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Location: East Boston; Chelsea (1954)

Chartered By: George M. Randall

Charter Date: 03/10/1853 V-453

Precedence Date: 03/10/1852

Current Status: in Grand Lodge Vault; merged to Wyoming Lodge, 09/07/2001 (2001-81).


  • William Waters, 1852-1854, 1856, 1857
  • Thomas Dalton, 1855
  • Thomas Foster, 1862-1864, 1867
  • Albert Hughes, 1865, 1866
  • Emory D. Leighton, 1868, 1869
  • Daniel W. Palmer, 1870, 1871
  • Richard Ingalls, 1872-1874, 1877
  • Thomas Kellough, 1878, 1879
  • Andrew P. Fisher, 1880, 1881
  • Frank C. Wood, 1882, 1883
  • Albert R. Perkins, 1884, 1885
  • Charles T. Writt, 1886, 1887
  • Joseph Rossiter, 1888, 1889
  • John Stalker, 1890, 1891; SN
  • William G. Smith, 1892, 1893
  • Gilbert M. Stalker, 1894, 1895
  • Edward G. Graves, 1896, 1897
  • Henry W. Smith, 1898, 1899
  • Willis B. McMichael, 1900, 1901
  • William B. Jackson, 1902, 1903
  • Ellsworth Hatherway, 1904, 1905
  • George H. Battis, 1906, 1907
  • Fred I. Pigeon, 1908, 1909
  • Alfred E. Wellington, 1910, 1911
  • J(acob). Franklin Hodge, 1912, 1913
  • Roy W. Pigeon, 1914, 1915
  • Edward E. Lyon, 1916, 1917
  • Arbert R. Steadfast, 1918, 1919
  • Edward C.R. Bagley, 1920; Mem
  • George M. MacKinnon, 1921, 1922
  • George L. Duncan, 1923, 1924
  • E. Coleman Brown, 1925, 1926
  • Arnold B. Crosby, 1927, 1928; SN
  • Horace W. Sia, 1929, 1930
  • Frederick M. Jackson, 1931, 1932
  • Henry Chisholm, 1935, 36
  • George C. Eldridge, 1937
  • Harry M. Carlson, 1938, 1939; N
  • Charles M. McNeil, 1940
  • Merrill E. Osbourne, 1941, 1942
  • Gustave Schlaugk, 1943, 1944; N
  • John O. Broberg, 1945, 1946
  • Robert E. Turpin, 1947, 1948
  • Stanley B. Oram, 1949, 1950
  • Tallman Gunderson, 1951
  • Roger A. Hooper, 1952
  • Wallace Snowden, Jr., 1953, 1954
  • Carlton Cooke, 1955
  • James Sirios, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992; N
  • George H. Cleary, 1957
  • Frank Peterson, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1993
  • Richard A. Isasi, 1960, 1961
  • Harold K. Emmons, 1962
  • Peter P. Lane, 1963
  • Willis Emmons, 1964, 1967
  • William R. Machado, 1965, 1966
  • John W. Keene, 1968, 1969
  • Manuel J. Souza, 1970
  • Clifford O. Dolber, 1971
  • Daniel Seaward, 1972
  • Keith W. Lidback, 1973
  • Henry P. Lidback, 1974
  • James K. Brayden, 1975
  • Randall H. Neal, 1976-1977
  • Roland Scott-Robson, 1978
  • Thomas F. Voyer, 1979
  • Herbert F. Silva, 1983, 1984
  • Adolfo Fernandes, 1985
  • Henry C. Betcher, Jr., 1986, 1990; N
  • Warren Cutts, 1987
  • Lawrence B. Boyd, 1994, 1996, 1997
  • Howard A. Judd, Jr., 1995
  • Frank A. Peterson, 1998-2000
  • Arthur Gagnon, 2000-2001


  • Petition for Dispensation: 1852
  • Petition for Charter: 1853
  • Consolidation Petition (with Wyoming Lodge): 2001


  • 1902 (50th Anniversary)
  • 1952 (Centenary)



1870 1872 1874 1875 1878 1879 1884 1890 1898 1924 1931 1935 1940 1947 1949 1952 1958 1961 1966 1983 1994


  • 1952 (Centenary History, 1952-118)


  • 1954 (Petition to remove to Chelsea)



