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Precedence Date: ''09/27/1865''
Precedence Date: ''09/27/1865''
Current Status: Merged with [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=NoddlesIsland Noddle's Island] Lodge to form [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=AdelphiNoddlesIsland Adelphi-Noddle's Island] Lodge on 06/12/1982; now a part of [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MosesMichaelHays Moses Michael Hays] Lodge.
Current Status: Merged with [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=NoddlesIsland Noddle's Island] Lodge to form [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=AdelphiNoddlesIsland Adelphi-Noddle's Island] Lodge on 06/22/1982; now a part of [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MosesMichaelHays Moses Michael Hays] Lodge.

Revision as of 16:54, 11 November 2014


Location: South Boston; Boston (1920) ; Watertown (1962) ; Quincy (1967)

Chartered By: Charles C. Dame

Charter Date: 10/04/1866 VII-138

Precedence Date: 09/27/1865

Current Status: Merged with Noddle's Island Lodge to form Adelphi-Noddle's Island Lodge on 06/22/1982; now a part of Moses Michael Hays Lodge.


According to the centenary history in 1965, the Lodge moved to Watertown by dispensation in 1962. "The urban renewal development and the shift of our members from the city to the suburbs made this move necessary."


Need list of living PMs

  • Nicholas A. Appollonio, 1866, 1867, 1868
  • Edward H. Brainard, 1869, 1870
  • Henry W. Wilson, 1871, 1872
  • J. Elliot Bond, 1873, 1874, 1875
  • Frank W. Goodwin, 1876, 1877
  • Eben F. Roberts, 1878
  • William Park, 1879, 1880
  • Charles J. Noyes, 1881, 1882
  • William H. Lothrop, 1883, 1884
  • George H. Colby, 1885, 1886
  • Weston H. Osborne, 1887, 1888
  • Daniel F. Whitten, 1889
  • William Morris, 1890
  • Eben S. Corson, 1891, 1892
  • Daniel F. Holmes, 1893, 1894
  • Ira B. Goodrich, 1895, 1896; SN
  • Samuel Meadows, 1897, 1898
  • Elmer Millett, 1899, 1900
  • George P. Hall, 1901, 1902
  • George F. Smith, 1903, 1904
  • Adrian Wilson, 1905, 1906
  • Frank O. Boothby, 1907, 1908
  • Edwad F. Estes, 1909, 1910
  • Edwin E. Wallingford, 1912, 1913
  • William D. Sanford, 1914
  • John W. Johnson, 1915-1917
  • George W. Boland, 1918, 1919
  • Charles Dres, 1920, 1921
  • Conrad Allen, 1922, 1923
  • John Tilton McClintock, 1924
  • John Jay Cook, 1925, 1926; N
  • George E. Mitchell, 1927, 1928
  • William D. Halward, 1929
  • James F. Shaw, 1930, 1931
  • Charles B. Young, 1932
  • Charles A. Rumble, 1933
  • Victor A. Davis, 1934
  • Louis Rosenthal, 1935
  • Philip Tagerman, 1936
  • Alfred Bohm, 1937
  • T. W. Keirstead, 1938, 1939
  • Anthony Housenbrink, 1940
  • Louis Green, 1941
  • Joseph Burwen, 1942
  • Max Price, 1943; N
  • Joseph Leibovitz, 1944
  • Simon Rubin, 1945
  • Harry Rose, 1946
  • Joseph L. Budd, 1947
  • Sidney Sheinkopf, 1948
  • Samuel S. Weinrebe, 1949
  • Charles M. Elashowich, 1950
  • Alfred Sulkin, 1951
  • Theodore Marcus, 1952
  • William Churnick, 1953
  • Albert Sheafe, 1954; N
  • Sameut Bluhm, 1955
  • Alan M. Edelstein, 1956
  • Allan I. Singer, 1957
  • Julius Goldstein, 1958
  • Seymour C. Dolby, 1959; SN
  • Leo I. Barron, 1960
  • Joseph Locke, 1961
  • Charles S. Goldstein, 1962
  • Frederick Rothstein, 1963
  • M. Harold Tankin, 1964
  • Myron C. Margolin, 1965, 1982
  • Seymour E. Kushner, 1966
  • Leonard Kogos, 1967
  • Paul Waitz, 1968
  • Harold Schwartz, 1969
  • Richard I. Steinberg, 1970
  • Melvin Norris, 1971
  • William Epstein, 1972
  • Sidney Katz, 1973
  • Bertram R. Alkon, 1974
  • Bernard J. Weinrebe, 1975
  • Richard I. Pavloff, 1976
  • James M. Soloway, 1977
  • Merrill J. Adler, 1978
  • William F. Reade, 1979
  • Gerald L. Lerman, 1980
  • Joseph F. Cole, 1981
  • Myron C. Margolin, 1982


