M. W. Johnny Allen was most instrumental in defending the Jurisdiction against irregular, clandestine and bogus masonic practices. In the 56th Annual Communication, MW Johnny Allen made his Deputy Grand Master's Address, and stated this about, "Our Own Grand Lodge":
"My interest, of course, is what can be done to further develop and utilize our own rich resources, explore the potentials and complete this suit against Bogus Masonry."
And complete the suit they did. In 1961, the Grand Lodge won a resounding victory over the John A. Bell and Universal Grand Lodge factions, which only provided momentum for the coming years.
The 1962 Proceedings records clandestine movement in Bremerton, WA and the Prince Hall Lodges counter to heal over a clandestine lodge in the area:
"The Commission on Clandestine Masonry begs leave to make the following report:
Even with said momentum, the Grand Lodge still faced legal difficulties with the upcoming Appeal. After the defeat in 1961, the John A. Bell and Universal Grand Lodge factions mounted another attempt to overturn the verdict. They filed for immediate appeal, which truly was a last ditch effort for the groups to salvage their losses. The Committee explained the difficulties in the Appeal process in the following report:
I believe that it is equally important to emphasize what the Grand Lodge attorney, Mr. Maslan, was using in the form of documentation in the case, namely:
The Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Washington (MS) 1897
This particular group was of significant interest to me based on recent discussions with Bro. Michael Poll, owner and operator of Cornerstone Books Publishing, and Past Master of Etoile Polaire Lodge #1 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After a long discussions on the origins of certain Supreme Councils in the United States, I began to study the war between the Supreme Council of Charleston and Louisiana. In all fairness, The Supreme Council of Charleston is considered the Mother of the Supreme Councils here in America, while the Supreme Council of Louisiana is not recognized nor considered regular by the the greater Masonic body. Read the material and judge for yourself.
Why would I go there? the group, Evergreen State Lodge #119 who was now on the radar of the Commission on Clandestine Masonry was actually a Lodge of predominately African Americans chartered by the Supreme Council of Louisiana!
Date of Incorporation 12/21/1962
Address JOHN R BULLOCK
2015 E YESLER WAY
Date of Incorporation 08/10/1962
Date of Incorporation 09/23/1994
Agent Name LEWIS B BETHEA
Address 1943 S SPRAGUE
"Your Committee, during the course of our investigation, was aware of the activities of certain OTHER [emphasis mine] Masonic groups which, although they have not been recognized by the M. W. Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of Washington, claim legitimate Masonic authority, and conduct themselves in accordance with masonic usage and standards. Your Committee has no evidence that such groups are clandestine, and they are not included within the recommendation of this report."