Over two years passed without Freemasonry in San Saba. Finally, enough interest, peace and harmony existed for the Grand Lodge to issue a dispensation for work on 16 December 1884. District Deputy Grand Master, David Doole of the 10th Masonic District, installed the first officers U.D. on 26 January 1885.
At first the Masons likely met at the old lodge building with forty-one members. A charter for San Saba Lodge No. 612 was issued on 11 December 1885, meeting on Saturday night on or before the full moon of the month.
Mob rule was worse than ever but the new lodge more likely than not, set the meeting times to conflict with that of the Mob. There was also a tremendous change in the membership as twenty-one of those Masons had never belonged to the first lodge.
By the turn of the new century, times began to change rapidly. The San Saba Mob had been eradicated by the Texas Rangers, the population of the county had grown from 1,281 in 1870 to 7,569, and by 1904, the order grown strong enough to erect a new two story lodge building. It was located on the 300 block of West Wallace Street, at the present day sight of the Arrowhead Bank Plaza.
The cornerstone laying ceremony took place on Saturday, 31 December 1904, at 12 o' clock noon. By 1907, the membership had grown to one hundred twelve. By the eve of World War I, the lodge had a roster of one-hundred forty-one, as the population of the county reached just over ten thousand.