  • Petition For Dispensation: 1865
  • Petition For Charter: 1866
  • Petition For Merger: 1982


  • 1940 (75th Anniversary; GL Special Communication)
  • 1965 (Centenary; GL Special Communication)



1870 1871 1874 1876 1878 1881 1888 1900 1903 1910 1912 1917 1919 1920 1922 1927 1928 1938 1945 1947 1948 1951 1959 1960 1963 1964 1966 1970 1971 1973 1977 1978


  • 1940 (75th Anniversary History, 1940-296)
  • 1965 (Centennial History, 1965-350)

From Proceedings, Page 1940-296:

By Wor. Bro. Alfred W. Bohm:


On October 6, 1915, the fiftieth anniversary of Adelphi Lodge was held and Wor. Bro. Edward F. Estes compiled a most comprehensive and enlightening history of the Lodge from its inception to that date, covering its first fifty years. His prologue was filled with profuse apologies on his limitations as an historian.

Throughout the book are pictures of our earlier Masters and one of our only living charter members at that time. Wor. Bro. Estes headed his tome "Retrospection." To me that savors too much of the past, for in this ever and fast changing world, yes, in our own changing Masonic Fraternity, we have no call for retrospection. To look forward and plan is a mightv force and is very necessary to the life and well being of everything worthwhile. At the same time, we must take notice oi today, yes, this very minute, and that is why this historr. is called Introspection.

Today, Tuesday, November 19, 1940, we meet to commemorate and add the history of twenty-five years to our beloved Lodge. The passing of seventy-five years in the history of Masonry is short and yet the years show strength and power. Twenty-five years ago, Adelphi Lodge passed its fiftieth milestone and started into the next quarter which ends tonight. Only a few of us remain who were at that last anniversary celebration, and who of those left can but say that Adelphi Lodge has lived up to its glorious past and is going to push ahead to a more impressive future - a future of good will and fellowship among our own members and to all Brother Masons all over this world.

Looking through the records, we find the usual work done by the splendid officers who have passed through the chairs. Some of them travelled the long difficult road to the Master's chair and from there to larger fields and greater honors in Masonry. Others have passed into history, the eternal history, and throughout our records are inscribed splendid memorials to their memories. Among one of real interest is that to Bro. Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. This memorial was voted for on January 1, 1919, and is a most interesting document.

William B. Wilbur, our only living charter member at our fiftieth anniversary died October 24, 1919, and so is left only tradition.

In 1920 Adelphi Lodge changed its meeting place. For 55 years the Lodge had met in South Boston, and in 1920, a period of unrest was manifest among the membership and a change of Lodge-rooms was demanded. On October 21, 1920, we met for the first time in the Roxbury Masonic Temple, in this very Lodge-room, our present home, and along with our 75th birthday, we can rightly celebrate our 20th year of sojourn in this beautiful temple. The Fellowcraft degree was exemplified with Wor. Bro. Charles A. Drew, presiding Master, conferring the degree on four Brothers. This was followed by the Master Mason degree conferred on five Brothers; Perley Clark Kneeland, Martin Wyke, Edwin Albert Taylor, Thomas Freeman and George Antie Percy. These five were the first to be raised Master Masons by Adelphi Lodge and to sign the Bylaws in our new home. No charter member ]ived to see us meet in our new Lodge-room.

