- 1 BROOKLINE LODGE
- 2 PAST MASTERS
- 3 REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- 3.1 ANNIVERSARIES
- 3.2 VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 3.3 BY-LAW CHANGES
- 3.4 HISTORY
- 3.5 GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- 3.6 OTHER BROTHERS
- 3.7 EVENTS
- 3.8 DISTRICTS
- 3.9 LINKS
Chartered By: Arthur D. Prince
Charter Date: 09/14/1921 1921-265
Precedence Date: 10/21/1920
- J. Everett Brown, 1920
- Frederick A. Leavitt, 1921
- Arthur B. Teele, 1922
- F. Arthur Hinchcliffe, 1923
- Francis T. Hall, 1924
- Henry A. Varney, 1925
- Gordon B. March, 1926
- Elzear Tobin, 1927
- Henry S. C. Cummings, 1928; N
- Eugene L. Tufts, 1929
- Oscar C. Gallagher, 1930
- Miles S. Richmond, 1931
- Winﬁeld L. Nourse, 1932
- Laurence M. Jackson, 1933; N
- Malcolm Morse, 1934
- Morton D. Dunning, 1935
- Eugene E. Allen, 1936
- Ernest R. Caverly, 1937
- Russell Hastings, 1938
- Hubert C. Fortmiller, 1939
- Henry D. Harmon, 1940; SN
- Everett F. Weygent, 1941
- A. Burton Nelson, 1942
- Robert J. McIlveen, 1943
- Robert A. Ebaugh, 1944
- T. Wesley Downer, 1945
- Karl W. Forsell, 1946
- Melbourne D. Nicholson, 1947
- Winslow W. Robart, 1948
- John J. Mick, 1949, 1983; Mem
- Elliott N. Holley, 1950
- James F. Lynch, 1951
- Robert Burniston, 1952
- Earl A. Umlah, 1953
- Charles J. Knowles, 1954
- Gustaf A. Swanson, 1955
- John P. Custis, 1956
- Evan W. Burgess, 1957
- Arthur D. Martin, 1958
- Victor T. Woleyko, 1959
- Edward W. Booth, 1960
- Alexander G. MacMillan, 1961
- John D. Corley, Jr., 1962
- Henry S. Albo, 1963
- Thurston F. Ackerman, 1964
- Edward Parsons, 1965
- Edmund M. Patey, 1966, 1971
- David W. Parﬁtt, 1967
- Robert A. Merritt, 1968
- Robert C. Patey, 1969; N
- Malcolm A. Stone, 1970, 1981
- James R. Franklin, 1972
- John E. Banner, 1973
- Martin E. Ellis, 1974
- Frederick R. Patey, 1975, 1976
- Leon D. McMahon, 1977
- Fraser W. MacInnes, 1978
- Ray B. Stevens, 1979
- Alfred M. Flaxington, 1980
- Michael B. Grosse, 1982
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- Petition for Dispensation: 1920
- Petition for Charter: 1921
- Consolidation Petition (with Norumbega Lodge): 1983
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 1921 (Prince; Constitution of Lodge)
- 1930 (H. Dean; reception for Senior Grand Warden Winsor)
- 1945 (Wragg; 2 visits, installation and 25th Anniversary)
- 1965 (Osgood; reception for Senior Grand Warden Henry S. C. Cummings)
- 1970 (Jaynes; 50th Anniversary)
- 1984 (Richardson; consolidation with Norumbega Lodge)
- 1945 (25th Anniversary History, 1945-348; see below)
- 1970 (50th Anniversary History, 1970-121; see below)
- 1996 (Section of 75th Anniversary History of Norumbega & Brookline Lodge, 1996-125)
25TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, NOVEMBER 1945
From Proceedings, Page 1945-341:
By Worshipful Henry S. C. Cummings.
As we meet here tonight on the occasion of our twenty-fifth anniversary, it is natural that we should think back over the years to view the circumstances that brought our Lodge into existence; and to evaluate, if we can, the achievements of the past. We cannot help but be reminded of the similarity of this moment to a quarter of a century ago -— for the first World War had just been won over those who schemed to change our way of life. We have again triumphed over these same forces of evil, and in a real sense, enjoy much the same impulses that stirred then in the hearts of men, in their desire for a friendlier, more orderly and righteous world.
Masonry has always grown rapidly during periods of war. We see the trend today repeated as it was evident twenty-five years ago. In Brookline then, the only other Lodge serving the community was Beth-Horon Lodge, which had just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Its membership was not only over five hundred, but it was receiving far more applicants for the degrees than it could comfortably handle. So, with the encouragement of the Grand Lodge, it was agreed that the circumstances justified the formation of a new Lodge. Brookline Lodge will never forget how much it owes to Worshipful J. Everett Brown, who took the lead in organizing the Lodge —a long with Wor. Frederick A. Leavitt, Wor. Fred B. Richardson and other Past Masters, in securing a most distinguished group of Charter Members.
There were seventy-five Charter Members who petitioned the Grand Lodge on June 1, 1920. This group included all but the two oldest Past Masters of Beth-Horon Lodge, as well as a number of members of that and other Lodges who desired dual membership. The following Brethren were Charter Members of Brookline Lodge:
- Abbott, Leon M., P. G. M.
- Allen, Eugene E.
- Allen, Leon L.
- Atkins, Ora A.
- Baker, Edward W.
- Bates, John L.
- Bauer, George U., W. M.
- Bemis, Albion F.
- Brown, J. Everett, P. M.
- Burgess, Samuel C.
- Burnham, Henry A.
- Chace, Fred C.
- Condon, Frank C, P. M.
- Crosby, Arthur P.
- Cushing, Arthur A.
- Delano, Clarence A., P. M.
- Dexter, Hiram
- Estabrook, Wlllard W.
- Farrington, William M., P. G. W.
- Files, Fred W.
- Gammon, Irving P.
- Gibbs, Emery B., P. D. G. M.
- Goodwin, Fred M., P. M.
- Hall, Francis T.
- Hazard, Arthur M.
- Hinchliffe, F. Arthur
- Hitchcock, Charles H.
- Holmes, Edwin B., P. G. M.
- Holtzer, Charles W.
- Jones, John C, Jr.
- Kemp, William S., P. M.
- Leavitt, Frederick A., S. G. D.
- MacKinnon, L. Ernest
- Magee, Rev. J. Ralph
- March, Gordon B.
- Marvel, Harry E.
- Moseley, F. Russell
- Moore, J. Herbert †
- Mowery, Ira
- Nourse, Winfield L.
- Oakes, Francis J., Jr.
- Paul, Joseph T., D. D. G. M.
- Pollard, Albert A.
- Page, Henry R.
- Pike, George D.
- Raymond, Arthur C.
- Race, A. LeRoy
- Reynolds, David S.
- Reynolds, Milton F., P. M.
- Richardson, Fred B., P. M.
- Robart, Chester F.
- Robart, Edwin A.
- Sherburne, John H.
- Speare, Frank P.
- Spencer, Chas, A. W., P. M.
- Smith, R. Kendrick
- Smith, Walter A.
- Southard, Louis C., P. D. G. M.
- Sylvester, Dana S.
- Taylor, Frank T., P. G. W.
- Teele, Arthur P.
- Thibodeau, William A.
- Tyler, Rev. Barrett P.
- Tyler, Daniel
- Varney, Henry A.
- Waite, Frederick C.
- Waterman, Alfred P.
- Weekes, George L.
- Wightman, George H. D.
- Winsor, George R., P. D. D. G. M.
- Wodell, Frederick W.
- Wodell, St. Clair A.
- Wright, Warren H.
- Young, Dexter
- Young, Frank D.
† = Deceased.
The petitioners met in these same apartments, at 1 Harvard Street, Brookline, and on this occasion determined on the name of the Lodge; nominated those who should serve it as officers; and voted that the regular communications should be thereafter held on the third Thursday of each month. The first officers presented their individual jewels, collars, batons, rods, etc., and in fact all the equipment and paraphernalia were presented by the members and the Lodge started off with all bills paid.
On November 15, 1920, the Lodge was Instituted at a special meeting. Right Worshipful James Young, Jr., then District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth District, read the dispensation of the Grand Master, and with the help of his Marshal, Worshipful James H. Dalton, escorted the Master and Wardens elected to their respective stations. The original line of officers installed were:
- Wor. J. Everett Brown, Master
- Wor. Frederick A. Leavitt, Senior Warden
- Bro. Rev. J. Ralph Magee, Junior Warden
- Wor. William S. Kemp, Treasurer
- Wor. Fred B. Richardson, Secretary
- Bro. Arthur P. Teele, Senior Deacon
- Bro. F. Arthur Hinchcliffe, Junior Deacon
- Bro. George L. Weekes, Senior Steward
- Bro. Francis T. Hall, Junior Steward
- Bro. Henry A. Varnev, Inside Sentinel
- Bro. Rev. Barrett P. Tyler, Chaplain
- R. W. Georce R. Winsor, Marshal
- Bro. Robert M. Grant, Acting Organist
- Bro. David A. Kenrick, Tyler
The first regular communication was held on December 16, 1920; the first to present applications for the degrees were: Tappan E. Francis (first initiate), Ernest S. Cooper, Walter S. Turner, Arthur W. Spencer and William C. Johnson. The first affiliation accepted was Brother George E. Howe, on December 15, 1921. Among the Charter Members we have lost by death or dimit all but sixteen of the original seventy-five. These we delight to honor tonight.
One of the most impressive meetings was on October 5, 1921, when the Lodge was Constituted. There were fifty-nine Charter Members present, including Most Worshipful Brothers Leon M. Abbott and Edwin B. Holmes, Past Grand Masters; Right Worshipful Brothers William M. Farrington, Joseph T. Paul, Louis C. Southard, Frank T. Taylor and George R. Winsor, and Worshipful Brothers George U. Bauer, J. Everett Brown, Frank C. Condon, Clarence A. Delano, Fred B. Goodwin, William S. Kemp, Frederick A. Leavitt, Milton F. Reynolds, Fred B. Richardson and Charles A. W. Spencer. Present also were the ten candidates raised during the preceding year, which included in addition to those previously mentioned, Brothers Frank L. Gormley, Warren K. Russell, Elzear L. Tobin, Ralph L. Kirk and Paul R. Tucker. Accompanying Most Worshipful Arthur Dow Prince, Grand Master, were two Past Grand Masters, 20 Past District Deputy Grand Masters, as well as 30 Past Masters; among this group were such distinguished Masons as Claude L. Allen, Samuel H. Wragg, Frank L. Simpson, Frederick W. Hamilton, Frank H. Hilton, Frederic L. Putnam, John M. Gibbs and James Young, Jr. It was a momentous occasion in the history of Brookline Lodge.
During the past twenty-five years we have been honored by the presence of many well known Masons. Our history would not be complete if it did not record at least a few of them. We have entertained 14 Past Grand Masters: Most Worshipful Brothers Edwin B. Holmes, Melvin M. Johnson, Leon M. Abbott, Arthur D. Prince, Dudley H. Ferrell, Frank L. Simpson, Herbert W. Dean, Claude L. Allen, Joseph Earl Perry, Albert A. Schaefer, Frederick W. Hamilton, Arthur W. Coolidge and Robert A. Gordon, Past Grand Master of Prince Edward Island, and Lee S. Tillotson, Past Grand Master of Vermont. In addition, nine Past Deputy Grand Masters, including Louis C. Southard, Emery B. Gibbs, James Young, Jr., Louis A. Jones, H. Wendell Prout, Edwin O. Childs,Samuel 11. Wragg, Winthrop J. Cushing and Rev. Frank D. Taylor. Prominent in public life to visit us has been Leverett Saltonstall, Channing Cox, John L. Bates, former Governors; U. S. Senator Sinclair Weeks, Congressman Christian A. Herter; Daniel L. Marsh, President of Boston University. Also, the Grand High Priest of the Grand Master, as the Installing Master, assisted by Right Worshipful H. Wendell Prout, Past Deputy Grand Master, later Grand Treasurer, as the Installing Marshal. It would include the meeting on May 21, 1942 when we were hosts to what seemed like a very successful "Fifth District Service Conference." Eighteen Lodges made reports, exchanged helpful and constructive ideas—and it was made more interesting by the presence of Worshipful Philip C. McMurdie, Chairman of the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Service, and Right Worshipful Harry A. Starr, Grand Lodge Committeeman of Zone 1.
Another memorable evening was the installation of Worshipful A. Burton Nelson, when he had as his guests a number of very prominent Royal Arch Masons—inasmuch as he was at about that time Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand R. A. Chapter of Massachusetts. Among those present were George W. Long, the Grand High Priest, Raymond T. Sewell, Secretary of the Grand R. A. Chapter, William F. Clark, Grand Lecturer, and Granville Hancock, Grand Captain of the Host. Another outstanding occasion would include a "St. Paul's R. A. Chapter Night" when 17 of its 23 living Past High Priests were present. All stations were occupied by Past High Priests who were also all Past Masters, with Worshipful Oscar Storer occupying the East and Judge Robert G. Wilson, Jr., the dinner speaker. It would include the occasion on December 17, 1942, when the Kilwinning Club Degree Team visited our Lodge to raise Brother Earl A. Umlah. Rev. Brother Samuel M. Lindsay was the guest speaker; Worshipful Hugh Goddard delivered a magnificent Charge; Worshipful Alex Campbell presided, and with a colorful and spirited musical demonstration in Scotch Kilties, with bagpipes and drums, made a deep impression on everyone present.
The fraternal visit of Right Worshipful Leon E. Smith February 17, 1944, when we had a "Past Masters Association Night" in honor of Worshipful Russell Hastings, its President and one of our Past Masters. Of the 21 former Presidents of this Association in the 5th District, we had ten present, as well as the one who had served as its Secretary since 1927. Another occasion would include the final visitation of Right Worshipful Laurence M. Jackson November 21, 1941, which attracted 184 Masons, including such distinguished Masons as Most Worshipful Brothers Joseph Earl Perry and Claude L. Allen, Past Grand Masters, Right Worshipful Arthur W. Coolidge, Deputy Grand Master; also Right Worshipful Brothers Samuel H. Wragg, H. Wendell Prout, Louis A. Jones, Past Deputy Grand Masters; Right Worshipful Frank H. Hilton, Grand Secretary; Right Worshipful George R. Winsor, Past Senior Grand Warden; Right Worshipful J. Arthur Gibson and many others, which furnished a fitting tribute and testimony to a faithful servant of the Craft, who is as widely known and respected as anyone from our ranks in the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts. Lastly, it would include the "Past District Deputy Grand Master's Night" March 19, 1942, when we attempted to bring together the 23 Past District Deputy Grand Masters of the 5th District. All but seven were present—a real achievement—and we happily have a fine photograph to remind us of this outstanding occasion. Each one present on that evening received a memento listing all the living Past District Deputy Grand Masters and Past Masters, grouped by District and Lodge. It was noted that in the 18 Lodges of the Brighton-Waltham 5th Districts there were 366 living Past Masters out of a membership of 6,121 Masons. We have had many other delightful evenings where the meetings have been built around such occasions as a Ladies Night, the Past Masters, the Chaplains of the District, the Teachers of Brookline, or a Father and Son Night. We have witnessed the work of DeMolay and Rainbow; had most successful Sports Nights; and a right jolly time with the Kiwanians and Rotarians.
Brookline Lodge has recognized the services of seven of its members by having elected them as "Honorary Members." They have been the following: M. W. Leon M. Abbott, January 17, 1929, M. W. Edwin B. Holmes, January 17, 1929, R. W. Fred B. Richardson, September 19, 1935, Won J. Everett Brown, November 21, 1940, R. W. Laurence M. Jackson, November 21, 1940, R. W. George R. Winsor, June IS, 1944, and Wor. Henry S. C. Cummings, June 15, 1944. These men each have labored long and earnestly for the upbuilding of the best in our great Fraternity, and for Brookline Lodge in particular. They have been pillars of strength and inspiration to their fellow members, selflessly seeking to build the structure of Freemasonry that its light might shine among men. They have exemplified the real spirit of Brookline Lodge during its early and formative years. Much might be said about each, but we choose to let their record of service to Masonry speak for itself. An interesting time took place in Brookline Lodge December 16, 1943, when seven of the ten holders of the "Distinguished Service Medal" in the Fifth District were guests of the Lodge. Two possessors of this medal were members of Brookline Lodge. They were Worshipful J. Everett Brown, who received this recognition from the Grand Master on March 21, 1940, and Worshipful Henry S. C. Cummings on November 21, 1941. Both of these presentations had previously been made by Right Worshipful Laurence M. Jackson while he was District Deputy Grand Master. Brookline Lodge has had a number of its members interested and active in Grand Lodge affairs. Right Worshipful Brothers Fred B. Richardson and Laurence M. Jackson have each served the Brighton Fifth District as District Deputy Grand Master by appointments of Most Worshipful Brothers Herbert W. Dean and Joseph Earl Perry. The latter has also served as Senior Grand Steward and Grand Sword Bearer, and is at present the Director of Administration of the Grand Lodge. Worshipful Frederick A. Leavitt has been a Senior Grand Deacon; Worshipful J. Everett Brown has been a Grand Sword Bearer; Worshipful Arthur P. Teele for a number of years served as a member of the Grand Lodge Committee on Trials; Worshipful Henry S. C. Cummings has served as Junior Grand Steward and is at present Senior Grand Deacon and Vice-President of the Masonic Secretaries Association; Right Worshipful George R. Winsor has not only been a Senior Grand Warden (an elective position), but was District Deputy Grand Master of the old 20th District.
This interest in the affairs of the Craft has led to an equally keen participation in the Masonic life of the 5th District. The records will reveal that Worshipful Francis T. Hall and Right Worshipful Laurence M. Jackson have filled the position of District Deputy Grand Marshal; while Worshipful Henry A. Varney and Worshipful Russell Hastings have served as District Deputy Grand Secretary; that Worshipful Henry S. C. Cum-mings was a Charter Member of the 34th Lodge of Instruction and its 5th Master; that Worshipful Winfield L. Nourse served the 34th Lodge of Instruction as its 10th Master; that Worshipful J. Everett Brown, Right Worshipful Laurence M. Jackson, Worshipful Russell Hastings have served the 5th District Past Masters Association as its President or Secretary; and that Worshipful Herbert P. Hollnagel, one of our affiliated Past Masters, has served as the 12th Master of the 29th Lodge of Instruction (8th District) and in 1941 was District Deputy Grand Marshal in the 8th District.
It seems proper that we should call attention to those who have served Brookline Lodge in one way or another faithfully over many years. Worshipful J. Everett Brown was elected Representative of the Board of Masonic Relief December 15, 1921, and still occupies this same position; Brother William J. Samsel was appointed Organist February 15, 1923, and still serves; Worshipful Frederick A. Leavitt has served as Trustee for 18 years and has just been reelected for another three year term; Rev. Brother William R. Leslie first served as Chaplain in 1927 and still gives his best to our spiritual uplift. Right Worshipful Fred B. Richardson served as Secretary for 15 years; Brother David Kenrick was Tyler for 13 years; Brother Fred W. Files was 11 years a Trustee and several years Treasurer. Rev. Brother Robert Wood Coe started as Chaplain in 1932 and continues to be a great inspiration, as has been Rev. Brother Ashley Day Leavitt, Associate Chaplain. The present Secretary and Treasurer have each served ten years; Brother Russell Spurr has just completed ten years as Tyler; Right Worshipful George R. Winsor was ten years Marshal; Right Worshipful Alfred P. Waterman was Instructor eight years; Brother Francis J. Oakes, Jr., Brother George D. Pike and Brother Dexter Young were Trustees for 12 years. Worshipful William S. Kemp, our first Treasurer, established a system of financial records that have been a model for other Lodges, and followed throughout the past 25 years in our Lodge. Such devotion as these Brothers have given to their Lodge over the years has been a steadying influence and the basis of a spirit which permeates throughout the entire membership of friendliness and goodwill.
Brookline Lodge has purchased a substantial amount of War Bonds; was the second Lodge in the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts to raise its quota of funds for the Masonic Military Service Activities. Credit is due especially to the enthusiastic leadership of Worshipful Malcolm Morse and Worshipful Robert A. Ebaugh. It has given generously when it has received calls for relief and during the War, it has tried to keep close to our members serving patriotically in the Armed Forces of our country. Happily, so far, this circle has come through the trials and tribulations of war unharmed. We are proud to list herein their names, that they may in this way ever be honored and remembered:
- Edward Bruce Kingsmill, ARC
- Comdr. Robert F. Carmody, MC-USNR
- Capt. C. Malcolm Derry, AAF
- Maj. Frederick K. Hunt, USA
- Cpl. Burton T. MacAndrews
- David L. McElroy, Y 1/c USCG
- Lt. Wilmot H. Smith, USNR
- Lt. Douglass R. Temple, USA
- Earl A. Umlah, CBM, USNR
- Joseph M. Stacey, USNR
- Joseph K. Rhodes, SF 2/c
- Benjamin P. Bullman, QM 1/c
- Lt. Comdr. Robert W. Coe, Jr., Chap USNR
- Pvt. Freeman W. Bailey
- Lt. Comdr. John F. Pear, USNR
- Carl E. Rosenquist, F 1/c
- Lt. Walter B. Sherriff, AAF
- Lt. Col. Frederick A. Spencer, USA
- Capt. Ralph W. Totman, A.C.