From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XII, No. 7, May 1852, p. 235:


Those of our native but distant readers (and we have many such), who may remember that part of our city now known as East Boston, only as an island with its lone wooden dwelling, will be gratified to learn that amid its present ten thousand inhabitants and numerous substantial and beautiful residences, two flourishing Lodges have been erected, and are in the enjoyment of a measure of prosperity unsurpassed by any others in the Commonwealth, as they are unexcelled in the devotedness of their officers and members. Mount Tabor Lodge was established in 1846, and until 1852 was deemed to be sufficient to answer all the demands of that section of the city. But in that year its members had increased to a number alike inconvenient for its accommodations and for the purposes of work. It was also thought,—and the result has justified the opinion,— that the rapid increase of the population and the consequent increase of petitioners for the privileges of the Order, called for the establishment of another Lodge there. A petition was accordingly presented to the Grand Master, who very readily issued his Dispensation, and a new Lodge was formed, and worked under this authority until the quarterly communication of the Grand Lodge in March last, when a Charter was granted for its permanent organization under the name of "Baalbec Lodge."

Its new hall, which is large, convenient, and handsomely furnished, was dedicated, the Lodge consecrated, and its officers installed, by the M. W. Grand Master, assisted by the proper Grand Officers, on Thursday evening the 28th of April last, in the presence of a large number of Brethren, including the officers and members of both the new and the old Lodge. The ceremonies were necessarily brief for the want of time, but we be lieve they were satisfactory to all present, and were of an interesting and impressive character. At their conclusion the Brethren were appropriately addressed by the M. W. Grand Master, and the Lodge was closed. The Brethren, together with the officers of the Grand Lodge as invited guests,

then repaired to the Maverick House, where an excellent entertainment had been provided for their refreshment, and where they passed a pleas ant hour in an agreeable way. The usual sentiments were given, and speeches were made by the Grand Master, Rev. George M. Randall, Dr. J. V. C. Smith, D. D. G. M. for the District in which the new Lodge is lo cated, and other Brethren. The officers of the new Lodge are as follows :—

  • William Waters, W. M.
  • Thomas Dalton, S. W.
  • Benjamin C. Seaver, J. W.
  • John Davis, Trea.
  • William S. Albertson, Secretary
  • Joseph H. Bates, S. D.
  • William Brewster, J. D.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 6, April, 1864, Page 178:

This excellent old Lodge, located at East Boston, had a public celebration of its officers, on the 22d ult. Previous engagements prevented our personal attendance, but we understand that there was a very large number of Brethren and invited guests, including ladies, present, and that the ceremonies and festivities of the evening passed off in a very agreeable manner. The installation ceremonies were performed by Dist. Dep. Gr. Master Nickerson, in an appropriate and impressive manner. At the close of the installation services a beautiful and costly Past Master's Jewel was presented to W. M. Thos. A. Foster, on behalf of the members of the Lodge by Past Master N. A. Apollonio, of St. Paul's Lodge, in a neat and eloquent speech, and was responded to by the recipient in a few but appropriate remarks. The members of the Lodge, their ladies and invited guests then repaired to the music rooms of J. A. Turner, Esq., where a bountiful collation had been prepared under the direction of a committee of the Lodge. The following officers were installed :—

  • Thomas A. Foster, W. M.
  • Albert Huse, S. W.
  • Nathaniel T. Gorham, J. W.
  • William H. Brown, Treas.
  • Daniel W. Palmer, Sec.
  • John Carney, Joseph Baker and Joshua Smalley, Com. of Finance
  • Joshua Smalley, Wm. H. Brown and Joseph Baker, Trustees of Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery.



From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, January 1872, Page 79:

The following memoir of the late Bro. John Andreas Lembke, written at the request of Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, Boston, by Bro. Wm. P. Anderson,. was read before that Body on the Feast of all Saints, Nov. 1, 1871, and has been politely furnished for publication in our pages.

I remember with feelings of great pleasure, the happy emotions experienced by us all, when a year ago to-day, our Most Wise arose and after mentioning some of the experiences of the previous year, congratulated the Chapter, that its circle had not been broken in upon by the hand of death, and expressed the hope that all might be permitted to assemble to renew our vows of fraternal regard upon this festal evening. But in the good providence of God it was otherwise ordered.

