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.
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