The Mason

The Mason

The Masonic Order was another civic activity which took a lot of Fountain’s time and interest. While a State Senator in Austin, Texas, Fountain had joined the Order of Austin and had attempted to organize a similar order in El Paso. However, the atmosphere in El Paso was not very conducive to the Masonic tenets of brotherly love, charity and service. Upon relocating to Mesilla in 1873, Fountain learned that the nearby town of Las Cruces sponsored a lodge and Fountain was soon accepted into their fraternity. It’s members included such notables as James J. Dolan, Thomas Catron, John Blazer, S. B. Newcomb and G. W. Maxwell. With his Masonic Work, besides serving several times as worshipful master, Fountain would travel the territory to Grand Lodge meetings in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Vegas.(2)