One-hundred and eighty-five years ago, in 1830, the Grand Lodge of Ireland issued the original warrant for Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 48 in Carleton Place.
The warrant, which hangs in the Orange Hall at 195 Industrial Ave, was issued to John Carboy, Kevin Bradley told the Canadian Gazette.
Bradley is the master of LOL No. 48, and he’s the immediate past grand master of Provincial Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario East.
Fifteen years later – on Feb. 24, 1845 – the Grand Lodge of Ireland recognized British America as its own separate entity. As a result, the warrant for LOL No. 48 was re-issued.
“And we were lucky enough that they gave us the same number,” Bradley said.
With members throughout the world, the Orange Order is a Protestant fraternal society, which was founded in 1795 in Ireland to commemorate the victory of King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
Bradley noted the Orange Order family also includes the Ladies Orange Benevolent Association (LOBA), Orange Young Britons (OYB), Royal Black Preceptory (RBP) and Junior Orange Lodge (JOL).
“The Orange Order mission statement is ‘Working together for the betterment of family, community and country,’” he said.
The Orange Order stands for democratic government, promotion and maintaining the protestant faith, preserving the English language, the public school concept, maintaining the monarchy, a united Canada and supremacy of law.
This Saturday, Sept. 12, LOL No. 48 is celebrating its 185th anniversary with an open house.
“We are very proud of our history and our place in the community,” Bradley said.
Years ago, LOL No. 48 was one of 30 lodges throughout Lanark County. Today, only three are left: Carleton Place, Smiths Falls (LOL No. 88) and Montague (LOL No. 512).
Bradley noted several lodges amalgamated with LOL No. 48. They are: Almonte (LOL No. 378) in 1987, Franktown (LOL No. 381) in 1992 and Drummond Centre (LOL No. 7) in 2013.
“Some of the records of these lodges are stored in Carleton Place,” he said.
Saturday’s event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Orange Hall. Everyone is welcome.
“If you remember a story, drop in and tell us,” Bradley said.
In addition to snacks (sandwiches, squares and cookies), there will plenty of artifacts, pictures and regalia on display.
“A handful of people will say a few words, too,” Bradley said, “and I’ve also sent an invitation to town council.”
“Come out celebrate Carleton Place’s Orange heritage,” he added. “The Orange Order definitely left its mark on this town.”
Just driving around Carleton Place, the master of LOL No. 48 noted the many streets named after the families who were among the organization’s founding membership: Henderson, McNeely, Hamilton, Wilson and Neelin, just to name a few.
“Some of Carleton Place’s leading citizens were members of the fraternity,” Bradley said.
“The early members of LOL No. 48 represented many professions: labourers, printer, druggist, engineer, butcher, shoemakers, cheesemaker, farmers, boiler makers, civil servants, clerk and carpenters,” he added.
Today, LOL No. 48 has 11 members.
The Orange Hall moved to Industrial Avenue on July 12, 1996. Until that time, from 1992 to 1996, members met at the Odd Fellows Hall on at the corner of Albert and Beckwith streets. Beforehand, until 1992, they gathered upstairs in the building on Bridge Street that currently houses The Eating Place restaurant.
In July this year close to 45 Orange lodges gathered in Carleton Place to celebrate the 325th Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.
Carleton Place-Almonte Canadian Gazette