- Pvt. Clarence E. Wheeler, USA
- Capt. John S. White, Jr., CWS
- A. Burton Nelson, USCG Aux.
We cannot "detour time." It comes at us as a freshet crowds the river bank on its downward surge to serve nature and man. Yet, the twists and turns of the riverway of life, with its variations from trickling reflective quiet moments, to the elaborate roaring overflow of gala experiences has provided countless opportunities for us individually and collectively to live more fully and happily; to know more intimately the beauty of the heavens, the richness of our Mother Earth; and about all its creatures, including man, who share it. "Time" is ever fleeting, temporary and illusive. Yet, within its mystic stretches we live, and in common with the most privileged, equally share. Thus, we have the thrilling experience of making it great by the good we can do for others, for our country and for the glory of God!
Masonry opens our eyes to stimulating new pathways; places in our lives priceless friendships; and guides men to the better day —the better way! In the spirit of humility we turn over the pages of the past that we may start afresh on the new pages of opportunity that the many tomorrows will bring to us. As "Apprentices" for a time, we now seek to be "Fellows of the Craft," building not for ourselves alone, but for our time—not of things material, but of things spiritual. That is God's plan, and that is the great Masonic message we are taught. We've "taken root," and we hope we may be worthy of the trust of those who shaped and influenced the pattern of our early life, and we look forward to the day 25 years hence when we may again honor those who have worthily served, not only our particular membership, but the Fraternity of Freemasonry, which binds us all into one great worldwide Brotherhood of friends and Brothers. Fiat Lux!
50TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, MAY 1970
From Proceedings, Page 1970-121:
By R. W. Henry S. C. Cummings.
It seems but yesterday that we celebrated our anniversary that now looms behind us 25 years ago. We have over the intervening years carried on our activities with true Masonic zeal, which has helped to spark many of our members to Masonic valor and dedication. The Fraternity, as a whole, has faced a whole new set of circumstances to cope and contend with in bringing to aspirants the lessons of the ages — in that communities are no longer isolated, or dependent on local resourcefulness.
Communication, transportation, technology — all being what they now are, have tended to lessen the close bonds of contact, concern and companionship that characterized our earlier days. The automobile, radio, television, work involvement, support of the 'establishment' — as well as persistent pressures on almost every one's time and talents, collectively have depleted the familiar old ranks and halls.
Leaders when our Lodge first came into being, were exemplary in their Church worship and willingness to be involved in its welfare. Masonry was, in their mind, closely related and received an almost overindulging paternalism for its prosperity — with the utmost in its precepts and symbolism always being applauded and extolled. This led to large groups rinding a deepening of faith; emphasis on discipline related to the uplifting of integrity, morality, conscience; a concept of building the 'inner temple' after the cathedral design; with a lifetime contemplation concerning our existence after this life; and finding unchallenged the ultimate hope of brotherhood, respect, equality, love among all men — emanating from a belief in the Divine in life and the existence of the one, true and living God.
No real Mason will admit that Masonry has weakened, or become less relevant, or lost any of its potency in its ability to stretch the mind, the heart, the spirit of man. Tremendously fortunate is any man, even today, who heeds, seeks, studies and opens his 'inner life' to its basic truths, its wisdom and light which has crowded into the Masonic Degrees. The problem we have had to contend with has been the multiplicity of diversions that we all have had to face that seem to conspire with the building within ourselves of our better self. No comparable period in recorded history has so gripped the world as during this last quarter century—for, in it, we have been witnesses to the harnessing of atomic energy—a force that has the capability of utterly destroying civilization. We have seen rocketry developed — that is capable of thrusting tons of weight through gravitational shields of the earth—enabling freedom for space venture, including transmission of voice into areas as remote as the moon — on which we have already, in fact, made a landing.
In this incredible period of the past 25 years, the mechanism of the computer has been so perfected that, with scientific programming, it enables instantaneous intelligence, free of the frailty of human calculation — along with electronic systems that have the capacity to transmit automatically and articulately what is seen and heard, beyond the comprehension of anyone living even just a decade ago. As man has probed into the space age it has left scars, doubts, fears, restlessness, even youthful revolt concerning life's goals. Not only has fraternalism felt this impact, but religious faiths on whom we most like to draw are resorting to rash extremities for their survival. It has been in this background that Masonry has been proud of its lineage; its virility; its calling — for all who would be aware of its extraordinary importance at this time in our history. As one reviews the pattern of our meetings in Brookline Lodge over the years the records will show that every meeting has, in addition to the faithful rendition of the ritual, brought to the membership distinguished leaders of the Craft, to share their experience, philosophy and talents.
Year after year the pages are found to be full with their wisdom, their profound devotion to the principles Masonry infiltrates and their equally sincere desire to share their inspiration with others — especially among those newly being added to our ranks. In these pages we propose to record in the 'greenhouse of memory' some of their still vital observations and counsel. |ust as Rachel Carson awakened the public to the existence of the life ecology of all living organisms — thoughtful Masons, likewise, believe that there is an ecology pattern in the building of character in human beings — which looks to the nature of one's spiritual nourishment which he absorbs — his choices in life that affect his station, attitudes and habits — and eventually develop character and stature. Teaching the 'art of living'; making good men better; offering a clearer vision in which God is part of our inner life; and opening one's consciousness to the limitless possibilities growing out of being attuned to the Infinite—-has been the constant objective of all Lodges — but especially has it motivated those who have received their Masonic Light in Brookline Lodge over the past fifty years. We have not differed greatly from many other Lodges, but our experience has been, at least, documented, that more than half of our Past Masters have served conspicuously in all branches of the Fraternity — missionaries, if you will, to the worthiness and uplift found in the idealism of men working together for good.
The records of Brookline Lodge which described our Twenty-fifth Anniversary held on November 1, 1945 indicated that we had 11 of our Charter Members present on this occasion, viz: Eugene E. Allen, J. Everett Brown, Irving P. Gammon, Francis T. Hall, Frederick A. Leavitt, Gordon B. March, Winfkld L. Nourse, Francis J. Oakes, Jr., Arthur P. Teele, George R. Winsor and Dexter Young. The Reception Committee which formally received M. W. Samuel H. Wragg, the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, included 20 Past Masters of Brookline Lodge, viz: J. Everett Brown, Frederick A. Leavitt, Arthur P. Teele, Francis T. Hall, Gordon B. March, Elzear L. Tobin, Henry S. C. Cummings, Winfield L. Nourse, Laurence M. Jackson, Malcolm Morse, Morton D. Dunning, Eugene E. Allen, Ernest R. Caverly, Russell Hastings, Hubert C. Fort-miller, Henry D. Harmon, Everett F. Weygant, A. Burton Nelson, Robert J. Mcllveen, Robert A. Ebaugh and our affiliated Past Master Herbert P. Hollnagle.
The History of the Lodge was read by Wor. Henry S. C. Cummings which was generously received by the brethren present.
In the remarks by the Grand Master he complimented Brookline Lodge in having present 20 of the 23 living Past Masters, and 11 of the 16 Charter Members. He said that the more he sees of Masonry the more he loves it; that the more we give something, the better we feel; that Masonry is an 'attitude' that expresses itself in friendliness, justice, loyalty — and it is more important what we put into it, than what we take out. The need today, he said, is good citizenship and loyalty to our country. Masonry always has contributed leaders in our National and State affairs and he was proud, for instance, that President Truman was a 33° Mason.
R. W. George R. Winsor, P. S. G. W. and acting Senior Grand Warden on this evening, was introduced by the Grand Master and he responded by saying that he was very proud of the early life of Brookline Lodge; proud to be a Charter and an Honorary Member; its Marshal for 10 years and a Trustee; and said that he felt the Lodge was one of the best in the Jurisdiction. R. W. James Young, Jr., Acting Junior Grand Warden, said he was not surprised at the success of Brookline Lodge, as he was a contemporary of J. Everett Brown and Frederick A. Leavitt — and knew that it couldn't be anything except successful with such men to start off the Lodge in its early years. He complimented the Historian for not having missed anything; and said that he had long received the notices of the Lodge and felt they were a great contribution to Masonry.
M. W. Joseph Earl Perry, P. G. M., congratulated Brookline Lodge on its Anniversary, the program of the evening and the Historian for the history he had read and prepared. He said most of us have taken for granted the 'unchangeableness of nature' — yet, as long as time lasts we are all living under the shadow of thought that by unloosing the forces of Nature we can, at any time, be severed in twain — and that we must of necessity find some 'counter force' which will tie together civilization, so that it can go on. This brings up the biggest question of all, which is how to live together as individuals and as nations. Civilization, he said, is held together by the slenderest of threads. One of the most potent vehicles for circulating principles and friendliness is through Lodges. It offers the raw materials and the means whereby men can get together to practice friendship, Brotherly Love, self-sacrifice, justice, honor, principles and philosophy — and to build individual integrity.
M. W. Albert A. Schaefer, P. G. M. congratulated Brookline Lodge on attaining its 25th birthday and said that the Historian had presented a pretty and homey picture of the Lodge in its Masonic affairs. He said he felt there was a real necessity in the world today to develop 'personality in men' to live in a friendlier fraternalism that all might live more happily together. We must believe there is a spiritual and moral side, as well as a material and inquisitive side of life. He said we must forget our intolerances, religious bigotry and all matters that divide if we would lessen fears in our daily lives.
M. W. Arthur W. Coolidge, P. G. M., commented on the section of the history that referred to "In the spirit of humility we turn over the pages of the past that we may start afresh on die new pages of opportunity" — and in such a spirit we should be looking ahead. To have a world enjoy peace, he said, we must have a world that wants peace. We must strive for it. We must reinstate qualities now conspicuously lacking that lead toward peace where it is now obliterated. Masonic forces reflect education and truth which is the opposite of the Axis. It will take real vision, activity and leadership to reestablish world order. If we can read from the past the objectives of Masonry may yet make peace a reality. We must 'turn pages' and do our share to give back to the peoples of the world what we know as Masonry — its principles, on which we can live together. It is a unique opportunity and a challenge to Masons everywhere to help restore the world.
Inasmuch as part of 1945 came during the administration of Wor. Robert A, Ebaugh when we were embarking on the second quarter century of our existence, our review will note that the Lodge had just had its largest gain in membership, with 18 new members coming into our ranks along with 3 new affiliates. As the Installing Officer, M. W. Joseph Earl Perry, Past Grand Master, gave a most interesting explanation of the symbolic meaning of some of the articles common to Masons. For instance, the Square has been considered the symbol of the Golden Rule; the Bible, the symbol of Masonry; the Compasses the symbol of things spiritual. The symbol of the Level, he said, Freemasonry had introduced a new thought — the principle of 'equality of men', where men can meet on the level; where they are equal in dignity; and where the principle of democracy is put into practice. The Plumb marks the beginning of the independence of the individual; stands upright in life and with the dignity of an individual human being before God and Man. One's Station in the Lodge is symbolic of the stratification of society leading to a higher classification. He expressed the idea that Masonry and the Catholic Church have principles that bring both ancient institutions close to each other and offer a real hope for the future. Fraternity and Religion animate each.
Masons throughout the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts were given the opportunity to contribute to the Masonic Military Service Fund. Brookline Lodge was recognized as having placed fourth as to its per capita gift and in second place for completing its quota first. The records showed that 160 attended the Annual Ladies Night when Wor. Russell Hastings showed his very lovely color slides and Radio Stars George and Dixie sang hillbilly songs. At the Christmas Party, William J. Samsel was honored for having completed 22 years as Organist; and the membership had the privilege of hearing R. W. Alton L. Miller, D. D. G. M., speak on the subject "Obligations". One soon discovers, he said, that other obligations than those subscribed to in the Degrees arc of far greater importance when one is in fraternity with others — such as, the obligation to believe in God; the obligation and importance of prayer; keeping fresh our belief and allegiance to the Supreme Architect of our lives and of the Universe of which we are a part. The obligation to friendship — to be friendly, as well as to cultivate morality and Brotherly love. The obligation to be good men and true — which is the first lesson we are taught in Masonry, for we individually represent Masonry in our relations with others.
R. W. Alton L. Miller continuing said: we have the obligation to help others as the Masonic stone is shaped and polished and fitted into the Temple to strengthen and to beautify the whole. So should we consider our lives and do what we can to help each to be its best self. Masonry, he said, offers us an experience in self-discipline to preserve integrity, to build strong men and true, upright and genuine — fine men, for the sake of those who believe in us and the things that our great Fraternity stands for. During this year the Belmont Chapter of DeMolay exemplified one of their degrees. Russell Spurr was honored for his service to Brookline Lodge as its Tyler for the previous ten years; and Bro. Rev. William R. Leslie for his 20 years as Chaplain. Among our Guest Speakers were R.W. Philip W. McMurdie, Director of the Grand Lodge Service Department, who told us that Massachusetts Masonry had contributed 21,385 men to various branches of the military service.
Our candidates heard several 'Charges' that have left their imprint. R. W. Carl C. Peterson of Norumbega Lodge and later District Deputy Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master said: one soon comes to realize that good character, high ideals, being well recommended and of good report are prerequisites to a successful pilgrimage through life. In youth we find the time to learn; in middle age we find time to work; and in our old age we have the time to perfect and work over our spiritual building while awaiting the call of eternal refreshments of Heaven — a most solemn and sacred hope. In the several degrees we are given rudimentary instruction to prepare ourselves for the active duties of life. Our minds are enlarged with new ideas of extending our usefulness to our fellow creatures; and then we learn the most important and necessary truth — that one must be faithful in trust, whose reward is immortality of the soul. As one passes from youth to maturity, so docs one's understanding of morality, faith and justice. One cannot help but come forth a better man, father and citizen. The vision of building a brotherhood of man through our fraternity is our aim of helping to make this a better world, where we may live in kindred equality, one with another on the level, and in the spirit of the Golden Rule.
The 'Charge' by R. W. Peter A. Day also carried a real thrust. We have a responsibility, he said, to live usefully and by Masonic rules of conduct; and to exert some influence for the common good. As Masons, we should learn our duty to others and perform it. We should translate the ritual, which is limited, into service for mankind, which has no limit. The glory of Masonry is that while it is old, it is ever new. Undreamed of interpretations make it ever stimulating; and while its language never changes, its significance and inspiration deepens with every year. It lures and challenges each one of us to intelligent loyalty and obedience; makes us men of our times; and men who believe in morality, relief and righteousness.
One of our members, Woodworth James, living now in retirement in Walpole, New Hampshire, delivered a 'Charge' in 1945. He referred to the 1st Constitution of Freemasonry written by Dr. Anderson and published in 1723 in London, in which it described the discovery of the 47th Problem of Euclid" — the method of proving a square, which if understood, is contained the foundation of Freemasonry. One can trace the difference in the building art since this discovery. By proving the square, we test the angle of our conscience which is the vital heart of the 47th Problem of Euclid.
Our presiding Master in 1946 was Wor. T. Wesley Downer. He presided during our 25th Anniversary observance. The records indicated that during the past 25 years our membership had increased from 75 to over 200. When R. W. Laurence M. Jackson, P. D. D. G. M. presented to Wor. Robert A. Ebaugh his Past Master's apron, he made the following interesting comment. The Apron is the oldest symbol in Masonry, dating back to the earliest days and its use by the Chinese, Persians and Hindus. In all ceremonies the apron has been used as a badge of distinction and its seven corners have had a deep Masonic meaning and significance. The members of Brookline Lodge made a contribution of $100 to assist in the rehabilitation of foreign Lodges. The appeal had been made by Judge George E. Bushnell, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council 33° in the N. M. J.
During the anniversary year, R. W. Alton L. Miller spoke to our Lodge giving his reasons for being a Mason; Brother C. Malcolm Derry and Commander Robert F. Carmody, M. C. were speakers at a Homecoming Night for our servicemen. Other veterans who returned and shared with us their experiences were Earl A. Umlah, Walter B. Sherriff, John F. Pear and John S. White, Jr. The Initiatory Degree of Rainbow was beautifully presented by Brookline Assembly, No. 14. The Ladies Night enjoyed pictures taken by Wor. Malcolm Morse and the singing by Bro. Franklin Field. Other features included a degree with the Kilwinning Club participating in their colorful kilties; and a Night when our guests included St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter, with Judge Robert Gardner Wilson, Jr. and Oscar Storer, both ardent York Rite members.
A thought-provoking talk was given by Wor. Ernest R. Caverly, Sup't of Schools of Brookline on "Young People have Problems". Most people, he said, think that there is a good deal that is bad in the world and that young people are the problem. But, in most cases where a child is brought up right, he will not depart from that way. Youth has always been a problem to age, but for every rough problem there are a dozen adult problems. Worthless parents are most frequently the basic cause of delinquency. Without exception the juvenile who incurs displeasure arc children of equally intolerant, incompetent and mentally deficient parents. Good parents, by and large, have good children. The speaker offered a five point plan, indicating that society which spends 3 billions on education; 7 billions for liquor; and 15 billions to fight crime — should be able to work together, with a working program worthy of our genius; and if we stop the faultfinding and take care of these kids, we'd do a real job for them and for ourselves. We must come to place the whole range of human interest and human souls above our interest in highways, if we would have a happier world in which to live.
During the year in which Wor. Karl W. Forsell was Master in 1947, we had at least two most memorable evenings. We gave a reception to Bro. Rev. William R. Leslie at our October Meeting and invited the Ministers of eight of the Churches in Brookline to add to the occasion. 'Brother Bill' received his Masonic Degrees in 1909 and our Chaplain since 1927. His radiant spirit and fervent faith had cast spiritual sunshine into many homes and lives. R. W. George R. Winsor, Past Senior Grand Warden and our Marshal for the past 15 years was present on this occasion. Bro. Leslie came to Brookline in September 1921; took an active part in the Council of Churches; was head of the Brookline Kiwanis, Trustee of Boston University, Chaplain of Shawmut Lodge, Chaplain of the Brookline Fire Department, Trustee of the Brookline Public Library, Secretary of Morgan Memorial, was a Town Meeting member — and many other interests.
Our guests were invited to speak briefly about their ministry and service to the community which proved one of the happiest hours we have enjoyed. Dr. Robert Wood Coe of Leyden Congregational Church said: Bill Leslie has become a fine institution in our community, bringing into his sermons a knowledge and a style that makes himself understood. He has the capacity of preaching profound things simply — drawing from a wide field in making his points and a heart that finds room for everybody. Rev. Harold B. Sedgwick of All Saints Episcopal Church: None work harder in the Christian Ministry than does Bill Leslie. His wideness of concern and deepness of spiritual understanding and his great humility make him one of the most jubilant souls he knows. His skill in being able to give the right word and the right touch and the right smile when most needed enables him to reach human life with the real spirit of Christ.
Rev. Carl Bihldorff of the First Parish (Unitarian) added: The warmth of Bill Leslie's personal friendliness, his kindliness, sincerity, charm and radiant good will, his love for all that is good and true — makes one instinctively conscious of his lovable personality the moment one meets him. Rev. William L. MacDuffie of the Presbyterian Church said: One has to go a very long way to find one who is a more friendly soul than Bill. He possesses a grand 'cooperative spirit' and is always there for any worthwhile purpose. He has the spirit of dependability — you know where you will find him. He knows how to tell the right kind of stories in the right place, much like the Master of old and he always likes to be doing good. Dr. Samuel M. Lindsay of the Brookline Baptist Church said: Bill Leslie is a man of great sympathies — a sympathetic approach and heart — and a deep well of sympathy. In addition, he has a great understanding of human nature, an understanding mind and knows how to help others.
We want to complete our report of this occasion by quoting two other local ministers who had kind thoughts to express about Bill Leslie. Rev. Henry M. B. Ogilby of the Church of Our Saviour (Episcopal) expressed his sentiments this way: Bill Leslie is one of the kindest, most upright and a most Christian gentleman I have ever known. He reflects great credit on his profession and this community. Rev. Frederic C. Lawrence of St. Paul's Episcopal Church said: Wanted to add a word of gratitude to what others have said for all that Bill Leslie has meant to this community and to the fellowship of Brookline Churches, and to add his testimony to the kindness, sympathy and friendliness which he, and his wife, have shown toward everyone. To all this the Worshipful Master in addressing Bill Leslie said: You here stand charged with being a fine Christian Gentleman and found guilty on all counts—to which he received a tumultuous applause.