Business arrangements necessitating absence from the city prevented my regular attendance upon the meetings of our Chapter, but I was glad to be present and with you all to welcome, not to our membership alone, but'to our warmest friendship among those who for the first time assembled with us a year ago, our Brother John Andreas Lembke.

He was born in Sweden April 14, 1834, and from the few facts I have been able to collect, am led to infer that his early years were passed in comfort, as his parents were among the better class, and possessed of some property. He learned the trade of watchmaker, and as his history in this country shows, attained an excellence and skill in that profession possessed by few.

He was married in Sweden, but soon after was overtaken by misfortune and lost the property which he had inherited. To his sensitive nature, the faces and sympathies of his friends and countrymen were a continual reproach, and to relieve his feelings and better his financial condition he resolved to come to this country, which to a Swede is more desired than any country save Sweden itself.

Eighteen years ago, unable to speak a word of English, and without one single acquaintance, he landed with his wife on our shores. With no other recommendation than his appearance gave him, and upon the assertion of the Consul that he believed him to be a skillful workman, he was given an opportunity in the store of Mess. Palmer and Bachelder to show whether the statement of the Consul was true. It was his time now to work out his reputation, and how well has he done it!

For eighteen years has he continued faithful to those with whom he was first introduced, rising over all his associates, and for the past ten years or more occupying the position of head of his department. In all these years he never asked and was never offered any leisure time for a vacation, but with exception of an occasional day, when his presence at home was needed for moving to some new place of residence, was always present at the store and at his proper place. With a high sense of honor he gave his whole time unselfishly, to his employers, and to his own detriment substituted their interests for his own. Courteous, attentive and always on hand, he soon became known and respected by a large circle of friends who saw and appreciated not alone his mechanical skill, but the qualities of a true gentleman so evident in his every action.

He became interested in our Order while in Sweden, and while living in East Boston received the Degrees and took membership in Baalbec Lodge. Not long after, while living in South Boston, he was received into St. Matthew's Chapter, and after that in due course became a member of Boston Council of Select and Royal Masters and Boston Commandery of Knights Templars.

Freemasonry was beloved by him, and when the opportunity was afforded him for advancement, it was not an idle curiosity which urged him forward, but rather the result of careful consideration and an unusual appreciation of the privilege extended to him. It was with this view that he entered upon the series of Degrees contained in this Scottish Rite and became one of our first associate members. He was greatly interested in all the particulars of the work, and though with an income which left no surplus, he still found pleasure in obtaining from Europe, regalia and jewels as used there, thinking that beyond his own personal enjoyment, they might in some way prove of value to the order here.

On the 15th of July, 1871, in the full and vigorous possession of all his faculties, and in doing what he deemed an act of politeness, he carelessly stepped off the front platform of one of our horse cars, and in an instant received the injuries which resulted first in the loss of his left leg and afterwards in his death. Everything was done to relieve his sufferings, and it was hoped his strong constitution might carry him through the shock and suffering of his sickness. For a time there were favorable indications, but suddenly the presence of erysipelas caused us to fear lest his vital powers should give way, which unfortunately proved to be the case, and on Friday Sept. 1st, nearly seven weeks after his accident, he gently fell asleep as he gazed upon those fields where "flowers immortal bloom." A few moments previous he told his wife, sitting at his side, to look up and see the " beautiful birds and flowers," and while his eyes wandered over those sights he suddenly exclaimed, " Mother," as if he saw her standing there to welcome her son as he passed from time into eternity. These are matters hidden from our eyes, and no one can tell or dare question the scenes which may have been opened to his vision, already closed to earth.

His whole life so far as we can learn, was an exhibition of character based upon principle. An extreme timidity or bashfulness which to some had the appearance of pride, prevented the full development or exhibition of his affections, but to those to whom perhaps he was the best known, he showed the finest qualities of heart and soul, and to no class of men was he more .appreciative than to this Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix.

It is fitting that we should remember our brother, not alone as has already been shown during his sickness and in performing the last sad rites, but to-night also, and we may each one apply to our own lives that which would seem to have been the motto of his:

"He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much."



1852: District 1

1867: District 3 (Boston Highlands)

1883: District 3 (East Boston)

1911: District 3 (East Boston)

1927: District 3 (Chelsea)


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