Stony Creek No. 5 F. & A.M.

150th Anniversary Celebration of the Laying of the
Cornerstone of Mount Moriah
State of Michigan Special Tribute
LET IT BE KNOWN, That it is with great admiration for the exceptional energy and
commitment of its members that we salute the Stony Creek Lodge No. 5 as it celebrates its
one hundred and fiftieth anniversary on June 21, 1997.  This dedication ceremony is a proud
occasion for many people.  It reflects a spirit if civic pride, cooperation, and faith in the future
that mirrors the finest qualities of this community.  We are proud to recognize the important
role that this Masonic Lodge has played in contributing to both the Oakland County area and
the lives of countless citizens.  Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5 has indeed reached a
memorable milestone in its history and one that truly warrants special recognition.
Stony Creek Masonic Lodge was originally chartered in 1828, however, due to political
actions all Masonic Lodges closed for a few years.  It wasn't until 1830 that many of the
lodges became active again.  In 1847, Stony Creek Masonic Lodge laid the cornerstone for
the first building to be used for Masonic purposes.  Since its founding in 1847, it has become
a vital element in helping Michigan citizens.  Sometime thereafter, the building moved to
Rochester and later torn down.  The cornerstones were stored in one of the barns on the
Taylor farm, which later became known as the Van Hoosen Farm.  In 1929, the stones were
installed in a monument in Stony Creek Cemetery where many of the original members of the
Lodge were interred.  A couple of years ago, this site was recognized by the State of
Michigan with historical significance and received a State Historic Marker.
Today's members of Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5 can point to a proud tradition and a
legacy of volunteerism and active involvement in charitable and community service endeavors.  
Masonry teaches that each person has a responsibility to make things better in the world.  
Masons teach the great lessons of life -- the importance of honor and integrity, of being a
person on whom others can rely, of being both trusting and trustworthy, of realizing that you
have a spiritual nature as well as a physical nature, of the importance of self-control, of
knowing how to love and be loved, of knowing how to keep confidential what others tell you so
they can "open up" without fear.  The Lodge's commitment to good work does it credit and
deserves our sincere praise and thanks.
IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, this document is signed and dedicated to commemorate
the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5.  We extend our
congratulations to the entire membership on this historic milestone and may the members
know of our admiration and our best wishes for continued success in the years ahead.

Signed:

John Engler - Govenor
Mat Dunaskiss, State Senator, The Sixteenth District
Penny M. Crissman, State Representative, The Forty-Fifth District, The Eighty-Ninth Legislature

At Lansing - June 4, 1997