The other memorable evening previously alluded to as having taken place during this year was in March 1947 when all stations were filled by Past District Deputy Grand Masters. Received first was R. W. Thomas G. Walters, the District Deputy Grand Master. The candidate of the evening on the Long Form was Bro. Elton M. Rawley, Jr. and the line of officers included the following distinguished Masons: James L. Reid, WM, C. Weston Ringer, S.W., Harry A. Starr, P.J.G.W. as S.D., Peter A. Day, P.S.G.W. as J. D., Frederick W. Hale, G. T. as Treasurer, Daniel P. Harding, Secretary, Ralph G. Babcock, Marshal, Otto Albrech, S. S., William H. Wright, J. S., Stanley M. Wilson, P. D. G. M. at S.G., Roland S. Fulton, at W. G., and Walter L. Huntington at E. G. There are a good many who will remember Wor. Herbert P. Hollnagle a Past Master of Wayfarers Lodge, Swampscott, who affiliated with Brookline Lodge. His 'Charge' had much to reflect upon: Masonry is a study of the Science of God, His attributes and manifold ways. The Bible, the great book of symbols, representing the Master of Creation; who with the aid of the Compasses by Man, offers one a true guide through life. He stressed the importance of each individual in becoming a solid spiritual stone, in the building of character. The Institution of Freemasonry as old and principled as it is depends on each individual member whether it will live. Masonry teaches that we should love all mankind; that there should be Brotherly Love and Truth; Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice. We will develop the spiritual side of our life as we touch on the Holy Scriptures and inspiration of Christian living.
Wor. Melbourne D. Nicholson served the Lodge as its Master during 1948. Outstanding were the meetings that centered around St. Paul's RA Chapter, Beth-horon Lodge of Brookline and a night when the Kilwinning Club Degree Team participated in the ritual work. We had as Guest Speakers Herbert N. McGill, who spoke on "Today's Outlook"; Lt. Col. Loomis Patrick "With MacArthur in Japan"; Captain Philip H. McArdle, USMC "Battle in the Philippines"; and Stafford Derby, Ass't City Editor of the Christian Science Monitor. Bro. Rev. Bill Leslie speaking of Socrates said he was born in the age of Pericles 469 BC. He believed that the highest good is knowledge; that people would be good if they lived up to what they know; that vice is always about — but that reason destroys it; that the beginning of knowledge is to know you don't know. Four qualities of character, he said, seemed to stand out in Socrates — his humility and simplicity of character; his self-control and eagerness in searching for knowledge; his good citizenship; and his faith in democracy.
During the year we received wisdom from a number of our distinguished guests. R.W. Eugene A. Hamilton, Deputy Grand Master, told us that the great crisis of today can best be met by turning to our Masonic teachings. Having the same God makes Man a neighbor wherever he lives. Masonry teaches us to find and correct what makes us enemies and how to make friends with all people. Wor. Joseph A. Snead said that through our several degrees we have tried to teach many lessons — the essentials have been heard and now it is up to the candidates to properly interpret the mission of Masonry. Masonry gives one a vision, truth from experience, a standard for conduct. It teaches one how to live calmly, with hope in faith — and urged that we all give ourselves to it. The spirit of Masonry will help us to keep faith with our self; will show one how to be happy and high minded; how to pray, hope and love; so that one can be friends with oneself, one's neighbors, and with God. Bro. Rev. Bill Leslie charged that we should not quench the spirit of loyalty to the teachings of Masonry; that we 'alive the spark' of celestial fire of conscience; that we keep up our hope, optimism and glow in life; that we do not quench the habit of prayer; and urged that we do what we can to keep that spark of inspiration, that belief in our mission, that thirst for improving our souls.
In speaking about the "Purposes of Masonry" R. W. Peter A. Day, P. S. G. W. said: Its purpose is to lead men to righteousness, to develop character, to make men God fearing members of society and to help shape a better humanity. We have the greatest force for good and righteousness and character building ever gotten together. These qualities are the foundation of our civilization. The great traditions Masonry has nurtured are now in our hands and if we use it aright it teaches us our duty to our fellow man. It helps us in seeking the best means of performing our obligations and in seeing that our leaders are men of character, thinking men, men with love in their hearts for their fellow men — who are understanding, men of prayer, men who have the inspiration of Freemasonry within them to look out on the problems of life outside of themselves. By working together men can accomplish much. He challenged us all to build straight and true and strong—for the eyes of God.
Wor. Winslow H. Robart was installed into the station of Master of Brookline Lodge by R. W. Thomas G. Walters, D. D. G. M., who today is Past Deputy Grand Master. Speakers at the Lodge during 1949 included: Prof. Frederick K. Morris of M. I. T., who spoke on Russia's ambitions; Bro. Stanley M. Dore on "How Boston gets its water supply"; Dr. Alfred L. Frechette on "Will you live to be 75"; Col. Daniel Tyler, Jr. on "Evolution of Town Government and its future"; Basil M. Parsons, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand R.A. Chapter of Massachusetts on "The Complete Masonic Structure"; F. Henry Caffin on "Art of Gold Beating"; and R.W. Laurence M. Jackson, P.D.D.G.M. on "Work in the Grand Secretary's Office". He held the position of Director of Administration for Grand Lodge which was rilled with distinction since 1940.
During each year our membership have been privileged to hear the profound thoughts of clergy and leaders of the Craft. They have added substance to the inner structure of our lives and, in their way, have been an important part of our history — something we believe should be shared, and with profit brought back into focus. For instance, our beloved Chaplain, Bro. Rev. Ashley Day Leavitt said: One finds in Masonry certain moral concepts which add meaning to life. Among these brotherhood, understanding and most particularly brother love. In a world like ours, which is a realistic one, we must seek and share the spirit of good-will. We must recognize the indispensable attribute of brotherly love and believe that it is absolutely necessary to achieve human happiness. It should be carried intelligently to the ends of the earth. We must believe in 'human equalities' — belief in God. He charged our candidates to 'let brotherly love prevail and every moral and social virtue cement us' as they take up Masonry in the years to come.
Wor. Carroll B. Bickford in presenting a Bible to a candidate said: This book is the greatest book in Masonry. In our Masonic Lodges, in our churches, professions, politics and in our own lives we are searching today for Truth. In the confusion of our times our Great Light is the Bible, which diffuses darkness, gives us courage for the right, and furnishes us that intangible something that makes us better men, better citizens and better Masons. R. W. Joseph A. Snead said: By parables symbols, lofty truths tested by time, will be found valid in the conduct of life. One is taught how to be wise, brave, gentle, faithful, free. How to accept joys of life; how to live calmly, cleanly, cheerfully, full of hope — with little to regret and nothing to fear when the sunset falls. Trust in the Power of Truth; the sovereign worth of character; and remember that God works through men. R.W. and Rev. George A. Butters 33° Grand Chaplain referred to Arthur Twainby's book on "Things that Abide or Remain" in which he maintained that civilization was on trial; that after we have long forgotten the man of letters, we will still be reading the teachings of Jesus, Buddha and Socrates — for it is the 'spiritual quality of life' that lasts after all else has gone. He urged our candidates to make themselves valuable by rendering some kind of service. Men, he said, who seek honor, prestige, recognition, find it a terribly tenuous life; that the search for vanity, pomp and glory and the plaudits of princes is an entirely nebulous search. However, in a spiritual world — brotherhood and kindliness make for character and uprightness that lasts long after wars are over. We must have brotherhood and understanding for successful living. We must live the ideals we are taught. We must expand these ideals and fellowship all over the world — for they are the basis of World Peace.
The records contained Memorials for two of our Past Masters: Gordon B. March, who died January 13, 1949 and Elzear L. Tobin, who died January 16, 1949. Concerning the former it said: His long and honorable associations in financial circles, his untiring labors in numerous civic enterprises, his devotion to his family and countless friends is well known to all who shared his friendship. His sturdy character and fine ability to perform any task he set out to do were outstanding traits of his whole career. He was made a Mason in Beth-horon Lodge in 1919. He was a Charter Member of Brookline Lodge and when the Lodge was constituted on October 5, 1921 he was installed as its first Junior Steward; and was elected as its 7th Worshipful Master in 1927. He was also a member of several other Bodies in Masonry. Concerning the latter the Memorial said he received his degrees in Brookline Lodge in 1921; served as Worshipful Master in 1928; was Tyler from June 15, 1933 to October 18, 1934 and again from September 20, 1945 to January 16, 1949. He was a loyal Mason, faithful citizen and a good friend. His brethren will greatly miss his genial greeting at the entrance of the Lodge.
We had a number of stimulating meetings during 1950 while Wor. John J. Mick occupied the East of Brookline Lodge. One meeting brought out 10 of our Past District Deputy Grand Masters on the occasion of the visit to the Lodge of R.W. Paul C. Whitney. It was at this meeting that R.W. Alton L. Miller again honored us with his presence and addressed a group that included members of the Masters Association of the Fifth Masonic District. He said: The America we know and love is again at the crossroads as in the early years of our history. The same principles which were built so well and have endured so long, are again being attacked both within and without. The five reasons Gibbon named as being the cause for the Fall of Rome: divorce, taxes, pleasure, armaments, decay of religion — are becoming apparent here. The Russia who challenges us does not recognize a Supreme Being; does not recognize the worth of an individual; its citizens exist for the sake of the organization; force supplants brotherly love; integrity of contract is not recognized there. Masons must stand by the principles that we have been taught and believe in, which our forbears established most 200 years ago. Lincoln once said: We cannot escape history. We are remembered in spite of ourselves. We hold power and because of it bear responsibility; and the eternal struggle is between the principles of right and wrong. Our cause is not new, but we must think anew if we would save our Country.
Among the Past District Deputy Grand Masters attending were: Curtis R. Wells, Alfred P. Waterman, Harry A. Starr, Harold W. Knowlton, Alton L. Miller, H. Alton Roark, Fred H. Hitchcock, C. Weston Ringer, Laurence M. Jackson and William L. Clemens — a flattering group to appear on any suite of a District Deputy Grand Master. Later we held what we called an "Evening of Friendship" with our Toastmaster our own Wor. Eugene E. Allen. To this meeting we invited Joe Pendleton, Dean of all Officials, and Bill Reid, one of Harvard's greatest athletes and former coach. Added to this group were Tom Hines, Harry Downs, Paul Swafneld, Roger Wolph, Dr. Frank Widdowson, George Delano, Al Pratley, Al Spohrer, Tom Hill and Monty Wells — all outstanding in lhe athletic world. This meeting was considered by those present as one of the most enjoyable evenings spent at our Lodge Apartments. The humorous stories and yarns; the interesting introductions and factual information shared made it most memorable.
The evening when a Reception was given to R. W. Henry D. Harmon upon his ascension to the office of District Deputy Grand Master of the Brighton Fifth District, when he made his first appearance, the records will show that for the 132 attending, it was one of the most enjoyable, friendly and inspiring in our memory. Such memories make Masonry a stirring force for good in one's life. They make one eager for the renewal of such experiences, for one finds companionship in the search for harmony, unity, good-will and more important, in one's search for God. Serving as his District Deputy Grand Marshal was Wor. Arthur L. King of Norfolk Lodge and Wor. Henry S. C. Cummings, as his District Deputy Grand Secretary. Judge Joseph T. Zottoli gave a splendid talk on "Temperance and Freemasonry"; Rev. William R. Leslie talked on "Spiritual Vitamins"; R. W. Lawson W. Oakes presided in the East with other members of the Aleppo Temple Degree Team; and Murl Daniels, widely known makeup Artist entertained at one of our Ladies Nights. Also the Lodge had a most interesting night for Scottish Rite Masons, with R.W. Thomas S. Roy, then Deputy Grand Master, who talked on "Origin of Freemasonry".
Our distinguished guest traced the 'Origin of Freemasonry' from the time when the Craft protected the interests of the stone masons trade till business became slack and led to 'non-craft or accepted Masons' were received into their organization. The earliest evidence of the Masonic Guilds date back to 1641. Eventually there were more 'accepted' members of the Craft than true operative stone masons. In 1717 in London the first Grand Lodge came into existence and to this day Freemasonry has been interested in utilizing the building art in the building of individual lives. Freemasonry became the first to incorporate 'principles'. Building Lodges, or cathedrals, or to construct the world in which we live all follow along the same line of principles. Building a Lodge, he said, requires that there be a plan; that we build to a plan; and build in life is the end we have in view.
The plan takes in all relevant details — the foundation, the spire, parts seen and unseen, the smallest as well as the largest material; stone and steel. Each must fit with exact nicety. The plan cannot be discretionary. It must be mandatory, to guide us and to control the whole structure. In life we must, he said, plan for our life's desires. No sense there is if we take life as material only. Materials indeed, go into life to aid in the end view to help meet strains and pressures, but peace of mind and happiness require something spiritual — and Freemasonry teaches that in the art of living there must be faith in God, trust in His leadership, walking with the assurance of His Spirit in our lives. There must be integrity — a high-minded righteousness, truth, honor, honesty. There must be Love, which we translate as 'Brotherhood'. No building of life is possible without love. Problems can only be settled on the 'level of brotherhood'; no social problem can be solved until 'essential equality' is recognized and men act as Brothers. We must have Tools. Tools of discrimination, discernment, a way to go — control of our lives. God's Plan of life is that with the right materials, using tools with skill — can build a life that will meet the approval of the Grand Architect of the Universe. Dr. Roy concluded with the thought of Markham: We need no other stone — our task is to build eternity.
During the year while Wor. Elliott N. Holley presided as Master in 1951 we had several meetings when our attendance exceeded 200. For instance the records show that such a number attended the Installation of Officers, which brought forth the comment from R.W. Henry D. Harmon, D.D.G.M. that: A Lodge needs more than a good line of Officers. It needs the support of the members on the side lines; their attendance, cooperation, encouragement, backing. He used the Rotary Symbol 'the cogwheel' representing the individual members in which each cog, or each member — is important. Each share the work and the work of the group. Each depends on the other. Any cog that loses its effectiveness makes the wheel move less smoothly. Absent members deprive the rest of the membership of 'fellowship', which lessens the individual power to share. Each spoke, therefore, symbolizes the sharing of fellowship and fraternal brotherhood. Each member is an important part of the wheel.
Highlights, as recorded in the records, was a meeting when Bro. Milton J. Smith told us the 'Jaycee Story' — concerning a movement started in 1939 among young people belonging to veteran organizations under the age of 36, interested in the improvement of their community, in their personal development, perhaps best summarized by their creed which state "We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; that the Brotherhood of Man transcends the sovereignty of nations; that economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; that government should be of laws rather than of men; that earth's great treasure lies in human personality, and that service to humanity is the best work of life; and finally, that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life. Fourteen of our Past Masters attended a meeting at which our guest speaker was Bro. Franklin P. Hawkes. Masonry, he said, gives us the training to make important decisions which surely in the years to come all of us will be required to make. The ideals that Freemasonry represents of moral and social virtues; its aims to achieve Peace on Earth, Good-will to men; help each member to come closer to God and give us strength. Wise solutions to the great problems facing us, when based on high ideals, will aid us in working together intelligently and make the ideal of democracy live and the sacredness of human personality prevail.
At one of our meetings the Bridgewater Players presented 'The Rose on the Altar' a play produced by members of Fellowship Lodge of Bridgewater, under the leadership of R. W. Herbert K. Pratt. It was beautifully portrayed. There was intense interest in all the lines and the lessons were indelibly imprinted in the heart of every member present. It proved to be a memorable evening for its deep fellowship, Masonic response and fraternal satisfaction. Another meeting found M. W. Samuel H. Wragg, Past Grand Master, telling us interesting facts about the Masonic Service Association of the I'nitcd States, over which organization during the previous three years he had served as its Chairman of the Executive Committee. A meeting of a different character than usual was held when we had as our guests the Tylers of the various Lodges in the Fifth Masonic District. This was a real treat for these faithful members for they seldom have the chance to come into the Lodge Room to witness the work of the evening — much less to be recognized for the valuable service their position renders to the fraternity. The records indicated that Bro. Edward Parsons and Bro. Robert C. Johnson attended the installation of one of our members on January IS, 1951 when Donald H. Knowlton became the Worshipful Master of Golden Fleece Lodge in Lynn. On one of our notices we carried the names of those in Military Service from among our membership. They included the following: Corp. C. Ronald Allen, Lt. Henry A. Burnham, Capt. Robert F. Carmody, Pvt. Donald H. Clauson, Comdr. Robert W. Coe, Jr., Lt. Henry S. C. Cummings, Jr., Pvt. Charles E. Haskell, Maj. Frederick K. Hunt, Maj. Henry A. Kitselman, Jr., Comdr. John F. Pear, HE2. Joseph K. Rhodes, Lt. Col. Richmond H. Skinner, Lt. Col. Frederick A. Spencer, C. R. Raymond W. Tice, Col. Ralph W. Totman and Maj. John S. White, Jr.
As an indication of the Masonic zeal of our membership which found expression in service beyond the walls of our Lodge, it was noted in the records that during this year Ernest R. Caverly was Master of the 34th Lodge of Instruction; Morton D. Dunning was Grand Chaplain of the Grand R. A. Chapter; Elliott N. Holley was Eminent Commander, De-Molay Commandery #7, Knights Templar of Boston; Donald H. Knowlton became the presiding Master of Golden Fleece Lodge, Lynn; Malcolm Morse was High Priest of St. Paul's R.A. Chapter; Henry S. C. Cummings was Recorder of DeMolay Commandery #7 K.T.; Henry D. Harmon was District Deputy Grand Master of the Brighton Sth Masonic District; Laurence M. Jackson was Assistant to the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge; John J. Mick was Recorder of Boston Council, R. & S.M.; and A. Burton Nelson was Secretary of St. Paul's R.A. Chapter — an impressive contribution of one Lodge to the whole spectrum of Masonry.
For our enlightenment we were privileged to have R. W. Alton L. Miller, Deputy Grand Master, who honored us with his presence, tell us something about Benjamin Franklin. When Franklin was age 17 he visited England and discerned how many men of importance and influence were active in Masonry. Upon his return to Philadelphia he tried unsuccessfully to find a Lodge to join. Finding none, it is said, he advertised that he might find their meeting place. In February 1731 he became a member of St. John's Lodge in Philadelphia. In the Grand Lodge Proceedings of 1732 he was shown as the Junior Grand Warden and at the age of 26 became Grand Master (1735) of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. It was not until 1735 that Henry Price of Massachusetts sent a commission to Benjamin Franklin to have the Grand Lodge recognized. In 1748 he accumulated a fortune of #75,000 while he was 42. He sold his business and decided to devote the rest of his life to public service. He was re-elected Grand Master in 1743 and by this man we can judge the Masonry of 1750. R.W. C. Weston Ringer, P. D. D. G. M., Waltham 5th District, was present on this evening and added a humorous touch, as was recorded in the records, as he was introduced as the new Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge—when he addressed those whom he called "associated brass and his distinguished constituents" he thanked those who had made his election as the S.G.W. possible and expressed pride in being associated with the 5th District and the top ranking Baptists (M. W. Thomas S. Roy) this year.
Easily the outstanding meeting of this year occurred when the record number of 190 sat down to dinner and attended the presentation of the Master Mason Degree by the Kilwinning Degree Team for a class of five candidates, including Benjamin H. B. Draper of Hopedale, Treasurer of Draper Corporation and grandson of a former Governor of Massachusetts. Actually in the Lodge room there were 284 present, as a result of at least 80 members of Montgomery Lodge journeying to Brookline for this occasion. The Kilwinning Club, attired in Scotch Kilties and accompanied by 3 bagpipes and drums was headed by our Wor. Melbourne D. Nicholson, as its Master; and our Wor. Robert Burniston as its Chaplain—presented a magnificent rendition of the Third Degree. The Bible presented to the candidate was said to have contained the signatures of 228 Masons associated with the Draper Corporation.
An impressive 'Charge' was given to our candidates by R.W. Chester D. Shepherd of Belmont Lodge, former Director of Service for the Grand Lodge. He said: The candidate's uniform is not his outward appearance, but his character. The Cable Tow, that which holds the candidate to his Lodge. Giving the slipper—as one might shake hands today. Placed in the Northeast Corner, the moment of passing from darkness to light. Stone squared and timbers felled not in quarries, but where there was no sound—in other words, our lives are built quietly in our hearts. We learn soon that the meaning of a Lodge is the 'whole universe'; the covering is 'Heaven'; and the lesson we learn about Immortality is that 'this life is not the end' — for by the use of the gavel and other instruments, we are fashioning 'living stones'—'Spiritual body' with Faith, Hope and Charity, or Love to guide us. Especially love, which we arc taught 'extends beyond the grave'. Masonry, he said, is a great equalizer, making the high, low, rich and poor brothers all. He charged the candidates to keep a glowing interest in the lessons of Masonry; to be ready to be moulded in any way that will make us better men; to practice brotherly love, relief and truth; and remember that the more you give to Masonry, the more you will get out of it in inspiration, friendship and personal development. All this, that someday, it may be said of each of us: Well done—good and faithful servant.
