Our History

Charles F. Frank Lodge #760 in Zionsville, Indiana, began as a “Daylight Lodge” in 1985 and arose from the consolidation of two other Lodges; one in Boone County and the other in nearby Marion County. On May 16, 1985 the Indiana Grand Lodge Secretary’s Office received a petition for Dispensation on behalf of 38 Masons in Lebanon, Boone County, to work under the name Charles F. Frank Lodge. Charles F. Frank or “Dutch” was born on July 26, 1899 in Indianapolis, Indiana and died on June 6, 1983. He was a member of Boone Lodge #9 in Lebanon, and was well-known ritualist in Central Indiana and honorary member of seven Lodges. The Lodge was set to work under Dispensation of C.C. Faulkner, Jr.; Grand Master on May 22, 1985. Brother Martin J. Bowen was named Worshipful Master; Charles Hine, Senior Warden and Gerald W. Cohee, Junior Warden. Charles F. Frank Lodge met for its first eleven years at various Lodges in Boone County on Saturday mornings; meeting at Boone Lodge #9 in Lebanon; Celestial Lodge #525 in Whitestown; and Siloam Lodge #609 in Reese Mills.The consolidation of the two lodges that ended in the final formation of Charles F. Frank Lodge began with Hosbrook Lodge #473 of New Augusta; consolidating with Zion Lodge #197 of Zionsville, on April 5, 1988. Hosbrook Lodge #473 had been granted a charter on 7 June, 1873.  

On September 14, 1996, Zion Lodge #197 consolidated with Charles F. Frank Lodge. Zion Lodge #197 had received its charter on May 26, 1856. Since Charles F. Frank Lodge had begun as a Daylight Lodge in Lebanon and had no Lodge facility of its own, it was only natural that Charles F. Frank Lodge assumed the present day physical lodge facilities in Zionsville. Today, Charles F. Frank Lodge #760 remains one of the most vibrant lodges in Boone County.