ALMOST three-quarters of a
century ago Pikeville was a tiny hamlet in the midst of
a vast virgin wilderness.
But in its infancy Pikeville
produced a group of farsighted and forward looking men.
It was a part of these who banded together and organized
a Masonic Lodge. On October 18, 1860, these men were
granted a charter from the Grand Lodge of Kentucky and
named the order in honor of Thomas C. Cecil, one of
Pikeville's leading citizens of that day and a charter
member of the Lodge.
With the development of this
section of Kentucky the lodge grew, keeping pace
with progress and assisting in the moulding of
Since the organization, the lodge
has kept in close touch with the activities of Masons in
Kentucky and other states and by this means has supplied
its members with best thoughts, highest ideals and
noblest acts. Strong leaders of the lodge have spread
the influence of the local work by contributing to the
elevation of Masonry in other communities.
On numerous occasions the Grand
Lodge of Kentucky has shown its appreciation of the work
done in Thomas C. Cecil Lodge by elevating some of its
members to official positions in the Grand Lodge and to
memberships of honor on various committees.
Nor have the Masons here been
lacking in their benevolent practices. Burdens of
destitute widows have been lessened and scores of
homeless children have been placed where life would be
sustained and the blessings of an education made
possible. No effort has been made to supplant the
church, but so strong has been the effort to promote
sobriety, chastity and honesty that the lodge has become
the most powerful auxiliary of the church.
The humblest toiler of the field
and the professional man have been brought together in a
strong tie of fraternity, each working for the
development and salvation of humanity. These are but a
few of the high ideals stressed by Masonry.
The archives of Thomas C. Cecil
Lodge hold the names of a multitude, whom, faithful to
the trust imposed in them, have lived out their days
upon this earthly sphere and are now enjoying the more
perfect life. Many of these men were recognized as great
leaders of humanity in church and state.
Another multitude, now living, is
also revealed, standing with outstretched hands anxious
to lift the world nearer to Almighty God.