In 1952 our Master was Wor. James F. Lynch. We had as speakers Werner Fahrenhold, a 17 year old German student attending Newton High School; Christian A. Herter, Jr. on "Key men in Public Life today"; Charles J. Knowles on his "trip to California"; R.W. Chester D. Shepherd on "Masonry needs you"; Rev. William R. Leslie on "Shifting Gears"; and the Lodge suffered the loss of a number of its important members: Wor. A. Burton Nelson on June 26, 1951; R. W. George R. Winsor on December 14, 1951; and Chester A. Baker on March 3, 1952; Wor. Russell Hastings succeeded R. W. George R. Winsor as a Trustee of our Life Membership and Relief Funds; and R.W. Henry D. Harmon, D. D. G. M. was elected an Honorary Member. Brookline Lodge made a donation of #100. to the Quincy Masonic Temple Fund.
Among the contributions of wisdom from our guests should be included that of R. W. Carl C. Peterson, D. D. G. M. when he said: Masonry is a great spiritual experience—the search towards a better life through service; through the acquisition of a more peaceful state of mind; and through a greater awareness in our consciousness of God, the Grand Architect of the Universe. As one accepts and lives by the teachings of Masonry he acquires a sense of serenity and happiness—which supplements one's belief in God. Masonry gives one a strong foundation; inspires one to search for knowledge of Truth and the purpose of Being; and makes men finer and stronger individuals at a time when the world needs high minded, good-thinkine and God-centered living men of character.
Further, we had the words of R. W. Norman A. Ray, P. S. G. W. and Director of Education of the Grand Lodge, who said: The degrees one receives in Masonry are what we make of them. The candidate should appreciate he is being admitted into the greatest fraternal organization in the world; and should be justly proud of the family that has adopted him.
With this privilege goes responsibilities that extend far beyond the walls of any Lodge room — a responsibility to live one's Masonry in his every day living, for it inculcates a lofty morality free of bigotry, pure in its unselfishness and broad in its charity. Its lessons are lasting. The Great Light is the Holy Bible. Its mission is the building of character. It is not intended to be a substitute for the church—but good churchmen make good Masons. Masonry, he said, has adopted interesting symbols to impress the mind in the teaching of time-honored principles. It makes use of the Spirit of Truth to activate us. He charged the candidates to live the tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. To take to heart the Cardinal Virtues of Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice—so as to be worthy of the protective love of our Heavenly Father. We must each find an active part in building a better world— seeking ways to work out a Plan to make this Earth a better place for man—a happier place for our having lived. If we each can leave behind us more of good and less of sorrow, our lives will be more useful and we can be then that much more proud of our beloved Fraternity.
At least to your Historian the meeting on October 13, 19S1 was a very special occasion in his life for he presided in the East to raise his son to the degree of a Master Mason. In presenting a Masonic ring to Bro. Henry S. C. Cummings, Jr., he said: My son, the presence of so many here tonight is a wonderful tribute of the spirit of friendship. Naturally, I am happy to be the first to congratulate you on die significance of this moment. In a world of pressures, uncertainties and doubts. Masonry offers consolation, inspiration and challenges. 'Consolation' that so many millions of men have evidenced their belief in God through Masonry. 'Inspiration' that a way of life has prevailed for so many centuries—whose purpose has been to improve the individual and, in turn, his generation. 'Challenge' that all that Masonry stands for in better human relations, better spirit, better living—requires all we can give to it that the freedoms we cherish may unfailingly prevail.
Don't let this moment be the end, continued Wor. Henry S. C. Cummings, rather think of it as a beginning of unselfish service; a feeling of responsibility for the development of higher standards; and a more courageous allegiance to Almighty God. Masonry can be a lifetime companion of joy and inspiration; a never failing force for the promotion of brotherhood, goodwill and friendliness among all peoples; and because it represents your 'best self, the best in Art and Science and Philosophy—its nobility alone will hold you up when all else may crumple about you. I charge you to heed its insistent call, follow its fellowship, respond to its precepts and add to its greatness by your own contribution in actions, thinking and ideals. We need more men of your stature in this confused and troubled world. Let Masonry underline all that is fine and worthy and enduring. Then this moment in your life will be, indeed, the 'corner stone' for a useful and happy life. You will then be a Master Mason in the quarry of life—working to the end that Truth, Justice and Love—taught by the Supreme Architect of the Universe, may dominate your life and the world in which you live. God bless you, my son. I'm proud to be the one to place this ring on your finger—wear it proudly.
Close to 200 attended the installation of Wor. Robert Bumiston who was our Master during 1953. During the year the membership enjoyed an exemplification of Rainbow work by Brookline Assembly #14 by its Worthy Advisor, Margaret E. Burniston, the daughter of our Master; a talk by Bro. Alexander Cameron Steele on "Robert Burns, the Mason"; by Lt. Col. and Rev. Frank C. Rideout on "The Optimism of an Average American" and pictures taken in England as shown by Wor. Russell Hastings at our Annual Ladies Night. Events of interest to our membership included: R.W. Laurence M. Jackson being appointed as the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Saskatchawan; the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Ashley Day Leavitt, our Chaplain's ordination into the ministry; the appointment of Wor. Robert Burniston's daughter in the Grand Assembly of Rainbow as 'Grand Hope'; the presentation by Rotary of its Distinguished Award to Rev. Bro. William R. Leslie; the conferring of the Scottish Rite 33° on R. W. Laurence M. Jackson on Sept. 23, 1953 in Chicago; and Honorary membership of Wor. John J. Mick in Brookline Lodge.
In making the presentation of Honorary membership to Wor. John J. Mick, the Lodge had this to say about this outstanding Mason: Here stands before you one who personifies Masonry in action. One who has learned the art of giving and teaching Masonic precepts. No wonder we delight to honor such an unselfish, friendly, helpful soul, who has truly dedicated his life to the sharing of Masonry in the lives of others. His record is one of eager cooperation, enthusiastic response and a spirit that contagiously inspires others to do their best. Masonry helps us expand our enthusiasms, loyalties and friendships. It is such a lovable character as Johnny possesses that we delight to further honor him by bestowing Honorary Membership in Brookline Lodge which wc hope he will treasure as much as we feel honored in presenting it to him. Wor. John J. Mick has the distinction of also holding Honorary Membership in St. Paul's R.A. Chapter, Boston Council R. & S. M., DeMolay Commandcry #7 KT; Aleppo Temple Shrine.
At a meeting when our guests were St. Paul's R.A. Chapter, we were honored by the presence of Alexander Campbell, the Grand High Priest and Eugene P. Carver, former Grand High Priest. Among those over the years who have held the Office of High Priest of St. Paul's R.A. Chapter belonging to Brookline Lodge have been: M. W. Leon M. Abbott, P.G.M., Wor. Leon L. Allen, Wor. George U. Bauer, Wor. A. Burton Nelson, Wor. Winfield L. Nourse, Wor. Melbourne D. Nicholson, Wor. Morton D. Dunning, Wor. John J. Mick, Wor. Hubert C. Fortmiller, Wor. Malcolm Morse — and for many years its Secretary was Wor. A. Burton Nelson. The Grand High Priest paid high tribute to Brookline Lodge. He said it is always the people who make any Lodge outstanding because they share their talents. This brings many fine folks together and rich friendships eventuate.
It was interesting to hear what Alexander Campbell had to say about Masonry and the York Rite. Originally, he said, there was but one degree, one word, one sign, one form and when the Second Degree was added, it took seven years' apprenticeship before one could continue. When the Grand Lodge was formed in England in 1717, he said, the Craft became speculative rather than operative. In 1719 the First Degree was 'split' and the records show that the Grand Lodge in London visited Edinboro in 1722 to exemplify, for the first time, the 'Journeyman's or Fellow Craft Degree'. It was not until 1723 that the Third Degree was started; because they ran out of working tools the legend of Hiram Abif was introduced. The Provincial Grand Master in 1753 originated another story, the Royal Holy Arch as the Fourth Degree of Ancient Craft Masonry, which was considered an extension of the Third Degree. In the Jurisdiction of England, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island the custom still exists that the Grand Master is also the Grand High Priest. In Virginia a Mason is required to be a member of the Council of Royal & Select Masters in addition to the Royal Arch Chapter to become a Knight Templar. Other items appearing in the Records of interest noted the retirement of R.W. Laurence M. Jackson as Treasurer of Brookline Lodge after 18 years in this office. He was succeeded by Wor. Winslow H. Robart. Wor. Henry S. C. Cummings commenced his service to Massachusetts Consistory, AASR 32° as Editor of its "Scottish Rite Bulletin" (Sept. 1952) by appointment of Ill. Cecil C. Marble 33°, then Commander-in-Chief, which he has continued editing to this day in 1970. Also the death of Wor. Arthur P. Teele, one of our Charter Members on February 10, 1953 was noted.
One of the especially interesting addresses on "George Washington— the Mason" was delivered by Rev. Carl Bihldorff, Minister of the First Church Unitarian in Brookline. He gave a studied, thoughtful and extensive insight into the less well known facts about this great American. George Washington, he said, was a tall man 6' 2" and weighed in the range of 178-230 pounds depending on the pressure of the seasons. He was never given to laughter lest he lose his inlay plates. He himself had once said that he had never been afraid of death — even his last words were: "It is well." Several times in his life fate had its hand in directing his destiny. A flip of the coin led him to Canada instead of Australia (he might never have otherwise met his wife). He had planned to join the British Navy, but for the intervention of his uncle Joseph Washington in England and the urging of his mother. He enlisted in the Virginia Militia and at age 22 was a full Colonel as the result of the good counsel he offered. It was when he returned to Washington that he married; enjoyed being a landowner for 16 years after resigning from the Army. However, when there was a great protest feeling against the Stamp Act, the Colonists in Virginia felt they should support Massachusetts at the Continental Congress, George Washington was selected as the leader. He disliked the honor and felt he was unequal to the task, but nevertheless undertook it and for the following 8 years was in charge of the revolutionary forces. The war ended successfully for the colonies. For three years Washington returned to Mount Vernon. Because he was interested in the union of the Colonies, he attended the Constitutional Convention. He realized that the Colonies could not survive separation unless they united, and as the Virginia Delegate and because of his assurance and integrity, he succeeded almost singlehanded to inspire the Constitution of the United States. His association with this move led to its ratification; and although he didn't desire it, was selected to serve as the first President — an office he held for 8 years — and was fondly remembered as the Father of his Country. The Union might easily have dissolved had George Washington not been at the helm. There might have been no union for Lincoln to preserve. He always liked to think he was providentially guided. He was ever mindful of the Divine Strength that upheld him for he had an abiding faith in God. For his purity of motives he was an Exemplar. Few heroes in our history have been able to measure up to his stature.
Our beloved Chaplain "Brother Bill" Leslie shared with us on one evening his thoughts on "This I believe" which we felt was quite choice and worth remembering. He alluded to five things: 'Service', he said, gives one the most satisfaction, gives one motivation, and the symbol of the trowel in Masonry is significant. We miss much in life if we think only of ourself. We must serve others. Second, he believed in a 'Living God' — which he characterized as personal, purposeful, powerful — as dependable inexhaustible love which gives one strength for our everyday needs. Third, the 'Ideal of Brotherhood' — where from every window God may be seen, for all human beings have the same needs, same aspirations whether Protestant, Catholic or Jew. All of us are members of one family in the sight of God. Fourth, a belief in the 'Moral Order of the Universe'. He said as one grows older he is richer because of his greater experience and perspective — and after preaching for over SO years, he feels happier today ministering to his fellow man. Fifth, 'Life is not built for speed' but for the romance of living, helping others, living a good life and believing in the joy of living.
Wor. Earl A. Umlah served the Lodge as Master during 1954. He was installed by Wor. Winslow H. Robart. During the year the meetings which stood out included a reception we gave to Wor. Ernest R. Caverly when Grand Lodge appointed him to fill the office of Senior Grand Deacon; a Kiwanis Night at which Senator Philip G. Bowker was the speaker on "Methods used in fighting Communism in Massachusetts." Among the thirty Past Presidents of the Brookline Kiwanis, nine of them have been members of Brookline Lodge; a Night when the Kilwinning Club in Kilties honored us with their presence. Always stirring, immensely impressive and given with such sincerity, this dedicated Masonic group makes any evening outstanding. They give one the feeling of being lifted spiritually to a very high level. Our Guest Speaker, Richard Preston, Director, Department of Commerce for Massachusetts spoke on "Economic Development in Massachusetts . . . Your Problem." Also the Police Square Club of Massachusetts with Wor. Merle D. Rider as Master, visited our Lodge with a team of 20 members when Bio. William R. Longmoore, Jr. received his work.
Impressive were the remarks made by R. W. Herbert M. Davis, D. D. G. M. of the Brighton Sth District at one of his Fraternal Visitations to Brookline Lodge. We quote: In our zeal or ardor for all that Masonry stands for, it is not necessary to defend it against the ignorance, criticism of the ignorant. Free-masonry is the oldest philosophical society in the World. Something has kept it alive through all these years. There have been many who have given lifetime devotion to the Craft. Of the 15 United States Presidents who have been members of our Fraternity, two have been Grand Masters. There have been many Congressmen, Judges, Kings and Heads of State Governments who have cherished the Fraternity. It is possible for finer philosophy to be discovered — but not from among the ranks of scoffers. Masonry has provided 49 homes and hospitals; 17 Shrine Hospitals for crippled children; 16,000 Lodges have spent millions of dollars in charity — serving since 1390. We know of authentic documents that have left some Masonic 'mark'. For hundreds of years it was an operative skill, a building profession — and since 1717 has become a speculative philosophical art — kept alive by its dynamic teachings; its appeal to men of character; and for the sweetness it brings to the World. It is accepted only where there is freedom in the world. Masonry has dignified the cause of labor; has offered a plan that makes men meet on the level of brotherhood as equals; has tried to improve the quality of men that they might better succeed and prosper, continued R.W. Herbert M. Davis. Freemasonry may have its faults because it is made up of men; but the fault, he said, is not its teachings, but the men themselves who fail. In all the forms, ceremonies, beliefs, ritual, practices and ideas — Freemasonry aims to glorify God; to open stained glass window of the soul; and where once the Craftsmen wrought in stone — now it seeks to fashion heart of man.
Brookline Lodge has been a family Lodge over all these years. There have been some twenty of our members whose sons have also joined; and we have had a dozen real brothers becoming fraternal brothers. Wor. Arthur D. Martin has 3 sons as members, while Dr. Robert Wood Coe, Wor. Henry S. C. Cummings, Wor. Hubert C. Fortmiller and Wor. Earl A. Umlah have two sons as members. At the Past Masters' Night we had 15 of our Past Masters taking part in the work of the evening, and in addition William L. Clemens, our affiliated Past Master and P.D.D.G.M. This annual happening is always such a happy one; rich in warm friendliness as we recapture, for a time, the voices of the past who have in their day served the Lodge. Wc are richly reminded of the precepts, lessons and spirit Masonry ever seeks to teach. The ritual concerning the emblems, the drama of the gates, the return of the jewel to the Master and the familiar lines of the Master's Lecture, were all beautifully portrayed and delivered with the touch of the Masters of the Arts, our Past Masters — and as expressed in the 'Charge' to the candidates: "With God in our lives and thoughts — beauty will be found everywhere."
We had a fine Masonic Year under the leadership of Wor. Charles J. Knowles in 19SS. The records commented: We have had Masters who have been deeply mindful of the source of Divine Strength during the last several years—an indication of the thinking in the Masonic Fraternity which shows an inspiring rebirth of spirituality that we hope will make our Order far more potent and exemplary than it has been for sometime. It is not always known by the membership just how much responsibility rests in the Master of a Lodge. This was revealed in the presentation of the Past Master's Jewel. The effort a Past Master has to give in Masonry before this moment of recognition arrives in presenting to him his Past Master's Jewel, requires a Master serve in the line, under ordinary conditions for 8 years; attending his Lodge Meetings, rehearsals, Lodge of Instruction and other affairs that total up 10 about forty meetings a year. When he becomes a Warden he also has to attend visitations, Grand Lodge Communications and other District affairs. If he fully fulfills his duties, he succeeds in being the first to reach the bereaved, distressed and confused; tries to see that harmony ever prevails; fills all vacancies; encourages the Officers and members; exemplifies in his life what he expects from his members, in spirit, cooperation and tolerance. He has to spark others to good deeds; be responsible for the quality of the work of his Officers. He has to plan meetings, secure speakers, approve the Lodge Notice, preside at the meetings and rule over his Lodge as may win the respect of all. It is important that a Master be good, wise, sincere, temperate, considerate — a man of character and a man of God. Such a leader this past year it could be said of our retiring Master Wor. Earl A. Umlah.
During the year at the Official Visitation of R.W. Herbert M. Davis, D. D. G. M., the presiding Masters of 12 of the 20 Lodges were present. Our Deputy discussed the twenty-four inch gauge and common gavel. He said they were symbolic of time and power wherein we learn that the greatest thing in the Universe is Man, Divine Energy and the Eternal Flame. He stressed the importance of good and constructive purposes in life, for these lead to great power. Masonry helps us to be conscious of life that is divinely given. We should cherish ideals and consider it a privilege to help build a new world, as a fit and abiding place for men to live. This meeting was, in every way, a fine experience in the fellowship of men — held together by their common feeling of brotherhood and allegiance to Almighty God. When men search for the higher way together with their mind and heart, they find refreshment and inspiration and a renewed zest for life. On this evening we paused in the midst of a busy life to allow the light of Masonry to flow from the Altar into our consciousness and felt well rewarded.
It was during this year that we first made use of what we called a "Friendship Fund" made possible through the voluntary contribution of our members. It enabled the Master to act quickly on many thoughtful gestures which he could conceive to advance the spirit of the Lodge within the membership. This fund has been used by other Masters for the same purpose and with good effect — birthday cards, floral remembrances, needs of our residents at the Home or Hospital. The Lodge also experimented with a series of three "Friendship Nights" held at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Longwood Towers, etc. with very good attendance of members and their families. On one such meeting the Aleppo Chanters presented a delightful concert. Illustrious Arthur G. Mackenzie was present and his talented son gave a piano recital; and Wor, Russell Hastings showed his beautiful pictures. At another such occasion, Wor. Charles J. Knowles appearing with crutches following his automobile accident in mid-February when he broke his leg and nose, presented to R.W. Charles H. Sargent, Director of the Relief Department of Grand Lodge, an electric fan to be used at the Masonic Nursing Home in Shrewsbury, our gift from the Friendship Fund.
We had several important guests visit Brookline Lodge whose messages left their imprint. One was Bishop J. Ralph Magee, formerly the Pastor of St. Mark's Methodist Church in Brook-line and a Charter Member of our Lodge. He tilled the office of Junior Warden at the first four meetings till he was called to Seattle, Washington. There he formed Mount Lake Lodge #278 and became its first Master. Later he was elected Bishop of the Methodist Church in Chicago; served as President of the Council of Bishops. It was when he returned to Brookline to help celebrate the 58th Anniversary of St. Mark's Church in Brookline that he again paid Brookline Lodge a visit and spoke on: "David was unable to build the Temple, why?"
Solomon, he said, asked for wisdom to deal with people; to discern between good and evil. He was a wise man because he prayed for the skill to establish good public relations; and he knew that no man can continue to pray for some quality of life without eventually acquiring it. It would be a wonderful world if only we had enough men skilled in dealing with people, those who know humanities, how to fuse ideas; how to deal in the solution of getting along with men. The world needs coordinators, cooperators as much as leaders and followers — those capable of fusing ideas that lead to conclusions that are good for everybody. Masons are missionaries, or should be, for this idea. They teach that all can live together on the level; that all should treat each other on the square. He hoped the day would come when we could all move on together towards human betterment.
Then we had as our guest M. W. Carl H. Claudy, Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Association of the United States and a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. Each candidate is familiar with the Claudy Books he receives after receiving each Degree so that his 'Charge to our Candidates' was especially interesting. He said he envied the candidates as they started out on the 'Road to Masonry'; that like a small key that opens doors, he hoped that many concealed truths might be revealed through the medium of Masonry. He said we are judged by our beliefs — our Plumb Line — and must be judged by the Precepts we follow. Our Lodge offers a pathway where we may meet many friends and ever seek the 'new view' that one finds as he strives upwards. The Way is a broad and shining way, but we should ourselves find out for ourselves, by reading and research what Masonry can mean — for it can be a great philosophy of life. It is a spiritual adventure, well worth possessing — and oilers rich rewards. But he challenged the candidates not to be satisfied with what they have already received, but to pursue it all the days of their life. Each man has the chance to be refreshed in its spirit and light. Masonry has brought to him in his 48 years of devotion to the Craft — the happiest hours of his life.
