Village of Lisbon, Sparta Township,
Kent County, Michigan

Transcribed by Evelyn Sawyer, 1998

VILLAGE OF LISBON DESCRIPTION WITH THE ORIGINAL SIGNERS

"Be it remembered that the foregoing page is a plat of land describe as follows: starts at the quarter post on east side of Section 25 in township 9, north of range 13 west in the county of Ottawa and State of Michigan and running thence west 33 feet, then north 269 ½ feet, thence west 132 ft, thence north 561 feet, thence west 1155 feet, thence north 495 feet, thence east 660 feet, thence westerly 187.52 feet, angling south from a direct west course 13 feet and 10 ½ inches, thence north 200 feet, west 342 feet, north 132 feet, west 98 feet, north 33 feet to the south line of section 24 in said township, north 165 feet, east 396 feet, north 33 feet, east 231 feet, north 142.22/25 feet, thence east 33 feet to west line of section 19 in township numbered 9, north range, 12 est., east 214 feet, south 93 feet, east 352 feet, south 214 feet, east 547 feet, south 33 feet to north line section 30 in said township, south 385 feet, west 387 ¾ feet, south 173 feet, west 528 feet, south 82 ½ feet, west 165 feet, south 351 feet, east 481 feet, south 346 feet, west 679 feet to the place of beginning – to be known as the Village of Lisbon.

The parcels and pieces of land set apart for public highways on said plat are described as follows, that describe on said plat as State Street being 66 feet wide and 2,991 feet long. That described on said plat as Ottawa Street being 66 feet wide and 1,773 feet long. That described on said plat as Church Street being 49 feet wide and 1,080 feet long. That described on said plat as Kent Street being 49 feet wide and 302 feet long. That described on said plat as Frost Street being 49 feet wide and 302 feet long.

The above described streets are all intended and are hereby set apart as Public Highways (Streets). The blocks are progressively numbered by words placed near the center thereof from one to eight – inclusive. The lots are numbered on each of said Blocks by figures placed near the center thereof. The figures at the ends and sides of said lots designate the length and breadth thereof in feet and fractional parts of a foot. The center point at intersection of Sate and Ottawa Streets is same point as the northeast corner of Section 25 in Township numbered 9, north of Range 13 West in Ottawa County, State of Michigan.

In witness whereof we the undersigned proprietors of said above described lands so platted and Christopher C. Hinman, Surveyor of said plats have hereunto set out hands and seals this Eighteenth day of July, 1976.

Alexander B. Frost,  Mrs. Marie E. Irish,  Charles C. Eddy

Nancy M. Frost, Hamilton B. Irish, J. J. Smith

John P. Smith, Mary T. Keeler, Curtis Pintler

Charles A. Gronburg, Ethalinda Allen, B. Rosenberg

Sophia Gronburg, Malinda Eddy, Anna Maria Rosenberg

Friederich Kirchner, Sophia Decker, Matilda F. Purdy

Friederiecke Kirchner, John P. Atkins, Conrad Kritzer

Richard Hawkins, Dell E. Atkins, Christine Kritzer

Charles C. Eddy, Nancy A. Thurston, H. S. Thurston

C. Jannett Eddy, Daniel Thurston, Charles E. Koon

Joseph Brooks, John Thurston, Elizabeth Koon

Olive M. Brooks, E. E. Tallman, George M. Miller

Catharine Roberts, George S. Chubb, Allen Meeker

Jacob Th. Mann, S. Delia Chubb, Electa Meeker

Sherman J. Koon, Sarah Shuck/Sherck, Nettie Stuart

M. Maria Koon, Eliza A. Stringham, Brayton Chester

Mary M. Chester

Signed by Christopher C. Hinman (Surveyor)

Amherst B. Cheney, Justice of the Peace, Kent County, Michigan

 

THE VILLAGE OF LISBON

The village of Lisbon, whose population once boasted 350 inhabitants, is now deserted. The village was located on Twelve Mile Road and Kenowa Avenue, in the townships of Sparta, Kent County and Chester, Ottawa County, Michigan.

