FARMERS LODGE No. 168 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons



Farmers Lodge helps with Courage Ride 2011: Cycling for Life

August 27, 2011:  Over 20 members of Farmers Lodge No 168 volunteered to help organize and staff the Courage Ride event at the North English Stop for cyclists.

May 7, 2010:  Members of Farmers Lodge No. 168, Brubaker, Hamilton, Iowa City No. 4 and families spent the morning helping to cleanup, weed, and mulch the flower beds, clean porches and windows at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge on the University of Iowa campus.

December 21, 2010:  Nearly 30 Masons from over 15 unique Lodges attended the 3rd Degree in bib overalls at Farmers Lodge No 168, Kinross, on December 21, 2010.  The candidate, 25, Kinross, and a carpenter in Iowa City, was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.   Grand Master Craig L. Davis, several Grand Lodge Officers, including, Jack Cook, Wendell Leonard, A.J. Brown, Toby Williams, Michael Langford, Darell Fremont and Kyle Gordon played cast roles in the 2nd Section.


November 11, 2010:  The World War I uniform of Thomas Preston Moore is displayed for Veteran's Day Luncheon and program at English Valleys Elementary, and at English Valleys History Center.  Above, the daughters of Thomas Preston Moore show their father's uniform at the Marriott in Coralville, Iowa.



  On October 30, 2010, Brother Jeff Brown, member of Farmers Lodge No. 168, was honored at a reception as a Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Iowa.  The reception was held in Clinton, Iowa.  Brother Brown was installed to this post at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Iowa.  It is an honor to have two members as part of the Grand Lodge family in 2010 - 2011. 


Grand Master Hummel and Brother Ackerman, WM   Grand Master Craig L. Davis and members of Farmers Lodge No. 168

Farmers Lodge Wins Lodge of the Year Silver in Sioux City, October 2010

August 18, 2010:  "2-For-1 in Bibs" (Two candidates, First Degree, Bib Overalls)  Visit the Event.

July 31, 2010: Farmers Lodge sponsored the Children's Fishing Derby at North English City Pond.  Fourteen children signed in to compete in three age groups, 0 - 4, 5 - 8, 9 -12.  Three trophies were awarded for Biggest Fish in each category.

July 2010:  Fun Days Fishing Derby

First prize winner for Biggest Fish at Farmers Lodge Fishing Derby!

Fun Days Parade and Events

July 31, 2010:  Members of Farmers Lodge and the El Kahir Shrine Foot Patrol at North English Celebration Parade.  Farmers Masonic Lodge No. 168 and the El Kahir Shrine Foot Patrol teamed up to provide juice boxes and entertainment during the parade.   Lodge members passed out about 350 juice boxes during the parade.  The lodge hosted a meal for the Shriners after the parade.  The Foot Patrol is the oldest unit in El Kahir Shrine, established in December 1907.  The patrol has won numerous awards for its precision marching skills.  Located in Cedar Rapids, the El Kahir Foot Patrol marches in community parades throughout Eastern Iowa.








Farmers Lodge No 168 meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Christian Church in KinrossOfficers: B. Andreassen, WM, D. Morrison, SW, .   Contact Farmers Lodge.

Fireman's Golf Tournament

Sunday, July 25, 2010: Farmers Lodge members cooked up breakfast burritos and 400 brats and served meals from 7:30 AM through 6:00PM. 196 golfers and 62 teams played at Knoll Ridge Country Club.  Lodge members volunteered to serve at the clubhouse barbeque shelter and on Hole 5. 


ABOVE:  APRIL 1, 2010 - Community Service Project.  Farmers Lodge members, family and friends move items from old Deep River - Millersburg School to prepare for sale by auction. 
ABOVE:  MARCH 6, 2010 - 3rd Degree in bib overalls.  28 Masons from 12 unique lodges attended.
JANUARY 30, 2010:  2 for 3 in Bibs event at Sigourney, Iowa.  Over 60 Masons from 23 unique Iowa lodges attended. 

