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PERCIVAL L. EVERETT 1833-1908

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Deputy Grand Master, 1872-1874
Grand Master, 1875-1877


TERM

1875 1876 1877

MEMORIAL

PROCEEDINGS, MARCH 1908

From Proceedings, Page 1908-14:

"R.W. Percival Lowell Everett was born in Boston, June 28, 1833, and died in Lynn, Mass., Feb. 21, 1908. He was initiated in Winslow Lewis Lodge, Oct. 8, 1858, and was admitted to membership Feb. 26, 1861. He served as Junior Steward, Senior Steward, Junior Deacon and Senior Warden, two years in each office, during the years 186l to 1869. He was Worshipful Master in 1870.

"Brother Everett was appointed Deputy Grand Master Dec. 27, 1871, and served three years; was elected Grand Master Dec. 28, 1874, and the two following years, He was a member of the Board of Directors from Dec. 11, 1867, to Dec. 9, 1891, a period of twenty-four years.

"The value of his services, while active in the business of the Grand Lodge, is a matter of record. In the days of his prosperity he was one of the strong pillars supporting our venerable Institution.

From Proceedings, Page 1908-18:

"Percival Lowell Everett was born in Boston, June 28, 1833, and died in Lynn, Mass., Feb. 21, 1908.. His father was Otis Everett, for many years book-keeper for several of the large manufacturing corporations of Massachusetts. His mother was Miss Elizabeth Lowell Blake, a lady of considerable literary and poetic talent.

"Brother Everett received his early education in the best private schools in Boston, and at the age of twenty years sailed for Shanghai, China, where he entered the employment of Augustine Heard & Co., then one of the principal houses in the China trade. After eight years' service with that firm, he returned to this country and became the Boston agent of his former employers.

"In 1865, after the close of the Civil War, in company with the writer of this memorial, he organized the Third National Bank of Boston, and served as its President for twenty-three years. During that period he was a Trustee of The Provident Institution for Savings of the Town of Boston and a Director of the Waltham Watch Company.

"In 1863 Brother Everett married his cousin, Miss Elizabeth Weld, a most charming woman of great strength of character. Three children were born to them, two daughters and one son, who are still living. The mother died of pneumonia on the twenty second of February, 1875, after only two or three days' illness.

"Our Brother was initiated in Winslow Lewis Lodge Oct. 8, 1858, and admitted to membership Feb. 26, 1861. He served as Junior Steward, Senior Steward, Junior Deacon and Senior Warden, two years in each office, during the years 1861 to 1869. He was Worshipful Master in 1870.

"He received the Capitular degrees in St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, and became a member May 1, 1872, the Templar Orders in St. Bernard Commandery, the Cryptic degrees in Roxbury Council April 24, 1877, and the thirty-third degree of the Scottish Rite Nov. 17, 1871.

"In the Grand Lodge he was appointed Deputy Grand Master Dec. 27, 1871, and served three years; was elected Grand Master Dec. 28, 1874, and the two following years. He was a member of the Board of Directors from Dec. 11, 1867, to Dec. 9, 1891.

"During the administration of Brother Everett as Master of Winslow Lewis Lodge he and the Lodge rendered an important service to the Grand Lodge, of which few Brethren now living have any knowledge. The details were reported to the Grand Lodge by Grand Master Gardner in his Annual Address Dec. 14, 1870, and some of them may be of interest in this connection.

In January, 1870, the Grand Organist reported to the Board of Direetors that the organ placed in Corinthian Hall, when the Temple was finished in 1867, had entirely broken down and had been pronounced beyond repair. A new organ seemed absolutely necessary. This communication was referred by the Board of Directors to Brothers Everett and William F. Salmon of Lowell. These Brethren, under authority of the Board, proceeded to make a contract for a new organ to be manufactured by Messrs. E. & G. G. Hook, of Boston, who were to receive seventeen hundred dollars and the old organ. The new instrument was set up in the Hall in August and pronounced entirely satisfactory, the makers claiming to have charged merely the cost. Brother Everett advanced the money for the payment of the bill, and he and the Lodge went to work to raise the amount necessary to reimburse him. One of the expedients adopted was the giving of a concert by the Lodge for the exhibition of the new organ. That, of course involved considerable labor on the part of the members. The net result, however, was the raising of $805.65, nearly one-half the cost of the organ. Other Lodges and Brethren contributed $510.00 and the Grand Lodge finally paid the balance - $384.35. Brother Everett contributed his share to other important services rendered the Grand Lodge by Winslow Lewis Lodge for a series of years.

In 1870 he rendered useful service in the negotiation of a mortgage of $300,000 on the Temple, covering a considerable portion of the debt of the Grand Lodge, as it stood at that time. His influence was also valuable in enabling us to maintain a perpetual loan of $30,000 with the Third National Bank during the whole period of our indebtedness on the first Temple built on the present site. He was a friend indeed at a time when our needs were very great.

Brother Everett has rarely attended our meetings for some years past, partly on account of ill health and partly on account of his residence in another city. Consequently few of our present members ever saw him. Some, however, are left to tell the story of his active Masonic life, and all can join in the satisfaction of placiug on our records the expression of our appreciation of the good he did in those trying times.

Respectfully submitted,
Sereno D. Nickerson

NEW ENGLAND CRAFTSMAN, MARCH 1908

From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 6, March 1908, Page 234:

Right Worshipful Percival Lowell Everett, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, died in his home in Lynn, Mass., February 21, at the age of seventy-five years. He was a member of Winslow Lewis Lodge, Boston. He founded the Third National Bank of Boston and was its president for twenty-three years. During his long business career he was a director in many large corporations. He was Grand Master 1875-1877.

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