It was during this year that the Lodge Officers replaced their Aprons by a completely new set. Thirty years of continuous use had made the original set in need of replacement. Wor. Ernest R. Caverly presided over a Past Master's Night at which 17 of our 24 returned for their annual get-together. We were honored by the presence on that evening of M. W. Joseph Earl Perry, Past Grand Master, who gave a most interesting talk on 'The Challenge of Today's Trends". Senator Philip G. Bowker was a speaker at another of our meetings discussing "Beautiful Norway". Another distinguished guest was Dr. Daniel L. Marsh 33° Chancellor of Boston University, who presented a gavel, which he had made for him in Old Jerusalem on his visit at the site of Solomon's Temple—to Wor. Charles J. Knowles and Brookline Lodge. He said he had visited the quarries where, according to tradition, the stones were quarried for the Temple. The stones, before being exposed to the air, are of a rather soft limestone character. It is not difficult, he said, to fashion them into whatever shape is desired, which explains how the Temple could be built without the sound of a hammer. This gavel was fashioned while I was present, he said— and which I delight now to present to Brookline Lodge.
Rev. William L. MacDuffie, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Brookline, gave an inspiring 'Charge' on "Words to Live By". FAITH makes for fellowship and brotherhood; helps us to trust and cooperate and understand; helps us to find the goodness, beauty and wondcrfulness of life — and in making us happy, it inspires confidence and inspires us to give our best. Friendship begins with faith. HOPE that we live for, is a prologue to history. It is something that keeps one going. We should rejoice in the majesty of hope — for it springs eternal in the human heart. The world's greatest opportunities make one live in good humor and good fettle. It teaches one how to smile and face life as men. We need the spirit of expectation for our journey in life — the looking for good things till the end of time. LOVE is the ingredient to live with, for it abides and is the avenue over which we walk. It is what cements the friendships of life. Life grows cold without it. It helps us to serve, to forgive, to be compassionate; it helps us all to belong to one another and to the family of God. Jesus founded this empire on love. Love is kindness, giving, service— helping others live, losing ourselves in others. It is something no Mason should be without, for it gives one an open mind, a friendly heart—helps us to rise above defeat. With Faith to live by; Hope to live for; and Love to live with — we live with God triumphantly.
Something a Mason needs to know if he is to live and grow.
He needs to know that life is more that what a man lay by in store.
He needs to have an open mind, A friendly heart for all mankind.
A trust in self without deceit and a strength to rise above defeat.
He needs to have the will to share, a mind to dream and soul to dare.
A purpose firm to fight and plod, with faith in man and trust in God.
We want included in our records the 'Charge' given by Bro. William Graham 33° of Worcester, a member of St. John Lodge #128 of Glasgow, Scotland, for he has given his inspirational message to many Lodges and we were proud to capture some of his thoughts. Results, he said, are bound to follow the lessons taught in Masonry, but the value we get from them can only be measured by how they affect our heart. The fundamental significance of the First Degree stands like a rock to support the structure of Freemasonry; Temperance, Fortitude, Justice; belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.
Presentation of the lambskin admonishes us that the purity of our life and conduct is our characteristic as a Mason — or should be. The Apron is a universal bond, or badge of friendship. No greater honor so distinguished, so deep and significant as the apron can be bestowed on one, for it stands for an 'honored life' and reminds us of a life of rectitude, a life of noble thinking and higher achievements if we maintain a conduct as spotless and pure as the apron. He referred to the ritual, that refers to keeping a tongue of good report, of practising chanty. When we are admitted to the Sanctum Sanctorum symbolically where the Grand Master of the Universe presides — there wc are upright men in life. Trials and disappointments we must face, but sustained by the monitor within, we are enabled to pass unhesitatingly through middle life — determined, firm and unfaltering yet, at the East Gate, we must all face the inexorable enemy of all — death.
However, in Masonry, we are taught, he said, that the dead shall live again; for within each of us there is something greater and more immortal that survives the grave, that never dies. We labor in vain if we witness only the unending rites. We must search for the moral lessons. We must enter into its spirit, its symbols must thrill our heart. Our Institution preaches friendship, morality and brotherly love. He said it was his sincere wish that every Mason live up to his responsibility of being a true Mason and be found truly prepared, worthy and well qualified to enter the Sanctum Sanctorum above, where all who are pure and good one day shall enter — where all are equal at the gate of death.
We were privileged to have Bro. John D. Corley, Jr. describe his "Trip to Iceland". We made a contribution of #75.00 for the improvement and modernization of the Coat Room at our old apartments at Harvard Street, Brookline; presented a Veteran's Medal to Wor. Francis T. Hall at his home (September 16, 1954); took pride in hearing that Wor. John J. Mick had recently been the recipient of the coveted Paul Revere Medal presented by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts for distinguished service; and that our Brother Laurence A. O'Toole, Jr. had recently been installed as the Eminent Commander of DeMolay Commandery #7, Knights Templar. Also, that Wor. Morton D. Dunning, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters had received the prized Benjamin Hurd, Jr. Medal for distinguished service.
Wor. Gustaf A. Swanson was our Worshipful Master during 1956. He was installed by Wor. Melbourne D. Nicholson. During this year the Police Square Club, with R.W. James B. O'Toole, Chief of Police in Bourne, as Master raised our candidate, Bro. John Carson. Following the degree, the Chief addressed the candidate saying: The language of Masonry does not change but its spirit grows. It lures you to study. It challenges you to obedience. It transmits to every day living a desire for faithfulness in duty; an urge to be more exemplary in conduct and character. The Holy Light is the Great Law of our profession. It gives us a deep sense of awe and reverence whenever we hear the name of God. It makes us want always to respect the laws under which we live.
At a meeting to which the Senior Wardens in the Fifth District took part, we had as our guest R.W. C. Weston Ringer, Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge, tell us about the Rotary Trip to Europe in 1950. At this same meeting a beautifully engrossed and framed certificate was presented to Bro. William J. Samsel, as an expression of our respect, esteem and appreciation for having been a Mason 40 years (Eliot Lodge in Jamaica Plain) during which 35 of these years he served as Organist for Brookline Lodge. He did, indeed, enrich our degree presentation by the excellent quality and variety and appropriateness of his music on every occasion. On another evening, R.W. C. Frank Carbee, D. D. G. M. presented a Veteran's Medal to Wor. Winfield L. Nourse, Charter Member, (June 21, 1956) and the brethren of Brookline Lodge heard Bro. and Rev. Harry P. Folger, 2nd, give a talk on Masonry in Israel". Present when "Win" Nourse received his Veteran's Medal was Bro. Edward Bill who took his Masonic Degrees in Beth-horon Lodge, Brookline, on the 'same night' fifty years ago—a unique coincidence.
A significant move occurred at our November 17, 1955 meeting when upon recommendation of Wor. Charles J. Knowles, a Trustee, the Lodge voted to invest fluid funds in several mutual funds to increase income return. These have proved very profitable for the Lodge and greatly increased the yield on our Life Membership and Relief Funds. The Banquet Hall needed redecorating and $160.00 was contributed for that purpose to Beth-horon Lodge. A 'Charge' was given by Bro. and Rev. William R. Leslie to the candidates, describing their entry into the finest, biggest and best fraternity in the world. The center of Masonic Ritual, he said, is the Temple of King Solomon, which during all these years has stood for dignity of life, prayer and worship — and he charged that we put the 'center of our life' in such a Temple. No life is complete without an Altar — without prayer. God is with us every day in the Temple of the Universe, making the stars seem to sing as ihey shine above. We find God as a Builder in the moral world, the builder of God's Temples in each community — His Church which all good Masons should help create and support. In the Temple of our personality, he said, the Spirit of God lives. We need 'Cathedral lives' — not more cathedrals; we must try to make our lives beautiful and friendly — build for the presence of God — for the eyes of God.
At our Past Masters' Night meeting, presided over by Wor. Russell Hastings, there were 18 of our Past Masters present; and our Guest Speaker was our member, Bro. and Rev. Joe G. Emerson, Assistant Minister of St. Mark's Methodist Church, Brookline, and now Pastor of a Parish in Evansville, Indiana. He spoke on: "A Witness Unaware". He said each of us are a witness to those things in which we have a part. The interests we have, whether it be the church, the Lodge, the club or political party, is judged by people you know who belong to these groups. How we act and represent these interests therefore is important. We, each of us, take upon ourselves the responsibility of being a good witness for them. Masonry plays a very important part in our society through its fine work in the Masonic Home, the Blood Bank, its Hospital and service to the needy. It offers its membership a wonderful heritage of ideals, of high principles and noble tenets to live up to and practice. The responsibility of being a 'witness' to such an Institution rests squarely on each of us, making certain that we do our full share in upholding its exemplary aims and purposes.
Following the Installation of Wor. John P. Custis, our Presiding Worshipful Master for 1957, a presentation of a Past Master's Apron was made to him by R.W. Alton L. Miller, P .D. G. M. He said it seemed almost like decorating George Washington himself, knowing that George Washington was foster father to the Worshipful Master's forbear, John Parke Custis, whose wife created our American Flag and was the wife of George Washington. During the year we had a number of travel talks by our members, including Bro. and Rev. William R. Leslie, Wor. Ernest R. Caverly, Frederick V. Fort-miller and the son of one of our members, Victor E. Sawabini who spoke on the "Suez Crisis". The records showed 70 of our members contributed #200.00 toward the 'Chair Fund' for our Masonic Home in Charlton; and R.W. Cecil R. Crissey, P.D.D.G.M., spoke on "Changing Trends in Lodge Meetings".
Perhaps our outstanding meeting of this year occurred when the Aleppo Temple Shrine Degree Team assisted in the work for Bro. Ivan N. Delock, well known former Red Sox Baseball pitcher, which brought out 160 members. We had the opportunity and privilege of having in our midst Wor. Edgar L. Turner of Wellesley Lodge and the Ill. Potentate of Aleppo Temple; also R. W. Lawson W, Oakes 33° a Past Potentate of Aleppo and a member of the Boston Baseball Team of more than 60 years ago. Other notable Shriners present on this evening were: Judge Robert G. Wilson, Jr., Past Imperial Potentate, Frederick B. Duncan, Francis R. Sagle, George B. Rowell, James C. Bayley, William A. Odell, Arthur R. Sondheim, Herbert N. Faulkner, Frank B. Ells, all Past Potentates; and Harvey B. Leggee, Recorder. Brookline Lodge has among its membership many who belong to the Shrine. Noble John J. Mick possesses the Robert Gardner Wilson, Jr. Medal for distinguished service' to Aleppo; and R.W. Henry S. C. Cummings has been Historian of Aleppo since 1957; and Albert R. MacMillan is one of the Uniformed Guards; John E. Banner is Degree Director on the Degree Staff; Richard S. Bowers, John R. Johnston serve on Bequest Committees.
A Veteran's Medal was presented on November 15, 1956 to Bro. Ira Zer Allen by R.W. C. Frank Carbee, D. D. G. M. The Kilwinning Club, with our Wor. Robert Burniston presiding in Kilties as its Master, visited St Andrew's Lodge #83 in Bangor, Maine, for their 100th Anniversary, presenting their work before 1,400 Masons. Wor. T. Wesley Downer succeeded Bro. Robert J. Mausert as Trustee of our Life Membership and Relief Funds who had served in this capacity for ten years; and Wor. Charles J. Knowles became a Trustee of these same funds, succeeding Wor. Frederick A. Leavitt, who had served for the previous 27 years.
Our Worshipful Master in 1958 was Wor. Evan W. Burgess. He was installed in the presence of 35 of his associates in F. W. Woolvvorth Company, by a former Woolworth Store Manager, R.W. Laurence M. Jackson. During the year Wor. Gustaf A. Swanson gave a talk describing a trip he had recently taken to Sweden. R. W. J. Henry Johnson, D. D. G. M. of the Quincy 26th Masonic District and later a Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge, spoke on "What we should know about DeMolay". He had been closely connected with the Order of DeMolay for the previous 32 years and attributed his interest in Masonry to his association with DeMolay. Our Brother and former Senator, Richard S. Bowers, gave us a talk on "Why I belong to Kiwanis". Attending this meeting was Wor. Eugene P. Carver, Jr., member of Beth-horon Lodge, but at the time of his visit was the Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts. Among members of Brooldine Lodge who have presided over the Brookline Kiwanis Club have been: Arthur P. Crosby '24; Harry E. Marvel '27; Charles A. Blanchard '30; Walter D. Allen '32; Ernest R. Caverly '34; Arthur V. Brannen '35; John V. Jewett '37; Lawrence W. Bowers '38; William R. Leslie '41; Richard S. Bowers '42; Winslow H. Robert '55; Winford H. Beard '58; and Earl A. Umlah '62.
One of our interesting meetings featured the presiding officers of the Waltham Fifth District. At this meeting, R. W. Franklin E. Harris, D. D. G. M. told us "Why I Love Masonry". As a member of a union for 30 years he said that he had been both an operative and a speculative Mason. He is still learning — juggling rough stones around to make them presentable. Masonry, he said, helps us to be sensitive to those things that do matter and insensible to those that don't. He loved Masonry for its inspiration and opportunity to share; for the friends one can make who drink out of the cup from which we drink; and for its continual reference to prayer. We must do more than just spread the cement of brotherly love — wc must try to build a Cathedral.
At our Annual Past Master's Night, Rev. Gilbert Y. Taverner of St. Mark's Methodist Church addressed us on "Exciting New Challenge We Face" saying: The Country is the same, but not the people. The new day is reaching for 'world brotherhood'. The smaller we make the world the bigger have to be the people in it. Hidden within the framework of Masonry is its genius in believing in equality; of bringing mankind all together; helping men to get into better focus. Goodness and graciousness are something, he said, that mount up and make persons greater in the company of others. A lively age takes lively people to get excited about the right things — such as democracy, freedom and morality.
At the meeting held in March, a Degree Team made up of members of St. Paul's R.A. Chapter, officiated in the Master Mason Degree for Bro. Hubert C. Fortmiller, Jr., son of Wor. Hubert C. Fortmiller. This was a memorable occasion inasmuch as it was adding a third Fortmiller to our ranks. Wor. Robert Burniston presided in the East with the Kilwinning Club Degree Team for Bro. Richard H. Lannigan. To add to the evening we welcomed into membership as an affiliate Bro. Warren E. Kell, presently the Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand R. A. Chapter of Massachusetts; and made a presentation of a Scroll to Bro. and Rev. William R. Leslie, showing that he had been made an Honorary Member of Brookline Lodge, he having been our beloved Chaplain since 1921. The records indicated that through the initiative of Brookline Lodge and in particular John D. Corley, Jr., a concert was arranged at the Masonic Home in Charlton on April 20 when he conducted the M. I. T. Orchestra.
We lost during the year Wor. Karl W. Forsell on March 7, 1958; R. W. Laurence M. Jackson on June 18, 1958; and Wor. Frederick A. Leavitt on August 28, 1958; and noted on our records the death on December 18, 1957 of M. W. Melvin Maynard Johnson, P. G. M. and in the words of R. W. Bro. Jackson "Probably the greatest Mason that ever lived". On the first Fraternal Visitation of R.W. John N. Hall, our D. D. G. M. discussed the importance of the Altar in a Lodge Room. Not only does the Altar support the Great Lights, he said, but it is the 'hub of the wheel' that makes men. It is used in worship, prayer, meditation and as a shelter. It is a sacred piece of furniture; where solemn obligations arc undertaken; and around which our work takes place, making us all closer together in spiritual bonds of unity.
Wor. Arthur D. Martin presided over Brookline Lodge during 1959. The most notable event during this year was the occasion when our Worshipful Master's three sons were all received into the Lodge on one evening. In die same class was the father-in-law of one of his sons. It was an evening that David Henry Martin, Donald Burrill Martin, Robert Arthur Martin and Harold Albert Taylor will long remember — as will the 111 members and guests on the sidelines. We had at this meeting R.W. C. Weston Ringer of Nehoiden Lodge, Needham, who only a few days ago had exactly the same thrill of seeing his 3 sons initiated on the same evening — certainly not a very common experience.
During the year we had as speakers: R. W. Oliver Rutherford, Relief Commissioner of the Grand Lodge who spoke on "Whose Responsibility Is Service?" R.W. Ralph G. Babcock, P.D.D.G.M., spoke on "Glimpses of our American Heritage". R.W. Paul C. Whitney, P. D. D. G. M. spoke on "The Evolution of the Art of Producing Pictures". Wor. Arthur D. Martin spoke on "Changes in Brookline During the Past Thirty-five Years". During these years the municipal Golf Course and Hancock Village were built. Many homesites sprang up on the former grounds of Sargent, Gardner, Dana, Anderson and Sears — previously large estates. Street cars were then operating on Boylston Street. It was when Rhodes Brothers delivered their produce by horse drawn wagons. It was the day of the Model T Ford. The population of Brookline increased by some 80,000 residents — and the tax rate advanced just as spectacularly. Such outstanding citizens as Judge Parker, Judge Rollins, Judge Perkins and Selectman Baldwin stood out in his mind. He could remember how the Highway Department made use of 35 pieces of equipment to remove snow from sidewalks.
Other members attending this meeting, when was being recalled the changes that have taken place in the recent past, led Philip A. Renta to tell how the Fire Department had acquired aerial ladders; Earl A. Umlah, onetime Water Commissioner, believed Brookline had developed the best water system, not only in the State but in New England. It enjoyed a Triple A. rating. Brookline, he said, had a 7 million gallon reserve water supply from which it can tap water when necessary. Russell Hastings, a Town Meeting member since 1917 and a former Chairman of the Planning Committee, told of the twenty-year projected plan to anticipate the needs of Brookline in its land use — especially with respect to schools, parks and playgrounds. Matthew S. McNeilly indicated that he had served as the Town Treasurer during the past 41 years — told how the tax rate had doubled in this period. Ernest R. Caverly, Sup't. of Schools in Brookline since 1931 said the 362 Teacher Staff was a great credit to the Town. He said that it had been a joy throughout these years serving the Town; that working conditions were ideal and the Town had a fine School Committee.
We learned at our meeting in January that all tenants of our Lodge Apartments at 1 Harvard Street, Brookline, would be required to find other quarters before January 1, 1960. This provided a real crisis for Brookline Lodge, Beth-horon and United Lodges inasmuch as there remained in Brookline no suitable hall into which to move. On February 19, 1959 a Committee was formed after a discussion of the problem among all tenants of the old location. Wor. Malcolm Morse of Brookline Lodge was elected Chairman; R. W. Samuel H. Lewis of United Lodge was elected Vice-Chairman; and Henry S. C. Cummings was named Secretary. Fortunately both Beth-horon and Brookline Lodges found if possible to hold their meetings at the Meeting Hall where the Brighton Lodges meet in the property formerly used as a Church at 203 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton.
R. W. John N. Hall, D. D. G. M., at his Visitation to Brookline Lodge, spoke of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts would observe its 225th Anniversary in December. Christianity, he said, was spreading over the continent of Europe (1700). Operative Masonry began to flourish; workmen worked together to improve their labors; there came a revival of learning in the 12th Century sparked by the Church — which gave men 'desire for progress'— and a greater zeal. Guilds became renowned as builders of cathedrals, bridges, roads — it led to the Operative Craftsmen, in time, becoming speculative builders of 'spiritual temples' of character and manhood.
In addressing our candidates, R. W. John N. Hall had this to say: You have been clouded with darkness while in preparation for the receiving of full knowledge. We use the hoodwink to represent our ignorance and the 'worth of knowledge'. We lead the candidate as Isaiah described it, to the 'riches of secret places' past where we find ourselves dependent, blinded, uncertain— gradually to where light is unfolded. We couldn't appreciate such light except through darkness — and it is always darkest before the dawn. God moved on the face of the waters and said 'let there be light' and there was light — spiritual illumination. This serves as a reminder that we are in the presence always of God — Masonry shows us this truth, this beauty in life.
Wor. Victor T. Woleyko served the Lodge as its Master in I960. His installation on September 17, 1959 was the last meeting held at 1 Harvard Street, Brookline; and the meeting on October 28, 1959 was the first meeting held at our new location at 203 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, The year was a busy and interesting one — with a number of home-cooked suppers, prepared by the wives of our Officers; talks by Wor. Ernest R. Caverly concerning the "Soviet Educational System"; by Wor. Frank B. Doughty of John Warren Lodge in Hopkinton on "It came to Pass" who told us of their experience in building a Masonic Temple in that community. Bro. Philip A. Renta, Captain in the Brookline Fire Department gave us an interesting and informative talk on "Fire Fighting". A Ladies' Night at the Beaconsfield Hotel was one of the highlights.