In the early part of 1922 Bro. George F. Lawley, who was our Treasurer for many years tendered his resignation as such. He was a loyal member and always a good worker in the interests of Adelphi Lodge.

On Tuesday, December 20, 1927, our annual meeting was changed from December to September, and. on this date was reported a membership of 376.

In December 1933, our Treasurer of today, Rt. Wor. John Jay Cook, was made District Deputy Grand Master of the 4th South Boston Masonic District, the second of our past Masters to be so honored and the only one raised in Adelphi Lodge to carry this title. Our first D.D.G.M., Rt. Wor. Bro.lra B. Goodrich having been raised in Doric Lodge, Hudson.

On March 20,1934, Adelphi Lodge was signally honored by a visit from the Most Wor. Grand Master, Curtis Chipman. He was accompanied by a most distinguished suite of Masons, one of whom was Most Wor. Rev. Allan F. Shatford, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Province of Quebec. Wor. Bro. Victor A. Davis, our present Secretary, was presiding Master and conferred the Master Mason's degree on Brothers Leo Blume and Fred Philip Kaplan.

During the past six years Adelphi Lodge has had the usual ups and downs of the Masonic Lodges in Massachusetts, but we can look into our present day and find a healthy and substantial growth in our own Lodge, not so much a numerical growth as one of stability.

To the Lodge itself must come its power to do, and to each individual member must come the wish to furnish this power. To me this means the working of an ideal - our comradeship and tolerance for the mistakes of others; a feeling for their hopes and aims, all coupled with a spirit of helpfulness; to help a despairing Brother to a greater joy in life and an appreciation of the fact that in Masonry he has truly found a Brother.

When we enter this Lodge we may pause in our hectic stumbling, lay aside our cares of the day and reach out for the pure teachings of our order. Then we may feel the peace and tranquility that this room gives. Adelphi Lodge's heritage is great, its history stands out in the tradition of Massachusetts Masonry. Let us keep that heritage unsullied and fine by greater efforts to build from the inside all the things we learn to do here, then we can look to the future for a splendid anniversary at our 100th milestone.

Introspection for all the membership today.


  • 1869 (Jurisdictional dispute, VII-395)
  • 1918 (Illustrated lecture at GL by Wor. Joseph Hathaway, 1918-56)
  • 1920 (Jurisdiction change in charter, 1920-276)
  • 1967 (Petition to remove to Quincy granted, 1967-90)



From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, Page 16:

The organization of this new and promising Lodge, located at South Boston, took place on Thursday the fourth of October last, in the presence of a large number of Brethren and ladies. The ceremonies were performed by the M. W. Grand Master, assisted by his officers. They were of the usual description, and were of course well performed. The music with which they were interspersed was well selected, and executed in an unusually excellent manner. It seemed to give the highest satisfaction to all present. At the conclusion of the ceremonies the company were invited to the banqueting hall, and partook of one of Brother Farwell's excellent entertainments. The tables were beautifully and tastefully ornamented, as all his tables are, and their contents such as to command the praise of the whole company. The officers of the new Lodge are as follows : —

  • N. A. Apollonio, Master.
  • F. E. Jones, Senior Warden.
  • H. W. Wilson, Jr., Warden.
  • W. E. Harris, Treasurer.
  • Wm. C. Culver, Secretary.
  • Rev. G. S. Abbott, Chaplain.
  • P. P. Ingalls, S. Deacon.
  • George Baxter, Jr., J. Deacon.
  • W. B. Wilber, S. Steward.
  • S. A. Stackpole, J. Steward.
  • E. M. Cate, Marshal.
  • C. J. Lovejoy, I. Sentinel.
  • Wm. D. Rockwood, Tyler.




1865: District 1

1867: District 3 (Boston Highlands)

1883: District 4 (South Boston)

1911: District 4 (South Boston)

1927: District 4 (South Boston)


Massachusetts Lodges