GRANBY — A local Masonic lodge has closed its doors and merged with another lodge.

GRANBY — A local Masonic lodge has closed its doors and merged with another lodge.
Granby Lodge No. 514 closed earlier this month and its members joined with Neosho Lodge No. 247.
According to information provided, "Declining membership and income along with some steeply rising expenses of normal operation forced us into it (closing)."
Granby Lodge No. 514 was chartered in 1901 and is located near the Tree House in Granby. According to Stan Johnson, secretary of the Granby Lodge, there are around 30 members.
In order to "open" the lodge, they need seven members to open.
"And during past year, there are three or four meetings that we could not have a meeting," said Ralph Walker, past worshipful master of the lodge.
As far as why they opted to merge with Neosho Lodge No. 247, Walker said, "when we had activities, we needed a little extra help, and somebody from Neosho always would come. They always helped us."
Closing the lodge was emotional.
"It hurts," said Johnson. "My dad was in the lodge, grandfather was in the lodge, uncles, cousins. I have always been at Granby. I can remember going up the old steps when I was a little boy for activities, they were great big steps. ... it hurts because of the history behind the lodge. I went into the lodge in 1990. the lodge had a benefit for me when my house burnt, lost everything. And Granby lodge was the first to help me."