Theme for 2010:  Masonry 2.1 - The Journey Continues

December 19, 2009:  Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft Degree Candidates at Farmers Lodge in Kinross.  Iowa Past Grand Master 2007 Denny Zahrt attended to help with degree work, as did current Grand Senior Warden Wade Sheeler, Past Grand Musician Michael Langford, and members of Springville No 139, Canopy no 290 at Oxford, Mt. Calvary No 95, Newton No 59, Lyons No 93 and Gavel No 229. December 3, 2009: Fellow Craft Candidate, a fourth generation member of Farmers Lodge.  Iowa Past Grand Master 2009 Jack Butler attended to help with degree work.
Two new entered apprentices: November 13, 2009.  Attendees included Iowa Past Grand Master 2008 Donald Mosier and members of Webb Lodge No 182, Sigourney, Canopy Lodge 290, Oxford, Gavel Lodge No 229, Attica, Freemont Lodge No 616, Stanwood, and Trojan Lodge No 548, Marion.  Candidates include a fourth generation Mason and both whose grandfathers achieved 50-year member status at Farmers Lodge. October 2009:   Iowa Celebrity and Farm Services Director for KWMT-AM 540 Fort Dodge, Iowa,  Von Ketelsen visits Farmers Lodge No. 168 during a regular lodge meeting, and conducts an interview for his daily "Power Lunch" program which is broadcast across the State.  Von is an active Iowa Mason who also attended Farmers Lodge to play his guitar during the degree work!


September 26, 2009:  The Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer, Honoring the Courage of Seth Bailey.   The members of Farmers Lodge # 168 took turns throughout the day in staffing the pit stop for riders on Highway 149 at the City Park in North English.   This is an annual fundraiser for the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Seth Bailey was a junior at Iowa Mennonite High School and at 17 years old was surprised to learn that a sore leg turned into the diagnosis of soft tissue synovial sarcoma cancer.  Seth's leg was amputated and he played varsity basketball with his prosthesis.  The cancer turned to his lungs and chest, and he underwent a year of radiation and chemotherapy.  His courage and determination led him to become an intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2002, and he trained as a swimmer, hoping to compete in the Paralympics.  Seth died in October 2003 after a courageous fight to live.

Bike riders were treated to watermelon, sports drinks, cookies and other snacks.  Steve Hansen and Don Grimm of Williamsburg played the banjo and guitar to entertain the many riders who came through.

The Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer started at the Iowa Mennonite School and had two major "loops" or routes, which included stops at Kalona, Wellman and North English.



New members and their mentors at One-day Class at Clinton Masonic Center, Clinton Iowa, April 18, 2009.  In less than two years, Farmer's Lodge # 168 has more than doubled in size, proportionately making it the fastest growing lodge in the State!

Installation of Officers - January 2009



Iowa Grand Master Jack Butler welcomes new Farmers Lodge members to the fraternity.

Lodge member's families helping with fundraising events and English Valleys Community Valentine's Day Dance set-up.
Farmers Lodge # 168 community work in February 2009 included a BBQ Dinner Fundraiser for English Valleys High School students, and assisting with the set-up, serving,  and table clean-up at the Community Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance at the English Valleys Community Center in North English.  

Lodge members continue to plan additional activities for the 2009 English Valleys Celebration, including fundraisers for EV scholarships, North English Celebration and other events


2009 Theme: Iowa Masonry, A Way of Life


Farmers Lodge sponsored the Rock'n Flames Band for North English Fun Days 2008.  They also had a float in the annual celebration parade (below.)  50-year members and families were invited to ride the float.

Farmers Lodge # 168 community work in February 2008 included a Chili and Soup Supper Fundraiser for English Valleys High School students.   The free-will offering worked out to purchase exactly 168 books for English Valleys students!

Lodge members are planning activities for the 2008 English Valleys Celebration, including a band, barbeque, and fundraiser for the lodge and English Valleys History Center. 


2008 Theme:  Iowa Freemasonry - Engineer Our Future


Left: Lodge artifact "rescue mission" at the old lodge building in Kinross, the Masonic brothers, family and friends pose for a group photo.
Right,  a lodge volunteer family member gives a general "thumbs-up" of satisfaction at entrance to old lodge room on 2nd floor.  (See Full Story)

December 2007: Grand Lodge officers, visitors and members of Farmers Lodge # 168 meet at Christian Church in Kinross, Iowa.  Keeping to its old traditions, # 168 is the only lodge in Iowa with a dress code of bib overalls.  Hickory stripes are the standard, but denim is acceptable.

Kinross lodge room - December 2007


Clinton, Iowa, June 2007

English Valleys High School at Tri-County games, February 2008




Video Documentary in Production: Our Farmers Lodge members who were Civil War heroes and veterans are being reenacted by the 24th Iowa Infantry, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, and Red Cedar Regulators.   Sergeant Nicholas C. Messenger was a hero at Vicksburg and joined the lodge after returning home to Foote from the Civil War.  Several early lodge members were volunteers of the 22nd and 28th Iowa Infantry.

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