Monday, October 24, 2016

Marvin "Gene Jackson

 In loving memory of Marvin “Gene” Jackson, 98, who went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. 

He lived in Speedway, IN for many years, was a printer all his adult life and was part-owner of Crippens Printing Corp. in Indianapolis, IN. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marines during WWII and was stationed in the South Pacific. He retired to Auburndale, FL in 1988.

He was a member and deacon of Havendale Christian Church in Auburndale, FL, member of the American Legion in Homer, IL, member of the Masonic Lodge in Homer, IL. ,member of the Shriner’s Reception Committee in Indianapolis, IN., and a member of the Scottish Rite in Indianapolis, IN.

Gene was born January 6, 1918 in Ludlow, IL to Herbert O. Jackson and Cecile (Walker) Jackson. His parents, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Also his first wife, Zula (Logsdon) Jackson passed away January 2, 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Cook) Jackson of Auburndale, FL.., 2 daughters, Sandra (Bob) Danner of Homer, IL, Betty Ruth of Indianapolis, IN; and step-son, John Somoya of Auburndale, FL, 4 grandsons, Jeff, Jim and Rick McPherson, Indianapolis, IN, Greg Ruth, Riverview, FL., granddaughter, Kari Corbett, Fairland, IN; 8 grandchildren and 6 great great grandsons.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 1:30-2:30pm at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. St. Rd. 135, Greenwood, IN with the service following at 2:30pm. Burial will be in Greenwood IN. Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Family and friends are invited to join us after the burial at Cheddar’s on E. Co. Line Rd., Greenwood.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Lodge Re-Dedication September 3

Homer Lodge No. 199 will be holding a re-dedication ceremony Saturday September 3. The Ceremony begins at noon, lunch after at the Homer Methodist Church. Come help us celebrate 160 years! Homer Lodge is located in Homer at 128 E. Wabash Street.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

News-Gazette Article on Homer

N-G photo by Rick Danzl

N-G photo by Rick Danzl
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette writer Paul Wood recently visited the Homer Masonic Temple & Museum and wrote about the renovations being made at the lodge, the museum room and other items.  

Homer Lodge No. 199 A.F. & A.M. has just refurbished the building with loving care. From an attic that had been left to the decades, members found enough cool stuff to make a mini-museum in the structure.
Lodge member Denver Phelps says the attic included old phonograph records, canceled checks, junk mail, ceremonial garments of the secret society and a strange variety of other objects.
Todd Creason, one of the people who put in three years of work at the lodge, says it had been neglected and was in poor repair, so the easy thing to do would have been to merge with another lodge. Instead, members of other lodges helped rebuild it from the roof down.
Three stained-glass windows shed light on the fraternal organization's immense meeting room, which is looking better than ever, like other places in town, include the Homer Opera House.
Greg Knott, one of the restorers, notes that the lodge was chartered about the same time the town was rebuilt to be near the Great Western Railroad, later the Wabash Railroad.
Before that, Homer, originally called Union, had come to be as a river town, on the Salt Fork.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Todd E. Creason: Homer Lodge No. 199: Ready For Another Generation

Todd E. Creason: Homer Lodge No. 199: Ready For Another Generation: The story of Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) is a common story.  It's an old Lodge with few members left.  The building itself was in need of...

Lodge Room Receives Facelift

Our building was constructed and opened in 1892.  It is still in great condition, thanks to the foresight of the membership over the years.   This past year, we began working on updating and cleaning the lodge room, established a museum room and did some serious deep cleaning.   The results have been fabulous.  We hope you can stop by sometime.  We have our stated meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00pm