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Revision as of 15:50, 28 September 2010

CONVERSE LODGE

Location: Malden

Chartered By: Henry Endicott

Charter Date: 12/14/1887 tbd

Precedence Date: 01/11/1887

Current Status: Active


NOTES

From the lodge's website: The first meeting of Converse Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was held in the Masonic Hall in Malden, on January 13, 1887.

Previous to which, fifty six Master Masons in good standing as members of other lodges had petitioned the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts to form a lodge. Wor. Frederic J. Foss, the fourth Master of Mount Vernon Lodge of Malden, was selected the first Worshipful Master, or presiding officer, with Brother George E. Norris as Senior Warden, and Brother Edward F. Smith as Junior Warden.

According to records, the question of the lodge’s name elicited considerable discussion. Wanalansett and Joppa were suggested, but neither was satisfactory. It was finally voted that Converse be adopted as the name of the new lodge. This was in recognition of Brother Elisha Slade Converse, generally known as “Deacon Converse”, who was recognized as a leading citizen of Malden. His rubber footwear factory was then the largest industrial establishment in the community. He was a motivating spirit in civic, religious, and benevolent enterprises, and the living embodiment of Masonic virtues.

At the 50th anniversary of Converse Lodge in 1937, it was written that “the number of candidates has shown gradual decline in recent years under prevailing economic conditions, which have been particularly acute since 1930, but now appear to be improving. The peak of membership was reached in 1925 with nine hundred and forty three members, since which time the number has decreased to seven hundred and sixty seven.”

As Masters of the lodge have served and moved on, the first fifty years saw the lodge having only three treasurers and two secretaries be of service.

Eleven times since its inception, the Most Worshipful Grand Master has honored our lodge by appointing a Past Master as District Deputy Grand Master. They are Rt. Wor. Arthur W. Walker, Rt. Wor. Harry P. Ballard, Rt. Wor. Charles S. Norris, Rt. Wor. Charles M. Proctor, Rt. Wor. William E. Wellington, Rt. Wor. Ernest R. Potter, Rt. Wor. Harold E. Fiske, Rt. Wor. Ed P. Hamilton, Rt. Wor. W. Howard Moller, Sr., Rt. Wor. Andrew C. Maninos, and Rt. Wor. Harlan L. Woods, Jr.

It was written in 1937 that throughout its career, Converse Lodge has been known for its sociability. That tradition continues today.


On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Converse Lodge merged with Mt. Scopus Lodge. Mount Scopus Lodge was founded on December 10, 1930 in Malden.

Lodge Address 142 Pleasant Street Malden, Middlesex 02148 Contact Information George G. Sahady, Masonic Ambassador 781.324.1408 converse@massfreemasonry.net Meeting Information The second Monday of each month between September and June.


YEARS

1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010


DISTRICTS

1887: District 7 (Lynn)


LINKS

Massachusetts Lodges