Centennial lodge No. 541 I. & A. M. will meet in regular communication on Thursday Dec. 25 1884 it being the night of our annual election of officers and other import business all members are fraternally invited.
By order of W.M., W. B. Schwartz
“Masonic Notice,” Brazil Miner (Brazil, Indiana), 11 December 1884, p. 5, col. 2; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://newspaperarchive.com : accessed 10 January 2014).
[Editorial note: They had their meeting on Christmas Day! Evidence of a time when Christmas was not the big celebration that it is today, perhaps…Also the abbreviation W. M. mostly likely stands for Worshipful Master, one of the Masonic Lodge officer titles. According to Wikipedia, this was the highest honor one could achieve in the lodge and was a position usually voted upon annually. The term generally means one “worthy of respect.”]