Many of the residents of the area are from the original settlers of Lisbon. On November 10, 1844, John Pintler and his family blazed a trail through the wilderness and arrived at the site of what became Lisbon. Curtis Pintler, son of John, was the first white child born there in 1852. The locality was originally called Pintler’s Corners. In 1848 a mail route was established between Grand Rapids and Newaygo and John Pintler was the first postmaster for this area. Later, a relay station was established for the Grand Rapids and Big Rapids Coach Lines where people could transfer to the Muskegon Line. In 1859 the name was changed to Lisbon when it became an incorporated village.

Business began to prosper. The first goods sold from a store were by Miner Atherton in 1855. Other early businesses were G. M. Miller’s flour mill, James Bodinis’ sawmill and steam thresher works, H. B. Irish, J. J. Smith and E. A. Johnson, hardware dealers; F. Kirchner and J. P. Mann, shoemakers; John Bloomstrom, Frick and Herbert Whitsell and Wilbur, wagonmakers; J. R. Harrison, R. Hawkins, Charles G. Heath, E. G. Thurston, storekeepers; A. S. Acker, blacksmith and machinist; James Partridge, carpenter and insurance agent. Lorenzo Chubb’s three story Hotel was the scene of dances, recitals and lectures. At one time there was an apple-packing plant called King’s Mill that packed apples in barrels. Later, they made barrels and baskets. There were two doctors, Dr. Charles Koon, and his brother, Dr. Sherman Koon, who operated a drug store in the first floor of the Masonic Temple – one of the first built in the state.

The first house of worship was built in 1864 by the Methodists and the Baptist church was built shortly afterward. A two-frame school was built in 1871 at a cost of $2,700. At one time it housed 150 students and three teachers.

John Kleibusch (1905-1925) was the last postmaster. After that many of the 26 buildings comprising Lisbon were taken down and moved. Many feel the decline of Lisbon, the old stagecoach town, was when the railroad came to Sparta. The line was built a mile north of Lisbon and called Gooding. In 1904 an election was held and it was decided to vacate their charter. In 1940 there were 51 persons in Lisbon

 

 

Lisbon Lodge No. 229, F. & A. M. - 1968

 

LISBON LODGE NO. 229 F. & A. M., 1868 - 1968

Lisbon Lodge, under dispensation, formally met April 18, 1867, with C. E. Koon as Worshipful Master, S. J. Koon as Senior Warden and S. Atherton as Junior Warden. Other officers were appointed by the Worshipful Master. The first meeting was held in a store building in Kent County.

The first meeting under Charter as Lisbon Lodge No. 229 F. & A. M. was held January 16, 1868. A committee of George Cole, S. J. Koon and S. Atherton was formed to draft a set of bylaws. It was also decided by motion, to meet the Thursday night on or before the full moon. An election of officers was held February 6, and a motion for public consecration of the lodge room and installation of the officers was to be held on February 13. It was supported and carried.

At this time our minutes show that Berlin Lodge No. 248 F. & A. M. was under dispensation.

On November 26, 1868 (or 1867?), the lodge apparently met in the present hall, and on February 13, 1868, after consecration of the new hall, the officers were duly installed.

On December 17, 1874 a petition was received asking that Lisbon Lodge recommend the establishment of a new lodge at Sparta.

At this time a committee was appointed to see about purchasing an emblematic carpet. On January 21, 1875 the committee reported the carpet purchased and laid. The bill of $33.39 was presented to cover the cost of the carpet and a stove.

On December 17, 1874 a committee examined the hall at Sparta, found it suitable, and it was recommended a lodge be established at Sparta.

In 1881 the Koon brothers agree to build a 14 x 26 addition to the present building, rather than have the lodge build a new hall.

