This paper was presented to the Texas Lodge of Research A.F. & A.M. on Saturday, June 15, 1974, at a Called Communication in the Hall of Chamberlain Lodge No. 913 A.F. & A.M. in Kingsville, Texas. Concurrently with that Communication of the Texas Lodge of Research, another celebration was taking place in San Antonio, Texas, with the occasion of the observance of the 50th Anniversary of St. Anthony Conclave Order of the Red Cross of Constantine. Because of the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of St. Anthony Conclave Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, a number of its Knights Companions, including the author of this paper, were unable to be present at the Called Communication of the Texas Lodge of Research on this date.
The occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the St. Anthony Conclave was highlighted by the presence of the Most Illustrious Robert Lee Lockwood, Knight Grand Cross, of Waco, Texas, Past Grand Sovereign of the Grand Imperial Council of the Red Cross of Constantine. The presence of Most Illustrious Knight Companion R. Lee Lockwood was indeed significant in that he was at that point in time the fifth Texas Freemason in the over 100 year history of the Order in the United States of America to have presided as Grand Sovereign of the Order. Those Texas Masons who preceded Most Illustrious Knight Companion Lockwood as Grand Sovereign of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine in the United States of America include Samuel P. Cochran, Knight Grand Cross, who served in 1912-1913; Mike H. Thomas, Knight Grand Cross, who served in 1922-1923; Alvin V. Lane, Knight Grand Cross, who served in 1930-1931; and Galloway Calhoun, Knight Grand Cross, who served in 1959-1960. Knights Companions Cochran, Thomas, Calhoun, and Lockwood are all Past Grand Masters of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas. Knight Companion Lane is a Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas.
It should be noted in passing that Jewel P. Lightfoot, Past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas, advanced in the line of the Grand Imperial Council Empire of the West, to the position of Grand Viceroy, although he was not able to attend the 78th Annual Assembly at Richmond, Virginia on May 20, 1950. It was noted by the then Grand Sovereign, Most Illustrious William Moseley Brown, that "there is apparently little or no hope for his recovery." Grand Sovereign Brown stated that he felt "sure that our Grand Imperial Council will take appropriate action today in acknowledgment of this Knight Companion's outstanding contribution to our Order." In response to the remark of the Grand Sovereign, a resolution was offered at the Grand Imperial Council which stated that
The Observance and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of St. Anthony Conclave Order of the Red Cross of Constantine included the Installation of candidates elected to receive the Constantinian Orders which began at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 1974, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral. The Constantinian Orders were Conferred by the Knights Companions of St. Timothy Conclave No. 65 Order of the Red Cross of Constantine of Fort Worth, Texas. At 7:00 p.m. the Traditional Banquet of St. Anthony Conclave was held in the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The Traditional Banquet is an annual occurrence in St. Anthony Conclave and always features an address by a prominent Knight Companion of the Order. On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Observance the Traditional Banquet address was delivered by the Illustrious G. Wilbur Bell, Grand Standard Bearer of the Grand Imperial Council of the Order, and Past Grand Master of the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the United States of America.
Presiding as Sovereign of St. Anthony Conclave during the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Observance was Carroll Ray Davis, a Past Master of Anchor Lodge No. 424 A.F. & A.M., Past Master and Past Commander of the four San Antonio Scottish Rite Bodies, a Companion and Sir Knight of the San Antonio York Rite Bodies, 33° Inspector General Honorary, and a Knight of the Royal Order of Scotland. The General Chairman for the 50th Anniversary Observance of St. Anthony Conclave was Knight Companion Reese L. Harrison, Jr., Herald of St. Anthony Conclave No. 50.