On Saturday, June 4th, San Saba Masonic Lodge No. 612 voted to accept the petition from the members of Richland Springs Lodge No. 882, requesting for their Lodge to become one with San Saba Lodge. Worshipful Master Dewey Mack Cason hand carried the petition and other paperwork to the Grand Lodge in Waco and submitted them for final approval. The charter and seal were also submitted to the Grand Lodge Library and Museum for posterity. On Wednesday, June 8th, Grand Master Carnes made it official signing the letter of consolidation. All former members have been notified by mail of the proceedings and have received their new dues cards.
Richland Springs Lodge began in 1903, when three Master Masons of Locker Lodge No. 846, submitted a petition that November to form a new Lodge in the town of Richland Springs. At the time, lodges could be no closer than ten miles apart. The secretary of Locker Lodge issued a certificate recommending that "... the three principal officers, having been examined in open lodge, were found fully competent to confer the degrees of symbolic Masonry in due and ancient form according to the teachings of the Grand Lodge of Texas."
The men submitting the "Petition for Dispensation" would later become the first principal officers: W.C. Locker - Worshipful Master, M.B. St. Clair - Senior Warden and W.L. Whitehead - Junior Warden. These men then petitioned the Grand Master to form a new Lodge. It was accepted by Grand Master William James and on 8 December 1904, the Grand Lodge of Texas issued a charter for Richland Springs Lodge No. 882.
On 8 June 2011, Grand Master Carnes in his Letter of consolidation wrote, "...the two Lodges after consolidation shall be one Lodge, existing under the charter and governed by the bylaws of San Saba Lodge No. 612... I want to wish for these two Lodges many years of happy and harmonious labors together." The consolidation comes at a high point as the members of the former Lodge are now a part of San Saba Lodge and its official 125th year anniversary celebration. Although Richland Springs Lodge now ceases to exist, it has a rich and colorful history. But that is another story for later.