Assets of the lodge in 1882 were $2,070.31, mostly in loans or mortgages at 10%. Membership at this time was 109.

In 1892 the lodge and barn were bought for $950.00. The barn was remodeled to provide stalls for 28 horses and the first floor of the lodge hall was remodeled as a dining room.

After due procedure in 1893, Lotus Chapter of Eastern Star was instituted in 1894.

In 1899 the Lodge purchased the present desk from the Sampler Furniture Company for $7.00.

Dr. Charles E. Koon, the first Worshipful Master, passed away in June, 1900.

Ravenna’s application to form a new lodge at Ravenna was approved by Lisbon Lodge, January 21, 1905.

On January 22, 1910, members of our Lodge petitioned for dimits or certificates of transfer to form a new Lodge at Casnovia. A motion was made, supported and carried to approve the petition.

In all, three Lodges have sprung from Lisbon Lodge No. 229 F. & A. M.: Sparta Lodge No. 334 at Sparta, Ravenna Lodge No. 441 at Ravenna and Casnovia Lodge No. 461 at Casnovia. This naturally reduced our jurisdiction and in the past has caused many problems but at the present time the lodge seems to be healthy and thriving and looking forward to the next one hundred years with optimism and hope.

Committee: John Lauffer and Leroy A. Vogel

 

 

LISBON LODGE NO. 229 F. & A. M., 1868 - 1968

Lisbon Lodge, under dispensation, formally met April 18, 1867, with C. E. Koon as Worshipful Master, S. J. Koon as Senior Warden and S. Atherton as Junior Warden. Other officers were appointed by the Worshipful Master. The first meeting was held in a store building in Kent County.

The first meeting under Charter as Lisbon Lodge No. 229 F. & A. M. was held January 16, 1868. A committee of George Cole, S. J. Koon and S. Atherton was formed to draft a set of bylaws. It was also decided by motion, to meet the Thursday night on or before the full moon. An election of officers was held February 6, and a motion for public consecration of the lodge room and installation of the officers was to be held on February 13. It was supported and carried.

At this time our minutes show that Berlin Lodge No. 248 F. & A. M. was under dispensation.

On November 26, 1868 (or 1867?), the lodge apparently met in the present hall, and on February 13, 1868, after consecration of the new hall, the officers were duly installed.

On December 17, 1874 a petition was received asking that Lisbon Lodge recommend the establishment of a new lodge at Sparta.

At this time a committee was appointed to see about purchasing an emblematic carpet. On January 21, 1875 the committee reported the carpet purchased and laid. The bill of $33.39 was presented to cover the cost of the carpet and a stove.

On December 17, 1874 a committee examined the hall at Sparta, found it suitable, and it was recommended a lodge be established at Sparta.

In 1881 the Koon brothers agree to build a 14 x 26 addition to the present building, rather than have the lodge build a new hall.

Assets of the lodge in 1882 were $2,070.31, mostly in loans or mortgages at 10%. Membership at this time was 109.

In 1892 the lodge and barn were bought for $950.00. The barn was remodeled to provide stalls for 28 horses and the first floor of the lodge hall was remodeled as a dining room.

After due procedure in 1893, Lotus Chapter of Eastern Star was instituted in 1894.

In 1899 the Lodge purchased the present desk from the Sampler Furniture Company for $7.00.

Dr. Charles E. Koon, the first Worshipful Master, passed away in June, 1900.

Ravenna’s application to form a new lodge at Ravenna was approved by Lisbon Lodge, January 21, 1905.

On January 22, 1910, members of our Lodge petitioned for dimits or certificates of transfer to form a new Lodge at Casnovia. A motion was made, supported and carried to approve the petition.

In all, three Lodges have sprung from Lisbon Lodge No. 229 F. & A. M.: Sparta Lodge No. 334 at Sparta, Ravenna Lodge No. 441 at Ravenna and Casnovia Lodge No. 461 at Casnovia. This naturally reduced our jurisdiction and in the past has caused many problems but at the present time the lodge seems to be healthy and thriving and looking forward to the next one hundred years with optimism and hope.

