John J. Mercer Lodge #290 was started in 1914 with the name Benson Lodge UD (Under Dispensation) and was finally chartered by the Grand Lodge of Nebraska the following year. We are named after Captain John Jackson Mercer (1833-1915) who was the 24th Grand Master of Masons in Nebraska.
Our Lodge first met in the Odd Fellows Hall in Benson until erecting our own building in 1926 and have lived here on 59th and Maple ever since.
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Rex Ekleberry - Worshipful Master
Brian Briggs - Senior Warden
Anthony Guida - Junior Warden
Ralph Jones - Senior Deacon
Ted Love - Junior Deacon
Andrew Johnson - Senior Steward
David Landon - Junior Steward
Jonathan White - Secretary
Allen Straub - Treasurer
Roger Manley - Chaplain
Joseph Musumeci - Tyler
John J. Mercer Lodge #290
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Nebraska