Biltmore Masonic Lodge #446

Great Flood of 1916 Remembered

The ‘Great FloodLipe stone of July 1916’ killed dozens in Western North Carolina and cost millions of dollars in damage.  On this centennial, Biltmore Lodge wishes to remember the selfless act of heroism of one of its own.

Biltmore Estate Fire Department Captain James Cornelius Lipe lost his life in the 1916 flood that ravaged Biltmore Village.  He made a valiant effort to save his daughter Kathleen, two nurses; Vicki Foister and Charlotte Walker and Charlotte’s fifteen year old sister Marion from the rising flood waters of the Swannanoa River. After hours of holding on to a tree strength finally failed and all were swept away and drowned except for Kathleen.

The following Resolution of Respect was found in the archives of Biltmore Lodge:  “Whereas, on the 16th day of July, 1916, our beloved...

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2016 Biltmore Lodge Officers Installed

2016 officersThe installation of officers was held on Saturday, December 5th. The day began at 12:30 PM with a meal followed by the installation. Anthony Stroupe served as the Installing Officer, Worth Gregory served as the Installing Marshal and Sanford Lewis was the installing Chaplain.  Aaron Johnson was installed as Master for 2016.

WB Robert Drury was later presented his Past Master’s jewel in recognition of his year as Master.


Front row L-R – Igor Silka, Eddie Maxwell, Aaron Johnson, O’Neal McCall, Curtis Hipps

Row 2 L-R – Anthony Stroupe, Robert Freeman, Frank Bryson, Gabe Quinley



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