The 'Charges' that our Worshipful Master delivered to the candidates during the year had real depth. For instance: You have reached the beginning — not the end of your Masonic career. Much remains in fact. You have received certain fundamentals and principles which each of us are charged to develop in ourselves. The single purpose of Masonry is to build character — This has kept it alive through centuries. Often it is seen as charity, social service programs which are incidental to the formation of moral character. It teaches belief in God. Masons believe in Him — serve and trust Him. It reminds us of 'duty' to our homes, community and Country. It teaches the lesson of Immortality. Our path in life leads through the grave. Our ceremonies do not in themselves make man better. It takes everyday living; and, with the tools given us in Masonry, if skillfully employed — will help us go forward and bring to us many blessings.
On another occasion Wor. Bro. Woleyko said: Masonry is a united effort of a large group of men who are trying to live and practice a moral way-of-life; seeking the brotherhood of man; and through an enviable rich faith and vision, brings us around the Altar where by the teachings of parables, symbols and precepts bring out Truth — which if heeded and if lived by we should have little to regret when the shadows of life fall. Fidelity to it, as we incarnate it in our living makes all activity real and our affection for all men deep and enduring. Deaths occurring in 1960 found us mourning the loss of June 9th of Wor. Eugene L. Tufts and on June 22nd of Bro. and Rev. William R. Leslie.
The Kilwinning Club again visited Brookline Lodge under the able leadership of Wor. Robert Burniston. This time the candidate was Bro. James S. Ritchie. This Club, as shown in our records, was organized in 1924 by Wor. Hugh Goddard and others of Scottish Ancestry. It has a membership in excess of 200 members and has appeared in kilts, with bagpipes and drums, at the conferring of over four hundred Third Degrees during the past 36 years. The spirit, sincerity and accuracy of their work is beyond description. They are ritual perfectionists in carrying out the drama of the degree and make a tremendously deep impression on both the candidates and sideline members. They fill Lodge Halls to capacity whenever they visit around. Brookline Lodge has perhaps thirty members of Scotch ancestry and is especially proud of Wor. Melbourne D. Nicholson and Wor. Robert Burniston, both Past Presidents of this Club.
During this year there were two meetings of special import to members of Brookline Lodge. Following the Official Visit of the District Deputy Grand Master what was described as the 'best kept secret' ceremony honoring Henry S. C. Cummings took place, recognizing the honor recently conferred on our Secretary by the Supreme Council 33° of Scottish Rite in elevating him to the rank of an Honorary Thirty-Third Degree Mason, at its last Annual Meeting in Buffalo, New York on September 23rd. The brethren of the Lodge had collected a fund which resulted in the presentation of an Admiral portable television and a Philco mahogany stereophonic high fidelity phonograph — which came as a complete surprise to its recipient. He was unable to adequately express his happiness, gratitude and humility in the tremendous generosity and thoughtfulness of so many of the members of his Lodge for this tribute and these gifts — and said it was one of the big moments of his life that would always be treasured. R.W. John N. Hall, D. D. G. M. added that this tribute of a 'Hollywood Accolade' was well deserved and an honor that comes to so very few.
The other outstanding meeting occurred when we had as our special guest our own member, Wor. Elliott N. Holley, who recently was installed as the Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. His comments concerning the Organization he now presides over were illuminating. He said being the Grand Commander was a great experience. The Commandery is a Christian Order having a Masonic Structure; the Royal Arch Chapter and Royal and Select Council — are Old Testament based; while the Commandery, sometimes called the American Rite, is based on the New Testament. Knight Tcmplary originated in Massachusetts 157 years ago; and the Mass. & R. I. Jurisdiction, over which he serves, is the only 'two state' district in the United States. The founding date was May 6, 1805 for the Grand Commandery. St. John's in Rhode Island and Boston Commandery in Massachusetts were both organized in 1802. One takes what are called 'Orders' — not Degrees. They are the Order of Red Cross, Malta and Temple. Uniforms are worn instead of an apron. They carry a sword — emblematical of the old crusaders, who ventured forth in the world to protect the innocent, widows, as well as the Christian Religion. To belong to the Commandery, he said, one must believe in the Christian Religion. Evidence of his busy schedule, he said, as Grand Commander he had not only attended 43 of the 49 Annual Inspections, but had made 62 other Visitations; and has attended Grand Commandery Meetings in 10 other Jurisdictions. He said he would not take a million dollars for the experiences he has been through — but he doubts if he would do it again. Serving with him as the Grand Warder has been Wor. John J. Mick.
Wor. Edward W. Booth was installed Worshipful Master for the Masonic Year 1961 by Wor. Robert J. McIIveen. During ihis year William F. Young, Jr. Deputy State Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and one of our members — spoke on "Redisricting of Schools in the State." This Brother is now Sup't of Schools in Braintree. Col. Carl Whitney gave us little known facts relating to the Quartermaster's research and Engineering Command in Framingham. Bro. Melvin T. Drohen of Victoria, Australia, told us something about "Masonry in Australia". At one of these meetings we were privileged to hear a 'Charge' by Wor. Bernard S. Gross, a Past Master of St. George's Lodge 239 of Louisville, Kentucky, who said: Our candidates have been introduced to all the Principles of Freemasonry. No institution has been based on more solid principles; and some of the greatest and best men of the Craft have encouraged the arts found in Masonry. Among these arts, which he described as among its usages, was our relation to God, our neighbor and ourselves. Wc must reverence God, implore His aid — for from Him comes our chief good. Towards our neighbors we must ever act on the level and do to them as we would have them do to us. For ourselves — we must avoid irregularities, intemperance. We must be faithful to our trust, protect our dignity — most especially the tenets of the Fraternity. We must guard against breaches of fidelity; show kindness to our superiors; endeavor to be benevolent and exemplary. We must be true and faithful to the virtue, honor, reputation and character we now bear that we may deserve the honor of being entrusted with such virtues.
During this year Brookline Lodge sponsored the application of Eleanor Cameron, widow of our Brother James S. Cameron, as a resident in the Masonic Home in Charlton. She was admitted there on July 15, 1961 and was later transferred to the Masonic Nursing Home in Shrewsbury. On November 3, 1969, she observed her 80th birthday. The Lodge also sponsored the application of Wor. J. Everett Brown as a resident of the Masonic Nursing Home in Shrewsbury, to which he was admitted in December and at which Home he died on November 1, 1962. Unhappily the last few years of his life left him totally blind. Being concerned with the prospect of one day needing funds to help us to get reestablished in Brookline — the Lodge voted to solicit a pledge from every member, suggesting that they subscribe to a donation of $100.00 each as a fund to help eventully to erect a Masonic Temple in Brookline — with the other Lodges meeting in that community with us. This fund now exceeds $9,000.
Our Guest Speaker, R.W. Alton L. Miller, P. D. G. M. enriched us greatly with his talk on "Treasures of our Heritage". It gave us knowledge, of which we knew little — concerning how our Masonic Library came into being. Treasures, he said, must be saved, or collected by someone, whether it be stamps, money, oil paintings, toby jugs, or books. Benjamin Franklin, he said, was the first 'book collector'. When he threatened to expose the secrets of Masonry if he was not permitted to join the fraternity, he wrote that the 'big secret' was that there were no secrets. Not long after he became a Mason he was made Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania. Thaddeus Harris, with his small collection of Masonic Books was the first to establish in 1812 a Library for the Grand Lodge — this was prior to the Anti-Masonic Movement 1826-1830. In 1850 Winslow Lewis, Jr., a member of the Grand Lodge in Massachusetts, proposed formally that the Grand Lodge undertake the creation of a Library. He obtained an appropriation of #100.00 for this purpose, and $25.00 annually thereafter for the acquisition of books. By 1860 the Grand Lodge had a well-ordered Library catalogued, but in the fire of 1864 the Masonic Temple was burned and all that remained of this fine Grand Lodge Library were smouldering ashes covered by $400.00 of insurance.
Continuing from the talk by R.W. Alton L. Miller, Winslow Lewis, Jr., who headed up this Library, was also the Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars —and out of his pocket he traveled over Europe and brought back the beginning of a new and finer Grand Lodge Library. At the same time in Ohio, Enoch Carson, who was a fancier of books, especially Masonic Books — sold his valuable Library to Samuel Crocker Lawrence of Medford. The latter was an Officer in the Grand Army of the Republic and being immensely wealthy, erected an Armory in Medford. There he merged the Carson Library with his own. In 1911 he died and bequeathed his entire collection of Masonic Books to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. This boosted the number of volumes owned by the Grand Lodge from 3,000 to nearer 50,000—making the Library in Boston at that time, the largest of Masonic books in the country. In 1924, our speaker related, the Library Committee of Grand Lodge recommended that these books be catalogued and a full time Librarian be employed. Under M. W. Herbert W. Dean in 1930, they procured the services of J. Hugo Tatsch of Milwaukee, the then Librarian of the Iowa Grand Lodge Library in that state. Many rare books and duplicates were noted. Bro. Tatsch added his own collection of 1,000 volumes. In looking for assistance in cataloguing, he found Muriel Davis, now Mrs. Earl W, Taylor, at the Melrose Library, a Simmons trained Librarian, who succeeded him upon his death. Mrs. Taylor retired as Librarian in 1968. The Library facilities have been greatly improved with additional shelves now located in the basement of the Temple and air conditioned. Here foreign language books, periodicals and other valuable books are safely stored and available.
The records showed that various honors had come to some of our members. Bro. Clement K. Stoddcr was for a time President of the Massachusetts Episcopalian Club; Bro. Richard S. Bowers, President of the Republican Club of Massachusetts; Bertram H. Holland, President of Massachusetts Secondary School Association; and R.W. Henry D. Harmon, P. D. D. G. M., Past Thrice Potent Master of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, was elected a Thirty-Third Degree Mason by the Supreme Council 33° A.A.S.R. at its Annual Session in Philadelphia.
Wor. Alexander G. MacMillan followed in line becoming Master of our Lodge for 1962. We received Dispensation from M.W. Laurence E. Eaton, Grand Master to change our regular meetings on the Fourth Wednesday as provided for in dispensation issued on the 31st of August, 1959 — to the first Thursday of the month. Our first meeting on this schedule took place on October 5, 1961, which was our 407th Regular Communication. It was at our meeting in March 1962 that Wor. Robert J. Mcllveen made a short 'speech' in behalf of the Brookline Lodge Location Fund and put into circulation for the first time a box, which was made by Bro. James A. Marshall — for the collection of volunteered gifts for our Building Fund. It has been called the "White Box" and over a number of months has added considerably over a thousand dollars by members and friends of Brookline Lodge. At this same meeting the records noted the "historic orbital flight" of Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., on February 20, 1962, when he circled for the first time our Earth 'three times' and returned 4 hours later safely.
During this year we had a Kiwanis Night with Wor. Earl A. Umlah speaking on "Why I became a Kiwanian"; Major Hugh C. Fleming told us about the origin and activities of the Salvation Army; David Greer, Sr., described with pictures his "Recent Trip to Mexico". When R. W. Robert N. Alger, D. D. G. M., visited Brookline Lodge, he said: We should try to share our Mason Way-of-Life with others through the gift of the heart, mind, spirit, time. The finest gift of all is to help others lead a constructive, creative life. Destiny makes us all brethren — and all we spend comes back to us in unexpected ways. Presiding in our East for 1963 was Wor. John D. Corley, Jr. He brought to our Lodge the benefit of his professional involvement with music. He has for many years been Director of Music in the Brookline School Department. His first appointment was that of securing as Organist of our Lodge one of the outstanding organists in Massachusetts, Bro. Willem F. Frank.
At our October meeting, Organist Frank played Toccata & Fugue in D Minor and it brought forth from our Worshipful Master that it was the most impressive performance he had ever heard. Never in all the years since 1919 that he has been attending Masonic functions had he been so gratified by the music coming from an organ. Bro. Frank, he said, did honor to Bach and now to the Master of Brooklinc Lodge. He has long felt that music of this import should be a part of our Masonic experiences.
With the assistance of Bro. William A. Seymour at our meeting in December, a singing group from the Brookline High School, called the Four and Twenty Singers, presented a most delightful concert. In April our members were given the opportunity to attend an M.I.T. Concert in Kresge Auditorium, conducted by Wor. John D. Corley, Jr. — which was a tremendous treat for those able to attend. A number of interesting meetings were ably planned during the year. One was described as a Conference concerning "Masonry and DeMolay"; moderated by M. W. Whitfield W. Johnson, Past Grand Master. His Panel included: R. W. Willard P. Lombard, P. D. G. M., Past Grand Master of the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay; R. W. Stanley F. Maxwell, P. D. G .M., Grand High Priest of the Grand R.A. Chapter of Massachusetts; Ill. Hubert N. Bernard, Jr., 33°, Past Commander-in-Chief of Massachusetts Consistory A.A.S.R. 32° and the Area Governors; R. W. J. Henry Johnson, Claude L. Hanley and T. Archibald Kirkham — with Thomas A. Booth, the P. D. G. M. a guest. Discussed were "How Can Masonry Help DeMolay"; Can Masonry be made easier for a Senior DeMolay to join; and "Does a DeMolay Background make a Better Mason."
A great evening took place in November when Brookline Lodge's R. W. Henry D. Harmon, P. D. D. G. M. and recently made a 33° (Honorary) member of the Supreme Council 33° when it arranged an evening around "This is Your Life" carried out in admirable fashion as the Master turned over the pages of Life Magazine, in which he found pictures and episodes of interest in the Masonic Journey of this honored member. Many distinguished Masons were present on this evening and each added something — including RAW Carl C. Peterson, P. D. G. M. who told of his belonging to the only Commandery in the Jurisdiction that has a 'Mounted Patrol' — to which Henry replied that they were all horsemen — if they dared to get on a horse — and none could ride any better than he could.
At our December Meeting, we had the opportunity to recognize a very loyal and devoted Mason — Wor. Winfield L. Nourse. He received his Masonic Degrees in Beth-horon Lodge, Brookline in 1906 when he was 26 years of age. He was a Charter Member of Brookline Lodge and its Worshipful Master in 1933. He received his Veteran's Medal in 1956. He was a Charter Member of Brookline Chapter #112 O. E. S.; was its Worthy Patron in 1930 and 1941; and is now an Honorary Member. He presided over the 34th Lodge of Instruction in 1939. He was High Priest of St. Paul's R.A. Chapter in 1935; and holds membership in Boston Council R. & S. M., Boston Commandery #2 K.T. and Aleppo Temple A .A. O. N. M. S. For many years he assisted in the Annual Masonic Service held at St. Mark's Methodist Church conducted by Rev. William R. Leslie, known to Masons everywhere.
This series of meetings honoring some of our leaders in Brookline Lodge wras then followed by an occasion for Wor. John J. Mick, who has been as exemplary, as distinguished, as dedicated as any Mason could aspire to be in service and friendliness and ability. The meeting in January brought forth a room full of his admirers. Judge Robert G. Wilson, Jr., Past Imperial Potentate of the Shrine of North America said: No man in Massachusetts has given more effectively and unselfishly of his time and strength and personality — and outstanding ability to Masonry and all that Masonry stands for. Whatever tribute may be paid in Brookline Lodge will still remain the understatement of the year. Nor is there a worker in the vineyard more deserving of well merited Masonic recognition, already too long delayed. John's Masonic Record will be found elsewhere in this History. John responded to the remarks of his many friends who spoke of his talents by saying: He always felt comfortable and at ease in Brookline Lodge; felt its friendliness; and liked to be among people he found at our meetings. He referred to the influence of such members as Henry Cummings, Burt Nelson, Bob Mcllveen, Ernest Caverly, Bill Leslie and Henry Harmon. He spoke of the thrill he experienced when DeMolay Commandery honored him with a John J. Mick Night in 1953, attended by 324 Knight Templars and 66 candidates. He said our Masonry should make us want to leave 'footprints' as an example for others to follow. When he had a serious illness in 1947, he prayed to God he be spared to serve the Craft — and indeed, he has as is witnessed by his having sponsored more than 400 applications into one or another of the branches in Masonry. One of the highlights of the year was when R.W. Robert N. Alger, D. D. G. M., presented a Veteran's Medal to Bro. Russell Spurr who had journeyed from Boca Raton, Florida, with his son-in-law Wor. Edward W. Booth for this occasion. Bro. Spurr was born on March 24, 1873. He received his degrees in Wyoming Lodge in 1913; affiliated with Brookline Lodge in 1924; and served as our Tyler from 1935 to 1945. The actual presentation was made by Wor. Bro. Booth — a privilege rarely allowed to other than the District Deputy Grand Master. When Bro. Spurr had the chance to address the Lodge he said he was wearing the white apron presented to him 50 years ago — which he had endeavored to honor over all these years. Telegrams were presented to him from his family and friends; and a card signed by all the brethren present. The cordiality of the brethren in their warm and hearty applause touched all present. As we write these lines close to the date of our 50th Anniversary observance, this Brother will be in his 97th year.
During this year we lost Wor. J. Everett Brown on November 1, 1962; Wor. Morton D. Dunning on April 1, 1962. We elected Bro. and Rev. Azariah F. Reimer 'Chaplain Emeritus' following his service as Chaplain from the time he affiliated with Brooklinc Lodge in 19S1 through 1962. Between 1952 and 1960 he was our Representative to the Board of Masonic Relief in Grand Lodge. He was a generous contributor to our Building Fund; and in 1963 was elected one of our Honorary Members. He had been a Pastor in the New England Conference (Methodist) for over fifty years. The Lodge was presented a Bible to be used in examining candidates and at funeral services by Rev. Robert Wood Coe, our Chaplain for the 30 years and one of our Honorary Members. For many years he has been Executive Secretary of the Massachusetts Bible Society. A gift of $50.00 was also received from Bro. Richard L. Crecsy in memory of Wor. J. Everett Brown, and added to the Building Fund.
A memorable evening occurred at the March Meeting when the Arrow Square Club Degree Team, composed of the associates of our candidate Bro. Ralph L. Blake from the Hood Rubber Company in Watertown had 43 of their group present. Our Guest Speaker was R. W. Alden B. Ackerman who delivered an interesting talk on "Masonry and World Religions" — which we felt added to our 'stock of knowledge' and are glad to share as we review our past. The Masonic Era is supposed to date back 4000 years before the Birth of Christ. Most of this period is legendary. The pyramids were built; King Solomon's Temple was an event in 1000 BC; Colleges of Artificers were organized by Craftsmen and developed benevolent unionism. Masters of arts and sciences, as well as architecture were rewarded. The secrets of architecture, with stone masons, identifying their work, led to cathedral building and impressive monuments. However, he said, a change occurred in 1500 AD — there was much unemployment since there came a time when less building took place. However there was ingrained a new sense of brotherhood and forbearance.
In 1600 Chapel Lodge in St. Marys, Scotland, records show that 'accepted Masons' were admitted into Craft Lodges. Instead of being operative Masons, they became speculative, or symbolic Masons; which led to the creation of a Grand Lodge in England in 1717 — concerned with the building of character; bringing Masonic Light to men in general. We have to get off a little distance, he said, from our own Church connections to see religions as a whole. The United Nations and Encyclopedia Britannica estimated that in 1961 the religious population of the world was three billion. In numerical strength 904 million of these people, or about a third, had religious ties with Christianity, believing in Jesus of Nazareth. In the second place 19% were the 'irreligious' with no religious connections, who numbered 552 million. In third place 15% with 433 million followers were the Islams — followers of Mohammed. The oldest organized religion — Hinduism, 14%, with 335 million ranked fourth; followed by Confucianism, worship of ancient ancestors in China, 10%, with 300 million; Buddhism — a great international religion dating back to 563 BC, which put moral ethics into primitive religion had 153 million followers; and the last five groups with smaller followings were: Primitives, who believed in placating Gods, without moral restrictions on individuals, 121 million; Shintoism — known as far back as 1768 BC, which was an outgrowth of some ancient tribal worship, 51 million; Taoism known in China around 604 BC, which was more metaphysical, 50 million; Judaism, the first monotheistic religion, based on the teaching of Abraham in 2000 BC, 12 million; Zoroastrians from 660 BC — a Persian religious influence for over a thousand years, absorbed largely by the Mohammedans, with 140,000 followers.
R.W. Alden B. Ackerman continued by saying that the group holding to no religious belief have jumped from 4th to 2nd place and now number 14% and seem to be adding strength numerically at the rate of 1% per year, perhaps due to the communistic influence. World Religion seeks to bring more light to the World, whereas Communism seeks to destroy — freedoms, liberty and religion. Masonry believes in God and a life hereafter. Its purpose to help man grow and progress; to build character; and to establish a constant buttress against evil. By group effort Masonry seeks to bring light to the individual and to others. We are builders, he said, for the life to come. Masonry and religion are intended to point the way; a belief in an enduring faith; and the building of integrity.
