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Paul R. Oldham
Donald A. Mahrle
Kelly D. Kraemer
Design - Kelly D. Kraemer, 32º KCCH
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Webmaster - Paul R. Oldham, 33º
  He began the extensive work of building at Ft. Leavenworth. He opened an office in Leavenworth, KS. As an architect.In 1859 he constructed the Arsenal and Ordnance Depot on the fort grounds. He received the appointment of Superintendent of all the works of the Ordance Department at Ft. Leavenworth. He moved his family to the fort until 1871. During this time he planned the State Penitentiary at Lansing, the Morris Public School, and many of the finest structures in Leavenworth.
Erasmus was made a Master Mason in Leavenworth Lodge # 2 on July 5, 1856. He  joined the first Scottish Rite Lodge in the state of Kansas, the Lodge of Perfection in Leavenworth. Later he became a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and was an officer of the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction of the U.S.  He then brought his knowledge of the Scottish Rite and of architecture to Topeka. He was the architect for the Insane Asylum in Topeka and Osawatomie, KS, the State Normal School in Emporia, KS, Agriculture College in Manhattan, Institute for the Blind at Wyandotte, and was one of three architects for the Kansas State Capitol.
  Erasmus was instrumental in starting the Scottish Rite in Topeka. He received help from Albert Mackey and Albert Pike and chartered the Oriental Lodge of Perfection # 3 February 1, 1879. This lodge was renamed Topeka Lodge of Perfection on October 20, 1955. Then on February 17, 1881 the second lodge was added and it was named Unity Chapter of Rose Croix # 1. This lodge was renamed Topeka Chapter Rose Croix on October 20, 1955. Godfrey de St. Omar Council Knights of Kadosh # 2 was chartered on February 13, 1884. This lodge was renamed Topeka Council of Kadosh on October 20, 1955. Topeka Consistory # 4 was chartered on November 17, 1887 and then was replaced by Topeka Consistory # 1 on April 23, 1892; however, it was not until 1898 when the Topeka Consistory # 1 superseded the Topeka Consistory # 4 in the Reunions.
Erasmus T. Carr, 33º