From The History of Appanoose County, Iowa [
Bellair Lodge, No. 133, A. F. & A. M. — This Lodge was formed by dispensation, and held its first meeting September 30, 1857, in the upper story of the schoolhouse at Bellair, with James Hagan, W. M.; John V. Criswell, S. W.; Peter Sidles, J. W. The other members were E. E. Harvey, Gavin Morrison, G. W. Fisher, G. R. Huston and A. Jones. At this meeting, L. J. Bennett made application for membership on demit.
At the session of the Grand Lodge in June, 1858, a charter was granted the Lodge, although the Committee on Lodges Under Dispensation reported in favor of continuing the dispensation another year.
The deaths among the members have been John V. Criswell, Henry Jaques, W. B. Moss and George B. Cole.
The officers for 1878-79 are as follows : Melvin Knapp, W. M.; G. W. Athey, S. W.; John H. Wilson, J. W.; Peter Sidles, Treasurer; John Winn, Jr., Secretary; M. C. Blackburn, S. D.; D. S. McCannon, J. D.; J. B. Adamson, Tiler; M. A. Holshouser, S. S.; W. H. Bradley, J. S.
There are about thirty-five members. The Lodge meets Wednesday evening on or before full moon. The Lodge removed to Numa in 1871.