Another of our faithful members received our plaudits at a meeting dedicated to Wor. Robert J. Mcllveen — who received his degrees in Liberty Lodge, Beverly in 1936; affiliated with Brookline Lodge in 1937; served as Worshipful Master in 1944; became Tyler of the 34th Lodge on Instruction in 1950; served as Ritualist and Instructor for many years — earning the reputation of being one of Brookline Lodge's most indispensable members. He inspired the "White Box" for picking up contributions to our Building Fund in 1962. His passing on October 17, 1969 left us all the poorer.
The affairs of Brookline Lodge during 1964 rested in the hands of Wor. Henry S. Albo, which had its memorable moments. Wor. Winslow H. Robart, after 10 years service as our Treasurer, relinquished his Office to Bro. Frederick V. Fortmillcr — and following the death of Wor. T. Wesley Downer on October 11, 1963 succeeded him as one of our Trustees. The several Brookline Lodges joined in a tribute to Bro. Albert M. Higgs, our Tyler, a sixty-year veteran Mason in his 83rd year and presented to him a General Electric clock. We also took note of the fact that one of our members, Wor. Donald H. Knowlton, who received his degrees in Brookline Lodge 1928, had been honored by Golden Fleece Lodge in Lynn by becoming its Worshipful Master 1951-1952. His residence was in Lynn where for 20 years he had worked at the General Electric Company — later becoming President of the Mac-farlane Printing Company. He enjoys membership in both the York and Scottish Rites and the Shrine.
Among our guest speakers we had Peter F. Krogh, Assistant Dean of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts, who addressed us on: "Diplomacy's Place in Today's World". Diplomacy, he said, is a perpetual motion process and one of the best ways to preserve peace. However, in diplomatic negotiations, outside of the Western Atlantic Community countries, sanctions for non-agreement have to be based on 'balance of terror' considerations, which means implementing penalties greater than a nation can absorb — tactics just short of war. Dealing with our Western Community diplomacy is based on the strength of ideas and our foreign policy determines the nature of our diplomacy.
Wor. David W. Parfitt, Director of Science in the Brookline School Department told us about "New Trends in emphasis in Science Education". He said real birth of modern science was in 1660 when in London the Royal Academy of Science was organized. He indicated that 90% of the scientific knowledge we have today was unknown in 17S0. He estimated that 67,000 words per minute in new areas are being recorded today on scientific subjects. It is developing so rapidly that one cannot teach all science — only just what has been done. Methods have been developed by the National Science Foundation which helps to give students a feeling for science and enables students to be actually involved in learning about things — as with assumptions, suppositions, hypothesis, theorizing— deducting from the actions and reactions of unseen elements. Atoms, for instance, cannot be seen — but their use and effects can be analyzed. He felt we were on the threshold of a new dominant spirit in our society. In this Age of Science he hoped we would not lose sight of religion, philosophy and greatness, that has accompanied surges of science through the ages.
Easily the most important event of this year was the night when we paid special tribute to Wor. Ernest R. Caverly — who after 32 years as Supt. of Schools in Brookline had reached the day of his retirement. Our meeting in January brought to our Lodge Room the Superintendents of the School systems of Belmont, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley — and many Department Heads in the Brookline area — paying tribute to Wor. Bro. Caverly's having brought out the best in others; influencing the character of Brookline today; for his dignity, humility, justice and energy — for right. Dr. Brown of Newton said the greatest thing that can be said of a man is that he has integrity — that this he has seen in Dr. Caverly and in the school that he has served so faithfully. Mr. Obrion paid high tribute to his fine leadership. Bertram H. Holland said that Dr. Caverly stood for everything a school teacher should stand for. In response to many eloquent expressions of admiration, Wor. Ernest R. Caverly jokingly asserted if he had known how so many felt about him he might not have retired.
The brethren of Brookline Lodge received inspiration from several sources during the year. R.W. Robert N. Alger, D.D.G.M. said: The Winding Stairs is a symbol of a Masonic-Career. Because it is winding we cannot see the end step as we climb. It is more that we should seek the best we know than to climb for fame and fortune. Men climb because of faith. They want to reach somewhere — as to the Middle Chamber and towards the starry decked heaven by the ladder of faith and hope and love. The object of our endeavor, he said, must be to seek kindness, honor, patience, fidelity, trust, manhood — the sum total of what we know as Character.
R. W. George A. Lincoln, D. D. G. M. said: Our involvement in Masonry helps us better to meet the anxiety and fears of the day in which we arc living. The symbolism helps us to see how darkness leads to light. Everything has meaning as the Holy Scripture helps to reveal. In God, men are brought into unity with each other, for we can better see in Him something greater than self. We can only be awed by the architecture of the Creator of Life. Masonry does this for us. It helps us to live better lives to be good men, true and honest. It continually forges links that become strong, quiet influence of action that makes the influence of Masonry felt. It gives a group of men a common desire to dare to practice in their lives its teachings. As students of Masonic Law, we become singularly privileged. We are entreated to live up to the standards of Masonry as best we can. Wor. Ernest R. Caverly on another occasion when delivering a 'Charge' to our Candidate said: You have arrived at the heart of Masonry and been reminded of the stages of life from your youth, manhood to age and given glimpses of the nature of age. You must now be aware that Masonry is serious; that it is based on an understanding of the meaning of ideals, principles and the practice of Masonic duties. You are challenged to participate in the Masonic ranks; to put your shoulder where it may help Masonry to be more successful. Your duties outside of the Lodge have to do with your conduct and attitude in being a good citizen, a better family man and a Christian. It is a great privilege to be a Mason and to work at it in life.
Wor. Thurston F. Ackerman was installed by his uncle, R.W. Alden B. Ackerman, P.D.D.G.M. Boston 2nd District for the year 196S, In this year Brookline Lodge sponsored to the Masonic Nursing Home in Shrewsbury, Bro, Ira Zer Allen and his wife Minerva, who became residents there November 1, 1964. Bro. Allen was 89 years of age and blind. He observed his 66th Wedding Anniversary on November 12th. Wor. H. Clark Hubler of Beth-horon Lodge showed pictures of his recent 'Trip Around the World'; and R.W. Alden B. Ackerman delivered a most informative talk on "Back Bay Foundations" — the area in which the Prudential Building and Trinity Church are located. In his remarks he said: In 1630 the coastline of Boston was ragged and irregular. Charles Street, as we know it, marked one shoreline of the Bay, as did part of Washington Street. It was not until 1800 that Shawmut Avenue and Tremont Street were laid. In 1821 the Beacon Street dam was erected for operating a mill — but this venture was soon abandoned. The area enclosed by the dam stayed a water area until 1824. About this time the Public Gardens were laid out and in 1831 when the Boston & Worcester Railroad entered Boston — a trestle over the water had to be built.
By 1858 the water area disappeared as a result of massive filling with sand from Needham Heights. When Prudential decided to build in the Copley area, they found a substantial reduction in the ground water level, because of the Charles River Dam solid fence sheathed on its west bank, near the Mill Dam which had proved effective in preventing the natural seepage of the river into the Back Bay area. Then the Boylston Street Subway provided a second barrier in the St. James Street area. A third barrier was provided by a deep sewer drain where the Liberty Mutual Building is located. It was feared the Prudential plans would cause a 'night mare' in its effect on Copley Square and Back Bay conditions. Masons, too, must consider our foundations. Our Constitution and Fraternity is based on Sacred Law; belief in a Supreme Being and will support us according to our merits. Masonry teaches us to develop our character so as to be acceptable to the Supreme Being.
At the meeting of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts on December 8, 1965, Officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year. Among these R.W. Henry S. C. Cummings was unanimously elected Senior Grand Warden and he was installed into that Office on December 27th. Brookline Lodge being appreciative of this honor to its Past Master and Secretary designated March 4, 1965 as Senior Grand Warden's Night — and it turned out to be one of the happiest evenings in our past when M. W. A. Neill Osgood, the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts with his line of Grand Lodge Officers and a Suite of sixty, including M. W. Joseph Earl Perry, M. W. Whitfield W. Johnson, M. W. Andrew G. Jenkins, and M. W. Laurence E. Eaton, Past Grand Masters; R. W. Rutherford E. Smith, R. W. Eugene B. Hamilton, R. W. Carl C. Peterson, R. W. Thomas A. Booth, R. W.Donald W. Vose, Past Deputy Grand Masters; R. W. Earl W. Taylor, R. W. C. Weston Ringer, R. W. Carl R. MacKenney, R. W. James L. Reid, R. W. John N. Hall and R. W. Leonard Rawn, Past Senior Grand Wardens; R. W. Harry A. Starr, R. W. Clayton F. Fisher, R. W. Otto A. S. MacKinnon, R. W. Frederick G. Caspar, and R. W. Burton K. Sawtelle, Past Junior Grand Wardens.
M. W. A. Neill Osgood indicated that the Suite which accompanied him to this Reception was the largest since he had been Grand Master. R. W. Henry S. C. Cummings received from the hands of R. W. Cecil R. Crissey, P. D. D. G. M., a beautiful Scroll, containing the signatures, not only of all of the Masters and Wardens of the 20 Lodges in the Fifth District, but a number of the Past District Deputy Grand Masters of the District — as evidence of friendship of these Lodges in his District. He received from Wor. Ernest R. Caverly, Grand Pursuivant of the Grand Lodee, a Senior Grand Warden's Jewel formerly worn by R. W. George R. Winsor, P. S. G. W. and valued member of Brookline Lodge. In the presentation of this Jewel, Wor. Bro. Caverly said that Henry had been an excellent Secretary; and that he had practiced the principles of the teachings of Masonry in his public and private life. Kind remarks followed from M. W. Joseph Earl Perry, M. W. Whitfield W. Johnson, M. W. Andrew G. Jenkins, M.W. Laurence E. Eaton, R. W. Norman M. Gay, R. W. Kenneth G. Swindell, R. W. George A. Lincoln — and then the Grand Master spoke of the sincerity of the glowing tributes offered during the evening and took pleasure in presenting to R.W. Henry S. C. Cummings the Henry Price Medal — which he described as the highest honor Masonry can bestow.
The evening was packed with warm fraternal fellowship. A Lodge Room was filled to its fullest capacity; including 24 Permanent Members of Grand Lodge; 22 Thirty-Third Degree Masons; 70 Members of Brookline Lodge; M.E. Archie M. Simons, Grand High Priest of the Grand R.A. Chapter of Massachusetts; M.I. Frank W. Balcomb, Grand Master of the Grand Council, R. & S. M., Massachusetts; Ill. William A. Odell, Illustrious Potentate of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Nils S. Hellner, Grand Lodge of Sweden and R.W. Robert W. Markham, Jr., Junior Grand Warden, Grand Lodge of R. I., and R.W. Willard V. Young, D.D.G.M. of Waltham 5th District. Also it was noted the presence of R.W. Henry S. C. Cummings' two sons: Bro. Henry S. C. Cummings, Jr., living now in Holden and Bro. John M. Cummings of Kennebunk, Maine. The Reception Committee to greet the Grand Master and his Suite was headed by R. W. Henry D. Harmon and 19 other Past Masters of Brookline Lodge. The Officers' wives prepared a delightful collation for the 200 present on this auspicious occasion.
Wor. Edward Parsons was installed Master by Wor. John J. Mick. He served during 1966. During this year we had a 'Family Party' at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Brookline with a program that included music under the direction of Bro. William A. Seymour; travel talks by Bro. Walter W. Duffett, 3rd, and Bro. Albert M. Fortier, Jr. Bro. and Rev. P. Thangaraj described the plight of Southeast Asia; Wor. Winslow H. Robart told us of his trip to the Caribbean. One of the highlights of the year was the presentation of a Veteran's Medal to Bro. and Rev. Robert Wood Coe in May by R.W. Clifford L. Heald. D. D. G. M. Bro. Coe received his degrees in Harmony Lodge #17, Washington, D.C. in 1916. He affiliated with Brookline Lodge in 1931; was our Chaplain from 1931-1963. After serving as Rector of the Leyden Congregational Church in Brookline 1931-1949, he became Executive Secretary of the Massachusetts Bible Society for 14 years. Two of his sons have been members of Brookline Lodge. His son Bro. Frederick A. Coe pinned the Veteran's Medal on his father. At another of our Family Nights held at our Lodge apartments, we enjoyed a talk, with pictures, by our former member Dr. C. Cabell Bailey describing his trip to the Middle East; and a concert provided by the Retired Men's Glee Club of Needham.
R. W. Robert P. Beach honored Brookline Lodge by making his first appearance as Senior Grand Warden with us at our January Meeting. He gave a very interesting talk on his experiences as Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge during the past three years. Concerning the nationwide decline in membership, he quoted the Grand Master of Texas as saying that Masonry never was intended for the masses. The need is 'more Masonry in men'. An overhauling of our By-Laws resulted in changes affecting initiation and affiliation fees, as well as annual dues of the Lodge. Initiation Fee was increased from $56.75. to $111.; the affiliation fee was set at $15.; and Annual Dues were increased from $10. to $13. A unique situation occurred at our November Meeting when the Lodge was closed at 6:30 P.M. to enable the Officers to attend the Final Visitation of R. W. George A. Lincoln, D. D. G. M. at his Lodge in Belmont. Both Belmont and Brookline Lodges meet on the same day of each month.
Wor. Edmund M. Patey served Brookline Lodge as its Master for the year 1967. He was installed by Wor. Alexander G. MacMillan before an attendance numbering close to 200 members of the Craft and friends. A gavel was presented to the Master — the gift of Wor. Charles J. Knowles. Following the ceremony of Installation, 'Open House' was enjoyed at the home of Wor. Bro. Patey which was a most memorable occasion. During the year Bro. Thomas Gibson told us about Youth Activities at Trinity Church in Boston; Dr. Robert I. Sperber, Supt. of Schools in Brookline, spoke on "Maintaining the Vitality of Brookline — Investing in its Youth"; Frank H. Gardner, President of the Antique Auto Museum, Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, gave a most interesting talk about "Antique Motor Cars — and the Brethren enjoyed several home cooked suppers provided with the assistance of the wives of our members.
Perhaps the most notable of the meetings undertaken during this year was that held in October when we attempted to hold a Masonic Forum. We discussed how we might develop a more vital application of Masonry in today's attitudes; how we might develop more intelligent interest and ways to do a better job in the making of better Masons. Our panelists were: M. W. A. Neill Osgood, Past Grand Master; R. W. Stanley F. Maxwell, Past Deputy Grand Master; Rev. Bro. John G. Fleck, Grand Prior of the Supreme Council 33° N. M. J.; and R. W. Cecil R. Crissey, P. D. D. G. M. and Bro. James A. Moller, Executive Director of the DeMolay Foundation of Massachusetts. It was suggested that enthusiasm for Masonry depended on one's ability to 'find a place' where he can participate in Masonry; where one's abilities, ambitions and talents can be utilized; where one can find companionship amidst little tasks to perform.
Continuing our custom of a 'Senior Grand Warden Night' we were privileged to have as our guest, R. W. J. Henry Johnson who spoke of "Masonry in Today's World". He said: From the days of Christopher Wren to the days of the Cathedral Builders, when men strove for perfection in the speculative art as well as the operative art, to the early days of Masonry in this country, during the time of George Washington, Joseph Warren, Paul Revere, Jeremy Gridley, Maj. General Henry Knox, Marquis dcLayette and others of their time, and what they as Masons stood for —and then come down to the present day — we find that Masonry in today's world has changed little. A Lodge, he said, is still a certain number of Masons, duly assembled, legally constituted, having the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, with a Charier or Warrant, empowering them to work. We also know that the Holy Bible, the Great Light in Masonry, is dedicated to God, it being God's gift to man. We know also that God created man in His image and that we are the instruments which He may build a better world. We know also that all men are God's Creation and that there is no difference between us whether we be Catholic, Protestant or Jew in His sight — and therefore we should be working towards that greater understanding of the Brotherhood of Man and Fatherhood of God. Masonry is just as vital a force in today's world, as it was and has been since the beginning. It behooves us, each and every Mason — to ever walk, live and act as such if we arc to preserve Masonry as a vital living force, not only for today's world — but for the future.
At one of our meetings we recognized the faithful service of our Tyler — Bro. James H. Coulter — who started his service in 19S7 and continues most acceptable to this day as we come up to our 50th Anniversary. In addition, for many years, he was Instructor of Candidates. His friendly welcome at the Outer Door has made him indispensable to us — the more so as he has volunteered his services without compensation because of his devotion to Masonry and to his Lodge. A number of honors came to our Wor. Ernest R. Caverly during this year. On October 21, 1966 he was elected President of the Baptist Convention of Massachusetts and on February 2, 1967 was elected an Honorary Member of Brookline Lodge. Honors, also, came to Wor. Russell Hastings in June when at a joint meeting of the Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions at Longwood Towers, he was presented the Rotary 'Distinguished Public Service' Award; and our Worshipful Master became President of the Massachusetts State Association of Master Plumbers.
We had as guest speaker, R. W. Kenneth G. Swindell, Past Junior Grand Warden, who gave us a most informative and interesting talk on "Developments in Communication". He predicted that in a few years every individual would carry a ten digit number, along with his picture — and it would be possible, with special digits for the first three numbers, to dial direct to 139 foreign countries. There is in the offing, he said, some spectacular new switching equipment that will be able to store information and outdo even the computer systems. At another meeting R.W. Thomas J. Luby, Jr., Junior Grand Warden of Grand Lodge, gave a 'Charge' to our candidates, saying: That some of us measure 'value' by the value of the raw materials — such as the cost of dues, dinners and fees. Others think of values for their symbolic value; but, the perfect Brother who seeks to measure up to the real value of Masonry and to live to the letter of the law of the Craft — will consider its real teachings. He would think not of what he wears — but why; not what he may say — but how; not what may be his Code — but what he professes; how he lives and acts and treats his fellow-man. Masons, he said, stand for something in the community and in the world. They have vision; they are Church supporters; they are able to comprehend the true value of things beyond its intrinsic and material value — and take pride in exemplifying the good way of life.
Wor. David W. Parfitt was installed by Wor. Ernest R. Caverly. He served in the East of Brookline Lodge during 1968. In the records it was recorded that our Worshipful Master felt October Sth to be a most auspicious day for in it he had presided over two meetings; it was the 10th anniversary of the launching of the Russian Sputnik; it was a Jewish Holiday; and the Red Sox were about to annex the Championship of the American Baseball League. During the year Wor. William A. Charlton, Chief of Police in Brookline, spoke on "Law Enforcement Today"; R.W. Cecil R. Crissey, P. D. D. G. M., spoke on the "History of the Grand Lodge Temple"; R. W. Paul C. Whitney, P. D. D. G. M., showed pictures of a "Trip to Europe"; and a Ladies Night at Valle's Steak House proved a happy one. Another of our guest speakers was Hon. John W. Sears who gave a talk on "Boston of Tomorrow".
The most outstanding meeting of the year occurred in December when we brought together at this meeting some of the best known top leaders of DeMolay to honor our candidate Bro. Peter W. Hutchings, who had DeMolay background. It was the 26th birthday of our candidate. Among those present were: M. W. George A. Ward, P. G. M. of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire and Executive for DeMolay in New Hampshire; M. W. A. Neill Osgood, P. G. M. and Executive for Massachusetts; Bro. Robert S. Gass, Executive for DeMolay in Maine; M.W. Whitfield W. Johnson, P. G. M. and Past Executive for Massachusetts; R. W. Willard P. Lombard, Past Executive for DeMolay in Massachusetts and Past President of International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay 1961-1962; and Bro. James A. Moller, Executive Secretary DeMolay Foundation for Massachusetts.
At the meeting in May, we had a Past Masters' Night with Wor. Winslow H. Robart occupying the East. Our candidate was Bro. Donald E. Umlah, son of our beloved Past Master, Wor. Earl A. Umlah. There were present fourteen members of the United Presbyterian Church of Newton; and the so-called Goddard Charge was given as only Wor. John J. Mick can give it. At this meeting a Veteran's Medal would have been presented to Bro. Norman F. Dewing. He was unable to attend so it was arranged to have it presented May 7th by Eureka Lodge #22, Portsmouth, R. I., as a courtesy to Brookline Lodge. This Brother received his Masonic Degrees in 1918 in Caleb Butler Lodge, Ayer, Massachusetts. He affiliated with Brookline Lodge in 1939; and now lives in Tiverton, R. I. Our membership rejoiced in the appointment by R. W. Nathan Robins, D. D. G. M. of the Brighton 5th Masonic District of Wor. Winslow H. Robart as his District Deputy Grand Secretary.
