Theodore “Red” Branstiter of Niobrara, recently received his 50-year membership award from the Masonic Lodge.
Branstiter joined the Masonic Lodge in Niobrara in 1968. This was in the old town of Niobrara and the Lodge Hall was located on the second floor of a downtown business building.
When the town relocated, a new Lodge Hall was built.
Due to declining membership, the Lodge building became Brockhaus Funeral Home.
Fast forward, and it also became necessary for the Bloomfield Lodge to also consolidate. This time to Wausa, with all Knox County Masons now being members of Wausa Lodge 251.
Robert Olson, Niobrara, Lodge 251 secretary/treasurer, presented the award to Branstiter recently, in Niobrara.