Committee: John Lauffer and Leroy A. Vogel

 

After Charter at Lisbon Lodge No. 229 F. & A.M. Worshipful Masters and terms of office are:

C. E. Koon 1868-1874                                Leroy A. Vogel 1932-1933

Charles Dole 1875-1877                            Maurice Anderson 1934-1935

C. E. Koon 1878                                          Arthur Jablonski 1936-1937

Abel Chase 1879-1880                                Art T. Condon 1938

A. J. Booram 1881-1884                             Leslie Groeneveld 1939

Thomas W. Gibbs 1885-1886,                     Harvey Batson 1940

L. W. Gannon 1887-1889                             Hiram Higley 1941

G. C. Whitsell 1890-1891                             Russell Patterson 1942

D. Waller 1892-1896                                     Boyd Brittain 1943

G. L. Chubb 1897-1899                                 Elmer Triick 1944

G. H. Press 1900-1901                                  John Host 1945

John Babcock 1902-1903                             Jay Bolthouse 1946

Earl B. Thurston 1904-1905                         Lowell McKinney 1947

William Lauffer 1906-1907                          David Batson 1948

E. A. Webb 1908-1909                                 Elmo Heft 1949-1950

Charles Bean 1910-1911                             Milton Doane 1951

Louis P. Steig 1912-1914                             Pearl Carter 1952

A. F. Fitchit 1915                                         John Host 1953

Martin L. Klenk 1916-1917                         Verl Beuschel 1954-1955

Charles G. Batson 1918-1919                     Russell Lowing 1956-1957

Louis P. Steig 1920                                     Richard McKinney 1958

Charles L. Bean 1921                                 George Klenk 1959-1960

Willard Asman 1922-1923                           John Host 1961-1963

P. B. Gillhespy 1924-1925                           Pearl Carter 1964

G. E. Jacobs 1926-1927                              Clifford Rasmussen 1965

John G. Lauffer 1928-1929                         Alvin Wilson 1966

Ralph Wright 1930-1931                             Lynn Hill 1967

                                                                     Thomas Rasmussen 1968

In all, fifty different men have served as the Worshipful Master of this Lodge including the first year on dispensation and the present year. Brother Dr. Charles E. Koon was the first Worshipful Master and served nine years including the year on dispensation, two served five years each, two served four years each, four served three years each, twenty-three served two years each and seventeen have served single terms.

 

 

COPY OF NOTICE FOR FIRST MEETING

TO ESTABLISH A BURIAL GROUND AT LISBON, MICHIGA

In pursuance of an application made by L. Chubb and C. O. Koon of the Township of Chester, Ottawa County, Michigan and F. McNitt of the Township of Sparta, Kent County, Michigan,

To A. S. Hildreth, a Justice of the Peace for said county of Kent and State of Michigan, for a warrant empowering one of said applicants to call a meeting for the purpose of organizing a Burying Ground Corporation according to the laws of Michigan. In obedience of said warrant,

I hereby give notice that there will be a meeting held at the school house in the Village of Lisbon on Monday evening, November the twenty sixth, at 7 p.m. A.D., 1866 for the purpose of organizing such corporation, electing officers, establishing bye-laws and transacting such other business as may become necessary for said corporation.

C. E. Koon

Lisbon, November 13th, 1866 (By authority of A. S. Hildreth, Justice of the Peace for Kent Co.)

State of Michigan

County of Kent

Thereby certify that the within notice is a true and correct copy of two notices posted up by me one on the door of Miner Atherton’s Store and one on Miles Chubb’s store door in Lisbon.

Said notices were posted up on the fourteenth day of November A.D., 1866 – C. E. Koon

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of November, 1866 – Alonzo S. Hildreth, Justice of the Peace for Kent County. The above is a true copy – A. B. Frost, Sec.