We honored the presence of R. W. Hatherley A. Stoddard, Senior Grand Warden at our January meeting, His eloquent address left with us a number of inspiring thoughts. Tonight, he said, I am thinking of one of the Jewels of a Master Mason — "Friendship". As you all know the 'friendship road' is a satisfying and enjoyable route by which to travel. It is a chain of gold, formed in God's all-perfect mould. Each link a laugh, a smile, a tear, a clasp of the hand or a word of cheer — and in this world of trouble today, we need it, but we need to give it to others. Many times a cheery word is sufficient to uplift a discouraged heart and to help one go on and endure his trials with fresh strength because someone loved him enough to listen and lend a sympathetic ear and pass on to him a little loving kindness. Lightening our Brothers' burdens always helps to lighten our own.
The Second Jewel — "Morality" — R.W. Hatherley A. Stoddard continued is taught in every degree of Freemasonry. Our purpose is to strive for the completion of the Spiritual Temple, which is the moral and spiritual growth of the individual. No man becomes a Mason until he has obligated himself in his heart and mind — never to cease in the perfection of this spiritual design. Our mission today, as in the past, is to strive to live our lives with the highest morality possible — thus being a shining and guiding light in the world.
At the Fraternal Visitation of R. W. Nathan Robins in March — not only were we honored by the presence of Nils S. Hellner of Sweden and Helge P. Brien of Iceland, whose standing in their countries is the equivalent of our Honorary 33°—but for the first time in many years welcomed on the District Deputy's Suite the Masters and Wardens of all twenty Lodges in the Fifth District, with an almost perfect attendance.
Wor. Robert A. Merritt who served as Worshipful Master in 1969 was installed by Wor. Robert Burniston. During this year Veterans' Medals were presented to: Bro. Thomas Bruce, who received his degrees in 1918 in Heart of Mid Lothian Lodge #832 in Edinburg, Scotland, by R.W. Nathan Robins. He affiliated with Brookline Lodge in 1944 and now resides in Charleston, South Carolina. His son, Wor. Thomas Bruce, Jr., Past Master of The Massachusetts Lodge, pinned the medal on his father. Also to Bro. Allyn B. Mclntire, who received his degrees in 1919 in Franklin Lodge #134 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He affiliated with Brookline Lodge in 1926. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
During this year we had many outstandingly interesting evenings. The Aleppo Temple Shrine Degree Team directed by R.W. Donald W. Vose, P. D. G. M., presented their impressive work on our Bro. William H. Howie. Illustrious Potentate Stanley F. Maxwell told us concerning the activities of the Shrine — its purpose, charities and size. Taking ritualistic parts were R.W. Henry S. C. Cummings and Wor. John J. Mick. At this meeting a gavel was presented to Wor. Robert A. Merritt from his blood brother, Wilbur B. Merritt, living in Aurora, Colorado, with the message: "From a brother in the West to a brother in the East".
Our December Meeting again brought together outstanding leaders in Massachusetts interested in the Order of DeMolay to receive M. W. Albert P. Ruerat 33° Grand Master of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay. We were honored by the presence of R. W. F. Crockett Brown, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, as well as M. W. A. Neill Osgood, P.G.M. Executive for DcMolay in Massachusetts; Frederick J. Kimball, 1967 State Master Councilor; Donald R. Walker, the presiding State Master Councilor; R.W. Stanley F. Maxwell, Chairman Mass. DeMolay Foundation; M.W. Whitfield W. Johnson, P.G.M. and Past Executive for DeMolay in Massachusetts; W. Keith Butler, the Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Committee for DeMolay in Massachusetts; and Bro. James A. Moller, Executive Director of DeMolay in Massachusetts. M.W. Bro. Ruerat said that Brookline Lodge was about the only Lodge he had known about seeking to impart information about DeMolay and Masonic 'responsibility'. This meeting, in many ways, was perhaps our most outstanding meeting in many months — for the stature of those present — and their timely contributions to a dialogue that should be of profound interest to every Mason.
Brookline Lodge responded to the appeal of our Grand Master for contributions to the furnishing of the Infirmary at the Masonic Home in Charlton by contributing $300.00. At our meeting in June we welcomed back Wor. Robert A. Ebaugh, Master in 1945 — living for the past 20 years in Altadena, California. He is presently President of a High Twelve International Chapter — a Masonic Luncheon Club project — and came full of enthusiasm and praise for its usefulness. He even offered to return East to help organize similar Chapters in Massachusetts — so certain was he of their potential success. At another meeting, R.W. Kenneth G. Swindell, P. J. G. W., showed pictures of his recent trip to Italy and England. These pictures are quite what one desires to behold. They showed the symmetry and glory of a fading era wherein man labored often through generations, erecting edifices (cathedrals) appealing to the ultimate in conceptions of the mind and spirit, as structures are able to portray. Cathedrals, for instance, were as sophisticated and spectacular,
as our explorations in outer space, which science, today, is undertaking. The subject of architecture, design, engineering skill, enduring qualities and reaching for inspiration beyond the most to be expected — have been of keen interest to Masons — for the Inner Temple, in the heart of man, is made of the same substance and determination, to project into the life of our times.
Another of our great evenings centered about a Testimonial Tribute to our Brother Bertram H. Holland, serving now as our Chaplain, but, at this time, completing 13 years as Principal of the Brookline High School; and about to take up the important duties of Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Massachusetts Secondary School Principals' Association, over which in 1965 he served as President. Not only did the occasion bring to our Lodge R.W. Thomas G. Walters, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge — but the panel of those adding testimony to the sterling qualities of this distinguished educator of the past 40 years included: Dr. Robert I. Sperber, Supt. of Schools of Brookline and his predecessor in this Office Wor. Ernest R. Caverly; William F. Young, Jr. Supt. of Schools of Braintree; John D. Corley, Jr., Director of Music, David W. Parfitt, Director of Science Department; and Bro. Owen Carle, a member of the Brookline School Committee. Dr. Sperber said of Bert Holland: He has a rare and deep feeling for students and their future. He is a man of deep compassion, great integrity, honesty and fairness. His talents will bring a new degree of leadership on Beacon Hill as he makes his influence felt on legislators in developing a greater responsibility in the field of public education for all children in the Commonwealth. Wor. Robert C. Patey had the honor of serving as Worshipful Master during our Fiftieth Anniversary Year of 1970. He was the youngest occupant of this Office in our history — being only 26 years of age. He excels in administrative acumen and ritualistic proficiency. R.W. Howard E. Perry, D.D.G.M. of the Waltham 5th District, addressed a meeting which included many members of the Masters Association, on the subject: "Opportunities of the Craft". He said Albert Schweitzer once wrote: "I do not know what your destiny will be but one thing I do know; the only ones among you who will be really happy, are those who will have sought and found how to serve. Leadership is not a right to special favor, but rather a commission to serve". Freemasonry's highest Truth cannot be spoken. It must be seen in one's actions. Helping us to have the feeling of belonging is best found in Freemasonry because of its glorious past, the great men who have been Masons — the lessons it teaches and the opportunity it offers for service to mankind. We are taught a lesson in harmony that all that remains after this life are the deeds of the mind and heart which even centuries cannot efface.
Veteran Medals for being members of the Fraternity for 50 years were presented to Wor. Ernest R. Caverly and Bro. Carlton Parker during February; and shortly will be presented to Bro. Clayton S. Rudbcrg. On the occasion of the Fraternal Visit of R.W. Benjamin B. Worth, D. D. G. M. of the Brighton 5th Masonic District, on hand for his welcome to Brookline Lodge were: R.W. Samuel H. Lewis, D. D. G. M. 1936; R.W. Paul C. Whitney, D. D. G. M. 1947; R.W. Henry D. Harmon, D. D. G. M. 1949; and R.W. Nathan Robins, D. D. G. M. 1968; and the Masters and Wardens of the 10 Lodges in the Brighton 5th District.
What we have recorded in these pages has been, in effect, a diary of our progress towards a fuller understanding of life; towards opportunities to serve our fellowman; and our search for Divine Inspiration. We have listened attentively to the wisdom of many sincere men and Masons — and have hoped by presenting at length the recorded dialogues, that those who are willing to visit in these pages, will get a feeling for Masonry's significant place in our lives. We have covered many hours of our journey over these past twenty-five years, during which our 'spirit' has reached rare heights. Perhaps our ranks are thinning. Perhaps our eagerness to possess aspirations, bear witness and be exemplars has lessened. Perhaps the need for concern and fellowship, for light, more light, further light may seem trite to some — but, it certainly is not any weakness in our philosophy or teaching. It probably is more our inability to assimilate the confusions of life; the intricacies of existence to which we are all exposed to today; and the pressures of external factors — that tend to divert us from the time we once enjoyed, towards seeking the 'inner reaches' of life — wherein we contemplated building within ourselves something resembling a spiritual edifice to the glory of God.
There is something exciting and significant, as well as compensating— having one's life stretch over enough years to see how life changes, develops and matures. Each of our lives are continually changing, developing, maturing. Perhaps we were happier when we had to do more ourselves; improvise more to reach our goals; and had more undisturbed moments of solitude. Today, we are bombarded over the airways with unsolicited concerns, seething and controversial unrest; and obliged to resolve social responsibilities little of our making, that present predicaments that penetrate our conscience; dull our sensitivity; and regretfully crowds out of our lives so much that is needed to give us our spiritual points of reference. This, to a great extent, is a cause of our apathy and tendency toward faithless living, which we must do something to correct.
After a half century of endeavoring to bring God more into the lives of our membership we believe, more than ever, that Freemasonry is literally the 'flotation collar' for protecting the values in life we most cherish. It is our purpose to strive in the years to come to have Freemasonry the mechanism to keep our lives on course. In the language of the 'computer age' we want to be able to 'dock', in the infinity of existence — wherever God can be found in our lives. Our task then, as we continue onward from this anniversary to another, is to see to it that the values we treasure are transmitted unimpaired to the succeeding generations in all their glory — as they were when we came upon them.
Within the lifetime of many of us meeting here in Brookline Lodge tonight we have come a spectacular stretch. We are indeed proud of our heritage, our advantages and knowledge. Rather than feel our task has been completed — we view the tomorrows of life as towering to greater glory if we can find ways to make profound the ideals taught in our Craft to the oncoming generations. We refer especially to the value of faith in God; the importance of the spirit of love in all of our relationships; the art of building character, integrity, friendship. Computers can help us reach into outer space — but only as our lives are in tune with the Infinite can we develop our own best self — which is, in the end, the great aim of our Fraternity. So, having added maturity to our record — searching through Masonry for the best in life — we stretch up a little more erect and determined, ready to step out into the years ahead, to add our measure to the making of a better world which we seek for all men everywhere. Come what may we will onward strive — in honor, trust & Faith!
GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- Henry S. C. Cummings, Senior Grand Warden 1965; N
- James R. Franklin, DDGM, District 5 (Brighton), 1984, 1985; Deputy Grand Master 1994
- Henry D. Harmon, DDGM, District 5 (Brighton), 1950, 1951; SN
- Laurence M. Jackson, DDGM, District 5 (Brighton), 1940, 1941; Grand Treasurer; N
- Robert C. Patey, DDGM, District 5 (Brighton), 1976, 1977; Grand Marshal 1981-1983; Senior Grand Warden 1984; N
- Fred B. Richardson, DDGM, District 5 (Brighton), 1929, 1930; Memorial
- George R. Winsor, DDGM, Milford 20, 1906; N
- John Jay Mick, Memorial
CONSTITUTION OF LODGE, OCTOBER 1921
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 1, October 1921, Page 119:
Grand Lodge officers and many others of the craft attended a constitution ceremony or the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 5th, in which Brookline Lodge, A. F. & A. M., organized Nov. 15, 1920, received its charter. The ceremony took place in the Masonic apartments on Harvard Street.
The lodge, headed by the worshipful master, J. Everett Brown, held an informal reception at 5.30 p. m., in honor of Grand Master Arthur D. Prince and others of the Grand Lodge.
There was a dinner at 6 o'clock and the constitution ceremonies at 8. Past Grand Master Leon M. Abbott, who is an active member of the new Brookline Lodge, spoke informally at the banquet. There was music by the Apoll" Quartet and the Boston Orchestral Players.
Grand Master Prince presided at the constitution ceremonies, and was assisted by Claude L. Allen, D. G. M.; Frank E. Swain, S. G. W.; William Riding, J. G. W.; Edwin B. Holmes and Leon M. Abbott, P. G. M.; Louis C. Southard, P. D. G M.; George W. Bishop, John A. McKim, William M. Belcher, Harry P. Ballard and William M. Farrington, P. S. G. W.; Roscoe E. Learned, Edmund S. Young and Frank T. Taylor, P. J. G. W; Frederick W. Hamilton, G. S.; Joseph F. Paul, D. D. G. M., First Masonic District; Guy H. Holliday, D. D. G. M., Second Masonic District; Arthur A. Lincoln, D. D. G. M., Fourth Masonic District; James Young, Jr., D. D. G. M., Fifth Masonic District; Frank W. Dobson, G. Mar.; Rev. Dr. Edward A. Horton and Rev. Edward A. Chase, G. C. ; Frederic L. Putnam, G. L. ; Frederick A. Leavitt, S. G. D.; Frank L. Simpson, J. G. D.; Franklin C. Jillson, S. G. S.; John M. Gibbs, J. G. S.; Frank H. Hilton, G. S. B.; John H. Harris, G. P.; George W. Chester, G. T.
Included in the list of special guests were Past District Deputies David T. Montague, Herbert M. Chase, Henry P. Smith, President Masters' Association, Fifth District; Andrew P. Cornwall, P. M., Mt. Lebanon Lodge; Chester C. Whitney, P. M., St. John's Lodge; Clarence A. Warren, P. M., Robert Lash Lodge; Charles H. Clark, P. M., Dalhousie Lodge; George A. Adams, P. M., Norfolk Lodge; Fred M. Blanchard, P. M., Dalhousie and Norumbega Lodges; Charles Dennee, P. M., Euclid Lodge; Howard S. Hatch, W. M., Monitor Lodge; Eben S. Files, W. M., Pequossette Lodge; John W. Ekwall, W. M., Isaac Parker Lodge; George U. Bauer, W. M., Beth-horon Lodge; Samuel H. Wragg, W. M., Norfolk Lodge; Harry E. Bryant, W. M., Fraternity Lodge; William S. Osborne, W. M., Norumbega Lodge; James H. Dalton, W. M., Ebenezer Fuller Lodge; Alfred G. Sanborn and David H. Delano, P. M., Beth-horon Lodge.
The executive committee consisted of Worshipful Master Brown, Arthur P. Teele and Frederick A. Leavitt; in charge of the dinner, Arthur P. Teele, Milton F. Reynolds, Henry A. Varney, Albert A. Pollard, Fred M. Goodwin, Gordon B. March, David S. Reynolds and Walter A. Smith; Grand Lodge reception committee, Edwin B. Holmes, Louis C. Southard, William M. Farrington, Joseph T. Paul, Leon M. Abbott, Emery B. Gibbs, Frank T. Taylor and Frederick A. Leavitt; general reception committee, Worshipful Master Brown, Fredrick A. Leavitt, Arthur P. Teele, George U. Bauer, Frank c Condon, Clarence A. Delano, Fred M. Goodwin, William S. Kemp, Milton S. Reynolds, Fred B. Richardson, Charles A. Spencer and George R. Winsor; the decorations were in charge of R. Kendrick Smith, panels T. Hall, Winfield L. Nourse, Edwin A. Robart and Henry A. Burnham; in charge of the music, F. Arthur Hinchcliffe, Frederick W. Wodell and St. Clair A. Wodell.
The lodge was organized with 64 charter members. The first officers under the constitution are: J. Everett Brown, Worshipful Master; Frederick A. Leavitt, Senior Warden; Arthur P. Teele, Junior Warden; William S. Kemp, Treasurer; Fred B. Richardson, Secretary; Rev. Barrett P. Tyler, Chaplain; George R. Winsor, Marshal; F. Arthur Hinchcliffe, Senior Deacon; Francis T. Hall, Junior Deacon; Henry A. Varney, Senior Steward; Gordon B. March, Junior Steward; R. Kendrick Smith, Inside Sentinel; Richard W. Grant, Organist; David A. Kenrick, Tyler; Alfred P. Waterman, Instructor.
CHARTER MEMBERS' NIGHT, JANUARY 1929
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXIV, No. 5, January 1929, Page 92:
On Thursday, Jan. 17, Brookline Lodge held a Charter Members' Night, which was largely attended by mam notables as well as a majority of its own members.
Brookline Lodge, though one of the younger lodges, being instituted November 15. 1920 and constituted October 5. 1921. has been verv active, and many meetings of interest are being planned this year by Wor. Henry S. C. Cummings. The last meeting was he'd especially in honor of the forty-two living charter members. Originally there were seventy-five; thirteen have been lost by death, and twenty by demit. Of the remaining forty-two, fifteen have served the lodge as officers in the past or present.
Wor. J. Everett Brown, first Master of the Lodge, was elected to honorary membership in recognition of devoted and faithful service to the lodge. He addressed words of appreciation for this honor, and also welcomed the many charter members who turned out at this meeting.
An interesting feature of the meeting was the presentation to the charter of Brookline Lodge members, by Wor. Bro. Cummings. of a facsimile of the original charter, containing the names of the original seventy-five Masons who started the Lodge. A very pleasant part of the evening, especially to his fellow members, was the reception given in lionor of the appointment of Rt. Wor. Fred B. Richardson as District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth (Brighton) Masonic District. Bro. Richardson was Master of Beth-Horon Lodge, Brookline, 1915-16, and secretary of Brookline Lodge since it was instituted. On the distinguished suite which recived him, were Wor. Henry Smith of Welleslev.. Rt. Wor. Amos L. Taylor, D. D. G. M., Rt. Wor. Randolph Burroughs. P. D. D. G. M. and Wor. George F. Mosher, Secy., 5th Brighton Masonic District, as well as past masters both Brookline and Beth Horon lodges.
Wor. Henry S. C. Cummings; Rt. Wor. Fred B. Richardson; Wor. J. Everett Brown
Master; District Deputy; Honorary Member
A beautiful District Deputy Grand Master jewel was presented to Rt. Wor. Bro. Richardson in behalf of both Brookline an Beth Horon Lodges, after which Wor. Smith addressed the Lodge.
Just prior to the opening, an unusual flag service was held. The officers marched into the lodge room, led by the marshal and two flag bearers, Bro. R. Kendrick Smith and Bro. Wallace L. Johnson, and after taking position on both sides of the Altar, a verse of America was sung, after which the officers returned to their stations, and the lodge was opened in due form.
The Master was assisted in the preparation of this meeting by a committee under the chairmanship of Bro. George Harrison, assisted by Wor. Bro. J. Everett Brown, and Bros. Russell P. Chase, James F. Williamson, Wm. S. Booth, George A. Matthews and Daniel A. Brown, Jr. At each meeting during the year, the Master has appointed a group of seven members to assist in planning features of special interest, and it is understood that a unique meeting is planned for February, which will be known as Past Masters' Night.
LEGISLATIVE NIGHT, MARCH 1929
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXIV, No. 7, March 1929, Page 138:
Legislative Night proved to be one of the happiest and most interesting meetings ever held in Brookline when Brookline Lodge was host to the Beacon Hill Square Club, an organization made up of one hundred and twenty senators and representatives of the Massachusetts legislature.
It was the first time that the Beacon Hill Square Club had exemplified any degree work and yet their work was done beautifully and most effectively. They filled all the stations and conferred the long form of the third degree including the lecture. Senator Samuel H. Wragg presided as worshipful master; Rep. Joseph E. Perry, S. W.; Senator Joseph R. Cotton. J. W.; Senator Roger Keith, S. D.; Senator Angier L. Goodwin, J. D.; and Rep. Lemuel W. Standish, Chanlain. Representatives Crosby, Stone and Burgess also assisted in the work.
The lodge was honored in having as its special guests Lt. Gov. William S. Youngman; Secretary of State Frederick W. Cook; President of the Senate. Caspar G. Bacon; Speaker of the House, Leverett Saltonstall, who, together with Senator Wragg and Representatives Standish and Crosby addressed words of greeting to the large group which attended. An informal reception was then tendered to these state officers after which refreshments were served.
Brookline and Beth-Horon Lodges are planning to engage in a friendly bowling match on Thursday, March 26, at the Washington Square Bowling Alleys in Brookline, and a lively time is in prospect for the respective teams.
Next month Brookline Lodge is to have a Beth-Horon night with many features of special interest to the local lodges. The committee in charge of this meeting, which will assist the Master, includes: Clement K. Stoddard, chairman; Wor. Gordon B. March, Brothers Tappan E. Francis, Stewart Burchard, Hubert C. Fortmiller, George D. Pike and Walter S. Turner.
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