Remembering The Past: History Of Masonic Temple

by Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-The Masonic Temple at 262 State St. was built with funds raised among the Masonic Fraternity 1923-1924.

The corner-stone was laid by M. W. Frank C. Sayres, G.M., Saturday, June 9, 1923, accompanied by his official family and 250 Masons who participated in an impressive Masonic procession prior thereto.


The Building Committee consisted by Ira R. Crouse, Isaac Alpern and John Pfeiffer.

The Architect was Benjamin Goldberger and the General Contractor Hans Krogh.

The Temple was managed by the Building Society consisting of representatives elected by the local Lodges and the Raritan Craftsmen’s Club.

The names of the organizations that used the Temple follows:

Raritan Lodge, No. 61, F. A. M., Prudence Lodge Lodge, No. 204 F. & A. M., Raritan Chapter, No. 58, O. E. S., Menorah Link No. 8060, U. D. O. E. S. and Amaryllis Court No. 35, O. of A.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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