COPY OF WARRANT

In pursuance of an application made by Lorenzo Chubb, Charles E. Koon and Franklin McNitt of the Township of Sparta and Chester in the Counties of Kent and Ottawa, Michigan for forming a Burying Ground Company according to the laws of the State of Michigan. Therefore I do hereby direct you, C. E. Koon, to post up notices in at least two public places in the Village of Lisbon of a meeting to be held at the school house in said place on Monday, the twenty-sixth day of November in the year eighteen hundred and sixty-six at 7 o’clock P.M. for the purpose of electing officers, establishing bye-laws and transacting such other business as may become necessary for said company.

Alonzo S. Hildreth

Justice of the Peace for Kent County

Dated – Lisbon, November 12th, 1866

The above is a true copy of the original warrant – A. B. Frost, Sec.

LISBON CEMETERY COMPANY RECORD – NOVEMBER 26, 1866

Coppy (sp.) of Application to a Justice to order some person to post notices for meeting to form company.

Lisbon – November 12, 1866

We the undersigned inhabitants of Sparta and Chester desire to form a company for the purpose of purchasing and holding a piece of land for a burying ground in compliance with the laws of this State. Therefore we request you, Alonzo Hildreth, Justice of the Peace in and for the county of Kent, to order one of the persons whose names are hereunto annexed to post up notices according to law for holding the first meeting.

Lorenzo Chubb

Charles E. Koon

Franklin Mc Nitt

The above is a true coppy (sp.) of the original application – A. B. Frost, Sec. (1866)

 

FIRST MEETING OF LISBON CEMETERY COMPANY

Meeting organized by calling Sylvanus Atherton to the Chair and A. S. Hildreth was chosen Secretary.

A Motion was made and carried to proceed with the election of officers which resulted in the election of: C. E. Koon, President

R. Hawkins, Secretary

S. Atherton, Treasurer

J. Brooks, Sexton

Committee on Bye-Laws: F. Mc Nitt, R. Hawkins and L. Chubb

A Motion prevailed to name the company, "Lisbon Cemetery Company".

A Motion prevailed to purchase the following described land of William Frick for a burying ground – Commencing at the North quarter stake of Sec. 30, Township 9 North, of Range 12 West and running east 15 rods 9 ft and 6 inches, thence south 150 rods, 8 ft and 3 inches, thence west 15 rods, 9 ft and 6 inches, thence north 15 rods, 8 ft and 3 inches to place of beginning and containing 1 ½ acres of land the same more or less.

A Motion prevailed to adopt the following plan for laying out the ground – the lots to be 10 x 22 ft. with alleys 5 ft wide, 2 main avenues 12 ft with the alley next the road to be 7 ft wide, a strip off the east side 18 ft wide for Potters field.

On motion the meeting adjourned – Lisbon, November 26, 1866 – A. B. Frost, Sec.

 

SECOND MEETING OF LISBON CEMETERY COMPANY

December 17th, 1866 – Meeting was called by order of the President

On motion of A. - A. B. Frost in absence of the Sec., F. Mc Nitt, was chosen Sec. Protem.

Constitution and bye-laws presented and adopted. On motion, A. B. Frost was chosen to get our organization papers place on file in the County Clerk’s Office. On motion A. B. Frost was appointed to make two plats of the Cemetery to be kept according to law.

A motion prevailed to appropriate one hundred and fifty dollars to fence the cemetery. On motion C. E. Koon, A. B. Frost and F. McNitt be a committee to determine a plan and get up specifications for a cemetery fence. A motion prevailed that the fence be completed by the first day of June A.D. 1867. On motion an order of five dollars was drawn on the treasury to pay the surveyor for surveying the burial ground. On motion the meeting adjourned.

B.Frost,Sec.

NAMES OF MEMBERS – LISBON CEMETERY COMPANY, 1867 – 1878?

DATE

NO.

NAME

DATE

NO.

