Two neighboring Masonic lodges in Texas have reported serious criminal damage to their lodges in the last sixty days.
On April 2, 2011, a lodge member found a pipe bomb near Helotes Masonic Lodge No. 1429 in Helotes, Texas. The fuse initiated device was constructed with PVC pipe.
In March, Onion Creek Lodge No. 220 in Austin – eighty-four miles from Helotes Lodge — suffered damage from a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window. Although the lodge suffered fire damage, the bottle failed to break, limiting the spread of the fire. According to a report posted on Round Rock Lodge No. 227 website, there have been three other vandalism incidents at Onion Creek Lodge during the last year.
(1) Sometime last year, the lodge sign on North Bluff Drive was destroyed by being cut completely through the sign and two Plexiglas covers.
(2) Several months ago, there was an unsuccessful attempt to break in through the rear door of the dining room.
(3) About two weeks ago, someone took down our American flag, turned it upside-down, and re-hoisted it. That same day, the outside screen was torn open and several panes of the men’s room window were broken.
Onion Creek Lodge is the second oldest, continuously used, Masonic Lodge in the state of Texas.
Police are investigating the incidents at both lodges.
Onion Creek Website: http://www.onioncreeklodge220.org/