Today in Texas History – July 6

From the Annals of Fraternity –  In 1861, the Order of the Sons of Hermann in the State of Texas was founded.  Two representatives of the National Grand Lodge came to San Antonio to organize Harmonia Lodge No. 1 – the first such lodge in Texas.  San Antonio was a likely spot for a new lodge because of the many Germans who had immigrated to central Texas after 1845.  In 1890, the Texas Grand Lodge was established and included the original Harmonia Lodge as well as seven other newly formed lodges in Austin, Taylor, Temple, Waco, La Grange, Brenham, and Houston. . Within a year ninety-two more lodges were formed.  By 1920, the Order of the Sons of Hermann in Texas was financially stronger and had more members than all of the lodges in the rest of the United States.  As a result, the Texas order separated from the national order. Originally all of the members were of German extraction, but by 1965 only about half were, and by 1994 membership was open to all ethnic groups.

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