At the stated meeting of Minerva Lodge on October 2, 1899, the brethren discussed the matter of a new meeting place. On March 1, 1900 they voted to begin money raising drive and at the March 8, 1900 meeting a committee of six was appointed to work with the Trustees to find a new Hall. At a special meeting on Friday, February 8, 1901 the committee reported that they felt that a new building should be built and that it would be two stories high with a basement. This was so part of the building could be rented to the public. The approximate cost they estimated to be $14,000.00. The committee also recommended the purchase of a lot for $2,000.00 from Mrs. Elizabeth Treon at First St. and Linden Avenue. Because it was to be used for Masonic purposes Mrs. Treon offered to donate $400.00 of the purchase price in honor of her late husband, Dr. John Treon. An option was taken to purchase the lot on Monday, April 1, 1901. The committee then recommended that a sum of $6,000.00 should be raised from the membership. A little over $3,000.00 (over $90K in 2019 dollars) was raised that evening.
The Masonic Temple Association was incorporated in April 1901. The directors of the Association are Newton J. Catrow, president; William J. Kauffman, Frank S. Nelson, treasurers; Lewis H. Zehring, secretary; William Gamble, Charles W. Grove, William H. Albrecht. The committee purchased the lot from Mrs. Treon, but the money was not coming in fast enough and it was deemed impracticable to proceed with the new building. At the June 13, 1901 stated meeting they announced that the Methodist Church property and building on Second St. was for sale and at a price that would enable the Lodge to go into it practically out of debt. After serious discussion the Temple Board was instructed to take an option on the building.More History