With the coming of the railroad, there were enough people interested to form a chapter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Adah Chapter No. 5 was chartered on September 22, 1894 in what was then the Villa de Albuquerque, New Mexico Territory. This was eighteen (18) years before New Mexico became a state, eight (8) years before there was a Grand Chapter in New Mexico and two (2) years before there was a General Grand Chapter. In 1902 Adah Chapter joined with the four other chapters (Queen Esther #1, Ransford #2, Silver City #3 and Georgetown #4) to form the Grand Chapter of New Mexico.. For many years, Grand Chapter always met in Albuquerque, and Adah Chapter paid all the bills.
For many years Adah Chapter met in the Old Masonic Temple at the corner of Seventh Street and Central Avenue. When the temple burned in 1967, the stained glass Eastern Star emblem was still hanging in the East. That same emblem hangs in it current meeting location.
The generosity of Adah Chapter members can still be found. The ballot box was made by David Stirrat, and was hand-painted by Henrietta Bailey, a Past Matron (1912) Irene Potter (WGM 1923-24) brought Job’s Daughters to New Mexico. In 1937, the traveling jewel for Worthy Grand Matrons was presented to the Grand Chapter of New Mexico by Maude E. Mulky of Adah Chapter and Dr. Willis Neely of Santa Fe. It is known as the Mulky-Neely Jewel. Elsie Aspinwall Eaves (WGM 1947-48) started the O.E.S. Home Fund, with Adah Chapter contributing the first $1,000.00. The Evergreen Jewels for Grand Officers of the Grand Chapter were given by Worthy Grand Matron May S. Klicker o f Adah Chapter and Worthy Grand Patron Tom Carr of Las Cruces in 1957. The Worthy Matron’s jewel (the Tripodi-Fidelity jewel) was presented to the chapter in 1960 and is presented to each Worthy Matron at her installation. The Rose Weitz traveling jewel was presented to the chapter in 1961 and is presented to each Worthy Patron at his installation. At a Centennial celebration in 1994, a plaque in the shape of New Mexico was presented to the chapter and shows the name of each of the first 100 years of Worthy Matrons and Worthy Patrons of the chapter. It now hangs on an entry wall at Temple Lodge No. 6
Adah Chapter has been honored by having ten Worthy Grand Matrons and six Worthy Grand Patrons .Two other Past Grand Patrons have since affiliated with the Chapter.
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