Seal History

Development of the Wakan-Hubbard Coat of Arms

January 26, 1953

When Wakan Lodge was first organized, there were a great many details which had to be taken care of, To begin with, we had to make up a set of bylaws which took considerable time. Then it was necessary to prepare Petition Forms, Lodge Seal, Stationery, and procure a set of Secretary Books and many other things, This work was all done while the Lodge was under dispensation.

A good many of you younger members may have the feeling that the Lodge Emblem was always in existence, This, however, it not entirely true. From time to time, the question of a Lodge Emblem or Coat of Arms was discussed and various ideas were submitted by different members of the Lodge, None of the ideas met with favor, however, until Arnold G. Smith, our first Junior Deacon turned in a sketch on the back of a ticket used for the St. Patrick’s Day Dance held March 17, 1926. From this sketch, our Lodge Emblem was eventually developed. At the times we were anxious to have the Coat of Arms ready for our Consecration, Dedication, and Constitution of the Lodge which was to take place on June 23, 1926. The time was too short, however, and the Lodge Emblem was not finished until the fall of 1926, The first time It was used, as I remember, was in connection with the program for the First Birthday Party Dance which was held November 24, 1926. For some reason or other, I saved the original sketch made by Arnold G. Smith and have It with me tonight, As the years roll by, it is becoming more and more valuable from an historical standpoint.

The Emblem as it was finally designed, you will notes contains the Three Lesser Lights, three burning candles placed on a pedestal at the top of a Grand Lodge Apron, The Holy Bible opened to Ecolesiastes, Chapter Twelve. Along both sides you will find a Cable Tow and In the center the “W” which signifies Wakan. On the Apron, you will notes the Lodge name and number. At the bottom is the letter “G” encased in the Square and Compasses placed between two Horns of Plenty. Arnold G. Smith’s original ideas have been thoroughly incorporated in the Coat of Arms.

Well, this is the story of the Wakan Coat of Arms, how It originated and how it finally developed.

W∴ O. E. Zabel
Master Wakan Lodge No. 1054 1936