NAME

2/27/1867

1

George Atherton

6/4/1869

35

(Charles Wells) Smith

2/27/1867

2

Lorenzo Chubb

6/4/1869

36

Nelson Atherton

2/27/1867

3

Alexander B. Frost

6/9/1869

37

Hamilton B. Irish

2/27/1867

4

Franklin Mc Nitt

6/9/1869

38

Andrew W. Wilson

2/27/1869

5

Julius Greiner

6/18/1871

39

Ethlinda Allen

2/27/1867

6

Charles E. Koon

7/3/1871

40

G. H. Shriner

2/27/1867

7

Samuel McNitt

11/11/1871

41

George Heath

2/27/1867

8

George Bolt, Sr.

5/24/1872

42

James? Austin

2/27/1867

9

Richard Hawkins

6/30/1872

43

Eliza Compton

2/27/1867

10

(Almeron Hills) Frank Jacobs

6/3/1872

44

William Frick (paid with land)

2/27/1867

11

William Bradbury

5/1/1873

45

Frank Brown

2/27/1867

12

William Atherton

5/9/1873

46

Mrs. Billings

2/27/1867

13

Miles Chubb

5/12/1873

47

George F. Porter

2/27/1867

14

Orin Stringham

1873

48

L. D. Blackman

2/27/1867

15

Hugh Maxwell

7/27/1874

49

John Manly

2/27/1867

16

John Austin

10/20/1873

50

Wm Walter Atkins

2/27/1867

17

Allen Meeker

2/9/1876

51

Clark Holmes

2/27/1867

18

John Simons

3/1/1874

52

Edwin Mann

2/27/1867

19

S. J. Koon

2/9/1876

53

Erastus Nobles

2/27/1867

20

Joh P. Atkins

3/31/1876

54

Amos Stringham

2/27/1867

21

Daniel Thurstin

11/10/1877

55

Henry Bettis, (Lot# 81)

2/27/1867

22

Sylvenus Atherton

1/8/1877

56

John Mc Ilvene

2/27/1867

23

George W. Reed

10/9/1877

57

H. S. Lester

2/27/1867

24

John Pintler

11/28/1877

58

Oscar Heath

2/27/1867

25

Ira Blanchard

1877

59

Mrs. Opple

2/27/1867

26

Joseph Brooks

10/24/1877

60

Adeline Holmes

2/27/1867

27

Mary Whitney

8/28/1878

61

A. J. Gilson

2/27/1867

28

Benjamin Rosenberger

---------

62

William McCuin (Lt# 3) (McCune)

3/14/1868

29

Lewis Booram

-----

63

Ira Parrish (Lt# 27)

3/11/1868

30

Edward Swartz

-----

64

Charles Nordberg (Lt# 28)

12/7/1868

31

Arthur Place

-----

65

C. A. Gronberg (Lt# 33)

2/20/1868

32

John Thurstin

-----

66

A. E. Johnson (Lt# 34)

9/30/1868

33

John Miller

-----

67

A. A. Rolfe (Lt# 88)

10/8/1868

34

Betsy Devall

-----

68

Bergman Brothers (Lt# 57)

 

1913 - LIST OF NON-RESIDENT OWNERS OF BURIAL PERMITS IN LISBON CEMETERY

 

LOT NO.

