This Day in Dayton, 6 October
On October 6, 1896, the first Masonic Lodge Hall in Dayton was dedicated (Centennial History). This was a two-story frame building located on the NE corner of Washington and Walnut streets. An old picture of the building (see Kenneth Yost, Biography of My Parents, p. 108), shows some decorative, lacelike gingerbread at the top of the front gable. Perhaps there was more originally. A rectangular cornerstone was laid with the words “Dayton Lodge No. 103 F. & A. M.” engraved upon it. The lodge hall was on the second floor, reached by a long, steep narrow stairway directly to the left inside the entrance on Washington Street. The main floor was a fellowship hall with a kitchen behind it. The building was heated by two large stoves, one up and one down. Eventually it was wired for electricity, but it never did have running water.