order, residing in the city of New York. Power and authority were granted to Brother Fletcher to confer the Degrees and to set up Chapters of the Order of Eastern Star, among the Colored Mason. The first persons upon whom the Degrees were conferred were, Mrs. Emma E. Fletcher, Elizabeth Gibson, Nathaniel Christopher, William H. Ross, John H. Wilson, Edward Hatton, Mrs. A.E. Farrel and Mrs. Letha Bailey.

Chapters were established by Brother Fletcher in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Carson City, Nevada. A Grand Chapter was organized in 1873. Brother Fletcher was elected to serve as Grand Patron; Mrs. A.E. Farrel, Grand Matron; William H. Ross, Grand Secretary. Due to a lack of support from Masons, the Chapter in San Francisco died. In 1878 Brother Fletcher set up Naomi Chapter in San Francisco, and Queen Esther Chapter in Chico, and a Chapter in Marysville.

In 1882, a convention of all Chapters was called in the City of Sacramento, and on the 27th day of December, 1882, the present Grand Chapter was established. Brother Robert J. Fletcher was elected Grand Patron; Sister Letha Bailey, Grand Matron; William H. Ross, Grand Secretary. Official recognition was given the Grand Chapter the Masonic Lodge, under the administration of Grand Master Edwin A. Clarke.

In 1908, Past Most Worshipful Grand Master/Grand Patron Robert J. Fletcher was suspended from Philomathean Lodge No. 2, for affiliating with clandestine, after repeated warnings, he was expelled from the order by the Grand Lodge. F. & A.M.

Due to the expulsion of Brother Fletcher, Brother Joseph S. Hatton acting Royal Grand Patron convened the 28th Annual Session of the Grand Chapter, O.E.S., now known as The Golden State Grand Chapter in the city of Sacramento, California October 12, 13, and 14, 1909 in Forester Hall. During the Session, the Grand Chapter Voted to change the month of their meeting from October, to meet at the same time and place in the city or Town where the Grand Lodge meets.

By reason of the withdrawal from this Jurisdiction of several Chapters located outside of California, it became necessary to re-number the Chapters: Adah Chapter No. 2 was changed to No. 1; Naomi Chapter No. 4 was changed to No.2, Electa Chapter No. 5, changed to No. 3; Queen Esther No. 13 changed to No. 4; Martha Chapter No. 15, to No. 6; Queen of Sheba No. 17, to No. 7; Queen Elizabeth No. 18, to No. 8; Queen of the West Chapter No. 21, to No. 9. The Charter of Naomi Chapter bearing the date of 1878 having been lost, a new Charter was issued bearing the date of 1895.

Since the inception of the Golden State Grand Chapter, there has been forty Grand Worthy Matrons and Forty-two Grand Worthy Patrons. Currently serving as our Grand Worthy Matron is Sister Pamela H. Price, of Queen Esther Chapter No. 4. Currently serving as our Grand Worthy Patron is Brother Donald E. James, of Queen Esther Chapter No. 4.

The current chapters of the Golden State Grand Chapter are:

The current chapters of the Golden State Grand Chapter are:

  Adah No. 1                                   Naomi No. 2                                     Electa No. 3

Queen Esther No. 4                 Queen of Sheba No. 7              Queen Elizabeth No. 8

Queen of the West No 9                  Olivett No. 10                                Ruth No. 11

Lily of Valley No. 12                        Deborah No. 13                    San Joaquina No. 14

Orphah No. 15                                   Oriental No. 19                           Razina No. 23

Observatory No. 30                         Bethel No. 31                        Queen Beach No. 33

Pride of the Penninsula No. 36       Victory No. 37                            Carmelita No. 38

Omega No. 41                               Symphony No. 43                Rose of Sharon No. 46

Ashlar No. 47                                    Starligt No. 51                    Pauline Dupee No. 55

Rebecca No. 56                                   Ione No. 58                            Ella Mills No. 59

Frances A. Tyrrel No. 60           Gethsemne No. 62                Sadie Alexander No. 63

Evergreen Chapter No. 65              Regina No. 67                 Ada B. Clevelnad No. 71

Samuel M. Bean No. 80             Elizabeth Brown No. 81       Princess Tharah  No. 84

Val Serene No. 85                 Lillian Chisom No. 87                      Hillcrest No. 88        

Silver Star No. 89                  Golden Star No. 90               High Desert Flower No. 93

Ethel P. Thompson No. 95   

 

Source: History of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge State of California, Inc. History Book (150th Anniversary)

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