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No history of the Smyrl family would be complete without a discussion of  The Masonic Lodge since most of the Smyrl men born before 1900 were Masons.

The Larissa Masonic Lodge No 57, was begun in 1849, a charter of the Royal Arch Masons, and was charted in 1852 as Lodge # 22; this was later transferred to Jacksonville (Cherokee County, History). The Lodge played an active role in the history of Larissa. The Lodge is the only building from the Larissa town site still standing 2003.  It is located across the road from where county road 3411 intersects county road 3405.

James Dunlap Smyrl moved to Larissa in 1869/70 and affiliated with the lodge there.  While residing in Larissa he served as Worshipful Master of the Lodge. 

Other descendants of James Dunlap Smyrl who are Masons include:

  • Herbert Bone Smyrl of Roswell, New Mexico, son of J. D, Smyrl,   Worshipful Master of the Roswell Lodge. 
  • Herbert Bell Smyrl, grandson of James Dunlap Smyrl,  32nd degree Mason, affiliated with the Jacksonville, Lodge. 
  • James Earnest Smyrl of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Offices include:  Worshipful Master of Petroleum Lodge #474 in Tulsa (1991), Excellent High Priest of Tulsa  #52 of Royal Arch Masons, Illustrious Master of Tulsa council #22 of Cryptic Masons, Emminent Commander of Trinity Commandery #20 Knights Templar of Tulsa, Sovereign Master of McMillan Council #20 Allied Masonic Degrees of Tulsa, President of District 12 Masonic Association, and currently am the Right Excellent Grand Scribe of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Oklahoma. I hold the titles of KCCH (Knight Commander of the Cross of Honor-Scottish Rite), KYCH (Knight of York Cross of Honor-York Rite) and KTCH (Knight Templar Cross of Honor). Last year I served as Chancellor Commander of Silver Plume Lodge #182 Knights of Pythias.

At  the time of  his death, James Dunlap Smyrl resided in Jacksonville and was affiliated with the lodge there.

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