NAME

ADDRESS

40

JULIUS GREINER

SEE GREINER – CASNOVIA

41

CHARLES E. KOON

UNKNOWN

21

SAMUEL MC NITT

SEE DORA

50

GEORGE BOLT

UNKNOWN

56

JOHN MILLER

MRS. GRANT MC KEEN, CONKLIN

18

LORENZO CHUBB

UNKNOWN

71

W. H. FESSENDEN

SEE MRS. L. P. STIEG, CONKLIN

39

WILLIAM BRADBURY

UNKNOWN

9

WILLIAM THURSTON

UNKNOWN

80

MILES CHUBB

UNKNOWN

42

ORRIN STRINGHAM

UNKNOWN

19

HUGH MAXWELL

UNKNOWN

11

JOHN AUSTIN

UNKNOWN

44

S. J. KOON

C/O MYRTLE K. CHERRYMAN, GRAND RAPIDS

72

JOHN P. ATKINS

UNKNOWN

54

ANDREW WHITSELL

UNKNOWN

23

SYLVENUS ATHERTON

UNKNOWN

20

S. KEELER

UNKNOWN

14

JOSEPH BROOKS

UNKNOWN

7

IRA BLANCHARD

UNKNOWN

53

EDWARD SWARTZ

UNKNOWN

17

JOHN THURSTON

UNKNOWN

6

MARY WHITNEY

UNKNOWN

68

GEORGE HEATH

UNKNOWN

69

BETSY DEVALL

UNKNOWN

86

L. J. SMITH

 

36

NELSON ATHERTON

 

15

ETHLINDA ALLEN

 

95

G. H. SHRINER

 

49

SAMUEL AUSTIN

 

65

ELISA COMPTON

 

48

GEORGE F. PORTER

C/O FERD PORTER, CONKLIN

66

ERASTUS NOBLE

UNKNOWN

43

S. J. MANLY

UNKNOWN

79

JOHN MC ILVEEN

UNKNOWN

64

FRANK BROWN

 

55

H. S. LESTER

 

47

AMOS STRINGHAM

 

83

CYNTHIA HEATH

 

3

WILLIAM MC CUNE

KENT CITY

27

IRA PARRISH

 

28

CHARLES NORDBERG

GRAND RAPIDS

33

C. A. GRONDBERG

C/O MRS. CHAS BEAN, CONKLIN

88

A. A. ROLFE

UNKNOWN

2

G. STIEG

C/O L. P. STIEG, CONKLIN

63

ADELBERT BETTERLY

UNKNOWN

29

ADAM LACHMAN

UNKNOWN

62

THOMAS CARLISLE

UNKNOWN

59

EDWARD WAGNER

 

74

THOMAS AUSTIN

 

57

BERGMAN BROS.

 

LOT NO.

NAME

ADDRESS

30

JOHN B. BRYAN

 

1

A. J. MC QUEEN

 

61

GEORGE F. PORTER

C/O FERD PORTER, CASNOVIA

84

WILLIAM H. COOK

UNKNOWN

46

HENRY J. AUSTIN

UNKNOWN

92

C. J. MANN

 

96

JAMES PRESTON

 

37

A. A. PLACE

 

67

JOHN OPPLE

 

85

---- BILLINGS

 

87

WILLIAM H. MC CUNE, JR.

 

89

PETER THATCHER

 

90

THOMAS W. AUSTIN

 

101

N. J. CALYER

 

78

AUGUST BRACKER

LEWIS MC CUNE, CASNOVIA

76

E. CHANEY BLACKALL

C/O BRUCE BARRON, R#2, G.R.

102

HERMAN GENTZ

CASNOVIA

77

HENRY AUSTIN

 

91

F. KIRCHNER

 

121

OTIS IRISH

C/O JENNIE IRISH, CONKLIN

132

WILLIAM A. IRISH

C/O BEN IRISH, CONKLIN

131

A. J. MC KEEN

GRANT MC KEEN, CONKLIN

133

E. A. BASOM

UNKNOWN, SEE HART BAHRE

122

ROBERT DOHM

SEE MRS. STELLA DOHM, CASNOVIA

123

WILLIAM FRICK

SEE RUDOLPH FRICK, SPARTA

130

J. L. HILL

SEE EDNA STANLEY

85

JAMES G. VAN SKIVER

SEE MRS. J. JACKSON, G.R.

