Livingston Manor Lodge 791

Livingston Manor Lodge No. 791 was organized by nine members of Callicoon Lodge and received its charter on June 10, 1887. The territory mapped out for this lodge was taken from a section most of which was within the jurisdiction of Callicoon Lodge.

Formation of the lodge resulted in a loss of about eighteen members to Callicoon Lodge and a few from the Monticello and Downsville lodges. The territory governed by this lodge was rich in Masonic material and its membership, comprised largely of farmers, increased rapidly under learned and enthusiastic Masons.

Following closely on the membership roll, where the names Doll, Sprague; Mott, Ellsworth, Seeley and Davis appear as charter members, are the names of the brothers William G. and John P. Johnston, the former, who is a Past Master and the father of Past Master and County Treasurer Roy C. Johnston.

Honor came to the lodge as early as 1900, when William B. Voorhees was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 16th District.
Bro. Voorhees distinguished himself not only among the brethren of this district but so capably executed his duties that he was reappointed for a second term.

Again in 1918 when the appointment came to Livingston Manor Jay Dreher was elevated to the Deputyship. He moved, away during the year, however, and the Grand Master named J. Wm. Davis as his successor.

The third District Deputy named from Livingston Manor Lodge was Donald L. Albee. He was among the lodge’s youngest members and had served as Master In 1931. His thorough knowledge of Masonry and understanding of Masonic principles placed him high above other members of the lodge for this appointment and when it came in 1933 he received the unanimous support and endorsement of the brethren.

One of its members most recently honored by Grand Lodge is C. H. Reynolds, who is now serving as Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of New York, near the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. This reward came in recognition of years of loyal service to the craft which includes outstanding work as district service man for lodges in Sullivan County.

Livingston Manor Lodge now has the distinction of a membership roll which includes the names of four Masons who possess fifty-year Grand Lodge service medals. The Johnston brothers received the medals two years ago. The last to be honored thusly are William Voorhies and M. R. Reed.

During the first half of calendar year 2015; Livingston Manor Lodge 791 voted to surrender it’s charter to Grand Lodge, and has ceased to exist.