127

ALBERT COLEMAN

SEE SETH BLOSSOM

125

JOHN MILLER

 

135

R. JOHN GOODING

 

156

HENRY F. AUSTIN

 

145

WILLIAM YOUNGBLOOD

C/O MRS. MAUDE AUSTIN, KENT CITY

97

S. E. & L. B. ABRAHAM

 

141

SAMSON HEFT

 

140

ADELBERT CONRAD

 

138

J. F. MANN

 

139

MATILDA KOLBERG

 

104

R. L. CORNWELL

 

116 (1/2 OF)

H. ERICKSON

 

145

JOHN HEFT

 

164

MARY ERICKSON

 

119

THOMAS CARLISLE

 

137

MRS. D. B. THURSTON

EARL THURSTON, CONKLIN

147

MRS. CELIA SMITH

 

116 (N. 1/2 OF)

MRS. PUGH

 

115

PETER KREY

CONKLIN

45

FRED BEIMBAUER

CONKLIN

116 (S ½)

WILLIAM EBERSBERGER

 

110

ALFRED MUNGERSON

 

113 & 114

LEWIS MC CUNE

CASNOVIA

103

ADOLPH BRACKER

HARRISBURG

117

MRS. LAURA LACHMAN

 

 

LISBON LODGE NO. 229 F. & A. M., 1868 - 1968

Lisbon Lodge, under dispensation, formally met April 18, 1867, with C. E. Koon as Worshipful Master, S. J. Koon as Senior Warden and S. Atherton as Junior Warden. Other officers were appointed by the Worshipful Master. The first meeting was held in a store building in Kent County.

The first meeting under Charter as Lisbon Lodge No. 229 F. & A. M. was held January 16, 1868. A committee of George Cole, S. J. Koon and S. Atherton was formed to draft a set of bylaws. It was also decided by motion, to meet the Thursday night on or before the full moon. An election of officers was held February 6, and a motion for public consecration of the lodge room and installation of the officers was to be held on February 13. It was supported and carried.

At this time our minutes show that Berlin Lodge No. 248 F. & A. M. was under dispensation.

On November 26, 1868 (or 1867?), the lodge apparently met in the present hall, and on February 13, 1868, after consecration of the new hall, the officers were duly installed.

On December 17, 1874 a petition was received asking that Lisbon Lodge recommend the establishment of a new lodge at Sparta.

At this time a committee was appointed to see about purchasing an emblematic carpet. On January 21, 1875 the committee reported the carpet purchased and laid. The bill of $33.39 was presented to cover the cost of the carpet and a stove.

On December 17, 1874 a committee examined the hall at Sparta, found it suitable, and it was recommended a lodge be established at Sparta.

In 1881 the Koon brothers agree to build a 14 x 26 addition to the present building, rather than have the lodge build a new hall.

Assets of the lodge in 1882 were $2,070.31, mostly in loans or mortgages at 10%. Membership at this time was 109.

In 1892 the lodge and barn were bought for $950.00. The barn was remodeled to provide stalls for 28 horses and the first floor of the lodge hall was remodeled as a dining room.

After due procedure in 1893, Lotus Chapter of Eastern Star was instituted in 1894.

In 1899 the Lodge purchased the present desk from the Sampler Furniture Company for $7.00.

Dr. Charles E. Koon, the first Worshipful Master, passed away in June, 1900.

Ravenna’s application to form a new lodge at Ravenna was approved by Lisbon Lodge, January 21, 1905.

On January 22, 1910, members of our Lodge petitioned for dimits or certificates of transfer to form a new Lodge at Casnovia. A motion was made, supported and carried to approve the petition.

In all, three Lodges have sprung from Lisbon Lodge No. 229 F. & A. M.: Sparta Lodge No. 334 at Sparta, Ravenna Lodge No. 441 at Ravenna and Casnovia Lodge No. 461 at Casnovia. This naturally reduced our jurisdiction and in the past has caused many problems but at the present time the lodge seems to be healthy and thriving and looking forward to the next one hundred years with optimism and hope.

Committee: John Lauffer and Leroy A. Vogel


Transcriber: Evelyn Sawyer
Created: 6 February 2002

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